An excellent location for a family skiing holiday, Les Gets is particularly good for beginners and intermediates, but still offers some off-piste challenges for advanced skiers.
The village is about 8kms from Morzine, and at 1172m, a little higher. It’s quite narrow and, for its small size, rather strung out, but there are lifts at both ends and near the middle. The resort has an authentic French feel that visitors like. Most of the chalets, apartments and hotels in Les Gets have been built recently but they blend in well with the traditional rural buildings, as do the cosy bars and restaurants. Although the Morzine to Les Cluses road runs through the village, it’s rarely busy.
Skiing is on both sides of the valley. To the North West is Mont Chery. There are mostly black and red runs here, and its far side is an uncrowded playground, on-piste and off-piste, for confident skiers and freeriders. To the South and East of Les Gets are Les Chavannes, La Turche, La Rosta and La Ranfoilly. From here you can ski into Morzine, or keep going on to the Chamossiere and Pointe de Nyon lifts. The journey over is almost entirely on blue or gentle red pistes, but near the summits there are some tougher runs and freeride opportunities for advanced skiers.
Across Morzine lies the main Portes du Soleil circuit linking Morzine, Avoriaz, Champery, and Chatel, and providing literally hundreds of runs to choose from. And although Les Gets is not perfectly located to explore them, with a bit of determination and taking the odd bus to speed things up, everywhere can be reached and returned from in a day. (Samoens which connects with Flaine is also within an hour’s drive if you want to experience a totally different ski area.) Getting to Les Gets is relatively easy too, whether by plane, road or rail.
So there are many good reasons for choosing Les Gets as a ski resort, but there is one drawback: its ski area is simply not high enough to be snowsure. Like most of the the Portes du Soleil, the slopes around Les Gets are all below 2000m. There is rarely a problem in the middle of winter, and when it’s actually snowing the tree-lined slopes around Les Gets are much more enjoyable to ski than an exposed open bowl above a high-altitude resort; but if you plan to come here in December or April, we advise you book last minute and check the webcams first.
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Les Gets Pros and Cons
+ Lovely traditional village
+ Good variety of uncrowded local runs
+ Part of the vast Portes du Soleil area
– Not snow sure
– Runs are short
– Quiet at night
– Not on the main Portes du Soleil circuit