January 2018...so far Saturday, 27 January 2018
Like every winter month in Les Gets, January has certainly been eventful. Although Les Gets is a small town, it has charm by the bundle and there is nearly always something going on. Like many other ski resort towns in the Alps, the year 2018 was kicked off with an impressive fireworks display over the town, followed by celebrations in the many pubs and bars continuing through to the early hours of the New Year’s day. The Chalets1066 team spent the night at their local, the brilliant ‘Bar Bush’, which is situated near the main village square. Bar Bush is a friendly and welcoming place, popular with British seasonaires. The owner and barman, known locally as ‘Cindy’ knows how to liven the place up and throughout January he has organised a number of events, such as the ‘B’ themed dress-up party, music from the thoroughly talented band ’Squid Lips’ and there is also a hugely popular pub quiz every Friday night which is always a great laugh.
January in Les Gets has also played host to the Grand Odyssee, the biggest dog sled race in the world. Starting from the town square on the 15th, the highly experienced ‘mushers’ race up the main Chavannes in two minute intervals with up to 14 powerful and highly trained dogs. The teams are comprised from all over the world with various breads of dog, all fighting to get the fastest time up the steep and enduring track. Hundreds of spectators line the snowy course to watch the madness – a great event to watch and be a part of.
Not only has this charming little town played host to some great events this January, but also some great weather and excellent skiing conditions. Fresh snow and blue skies greeted Les Gets in the first week of January, every skiers dream. And there were also a few proper powder days thrown in the mix too, and who doesn’t love a powder day? For intermediate to Advanced skiers or snowboarders, there is a few key spots to really take advantage of the powder in the Les Gets/Morzine area. There are some excellent off-piste lines to be had down the front face of Pointe de Nyon, and the Chamossiers ‘Free-ride zone’ is also an obvious choice for off-piste enthusiasts on those well sought-after powder days. The black runs, Chevruil, Mouflon and Bouquetin, located over the back of Mt. Cherry are, in my opinion, some of the best spots for getting those fresh tracks in, simply because it is so much quieter up on Mt. Cherry and those slopes don’t get tracked out quite so fast. There is no better feeling than gliding down perfectly soft, untouched powder and the longer you can ski fresh lines the better, right? Admittedly, January has also had a bit of rain… but in terms of weather and snow conditions, the good has definitely outweighed the bad.
With Les Gets being only 10 minutes away from a far larger town, it is always an option to pop down the hill where the bright lights of Morzine await. As well as a vast quantity of pubs, clubs, restraunts and great apres ski, there is also some good events happening down in Morzine. For any keen sports fans, Morzine have an excellent ice hockey facility called the Skoda Arena where the Morzine/Avoriaz Penguins (currently top of their division) regularly play. On the 24th the Penguins beat away team ‘Club74’ 6-5 in sudden death, a very exciting match indeed. On the 18th night skiing sessions on Thursday evenings at the Pleney started. The Pleney is the main ski area coming from the centre of Morzine. This starts at 8pm and run until 10pm, definitely worth a try if you haven’t before!
This winter season in Les Gets has been brilliant so far, it is a town that never fails to surprise. Myself and the rest of the team at Chalets1066 are looking forward to many more exciting months in this captivating little town.
Our thanks to the Les Gets Tourist Bureau for the picture top left, of the animations in Les Gets.