Les Gets, France
With the plethora of beautiful catered luxury chalets in Les Gets, it is not hard to understand why this Portes du Soleil resort is highly popular with the British market. This is a traditional resort with real alpine charm which is just one hour's drive from Geneva airport, yet links into the biggest inter-linked ski area of Europe, the Portes du Soleil. The immediate ski area which links with Morzine is largely suited to beginners and intermediates and provides miles and miles of flattering pistes with some goodish off-piste for the more adventurous.
Les Gets is divided into two main skiing areas - the Chavannes Bowl, which has blues, reds and blacks aplenty and which also allows access to the rest of the Portes de Soleil area and the second main area, the Mont-Chery, which will give access to some southern wide blue and red pistes and also a snow park with jumps, rails and platforms.
For time off the mountain there is an outdoor ice rink, plenty of shops, a museum and there is a free road shuttle train running through the village. The nightlife for a small, pretty resort can at times be livelier than one would imagine with a good selection of bars in the centre of the resort. Being close to Geneva, this resort makes an ideal choice for weekend skiing. Our luxury chalets in Les Gets range from 10 to 29 guests and are fantastically located to enjoy all that the Portes du Soleil ski area area has to offer.
Pros & Cons
- Extensive ski area as part of the Porte de Soleil region with 650 kms of piste to explore
- Short transfer time from Geneva airport
- Typical French ambience in attractive traditional style chalet village
- Family holidays with a relaxed atmosphere
- Superb scenery
- Resort altitude is quite low so there is the risk of poor snow conditions late in the season
- Many slow and old chair lifts
- Getting to the main Portes de Soleil area can take a long time
There are a range of restaurants within the village to try, but being a typical French chalet style resort, the restaurants accompany this with many of them being typical Savoyard style food. Places to try would be Vieux Chene, Taniere, Tourbillion and the Ferme de Montagne. Of course if you are taking the kids out for dinner who may not be interested in trying some more traditional foods, there are of course a couple of pizza restaurants including the Tyrol and the Schuss.
Many of the mountain restaurants are averagely priced and of a decent standard. At the top of the Rosta chair is La Rossetaz restaurant, which is locally famous for its baguttes. There is also the Taniere at the bottom of the Chavanette chair lift, which has a varied menu and offers reasonable prices. It is often better to ski back to the village though as the area is fairly compact, so to have a greater range of lunchtime options.
The apres ski in Les Gets in somewhat a little quieter and laid back compared to some other resorts, but there are still places to go for a relaxing beer in the sunshine after a day on the mountain, which could lead to some ski boot dancing. You could try the Irish Pub or the Canadian Bar above it.
For late night entertainment there are a number of bars to try, including Bar Bush which is popular with the English. There is also the Zebra bar, Bar Canadie and the Boomerang hotel and if you fancy showing off your dancing skills, you will probably want to finish up in L'Igloo nightclub.
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift