Les Gets Ski Resort, France
More to offer than Skiing, a beautiful French Village
Les Gets Ski Resort France forms part of the Portes Du Soleil Ski area, interlinking 12 resorts across both France and Switzerland, giving you access to over 600kms of ski slopes. It is considered to be one of the biggest ski areas in the world, meaning there is something for everyone from a complete beginner to seasoned skiers.
Table of Contents
- 1 More to offer than Skiing, a beautiful French Village
- 2 The Village of Les Gets
- 3 Teleski de La Turche
- 4 Ski Runs & Pass Area
- 5 Meet the farm animals on the slopes
- 6 Rock the Pistes Festival
- 7 Accommodation
- 8 Food Heaven
- 9 Resort Location
- 10 Top Tips for Les Gets Ski Resort
- 11 Video Highlights – Les Gets Ski resort, Portes du Soleil
Pretty and unspoilt, the Les Gets Ski Resort was my first stop on my ski safari and the gateway to vast and varied skiing through the Portes du Soleil ski area.
The Village of Les Gets
Les Gets itself is a traditional charming village, with cosy chalet-style restaurants and accommodation. It is a real working village that is inhabited all year around and not just for the winter season. There are two main things that stand out for me in regards to Lets Gets Ski Resort, their warm hospitality in welcoming you to their village and attention to creating a fun and friendly environment for families to enjoy.
This resort offers an ideal ski area for mixed ability family ski holidays and the experienced skier who wants to enjoy some off piste skiing and snowboarding through the stunning forest setting. Children would love the new ski area The Grand Cry, with its American-Indian village theme or the new animal refuge where you can meet the various animals.
Lets Gets Ski Resort is very family focused and because of this, it is becoming very popular with families as a ski destination.
Teleski de La Turche
There are still 80 privately owned ski lifts within Europe and the Lets Gets Ski Resort has one of them ‘Teleski de La Turche‘. This drag lift is an important part of the Les Gets village history. Built and run by the same family since 1946, the Teleski de La Turche recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.
The lift is a long drag through beautiful woods which open up into the main ski area. Be careful though because the start can be a little fast and that can be an adventure in its self!
Ski Runs & Pass Area
Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the LesGets/Morzine area or the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on your experience, comfort and budget.
Overview of the Les Gets Ski Resort Area
- The runs are long and wide in most parts
- Plenty of on and off piste skiing, especially through the forest after a fresh dump of snow.
- Lots of places for kids to ski and there is also a children’s area called ‘The Grand Cry’ Territory.
- 120 Groomed slopes (pistes)
- 1 Snowpark
- 48 Ski Lifts
- If it is a clear day, catch the curiosity train over to Mont-Chery and go up the mountain. You will not only get an amazing view of the Les Gets Ski Resort but also of Mont Blanc
Meet the farm animals on the slopes
I have to admit when Chrys from the Les Gets Ski Resort suggested we visit the new Refuge Des Trappeurs (Animal Refuge) on the ski slopes, I thought she was referring to cut out animals placed on the slopes for children to see.
I could not have been more wrong, as we skied through The Grand Cry territory, past the teepee and real miniature horse, I thought how cute.
We arrived at the wooden building and I notice all the little skis parked outside, I took my skis off and wandered over to see what the children were looking at. To my surprise, it was cute little animals eating hay and looking for attention.
I was informed that the refuge was a new addition to the Lets Gets Ski Resort and takes in animals such as donkeys, goats and rabbits to be taken care of. There are lots of things that children can do here, from face painting to petting the animals.
They also offer an indoor area for when it gets cold during those winter months. I absolutely love this place and I thought it was a great idea to entertain children.
Rock the Pistes Festival
If you only ever attend one ski festival in your lifetime, then it will have to be Rock the Pistes. It is an annual music festival spread across the entire Portes Du Soleil ski area, held over a period of a week. Each resort hosts a series of both indoor and outdoor events, with the draw card being the on-piste concerts.
