Mont Chery - A hidden gem
We shouldn't really be telling you this, because there are a lot of locals that want to keep this mountain a secret, but Mont Chery in Les Gets is an absolute gem of a ski area!
Now you will probably be reaching for your piste maps right about now, and will say to yourselves hang on a minute, there are 4 blacks, 4 reds and only 1 blue not a great day out for the kids or debutant skiers, but that's where you'd be wrong. This very fact means that the mountain is virtually deserted, not a bad thing at half term!!
Mont Chery also has some of our favourite restaurants/cafes in Les Gets and at the bottom of this page you will read more about them - and their special events.
The red runs on the face of Chery ( the Chamois and Epervier) are extremely wide, basically merging into one piste and not too steep, you can easily traverse these slopes whilst slowly desending , but even better there is a hidden groomed cat track bypassing these runs and it is a sheer joy to bimble along this track as it is in my opinion a green/blue. To get to this take the chair lift TS De La Pointe at the top go left off the chair and STAY on the ridge as you travel along keep a close eye out for a red pole on the left, this is the start of the track (about 300metres along) . You need to stay on this track otherwise you will end up on the red run, so keep eyes peeled as the track turns right.It speeds up a bit here and then you will reach a T junction, now turn left, this next bit is fantastic as the track flattens right out and there is a great view of the village below you will end up back at the same chairlift. Guarantee you will do it again!
Now the red at the back (The Marmottes) is a really steep red and is a different story .......or is it? again there is a hidden groomed cat track missing out the really steep bit at the back of this red. To get to it take the same chairlift and again the same ridge but instead of going left stay straight, you will reach the top of the Marmottes red which will be to your right, GO STRAIGHT! and you will hit the track, at the end of this track you will now find yourselves on the easy bit of the red again go straight don't take the left piste and you can have a bit of fun here because the black run joins the red one and there are 4/5 black markers on the piste . The piste here is as flat as a pancake but you can take a selfie with the black markers behind you as if you have just nailed the black. Take the chairlift Chery Nord back over the black and you'll find yourself on the ridge again.
The front of Mont Chery is south facing and when the sun shines this is the place to be, get yourselves up to the Grande Ourse restaurant right beside the blue piste, this beautifull place with open fireplace is run by a frendly Cornish familly and without doubt has the best view in the whole of the Portes du Soliel relax with a hot chocolate in a deck chair whilst taking in the vista of Mont Blanc.#The run back to the village is a bit steep for beginers and it involves 2 road crossings with the real risk of meeting vehicles , so maybe best take the gondolla back. So that's it just don't tell the locals how you found out....enjoy!....and please do read on about some of the restaurants...