Les Gets

Les Gets is situated between Geneva and Mont Blanc. Despite its fairly low altitude it still manages to maintain an excellent snow record year in, year out! The resort makes up part of the Portes du Soleil domaine which includes resorts such as Morzine and Avoriaz. Les Gets is well known for being a family friendly resort and is equally popular during the summer season. From Les Gets and its surrounding you can not only ski into Switzerland and back within the day but you have access to some of the most beautiful views of the region including clear views of the Mont Blanc. Les Gets sits at the bottom of the multiple slopes making it very possible in many cases to ski straight to your front door.

History

From its origins (in the 11th century), the village of Les Gets has had wood in its veins… The name “Les Gets” came from the local dialect words “gitte” or “giette” meaning the corridors used to send logs rapidly down the hillside. Well before tourism developed from winter sports, wood and water were the main resources for the inhabitants of Les Gets. They used different varieties of pine for building: from the main structure to chimneys, from partition walls to roofing tiles; everything was made from wood. It was also used to make kitchen utensils (spoons and buckets for example) and agricultural tools, such as forks, rakes, scythe handles and coffis. In the springtime the sawmills would operate, because at that time of year, the water volume is higher due to the melting of the winter snows. Today, the forests which cover 2/3 of the Commune are still a veritable livelihood, such as: A wood fired heating system supplying 12 Commune buildings, Sawmills which are still functioning, a tradition omnipresent in our architecture, crafts and heritage etc…

Skiing in Les Gets

Les Gets is excellent for beginner and intermediate skiers – The “Blanchot” circuit around the Les Gets area which follows only green and blue slopes is a popular day tour for families and leisure skiers. For the more advanced skiers access to the Portes du Soleil ski area means there are 650km of slopes at your fingertips!

The resort

Those hoping for a wild nightlife may have to look to neighbouring resorts like Morzine, but Les Gets itself offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes for more relaxed evenings out.

Vital Statistics

Resort Height 1172m
Top Lift 2277m
Pistes (km) 65
Lifts 202
Green 9
Blue 22
Red 25
Black 8
Rating
Beginner *****
Intermediate ****
Advanced ***
Snowboarding ***
Off Piste Very good
Artificial Snow 55km
Children Les Gets is ideal for a family holiday and there are great child care facilities including a kids themed ski area complete with fur traders and Indians.
Apres ski Large selection of bars and restaurants, as well as a night club.
Other activities If you fancy a day off skiing there are plenty of other activities to try out including night skiing by torch light, sleigh rides, telemark and snowshoeing. Les Gets also offers an ice rink, bowling alley, gym and swimming pool which will keep you occupied if the weather is bad. In summer there is m.t.b. world class downhill mountain biking, cross country cycling, swimming, lake, parp gliding, parpenting, climbing, walking, hiking and so much more.

 

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