Les Gets

Overview

Very attractive French feel resort only 1hour 15 mins from Geneva airport. The main road bypasses the resort centre, making it virtually traffic free. The village is very different to alot of the high altitude French resorts in that it is quite pretty.

It is a village that is very popular with families and the resort actively promotes itself as being family friendly. The village centre does appear to be a bit spread out but in actual fact most of the properties are not too far away from any of the village amenities and lifts. For those that may be a bit out in a limb the Free Petit road train is a good way of getting around.

Les Gets is in the massive Portes du Soleil ski area but at one end of it. There are therefore better places to stay if you want to explore the full extent of the area. If you want to ski the immediate area you will have 110kms of pisted runs to ski including Morzine this part of the Portes du Soleil has reasonable amount of up to date lifts but there are still some areas that could do with updating. The resort altitude of 1100metres means that you don't need a huge amount of snow to cover the grassy slopes allied to the excellent artificial snow making capabilities of Les Gets the low altitude doesn't cause too much of a problem in high season.

Beginners will love Les Gets for its excellent nursery slopes in the village and a good range of cruisy blues to progress to.

Intermediates will find plenty of good quality red and blue runs over on Mont Chery. 

Black run skiers will enjoy some of the steep pitches to the side of Mont Chery and find the bumps over there a reall expert challenge. There are plenty of off piste opportunities with the wooded areas as a particular favourite. 

There is a large choice of ski schools in the area with the BASS (British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School) has had some excellent feed back from Snowfinders clients with lessons described as "innovative and fun". The ESF ski school also has had many positive reviews.

Positive

  • Attractive village
  • Close to Geneva airport
  • Few queues
  • Ski over easily to Morzine
  • Excellent snow making

Negative

  • Can be crowded at weekends
  • Some slow chairs
  • Distance from the main PDS ski area

Offslope/apres ski

Quiet during the week but busier at weekends, however there are some great bars with the Irish pub and Canadian bar above being very popular at apres ski time. Lots of good quality local restaurants with the usual selection of mountain fare. There is a late night club the Igloo.

For off slope activities there are some pretty cleared walks and excursions to the larger town of Morzine offers a good diversion.

Our View

Pretty, family friendly resort. Some hotels in this resort will consider long weekends but only out of the main holiday dates. Plenty of good varied runs to suit all levels of skiers. An excellent resort that many clients return to time and time again.

At a glance

Chalets:
23
Hotel & Apartments:
8
Pistes:
650km (area)
Resort height:
1172m
Top station:
2300m

Suitability

Experts:
3 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
4 stars
Scenery:
5 stars
Resort charm:
5 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars