Les Gets has an alluring charm, with its steepled church, old style farmhouses and tree-lined slopes. The name "Les Gets" came from the local dialect words "gitte" or "giette" meaning the corridors used to send logs rapidly down the hillside, and still today wood is a big deal for the town. Chalets, crafts, wooden heating systems and much more all come from the forests which cover 2/3 of the area around the resort. Sitting at the base of the giant Portes du Soleil ski area, Les Gets means the chance to ski 650 km of pistes at a reasonable price.
The charming village has spectacular views of Mont-Blanc and is perfect for families, with good kids facilities and lots of gentle runs close by. The gondola that runs to La Chavannes will drop you at a snow-packed beginner area perfect for practicing; while intermediate have large cruising runs from La Ranfolly and from La Pleney down to Morzine. Experts will love day trips exploring surrounding resorts, especially the back of Mont-Chery.
The town has a generally relaxed, quiet atmosphere. Although a reasonably active nightlife can be found, it's not quite as raging as other resorts in the Alps. While is has kept its traditional alpine feel, it has also moved with the time, upgrading facilities and activities to those of a modern resort. The ski area is so big, the only problem you'll face is getting back to the resort in time for a cold drink.
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Les Gets for Different Ski Abilities
They look after beginners well at Les Gets with good learner slopes and great ski schools, especially for kids. Try the beginner's area at the top of the La Chavannes gondola.
Intermediates have lots to do in Les Gets, and will be able to ski nearly all of Portes du Soleil as well. Close to the resort, try the "Blanchot" circuit around the Les Gets area which follows only green and blue slopes. When you're ready to venture further, try some of the great runs are from the top of Mont Chéry. For confidence-building reds runs, the Les Gets bowl is the place to go.
There's challenging off-piste galore for advanced skiers in the Chamoissiere and Nyon areas, as well as a number of demanding black runs including the Yeti mogul field. Mont Chery hides a black run reputed to be one of the hardest in the whole of the Portes du Soliel. Try skiing to Morzine via Avoriaz for runs such as "The Wall" and limitless off-piste.
Les Gets Ski Schools
Ski schools are excellent in Les Gets, especially for kids. They are given privileged treatment in the ‘snow gardens' at the heart of the village and on the slopes. Nurseries are available to take care of the really little ones and specially designed playgrounds introduce junior skiers to all the joys of the slopes. The Grand Cry area is a unique itinerary where young skiers can have fun in a setting based on the theme of trappers and American Indians.
All Mountain Snowsports
All Mountain Snowsports is a British ski school in the French side of the Portes du Soleil. They provide fun ski lessons with friendly instructors that will change your skiing and leave you smiling. All instructors hold the highest international qualification from the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI Level 4 ISTD) as well as the French equivalent and many years’ experience teaching skiing around the world. They offer the highest levels of service and tuition available and have a deep history of happy clients whose expectations have been surpassed.
British Alpine Ski School Les Gets
BASS Les Gets has a reputation for excellence due to its exceptional delivery of their products and services. They offer maximum group lessons of 6 to give you individual attention for beginners to pros. They will meet all your needs and give you ample time to practise. All their expert instructors are handpicked, fully qualified and certified to ISTD Level 4 with full French equivalence offering state of the art teaching techniques. Lessons for all levels are provided in your native language with coaching tailored to your individual needs.
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Ski Beyond - Ski & Snowboarding School
Would you like ski sessions that take you beyond your expectations? Feel comfortably controlled, efficient and confident? Whatever your dreams/desires, Ski Beyond will help you achieve it and transform your skiing. From first turns to deep powder, conquering ice or preparing you to master moguls. They have an experienced team of fully qualified British instructors who have been based in the area for over ten years. Ski Beyond believe the ski mind is as important as the ski body, and are passionate about unlocking your full potential. They offer private or group lessons for adults and children.
Torico Performance Skiing
Torico Performance Skiing is a British ski school in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. It is run by Tim and Lisa Jackson, who have been teaching in the Portes Du Soleil since 2000. Tim and Lisa both hold the top qualification within BASI (British association of Snowsports Instructors) with full French equivalence and have many years’ experience skiing, teaching and coaching across Europe. Torico promises to show you great skiing terrain (whatever your level), help you develop and understand your skiing more and have great fun and enjoyment along the way!
Alpine Learning Curves
Alpine Learning Curves is a small British Ski School which has been operating in the Les Gets/Morzine region since 2003. All their highly experienced and friendly instructors have the top British qualification in Ski Instruction (BASI Level 4 ISTD), speak English as their first language and between them teach skiing, telemarking & snowboarding. They provide both small group and private lessons.
Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities
At the end of the day the bars, shops and restaurants are packed at Les Gets, but the Après-ski scene is a little more chilled than other resorts. That said, there is good selection of pubs playing live music and the couple of clubs mean you can dance away through the night. There are some particularly civilised venues here, like Les Gets has a few more civilized venues than many other small ski resorts. The stylish Bear (or Canadian) Bar above the Irish Bar, with its cosy alcoves. Other options: the Zebra bar, the Boomerang and L'Igloo nightclub. The good selection of restaurants serve French cuisine, crepes and fondue, and there are cheaper snack bar - style options.
off the mountain
Get out and explore the village when you need to slip off the ski boots for a day. A good place to start would be The Mechanical Music Museum, there's also a great collection of automated dolls and models at the Roger and Gallet automatons museum - kids will love it. At Christmas time the little ones can be welcomed into Santa Claus' world, the man himself will open the doors of his chalet, in the heart of an enchanted forest, where many little elves make the ﬁnal preparations for the grand tour of chimneys on the 24th of December. There's the weekly market on Thursday mornings near the skating rink, and a cool heritage trail. Other things to try: guided mountain walks and snowshoeing, an ice rink, paragliding, dog sledding, hot air ballooning, ice diving, sky diving, snow mobiling, bowling, a cinema, a beauty salon and a wellness centre.
How to get to Les Gets
Les Gets' proximity to the airport makes it a good possibility for a short break. The closest airport is Geneva Airport (55 km), followed by Annecy (70 km). Lyon-Satolas is 170 km away.
PARIS - CLUSES : 4h30 (TGV)
Connection to Cluses - Les Gets by taxi or by coach
Information for coaches : http://www.altibus.com (22 km)
PARIS - GENEVE : 3h30 (TGV)
Connection Genève - Les Gets by taxi or by coach
Information for coaches : http://www.altibus.com (50 km)
Minitel 3615 SNCF
Tél : 08 36 35 35 35 & 08 36 67 68 69
Paris - Les Gets
Paris - Mâcon Nord (A6), Annemasse - Cluses (A40), Cluses - Les Gets (D902).
Lyon - Les Gets
Lyon - Chambéry (A43) Aix-les-Bains - Annecy (A41), Bonneville - Cluses (A40), Cluses - Les Gets (D902).
Geneve - Les Gets
Genève - Cluses (A40), Cluses - Les Gets (D902).
Les Gets Childcare
If you're after some time on the slopes to yoursleves, there are an array of brilliant childcare and nanny options available.
Happy Feet Les Gets & Morzine Childcare
Happy Feet is a fresh and exciting company dedicated to providing safe and stimulating indoor and outdoor experiences for your children on holiday. Their childcare packages are led and developed by a qualified primary school teacher who creates wonderful, bespoke holidays for your children. Happy Feet staff will come to your holiday chalet with plenty of crafts, toys and resources to provide flexible care around you and your family's needs. They offer full, half days or evening babysitting. Prices start from £85 for a half day and £120 for a whole day with discounts offered for multiple days booked. All staff fully first aid trained and CRB checked. www.morzinechildcare.co.uk E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Porter - Private Childcare in Morzine & Les Gets
Deborah Porter is a mature, qualified, experienced nanny with a paediatric first aid and a CRB. As a mature nanny who has worked in childcare for over seven years, Deborah enjoys working with all ages from 3 month old babies up to early teenagers. Deborah is flexible and happy to discuss what your childcare needs are with full days and half days available. She can also babysit if you fancy a night out on chalet staff day off! Living in Morzine full time and in her fifth season, DEborah knows how it all works from ski school, chalets or buses and has the inside info on all the areas to sledge and where the best hot chocolates are in town for treats! It's just Deborah so you will know exactly who will be caring for your children.
Cheeky Monekys Childcare
Cheeky Monkeys childcare provides a quality childcare service in France to families on holiday throughout the Alps. Their aim is to provide a childcare service suitable to you and your children’s needs. Cheeky Monkeys can care for your children in your holiday chalet or provide a pick up and drop off service for children in ski school which allows yourselves to make the most of your skiing during the day. All their nannies are English, qualified child carers and are experienced. Your nanny will have a selection of activities arranged for your children during the week from cooking, arts & crafts, face painting to sledge rides and snowman building – all adapted according to the children’s ages and the weather.
Snow Angel Nannies
Snow Angel Nannies is the perfect childcare solution for your skiing holiday in the French Alps. The nannies all hold relevant childcare qualifications, CRB/DBS checks and first aid qualifications. They are all carefully selected for their kind, caring and fun loving nature as well as their childcare skills. You will have your nannies contact details so you can amend plans during the day and the Snow Angel Nanny ensures a fun activity packed day for the children. The nannies also do ski school pick up and drop off and can take the children to meet you for lunch if required to keep the family holiday aspect. A Snow Angel Nanny will give you peace of mind to enjoy your day on the slopes knowing your little ones are having the time of their lives.