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 600 km 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.
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. 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 Winter 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 in 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 area
- Resort altitude: 1172m
- Number of marked ski runs: 7 Green, 13 Blue, 26 Red and 8 Black
- Total kilometres of ski runs: 107km
- Ski lifts: 23
- Highest ski lift: 2002m (Chamossiere)
- Snowparks: 3
- Children’s area known as ‘The Grand Cry’ Territory
Activities in Les Gets
There is so much more you can do during winter in Les Gets ski resort France. From dog sledging, and paragliding to simply just enjoying the food and french wine. I like to mix up my days by skiing half a day and doing an activity for the other part.
Here are just a few other activities you can do;
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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 but 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
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 drawcard 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 a 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 is 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 from entering the concert areas.
- The lifts will stay open half an hour later than usual during the week of the music festival.
Have 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 Gets Ski Resort
Getting to Les Gets from Geneva
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 during the winter
- 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.
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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.
Why you should visit Les Gets in winter
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 to go back again and recommend it to friends, especially those with families.
Les Gets prides itself 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
How about discovering other Ski Resorts in Portes Du Soleil ski area? You can check the below articles on things to do and great tips on each resort.
- 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.
If you want to take a break from skiing and your Adventures or are staying in Geneva for the day before or after your trip. Then there is plenty to do.
Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Les Gets Tourism Office office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.
Winter Highlights – Les Gets Ski Resort
80 thoughts on “More to offer than Skiing, A beautiful French village – Les Gets Ski Resort”
Great pics – especially the food! I would go for that alone, although I’d say fine dining like that was hardly the cheapest snack to have while skiing!
It could be a while before I make it to Europe but I’ll make it a mission to find that little wooden building with the miniature horses!
Thanks, the food was not to badly priced for what you got. It is a great resort and I love that how it is surrounded by the forest.
What a cute and charming town! Great post Mel! I love also the food and that spa looks heavenly!
Thank-you Ari It is a charming village and a great place to learn how to ski 🙂
What a gorgeous ski resort. I love that they have animals, how cute. Beautiful pictures
Thank you, it is a beautiful place. I loved the animals too
Les Gets looks like a stunning ski resort with fabulous views. Those farm animals crack me up. They kind of look a bit out of place in a charming ski resort!
It is a beautiful place and they have made a area just for the animals fits in really well with the scenery and ski area.
Your pictures left me day dreaming about ski holidays, Melissa. What a beautiful area, and looks really nice for families with kids too. I’m keeping notes of all those amazing ski resorts that you wrote about, will have difficulties picking our next ski destination!
Thank you, writing the post made me wanting to be skiing again. This would be a great spot for you to take your boys, next year.
I’m not much of a skier but would definitely check out the spa and pet the cute farm animals. I hope those tents are warm enough for them in winter.
You can enjoy all the facilities, without skiing and regards to the animals you don’t have to worry they live in a build warm house 🙂
Your pictures make me want to ski & I don’t even ski. That food looks so yummy too. Great photos.
Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
The skiing looks amazing! The animal rescue, spa, and food options make this an amazing getaway option for more than just skiers! Love all of the additional activities.
It is a stunning village very picturesque and it definitely had a lot of other options. I hight recommend it.
i love the french alps, and after reading your post even more. i am not a big fan of cold temperatures but you are offerin many alternatives here. and i can imagine the french food was amazing, no?
French food is favourite especially cheese, I think I ate my weight in cheese when I was there.
Les Gets looks so charming! I love the mountain chalets in France…and the food from that part of the country too! Raclette and tartiflette… Mmmm. Now I wanna go!!
I am all about the cheese and wine 🙂 and I just can not get enough of the stuff. I think in a past life, I was French.
Those animals are just so cute! I think every ski resort should have some. I never knew that there were some privately owned ski lifts still. Looks like a great place to ski and to visit in Summertime too
I loved the animals and I wanted to take the little donkey home with me. I thought the children’s ski area is a great idea and it gives parents a break.
Awesome article!! It almost makes this non skier want to give it a go!!
Thank you…Glad you like it.
Such a fabulous part of the world – it would be my first choice for skiing every time! It’s so beautiful- the food is fabulous- and the skiiing is amazing what else do you need!
