Les Gets ski resort
About Les Gets
Les Gets has built a reputation as one of France's most authentic, family friendly and eco-conscious ski resorts.
There's a strong community feel to the area, which is essentially a typical French mountain village, albeit one that has grown to become quite a sizable resort.
Les Gets and its ski slopes are quite low-lying compared to the French resorts that were purpose-built in the 1960s and 70s. However, it does have an ace up its sleeve in being part of one of the world's largest ski areas, the Portes du Soleil, which comprises about a dozen villages on each side of the French-Swiss border. This large area offers opportunities for all levels of ability, and the separate villages are easily accessible as many are linked by ski lifts or pistes.
The village itself is home to independent charcuteries, fromageries and patisseries selling a variety of delicious local meats, cheeses and pastries, which help to give the area an authentic, artisan feel. This general warmth, mixed with the easy navigation of the resort, along with a handful of easy ski runs, makes it a good choice for families.
Les Gets is located in the Chablais Alps region of the French province of Haute Savoie, in the western Alps. The ski resort is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area that straddles the border with Switzerland.
Les GetsResort Elevation: 1172m
Top Elevation: 2002m
Base Elevation: 1172m
On the slopes
For a relatively low-lying resort, compared to some others in the region, Les Gets has a surprisingly good snowfall record that's aided by north-facing slopes and extensive snow-making cover. Due to this, Les Gets enjoys a relatively reliable ski season that usually lasts from early December to mid-April.
There's skiing on several mountains surrounding the resort, with most runs carved through the forest. In most cases, skiers of all ability levels can spend much of the day skiing together because the areas have been designed to have a selection of easy, moderate and more advanced runs descending from the top of each lift and meeting again at the base.
The main Chavannes lifts give skiers and boarders access to the ski slopes of Nyon, Le Pleney and other slopes shared with neighbouring Morzine. It's a very pretty ski area with pine forests dissected by runs for all standards. It's also the direct route on skis into the Portes du Soleil region and beyond.
Across the valley, Mont Chery stands unlinked as Les Gets' own ski area. The gondola here gives access to intermediate- and advanced-level terrain above the treeline, from which there are great views of Mont Blanc. The long Gazelle black or Chamois red runs offer the route back down to the village.