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.
Pretty and unspoilt, the Les Gets Ski Resort was my first stop on my ski safari across France and Switzerland. It is also known as the gateway to vast and varied skiing through the Portes du Soleil ski area.
Table of Contents
- About Les Gets
- Ski Runs & Pass Area of Les Gets
- Activities in Les Gets
- Rock the Pistes Festival
- Accommodation in Les Gets
- Where to eat in Les Gets
- How to get to Les Gest Ski Resort
- Other Resorts in the Portes du Soleil
- Video Highlights – Les Gets Ski resort, Portes du Soleil
About Les Gets
Les Gets Ski Resort itself is a traditional French charming village, with cosy chalet-style restaurants and accommodation. It is a real working village that is inhabited all year round and not just for the winter season.
There are two main things that stand out for me in regards to Les Gets Ski Resort, their warm hospitality. As well as attention to detail to create a fun and friendly environment for families. The Resort is very family focused and because of this, it is becoming very popular with families as a ski destination.
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Ski Runs & Pass Area of Les Gets
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.
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.
Les Gets Ski Passes
Ski passes are really flexible, you can get a lift pass for the Les Gets/Morzine area or the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on your experience, comfort and budget.
It will depend on your experience, comfort and budget for what type of Les Gets ski pass will suit you. The Super Morzine & Ardent lift is not included Les Gets/Morzine Ski Pass. It is part of the Avoriaz Ski Resort lift pass.
To miss, the queues buy your Les Gets lift pass online and pick it up from the ski office. You can also have it sent out to you in the mail if you wish. Once you have your lift pass, can also recharge it online.
- Check for deals, as sometimes they do weekend deals.
Don’t forget your GoPro for all those action shots while hitting the slopes in Les Gets
Overview of the Les Gets Ski Lifts
- 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
Activities in Les Gets
There is so much more you can do during winter in Les Gets ski resort France. From dog sledging, paragliding to simply just enjoy the food and french wine. I like to mix up my days by ski half a day and doing an activity for the other part.
Here are just a few other activities you can do;
Meet the farm animals on the slopes
I originally thought Refuge Des Trappeurs (Animal Refuge) was cut out animals placed on the piste for children. I could not have been more wrong.I was informed that the refuge takes in animals such as donkeys, goats and rabbits to be taken care of.
They also offer an indoor area for when it gets cold during those winter months. Apart from the animals, the children can do other things like face painting. I absolutely love this place and I thought it was a great idea to entertain children. Not to mention all the cute little animals eating hay and looking for attention.
- The area is also made accessible even if you do not ski
Teleski de La Turche
There are still 80 privately owned ski lifts within Europe and the Les 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 opens up into the main ski area. Be careful though because the start can be a little fast and that can be an adventure in itself!
Spa Sereni Cimes – A Spa after a hard day of skiing
Nothing beats a nice massage or a spa after a hard day of skiing/snowboarding, especially when it is cold outside. 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. The Spa offers a wide range of massages, treatments as well as an indoor pool and sauna facility.
Guests at both Hotel La Marmotte and La Tapia Hotel can use the Spa for free. For non-guests there will be a fee.
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After a full day of skiing and with the snow pounding down, I decided to head there for an afternoon. As soon as I entered it felt cosy and warm that I immediately felt relaxed. The lady showed me around the facilities and informed me about their additional services. Remember to take your Swimwear
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.
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The festival provides the perfect opportunity to ski or snowboard while enjoying music from international acts from around the world. The best bit is the concerts are absolutely FREE and are included in your ski pass.
I attended Rock the Pistes for a few days and to experience exactly what it is like to attend a concert at high altitude in Portes Du Soleil. It was 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.Ski racks are provided at each concert venue on the slopes, for your equipment. As skis and snowboards must be removed for entering the concert areas.
- The lifts will stay open half an hour later than usual during the week of the music festival.
Having fun in the VIP area at Rock the Pistes Festival
Accommodation in Les Gets
Lets Gets 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. There is also a regular bus service that covers the whole of the Les Gets Ski Resort that is FREE.
Check the current availability of accommodation for Les Gets Ski Resort for this season.
La Grande Laniere
Llocated just outside of the centre of the resort at the bottom of the famous T La Turche (Teleski) lift was La Grande Laniere. It was a cosy hotel that was run by a lovely team. I had a spacious corner room on the 2nd floor that looked over the La Turche from my bed. From my side balcony, you had views over Les Gets Ski village.
One of the perks of the hotel was that it was a ski-in and ski-out hotel. If you didn’t want to catch the Teleski, you could easily ski over to the Perrieres Express (where the main resort car park is located).
Hotel Le Nagano
During the Ski Rock the Piste 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 a 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.
I also understand that there is also free uncovered parking and garage. This is sometimes hard to find a nice hotel without paying extra.
- If you or your children are taking skiing lessons, then the ESF (French Skiing School) has a pick-up point just across the road.
Where to eat in Les Gets
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:
Fruitière des Perrières
If you love history and you love cheese Fruitière des Perrières 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.
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.
- Best to book though as it is popular and can get really busy.
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.
Located in the Mont Caly area is Les Chevrelles 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.
How to get to Les Gest Ski Resort
Geneva Airport to Lets Gets is only an hour away from the Ski Resort.Making it one of the quickest and most accessible resorts to get to in Europe.
There are numerous ways of getting to Les Gets from buses, private transfer, shared transfer or car hire. All vary in price depending on what you can afford.
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.
Other things to do
- 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.
- 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.
- Go for a ride on the little train that runs between Mont-Chery to Les Chavannes across the village for FREE. I think it goes every 10-15 minutes.
Tips before you go Les Gets Ski Resort
- The currency used in Les Gets France area is euro’s
- Remember to take the right Ski Gear.
- Les Gets uses European adaptors
- 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.
Would I Recommend Les Gets Ski Resort
I definitely do have a soft spot for Les Gets, 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.
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 Ski Rock the Piste Festival and the Ski Color.
The great thing about this area is that it offers one of the shortest transfers from Geneva. Meaning 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 part of Région Dents du Midi ) – Switzerland
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Thank you for reading this article on Les Gets Ski Resort France. I hope it helped give you ideas on what to do 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.
Have you been to Les Gets Ski Resort or the Portes du Soleil France before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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