France Ski Accommodation in Les Gets, France

Description

Les Gets is s family friendly resort located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Along with 11 other resort, the ski area totals 400km of piste stretched across the French / Swiss border.

The local ski area of Les Gets is linked with neighbouring Morzine and  is one of the prettiest areas in the ski domain. The area is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers with 3 green runs, 29 blue, 28 reds and 9 blacks.

Les Gets was originally an old farming village and installed its first lift in 1936. The resort has managed to retain its original Savoyard charm and open all year round, particularly popular in summer with walkers and bikers - even hosting the world famous Crankworx mountain biking competition.

Les Gets has a good range of accommodation from self catering apartments and chalets to 5* spa hotels; as well as an abundance of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.


Getting There

If you haven’t booked a package with flights and transfers included then you will need to think about the best way of getting to resort.

Fly

The most common and popular way of getting to Les Gets from the UK is to fly. Geneva is the closest airport to resort but there are a few others nearby:

Geneva - 55km - 1hr15
Chambery - 126km - 1hr45
Grenoble - 206km - 2hr15
Lyon - 202km - 2hr15

Airport transfers

There are several companies who offer both shared and private transfers to and from resort. Shared transfers are cheaper but they will only operate on certain days and times so it is worth checking these before booking flights so you don’t end up stranded.

Recommended transfer companies in Les Gets include:

Skilifts have been awarded the world’s best transfer operator in the World Ski Awards. They provide private and shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery.

Alpybus offer low cost shared and private transfers from Geneva.

Skiddy Gonzales offer shared and private transfers from Geneva and private transfers from Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery.

Train

If you choose to get the train out to resort then the nearest station to Les Gets is Cluses, which is approximately 30 minutes away. From the UK, you can take the Eurostar to Paris and then there are a few direct trains to Cluses, alternatively you can change at Bellegade or Annecy.

Drive

If you are planning on driving to the Alps from the UK then Les Gets is one of the closer resorts. You can either take the Eurotunnel or the Ferry then it is approximately 8 hours drive from Calais. There are several tolls on the route in France and the price will depend on your vehicle but will cost about €75 each way.


When to Go

Les Gets is a relatively low altitude resort so its ski season is slightly shorter than other higher resorts. However, due to its immense popularity with families, it means that the resort will do its best to make sure that it is skiable for school holidays and will get the snow cannons going whenever possible.

The main gondola from the resort centre goes up to 1550m so even if snow is thin on the ground in the centre then you will be able to get up to high altitude quickly. Les Gets is linked with Avoriaz which has skiing up to 2460m so guests can always easily ski over there for more reliable conditions.

As Les Gets is very popular with families it does get busier during the school holidays with prices of travel and accommodation coming at a premium. Therefore if you are looking to keep costs down then we recommend you travel during an off peak week where prices are more reasonable.


Where to Stay

Les Gets is a small traditional village with the majority of accommodation scattered around the centre.



Getting around

There are several options for getting around Les Gets:

Bus

The ‘Navette’ buses operate daily. The buses are free and work to fixed routes and times, covering most of Les Gets including Les Perrieres, Les Cornuts, Les Granges, the village centre, Les Pthays, La Turche and Les Folliets. The buses run every 20 minutes throughout winter and every 15 minutes during peak weeks. There is also a night shuttle service that operates between 1930 and 2330 and costs 3 euros per adult (under 12yrs are free with an adult)

The Little Train

The Little Train is free and operates every day from Mont Chery to Les Chevannes.

Balad’Aulps Public Bus

The Balad’Aulps bus operates every day and runs every 45 minutes. The bus costs €2.50 per journey and connects the main towns and villages in the local valley.

Taxi

There are taxis available in resort. It is recommended to book in advance and agree a price.


Apres

Les Gets isn’t best known for its lively apres ski and nightlife compared to some of the bigger resorts, however there are still some hidden gems that are definitely worth visiting.

Happy Hours Bar is a good spot if you are skiing back from Avoriaz. The bar lives up to its name and has some excellent happy hour prices and usually hosts DJ sets from the afternoon till early evening.

Inferno is located in the Morzine-Les Gets area and is a favourite amongst seasonnaires. They host a BBQ lunch everyday followed by a DJ set taking you into the evening.

L’Apres Ski Bar is located right at the foot of the main slopes making it a great spot on your way back to your chalet at the end of the day. It is also the prime spot to watch the torch lit descent.

There are also many good bars lining the high street:

Bar Bush is British run loved by locals and visitors alike.

Bar Bowling is a lively venue with a bowling alley and plenty of pool tables.

Igloo nightclub is also on the main street and is where most nights in town end up.

Black Bear is more of a traditional bar and is a good place for an evening drink or game of pool.

Chez Jacque is located in the Chamois d’Or hotel and is a little more sophisticated with its extensive gin menu.


Eating out

There are a good selection of restaurants in Les Gets to cater for all tastes and budgets…

On the mountain:

La Grande Ourse is located on Mont Chery and is open for lunch, however it is more known for its fine dining experience in the evening when they whisk you up the mountain in a private piste basher to enjoy a 5 course dinner. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Chez Nannon is the best place to find steak on the mountain. The restaurant is located at Nyon on the Morzine side of the ski area

In the resort:

La Pela has a traditional Savoyard menu. The restaurant is very popular so make sure that you book ahead.

Le Case K2 is located at the Mont Chery end of the high street and serves some of the best burgers in Les Gets. They have a small restaurant and seating outside but are also popular with takeaways too.

Les Copeaux serves traditional Savoyard food with a modern twist! The restaurant is always full so make sure to book.



Activities

There is a fantastic selection of activities for non skiers in Les Gets:

There is an ice rink located in the centre of town as well as a cinema and a museum!

Both the Spa Sereni-cimes or the hotel spa at the Chamois d’Or are both great if you are looking for some relaxation.

Bar Bowling has two lanes and pool tables as well as a cordoned off slope just for sledging

There are also several activities on the mountain other than skiing and snowboarding which include winter hiking trails, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. There is also the Ranches des Portes du Soleil who offer mountain horse riding and ski joering.

One of the most popular activities in Les Gets is paragliding which allows guests to enjoy some spectacular views. There are plenty of companies offering this including some ski schools.



Ski School

There is a good selection of ski schools in Les Gets offering both group and private lessons to suit all ages and abilities. It is recommended that you book your lessons in advance as they do fill up, especially during school holidays.

Our recommended ski schools in Les Gets include:

ESF have been running for over 70 years and have fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer both group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding.

British Alpine Ski School (BASS) are an English speaking ski school. They have a reputation for excellence and offer courses for beginners to pros. The school offers both individual and group lessons but the maximum number in the group is 6 people so you will always get individual attention.

360 are an English speaking ski school who offer private and group lessons for adults and children. They have a reputation for their friendly instructors who are great with kids.

LGS
provide group lessons for children and private lessons for both adults and children. They also offer ski guiding to show you around the mountain.


Getting around

There are several options for getting around Les Gets:

Bus

The ‘Navette’ buses operate daily. The buses are free and work to fixed routes and times, covering most of Les Gets including Les Perrieres, Les Cornuts, Les Granges, the village centre, Les Pthays, La Turche and Les Folliets. The buses run every 20 minutes throughout winter and every 15 minutes during peak weeks. There is also a night shuttle service that operates between 1930 and 2330 and costs 3 euros per adult (under 12yrs are free with an adult)

The Little Train

The Little Train is free and operates every day from Mont Chery to Les Chevannes.

Balad’Aulps Public Bus

The Balad’Aulps bus operates every day and runs every 45 minutes. The bus costs €2.50 per journey and connects the main towns and villages in the local valley.

Taxi

There are taxis available in resort. It is recommended to book in advance and agree a price.


Family ski

Les Gets is the perfect resort for families and has been awarded the ‘Famille plus award’ from the French Ministry of Tourism, and describe themselves as ‘the resort where children are treated like kings’

Les Gets is perfectly suited for beginners, with the nursery slope and ESF snow garden located right at the bottom of the main lifts. There are also beginner areas located at the top of the main Les Chavannes gondola.

Les Gets also has its own area of the mountain just for  children called Le Grand Cry where there are gentle runs and has a Native American theme with totem poles and various activities dotted down the slopes, as well as a small petting zoo!


Group Ski

Les Gets high popularity with families mean it is not always top of the list for certain groups of skiers. However, Les Gets can offer a lot!

Les Gets is a traditional French town with a good number of restaurants, cafes and shops as well as a selection of bars. Morzine is only a short ski or bus/drive away and has more going on in terms of nightlife and apres ski.

Les Gets is good for groups with non skiers as there is an ice rink, bowling alley, museum and weekly farmers market as well as shops, restaurants and bars.


Childcare

Les Gets is the perfect resort for families and has been awarded the ‘Famille plus award’ from the French Ministry of Tourism, and describe themselves as ‘the resort where children are treated like kings’

Les Gets is perfectly suited for beginners, with the nursery slope and ESF snow garden located right at the bottom of the main lifts. There are also beginner areas located at the top of the main Les Chavannes gondola.