I could not agree more on all points, it really does have something for everyone.!!!
Living in a tropical country for 25 years now, touching and playing with the snow is truly my dream. Anyway, I like how you captured the village and the houses are really unique and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing about your travel experience, this has inspired me a lot.
You have never been to the snow, oh wow. This would be a great place for you to learn especially as the runs are wide and open for ease.
This place looks perfect for a family vacation! I know my little one will love it especially because of the animals. What a great combo for kids!c
This is a great place for kids and I definitely will be taking mine when I have them.
I love the idea of a mountaintop petting zoo. Of course, I just want petting zoos anywhere. I never would have guessed these photos are of a village in France, but the borders in Europe have moved so much over the years I guess there’s not much to it anymore. It’s a beautiful spot!
I love Zoos as well, my favourite one is in Melbourne, Australia. These animals are a great addition and great idea for the children, how could you not fall in love with their adorable faces 🙂
First of all I would like to say spectacular shots, they are so beautiful that I feel like packing my bags right now and leave for this place. And secondly, I have just started to learn how to ski. I had only two full day lessons so far, hopefully I visit this place once I learn skiing properly.
Thank you very much, I appreciate it. This is a great place for you to learn how to ski and the ski passes are flexible enough that you can get a ski passes for the two area or for a couple of hours.
That miniature horse is so adorable! The cheese sounds amazing too. I would love to visit an adorable little French village like this and go skiing. I’m not a great skier, but if they accommodate mixed abilities, it might be fine even for an intermediate like me.
This is a great place if you are learning because when you need a break, there a lot of other things you can do around the village. I love cheese too 🙂
Wow your pictures are so brilliant and you’re making me want to pack my bag to go there! I love the snowy slopes and the gorgeous snow-capped peaks. I haven’t tried skiing but this looks like the perfect place to go to for that!
Thank you in regards to the pictures. This would be a great place for you to learn and when you want a break, you can head to the spa or the many shops in town 🙂
I love your pictures! I recently visited Zakopane in Poland for skiing. You make me wanna visit this place in the future 🙂 Save it for my bucket list!
I went to Zakopane a couple of years ago to ski but unfortunately, the weather changed and were not able to ski. You should definitely visit this place, it is beautiful and the food is amazing.
What a charming ski village! I am not a skier but would love to go there for the view! It has quite a few decent dining options. Spa Sereni Cimes looks like the perfect place to pamper yourself too!!
It is a charming village 🙂 and I really enjoyed the Spa
Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely beautiful!! I want to play in that teepee. I don’t ski and don’t like snow but I’d totally go here to get some of those shots! Thanks for sharing
This is a village that you can visit all year around. You definitely don’t have to ski to go here 🙂
We go to Les Gets winter and summer, – it is a lovely resort, – you can see and feel, they have tried to keep it a special place in the world!!
I have only been there in Winter but I would love to go back in Summer. I agree with you it is a lovely resort
What?! Everything about this looks just amazing. I’d go for the fun and get to see the stunning views. I love that they have children friendly activities too because that’s now a new thing on our list when we plan for trips too. Just amazing spot you found. Such a charming little town too.
It was so pretty covered in snow and definitely a great place to visit in the winter and summer.
Snow capped views and great food sounds like reason enough for me to visit Les Gets. I was in a ski town in India last week and I felt the same – there was so much more to it than just “Ski”. Like I would be totally okay even if I skipped skiing and still have a great time.
I would love to ski in Inida it looks amazing. I hope that you had a fun time. I agree with you, there is so much more to do than ski these days.
Les Gets is such a charming ski resort. The facilities are wonderful and the view is just so breathtaking. The animals are also really adorable. I can’t get over the jaw dropping view of the snow capped landscapes though!
It was really pretty all covered in snow, like a winter wonderland.
I have to admit that i’m terrified of skiing! But this looks like such an amazing place I might be willing to give it a try – at least for the apres-ski of raclette & petting the cute animals! 🙂
This would be a great place to learn how to ski, the runs are very wide and you don’t have to be scared about going over the edge. There is also lots of things to do when you are not skiing too.