The festival provides the perfect opportunity to ski or snowboard while enjoying music from international acts from around the world, like Rag’n’Bone man. The best bit is the concerts are absolutely FREE and are included in your ski pass.
Some of the line-ups for this season were
- Alice Merton – Champéry Les Crosets
- The Horrors – Morzine Les Gets
- Oscar and the Wild – Avoriaz
- FFF – Morgins
I was lucky enough to attend Rock the Pistes this year for a few days and to experience exactly what it is like to attend a concert at high altitude in Portes Du Soleil. I had such a wonderful time, the atmosphere was electric, the bands were great and the views across the Alps as the backdrop were stunning. There is no doubt in my mind that this one of the best ski festivals in Europe.
- Most of the concerts start in the afternoon after lunch. So if you don’t want to miss out on skiing, get up for the first run of the morning. Then you get the best of both worlds, skiing and music.
Having fun trying to create a 360 in the VIP area at Rock the Pistes Festival
Les Gets Ski Resort has a wide variety of accommodation spread out in the village. Most of the main hotels are situated in the centre but don’t be discouraged to stay further out. A 15-20min walk would be the most to get you back to your accommodation and there is a regular bus service that covers the whole of the Les Gets Ski Resort that is for FREE.
La Grande Laniere
I stayed at the La Grande Laniere located just outside of the centre of the resort at the bottom of the famous T La Turche (Teleski) lift. It was a cosy hotel that has recently been refurbished and was run by a lovely team.
I had a spacious corner room on the 2nd floor that not only looked over the La Turche from my bed but had views over Les Gets Ski village from my side balcony.
One of the perks of the hotel was that it was a ski in and ski out hotel and if you didn’t want to catch the Teleski up the mountain, you could easily ski over to the Perrieres Express (where the main resort car park is located) that was only a couple of hundred meters away.
Hotel Le Nagano
During the Rock the Pistes festival, we stayed at the lovely Hotel Le Nagano located right across the road from the main ski slopes and in the heart of Les Gets. The hotel has a heated swimming pool, a gym and sauna. Much needed after a hard day of skiing.
We had a lovely spacious room that was decorated in a charming chalet style with a glass door that opened onto a balcony with views of the slopes and tourism office.
The room also had good Free-Wifi that worked well and a desk with power outlets, this is always a bonus when travelling.
We didn’t drive but I also understand that there is also free uncovered parking and garage. This is sometimes hard to find with a nice hotel without paying extra.
- There is a ski shop next to the hotel, which offer discounted prices to guests of Le Nagano
- If you or your children are taking skiing lessons, then the ESF (French Skiing School) has a pick-up point just across the road.
Nothing beats enjoying a hearty lunch or dinner when you are skiing, the main problem is deciding where you are going to eat. Here are a couple of recommendations you may like for lunch and dinner:
Where to eat on the Mountain
Located on the La Turche ski run just above the village with a terrace to take in the stunning views is the cosy chalet restaurant La Paika. The food here is more fine dining than a sausage and chips kind of place. It is fresh and anything grilled is cooked outside on the open fire. They also have a lovely selection of wine. Tip: Best to book though as it is popular and can get really busy.
Located in the Mont Caly area, this chalet style building is surrounded by a large terrace taking advantage of the views across the Les Gets Ski Resort with Mont Blanc in the background. The family run restaurant serves all your traditional favourites like fondue, raclette and local cured meats. I heard that they do some of the best Tartiflette in the area and they weren’t kidding, it was amazing.
Where to eat off the mountain
Fruitière des Perrières
If you love history and you love cheese this place is definitely not to be missed during your stay. Not only do they have some of the best cheese in Les Gets but it is locally made right next door to the restaurant. The restaurant looks like it is in a rustic style barn and I felt like I was going to have a home cooked meal.
I was informed that the restaurant used to be the family cheese making factory and that due to European law coming in they were not able to make cheese in there anymore, so they build a new factory right next door and turned the old one into a restaurant.
