At under an hour from Geneva airport Les Gets is one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps. It is therefore even more surprising that it has retained its alpine charm and friendly atmosphere rather than succumbing to the high-rise apartment blocks that characterise many ski resorts. It feels like Christmas for four months of the year in Les Gets and yet this picture postcard town is also a great base for some of the best skiing that Europe has to offer.
Visitors can't help but marvel at the town centre as it comes alive late in the afternoon, with a range of boutiques and dining experiences, beautiful festive lights and the smell of mulled wine. Les Gets is an accredited family resort and children are treated like royalty here. Younger visitors will love the dedicated sledging area at the bottom of the pistes, the outdoor ice rink, or a visit to Santa’s workshop in the forest! Adults are certainly not neglected though with more and more great bars, spas and restaurants seemingly opening every year. We can highly recommend the Irish Bar with their micro-brewery for a pint of ‘Avalanche’ or the Black Bear Canadian Bar for a game of darts and 80s music that can only be truly appreciated after a day on the slopes!
For a small town Les Gets packs quite a punch when it comes to facilities, and on the slopes the panoramic views will take your breath away. Les Gets is also easily accessible for non-skiers staying in Morzine with a frequent bus service that takes just 10 minutes.
With skiing on both sides of the town Les Gets has something to suit all tastes and its beginner areas are so good that it was recently voted the best family ski resort in the world by a national newspaper. The wide slopes of the Chavannes plateau are the perfect setting to fall in love with skiing and access has been made easier by the opening of the new fast gondola with ground level access. The sunny nursery area sits at a respectable altitude around 1400m and the introduction of 4 free beginner lifts has made learning to ski a whole lot cheaper! Fearless children are never beginners for very long and in a matter of days younger visitors will be following their instructor through the twists and turns of the Indian Village complete with tepees!
For intermediates the well-planned infrastructure makes tree-lined cruising between Les Gets and neighbouring Morzine seem effortless. There are red runs galore in Les Gets and a much higher density of mountain restaurants than in most resorts too. At the far end of town the Perrieres Express, a fast 6-man chair, serves the Melezes – an under-used red run with stunning views. This is our favourite but there are plenty of other wide open pistes on the rolling pasture land of Les Gets.
If there is a downside to this area it is the many flat sections that trouble snowboarders more so than skiers. That said, boarders will particularly enjoy the Anthonioz Boarder Cross course, the Jib District and the wide-open powder fields of Mont Chery. Advanced skiers will find plenty of challenges for a day or two in Les Gets but may wish to consider a full area pass to take advantage of the wider Portes du Soleil. The local black runs of Yeti and Myrtilles are challenging without being particularly long but the Aigle Noir bumps from the summit of the Pointe de Nyon in neighbouring Morzine will really get the blood pumping.
Les Gets Tourist Office has a great network of webcams spotted around the ski area. To see all of them, just go to Les Gets Tourist Office website or click here!