The Les Gets ski area is divided into two main sectors; the popular Chavannes Bowl and the quieter Mont-Chery.
The Chavannes Bowl is the main objective for most skiers and is filled with blues, reds and some blacks off a number of high capacity lifts. A new addition is easy access to the micro-area of La Turche - whose tree lined runs can be a delight on a powder day. From here you access the rest of the via Chamossiere, Nyon, Morzine and beyond.
For a quieter and possibly more challenging day, across town is the Mont Chery bubble. It lifts you above south facing slopes, sometimes skiable, onto Mont Chery itself. The southern slopes are wide open red and blues, where the ski club often races and trains and with a decent snowpark. The older eastern lift brings you back to the summit from a straightforward red or a bumpy, narrow and steep black. On the north face you have again a good red and a great wide, bumpy black pitch leading to the Col d'Ancrenaz. Out of high season and in good snow Mont Chery can be an unpisted playground.
Everyone apart from beginners staying in Les Gets will also want to explore Morzine's slopes which are covered in our Morzine section.
For keen competent skiers there is enough skiing in Morzine and Les Gets to last a weekend but not a full week, so they will want to explore Avoriaz, Champery and other parts of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area.
Les Gets has an excellent high-capacity lift system out of the village and onto the slopes from different locations, which helps avoid queuing even in peak season. The Chavanne bowl has recently been updated with a mixture of 4 and 6 person high-speed chairs that enable great access to this intermediate playground.
Beginners will probably spend much of their time on the plateau at the top of the Chavannes bubble or the runs down from there into the village. There's plenty of space there for first time sliding and a couple of bars and restaurants handy.
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There are only a few black runs but strong skiers will enjoy the bumps down the Yeti - under the chair of course - and down the north and east of Mont Cheri. You can also burn a lot of energy doing fast sweeping GS turns down the wide and open red runs.
There are challenges in Les Gets own area. The far side of Mont Chery has black runs below the Planeys and Chery Nord lifts, and it's not hard to find good off-piste opportunities near them. On the other side of Les Gets there is off-piste in the open bowls at Chamossiere and Nyon above Morzine, and some unmarked routes between the trees at La Ranfoilly.
But experts will want to take advantage of their Portes du Soleil pass and tackle greater challenges around Avoriaz including the steep black runs at les Hauts Forts down to Les Prodains, the Swiss Wall into Champery and the offpiste below the Pointe de Mossette heading towards Les Crosets. Further around the circuit, there's good off-piste coing down from Tete de Linga near Chatel and genuinely challenging moguls from the top of the Comebois to Plaine Dranse near Ardent.
As usual in the Portes du Soleil there's plenty of boarding action on piste and on Mont Cheri there's a good snow park with jumps, rails and platforms.
Generally all of the restaurants on the mountain are of a decent standard and value with La Rossetaz at the top of the Rosta chair standing out for innovative baguettes such as "L'Americain" - a whole baguette with two burgers, topped up with fries and special sauce. As the area is fairly compact with easy access to the village, it's quite common to ski down into town at lunchtimes - giving greater variety.
Click on the links for more information on the mountain restaurants near the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz.
Some time ago the commune of Les Gets decided that they would be unusually strict about planning control. Sensitive development using local techniques and materials has allowed it to grow while retaining a true Alpine charm lost in many comparable villages. It also benefits from a sensible one-way system with three main drags surrounded by shops, restaurants and hotels.
While it is popular with the British it has a strong French following during the school holidays. For non-skiers there's a small ice-rink and a museum of music boxes. In the summer it's a mecca for downhill mountain biking and regularly hosts world cup events.
There is a wide range of accommodation in the village, including hotels, chalets and apartments. To check current availability and make a reservation, use our Les Gets Accommodation page.
Les Gets has a few more civilized venues than many other small ski resorts.
Spacious and smart is the Bear (or Canadian) Bar above the Irish Bar, which itself is cosy with alcoves for more intimate refreshments.
Perennially popular with English speakers is Bar Bush owned by a near legendary extreme skier called Figs. Interesting places include the Zebra bar, Bar Canadie and the Boomerang in the hotel of the same name and of course L'Igloo nightclub.
There are many restaurants and bars in Les Gets, but the choice is mostly limited to typical, but tasty Savoyard food.
Restaurants and bars abound through Les Gets, mostly offering typical Savoyard food. Good quality restauration can be found at Le Tourbillon, Le Tyrol and Le Vieux Chene, but expect a fairly similar menu wherever you go.La Tanniere at the bottom of the main slopes is certainly worth a visit.
The compact village of Les Gets offers good shopping with a typical mixture of upmarket boutiques and fabulous Savoyarde local speciality shops.
For those still requiring exercise there is a charming outdoor ice rink in the heart of the village.