La Taniere Pizzeria -Bar-Restaurant
Now if you love pizza and cheese this place is for you. Located in the centre of town near the Chavannes gondola, La Taniere does some great traditional cheese meals and oven pizzas. This is the place to go when you are really hungry and looking for a good wholesome meal.
A Spa after a hard day of skiing
Spa Sereni Cimes
Nothing beats a nice massage or a spa after a hard day of skiing/snowboarding, especially when it is cold outside. Les Gets Ski Resort organised for me to visit the Spa Sereni Cimes anytime during my stay. So after my first full day skiing (yes, my muscles were a little tight) and with the snow pounding down outside, I decided to head there for an afternoon.
As soon as I entered the lady knew who I was and was welcoming, it was so cosy and warm inside that I immediately felt relaxed without even doing anything. The lady showed me around the facilities and told me about their additional services.
They had a wide range of massages and treatments but I opted out and headed straight to the sauna facility to enjoy some alone time. I felt so relaxed that I fell asleep for a little while!
- The Spa Sereni Cimes is located under the La Tapia Hotel de charme in the centre of Les Gets Ski Resort and opens every day at 4pm. Both the hotel guests (Hotel La Marmotte and La Tapia Hotel) and the general public are allowed to use the spa facilities, however, if you are not a hotel guest you have to pay a fee.
The closest international airport is Geneva Airport and is only an hour away from Lets Gets Ski Resort. Making it one of the quickest and most accessible resorts to get to in Europe.
- From the start of this December PowdAir will be doing flights to Sion Airport, which is even closer than Gevena.
As I was with the tourism board, I was picked up and I did not use one of the transfer companies. However, I have been to the area many times before and I had previously used the following companies, Skiidygonzales and alpybus which were fine.
- You can check out the ‘Getting Here’ on the tourism website which has great information.
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Top Tips for Les Gets Ski Resort
- If you have the time, try out the Sled Dogs as it looks like so much fun. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions I was not able to try this when I was there.
- You can buy your lift pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office. You can also recharge it online too.
- There is a little train that runs between Mont-Chery to Les Chavannes across the village, for FREE. I think it goes every 10-15 minutes.
- If you are looking for somewhere to go out at night try the Igloo bar. I heard (from the locals) that it is not a trip to the Les Gets Ski Resort until you visit the Igloo bar 🙂
- There are 4 bus routes that run through the village every 15 minutes during the school holidays for FREE.
- Visit the Mechanical-Music museum for its music boxes, phonographs, organs and the mechanical bells used for the 150th anniversary of the Savoie’s annexation to France.
Would I Recommend Les Gets Ski Resort
This is my fourth time staying in Les Gets Ski Resort France and was a great start to my ski safari across the Portes Du Soleil area. I definitely have a soft spot for the place, even more now after I spent time with the locals and seeing what else it has to offer.
Granted I was invited and I was shown around but this does not affect the fact that I would not hesitate going back again and recommend it to friends, especially those with families.
Let’s be honest, not everyone skis so sometimes it is hard to find a resort that suits the whole family. I love how Les Gets prides themselves on being a family focused resort that offers more than just skiing to keep everyone entertained.
You don’t have to be a young family to enjoy the resort either, there is a lot to do for adult groups as well from apres ski to enjoying one of the many festivals held yearly like Rock the Pistes and the Ski Color
The great thing about this area is that it offers one of the shortest transfers from Geneva, so you can catch a morning flight and be on the slopes by lunchtime.
Other Resorts in the Portes du Soleil
- Morzine Ski Resort – France
- Chatel Ski Resort – France
- Champéry Ski Resort (Also known as part of the new Région Dents du Midi ) – Switzerland
- Ski Chatel Ski Resorts – France
Thank you for reading this article ‘More to offer than Skiing, A beautiful French village – Les Gets Ski Resort’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next Ski trip or ski safari.
Les Gets Ski Resort is definitely a great all-round ski resort in the Portes du Soleil.
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Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Les Gets Tourism Office office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.
Video Highlights – Les Gets Ski resort, Portes du Soleil