The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Portes du Soleil

Key facts

Resort1170 m
Slopes950-2275 m
Lifts196
Pistes650 km
Price index100

Les Gets

France

Village slopes

The upside

  • Good-sized, varied and lightly wooded slopes shared with Morzine
  • Attractive chalet-style village
  • Usually few queues or crowds
  • Part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski pass region, but ...

The downside

  • It’s quite a long way to the main Portes du Soleil circuit at Avoriaz
  • Low altitude and exposure to westerlies mean risk of rain and poor snow
  • Few challenging pistes
  • Latest user reviews

    Les Gets is a really charming resort. It is a really…

    Judith Jeans 26 Jan 2009 

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    News – 2017/18

    Tour operator Ski2 is now offering two-centre holidays in Les Gets and Champoluc in Italy, with free transport between the two. It is also offering a free on-demand mini-bus service around Les Gets and to and from nearby resorts and lifts so you can access the main Portes du Soleil circuit more quickly.

    The quad Ranfoilly chair in the Les Chevannes area will be upgraded to a six-pack carrying 3,300 people per hour (40% more than the old lift). The tricky start of the piste at the top will be made easier for less experienced skiers to enjoy.

    Mont Chéry will have a timed slalom run.

    News – 2016/17

    Tour operator Ski 2 (which until now operated only in Champoluc in Italy) now runs two catered chalets and a self-catering apartment in Les Gets.

    New electric snowmobiles specifically designed for kids aged 5 to 12 tears old to learn to snowmobile were introduced.

    Summary

    Les Gets is an attractive, small, family-friendly resort with a very French feel to it, partly because of appetizing food and wine shops lining the main street. The area of slopes it shares with Morzine is the most extensive local network in the region, and in some respects Les Gets is the better base for that shared area. If you have a car, you can quite easily access the main Portes du Soleil circuit by driving to the gondola at Ardent. If you don’t, the circuit is much more easily accessed from Morzine, with its quicker access to Avoriaz.

    THE RESORT

    Les Gets is an attractive, sunny village of traditional chalet-style buildings, on the low pass leading to Morzine. The main road over the pass bypasses the village centre.
    The local pass saves a fair bit on a Portes du Soleil pass, and makes a lot of sense for many visitors.
    Village charm The village has a quiet ambience that appeals to families, though it does liven up at weekends. The main street is lined with attractive food shops, other shops and restaurants. The centre is fairly pedestrian-friendly, too, and a popular and attractive outdoor ice rink adds to the charm.
    Convenience Although the village has a scattered appearance, most facilities are close to the main lift station. Depending on where you stay, you may have long walks to the lifts, but there is a road-train shuttle that appeals mainly to families, and also free conventional buses around the village and buses to Morzine. You can store skis and boots at the Perrières ski shop. And there are ski lockers at Chavannes too.
    Scenery There are good views from the high points: from Mont Chéry, in particular, you get a great panorama of the village and slopes, with Mont Blanc beyond.

    THE MOUNTAINS

    Slopes The main local slopes – accessed by a gondola and a fast chairlift – are shared with Morzine, and are mainly described in that chapter. On the opposite side of Les Gets is Mont Chéry, accessed by a gondola followed by a chair or drag. The slopes here include some of the most challenging in the area, and are usually very quiet. Both sectors offer wooded and open slopes.
    Fast lifts The main village lifts are fast, but there are a lot of slow chairs both on Mont Chéry and in some sectors of the slopes shared with Morzine.
    Queues No real problems.
    Snow reliability The lower slopes benefit from a slightly higher elevation than Morzine, but otherwise our general reservations about the lack of altitude apply. The runs to the resort have snowmaking. The front slopes of Mont Chéry face south-east – bad news at this altitude; but the other two flanks are shadier. Grooming is good. The grassy slopes don’t need much snow-cover, and in a sparse snow year you may do better here than in higher, rockier resorts such as Avoriaz.
    Terrain parks The park suits all ability levels and there’s a snowcross on Chavannes plus a mini-snowcross.
    Experts Black runs on the flank and back of Mont Chéry are quite steep and often bumped. In good snow there’s plenty to do off-piste, including some excellent wooded areas.
    Intermediates High-mileage piste-bashers might prefer direct access to the main Portes du Soleil circuit, but the local slopes have a lot to offer, with excellent reds on Mont Chéry.
    Beginners The village nursery slopes are convenient. At Chavannes there is a bigger and more snow-sure Mappy’s area with four free lifts (you pay for a return gondola trip to reach it). There are lots of easy runs to progress to – including the Bleuets on Chavannes.
    Snowboarding The local slopes are good for beginners and intermediates.
    Cross-country There are 12km of good, varied loops locally.
    Schools and guides There’s a choice of schools, including at least two that are British-run.
    Families This is a good resort for families. There are comprehensive facilities, including an American-Indian-themed trail area on Chavannes with tepees and various activities – the Grand Cry Territory. See en.lesgets.com/discover-dream/family.html. British family specialist tour operators Esprit Ski and Ski Famille have chalets here.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 5 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 2 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 3 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 2 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 2 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Portes du Soleil

    Key facts

    Resort1170 m
    Slopes950-2275 m
    Lifts196
    Pistes650 km
    Price index100