Les Gets also has its own area of the mountain just for  children called Le Grand Cry where there are gentle runs and has a Native American theme with totem poles and various activities dotted down the slopes, as well as a small petting zoo!


Child facilities

For families travelling out to resort and looking for childcare there are several options available for them in resort.

There are  two nurseries in resort:

Les Fripouilles is a nursery for children from 6 months to 4 years
ESF Snow Garden is for beginners from 3 to 5 years and specialise in ski lessons for young children.

There is also the option of booking in-house childcare which is often the easiest and most convenient form of care. The operators will employ their own British nannies who will offer similar style care that would receive in the UK.

Ski Famille offer ‘a la carte’ in chalet childcare from 4 months to 12 years.

VIP offer a private nanny service where you can choose which 8 consecutive hours you’d like them to work between 8am and 8pm. They will look after children as young as 12 weeks old!

The third option of childcare is to book a private nanny. They offer personal and flexible service depending on how much you need, to whether you are just looking for a babysitter in the chalet or a nanny to take the children out for activities.

Jack Frosts provide nannies to come to you accommodation and provide a flexible service depending on your family’s needs. They will also bring all toys, games and arts and crafts materials.

My Travelling Nanny is a family run specialist holiday nanny agency who matches families with the perfect Travelling Nanny for their holiday.

Cheeky Monkeys offer a kids club in Morzine, as well as a private nanny service in your own chalet. They can also offer babysitting if you need this in the evenings.


The Piste

Beginners

Les Gets is a family friendly resort and is perfect for beginners. The best beginner area is located at the top of the Chavennes cable car. Here there are four gently slopes which are serviced by two magic carpets, a snow cable and a rope tow. The area is also entirely accessible to pedestrians.

Intermediates

There are plenty of runs in Les Gets to keep intermediate skiers busy, in particular on the Mont Chery side. This is the furthest from the main interlinked network so is generally a bit quieter.

Experts


Les Gets has some excellent terrain for expert skiers. There are 9 black slopes, plus a further 25 in the full Portes du Soleil region. Mouflons is one of the toughest runs in resort but there are some steep runs on Mont Chery and from La Rosta on the Chavennes side.


Ski School

There is a good selection of ski schools in Les Gets offering both group and private lessons to suit all ages and abilities. It is recommended that you book your lessons in advance as they do fill up, especially during school holidays.

Our recommended ski schools in Les Gets include:

ESF have been running for over 70 years and have fully qualified English speaking instructors to help you improve your skills. ESF offer both group and private lessons as well as mountain guiding.

British Alpine Ski School (BASS) are an English speaking ski school. They have a reputation for excellence and offer courses for beginners to pros. The school offers both individual and group lessons but the maximum number in the group is 6 people so you will always get individual attention.

360 are an English speaking ski school who offer private and group lessons for adults and children. They have a reputation for their friendly instructors who are great with kids.

LGS
provide group lessons for children and private lessons for both adults and children. They also offer ski guiding to show you around the mountain.


Equipment Hire

There is a great selection of ski hire shops in Les Gets offering the latest selection of ski and snowboard equipment to suit all abilities. It is definitely worth booking your hire in advance so you can get the equipment you want and many of the stores offer online discounts for booking in advance.

Recommended ski hire stores in Les Gets:

Sport 2000 provide affordable ski and snowboard equipment from all major brands.

Nevada Sports offer ski equipment adapted for each level. They guarantee that there equipment is all well maintained and they also offer free storage between the slopes of Chavannes and Mont-Chery with shoes disinfected every night.

Skiset are one of the top brands for ski rental providing the latest selection of equipment.

Delavay Sports rent and sell quality equipment to fit your needs. They offer a wide selection from some of the top brands, most of which is renewed every year.


Lift Passes

There are two lift passes available for guests visiting Les Gets, there is the local Les Gets and Morzine area pass, or the whole full area Portes du Soleil pass.

For beginner, young children, and those who don’t plan on being out for full days, then the local pass will be enough, but for intermediate and advanced skiers, we would recommend the full Portes du Soleil pass.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking:

6 Day Pass             Les Gets/Morzine Pass    Portes du Soleil Pass
Child (5-15yrs)        €162                                 €195
Adult (16-64yrs)      €216                                 €260
Senior (65-74yrs)    €186                                 €234

Lift passes are free for under 5 years and over 74 years, proof of age is required.


Piste
Les Gets, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 4° C
Wind: 17mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 3cm
Snow Depth
Top: 200cm
Base: 80cm

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