There is something for everyone here in Les Gets. It is a fantastic resort for family and mixed ability groups with chairlifts and gondolas leaving from the village centre and quickly whisking you up over tree lined slopes giving magnificent views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains and even Lake Geneva in the distance! It’s easy to spend the day skiing together around Les Gets and Morzine, sharing the lifts, choosing a run depending on your ability and then eventually meeting up again at the bottom for a vin chaud or hot chocolate in one of the many mountain restaurants.
Les Gets is perfect for those with young children who are looking for a first skiing holiday. The town gained the ‘Famille plus Montagne’ award which guarantees a welcoming environment for children with a fantastic nursery area on Chavannes that is ideal for first timers with easy progression and a good variety of beautifully groomed, tree-lined green and blue runs with areas and facilities accommodating even the youngest of skiers. Check out The Grand Cry area and the children’s Indian run, you can even get your face painted! Ski Schools and private lessons operate from either the bottom of Chavannes or at the mid-station where there is also a large restaurant (The Yeti) which is accessed via an easy telecabine, so beginners don’t even have to put their skis on without their instructor being at hand!
Skiing in Les Gets and Morzine, The Ranfoilly Bowl and Morzine Plateau are ideal for intermediate skiers with a wide range of blue, red and black runs to practice on. For advanced skiers try out Chamossiere area, especially the off-piste and free ride zone. When the lifts get busy on Chavannes try out Mont Chery, a smaller, quiet zone where there are great red and black runs as well as some fun off-piste through the trees. Both sides of the valley of Les Gets give access to good intermediate skiing and for the advanced skiers the extensive domain of the Portes du Soleil is heaven.
The Portes Du Soleil offers a huge selection of fantastic skiing that is right on our doorstep. We provide lifts to Super Morzine and Ardent, which connects you to Avoriaz. It is also very easy to ski to Morzine from Les Gets. From Avoriaz the rest of the area is connected, with endless options including Linga , Chatel, Morgins, Torgon, Champoussin, Les Crosets and Chapelle d’Abondance. We offer accompanied ski days where you are welcome to join us on a tour of the area. We try to ski the Portes Du Soleil Circuit once a week which usually entails a long day ski with a big lunch! A PDS pass for this is required and is only for skiers who can ski red runs and above.
Snowboarding has grown massively in popularity across Europe in recent years. Les Gets, Morzine and the other Portes du Soleil resorts have developed their slopes to offer some fantastic pistes and specialist areas for Snowboarders. There are now 9 Snowparks, a Superpipe and a specialist area called ‘The Stash’ offering natural jumps, rails and obstacles.
The mountains around us in Les Gets, Morzine and The Portes du Soleil have every terrain imaginable – gentle wide open pistes, long steep descents and spectacular off-piste routes. For beginners, the pistes of Les Chavannes in Les Gets and Le Pleney, Morzine offer plenty of space for learning to turn with wide pistes and gentle gradients. Intermediates can take their first air on the friendly beginner parks in Les Gets and nearby Morzine and Avoriaz, all three offer a progression of jumps, boxes and rails.
Les Gets also has a boardercross track designed by Olympic World Champion Deborah Anthonioz and a brilliant snow park on the Mont Chery mountain area with boardercross trails to race down and to practice your technique. For experts out there – there is the Snowpark d’Arare and the Superpipe.
For skiers and snowboarders of intermediate ability and above a definite ‘to do’ before you leave is the Vallee Blanche and stunning Mer de Glace Glacier. We can organise a day out to Chamonix with an experienced and qualified Guide to take you down the 17km route descending through 2800m of stunning mountain views and offering the experience of a lifetime.
There are twelve resorts in the Portes du Soleil area,
of which eight are French and four are Swiss.
The Portes de Soleil (French for “The Doors of the Sun”) is a major ski sports destination in the Alps, encompassing twelve resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 1,036 square kilometres, Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski areas in the world. Almost all of the pistes are connected by lifts – a few marginal towns can be reached only by the free bus services in the area. The highest point of skiing is 2400 m and the lowest is 900 m. As with many other Alpine ski resorts, the lower slopes of the Portes du Soleil have snow-making facilities to extend the skiable season by keeping the lower slopes open during the warmer months.
Most of the resorts have grown around traditional valley villages like Les Gets- only Avoriaz and the very small Les Crosets and Torgon were purposely built during the mid-sixties. Morzine and Chatel are the largest of the traditional towns in the area. As a whole, the skiing is relatively low in altitude compared to most French destinations. The highest skiing is just below 2,500 m (8,200 ft) and the lowest is approximately 900 m (3,000 ft). However, the area is heavily influenced by the microclimate between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, which generates very substantial snowfall between November and April making it possible to keep the area open to skiing typically from early December until mid to late April.