This looks amazing! I have actually never been skiing in my life. Can you believe that? I really want to try it someday and this would be an ideal spot!
This a great place to learn how to ski, I would highly recommend it. There is also lots to do in the town if you wanted to take a break from skiing too.
My trained eyes for reading English read, Let’s get France, but I just worked out is Les Gets, France! I’d love to take my daughter here, she may be a little bit too young still though, she’s only 3. I guess I could put some skiis on her and see what she did! If not she could play in the snow. She’s love seeing those animals in the refuge, that’s a good idea for anyone coming with children.
Age 3 is a great age for a child to learn how to ski. Also if you did want to ski there are lifts and gondolas that go up the mountain that you can get on without skiing. It is a very child-friendly place.
Great post, Mel. The ‘family friendly’ nature of Les Gets is what, ultimately, led us to move here to live. Our kids are 8 and 5 and LOVE living here! Even when we don’t feel like skiing or snowboarding, there’s hiking, den building in the woodland, sledging, snowshoeing, ice skating… I could go on! Summers are amazing here- it really surprised us what a year-round resort this can be. When you come back, give us a shout and we can go mountain biking together and perhaps even to the Igloo, but it’s actually Les Gets’ nightclub- open from 11pm to 5am! Pack your dancing shoes Mel! 🙂
Thank you so much, Nina, too bad that I never got to see you when I was there last month. It would have been so nice to finally have met. I can definitely see why you have moved there. LOL, I knew what the Igloo bar was 🙂
I love this as I cannot ski worth a darn. It is nice to see all the additional options for those who don’t enjoy the sport. I would love to see the animals on the slopes! How neat. The charcuterie plate that you ordered looks amazing. They are my new favourite thing on a restaurant menu.
This is a great place to go to if you don’t ski, even if you just went here to enjoy the wine and cheese!!!
The photos you took are beautiful – I wouldn’t mind traveling to Les Gets with a view like that! Being a Canadian, I absolutely love skiing, though I’ve never actually done so in Europe. I also really like the family focus – I think it’s so important when there are non-skiers in the family!
I have always wanted to go to Canada it is high up on my ever growing list. I agree with you I like the family focus side too. Thank you in regards to my pictures too.
Beautiful post. I have been a ski instructor for 20 years and never made it to France. I would love to go to Les Gets. The American Indian theme is particularly funny to me since most of my time skiing was actually in the American West. Les Gets is officially on my radar. Thanks for the share.
You were a ski instructor, how cool is that. I have only skied in America once but I would love to go back and do it again. Les Gets is a beautiful place and there is so much to do there.
How cute is FanFan?! Just adorable!! I know it’s not yours, but I have to say that the photo of the village doesn’t even look real! It’s like a scene from a Christmas storybook or something.
If I were to ever stay here I’d definitely end up spending most of my time at the spa! Perhaps 20-80 skiing/spa haha.
I wanted to take that little donkey home with me. I do love a good spa, relaxing and being pampered.
It looks like a little chocolate box village! I used to live in Courcheval so totally understand French Apline life – and I love it. I wish I had got to visit Les Get whilst I was over there, the mountains look really beautiful and the Port Du Soleil is such a great ski area!
I skied over to Courchevel once, when I was on a ski holiday. It was a great people watching experience.
Wow! This looks like the perfect winter getaway. I find the Alps so appealing, with their crisp air and majestic views. And you convinced me with that huge adorable donkey face (and the spa)!
I love the views across the alps, I just think they are so pretty. I love how resorts now offer you more than skiing too.
I don’t ski but this looks like a beautiful area. I’d prefer to use the spa and eat delicious food instead 🙂
Oh you can just eat and enjoy the spa here without skiing. They have lots of amazing cheeses and wine
OMG! The maximum snow that I’ve enjoyed is in Germany and England and that wasn’t much! I’ve never seen such a thick carpet of snow. Esp to see that houses with the terrace with so much snow is so breath taking! Its so nice of the resort to take care of those animals!!! I hope I’d get to ski sometime in future!
Is is a beautiful village and I love it when it snows the night before because it makes everything so much more pretty.
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Wonderful post. I would like to go to French village Les Gets France.
Thank you very much :-0
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