Les Gets Ski Area
Les Gets was also voted the Worlds best family ski holiday resort by the Sunday Telegraph in October 2009
The local Les gets ski area has 110 km of slopes, 53 lifts, 2 cable cars, 3 gondolas, 22 chairlifts, 25 drag lifts. The ski area of Les Gets can be divided into 4 parts : Mont-Chéry, Chavannes, Nyon, Le Pleney. 65 slopes covering all levels. From the Chavannes side you are directly on the Portes du Soleil ski area with 650km slopes - one ski pass covers 209 ski lifts.
Mont Chéry Side:
Mont Chéry offers beautiful scenery and probably the best panorama of the Mont Blanc chain in the whole area. Very sunny on one side of the mountain, and snow sure with delightful runs through the trees on the north facing side. Chéry noire, a bumpy black goes straight down, but there are also more leisurely routes leading to a delightful restaurant "Les Chanterelles" near the bottom.
Hastings is on the "Chavannes" side, this links into Morzine, and consequently to the rest of the Portes du Soleil circuit. With Morzine combined, there are some 56 lifts covering some 160 kilometres of pistess and a very complete range of skiing. There are numerous lifts, whilst the pistes are very well groomed as one would expect in any top ski resort.
Access to Portes du Soleil:
The Les Folliets 4 man chair lift, just 300 metres from our accommodations, enables Les Gets skiers to effectively join the Portes du Soleil circuit with just one lift. From the top you can ski to the bottom of Morzine and from there take either the navette bus to Les Prodains, or walk across the village to the Super Morzine gondola. You can be in the heart of the Portes du Soleil within 45 minutes. Coming back can go even quicker if all falls well and you know the route from Pleney (top of Morzine) back to the starting point.
Once in the Portes du Soleil circuit you will never tire of the range or area. With over 220 lifts and 600 kilometres of pistes, this ski range offers a variety and snow sure skiing to match anywhere in the world.
Les Gets Ski Report
Is it too low for good snow? Over the last 10 years we have had good snow over 90% of the period. Many ask about snow conditions, but in recent years they have been excellent. 2009-10 and 2008-09 were both amazing. When the snow is heavy, it is nice to have trees - try finding one decent tree on a piste in Val D'Isère! But what you should also remember is that in periods of cold and tempestuous weather and blizzards, you can always ski in Les Gets whereas in other resorts, including Avoriaz, all or most can be closed for days on end.
Les Gets Ski Holidays Are Fun
And what else can you find in Les Gets? Some reasonable and even very good restaurants on the pistes, an open air ice rink, plenty of good quality ski shops, restaurants, and a burgeoning après-ski. Les Gets now has a Canadian bar, a Scottish bar, an Australian bar, an Irish bar, a French disco bar, and l'Igloo night club.
In a nutshell…
Les Gets has very much its own identity. it has reliable snow, great and varied skiing, a wonderful atmosphere, and very beautiful and often stunning scenery. A long way removed in style from the purpose built resorts of France, the location and facilities help to make this possibly the outstanding all round ski resort in the French Alps which is why a Daily Mail (UK) journalist described it as the "hidden jewel of the Alps". Somewhat unknown to some as it does not feature large tour operators (not suitable for lots of people on buses to be dropped off at large hotels and buildings.....), its clientele is a loyal and established, and growing all the time.