Guide To: Skiing in Les Gets
Les Gets is a popular ski resort in the French Alps. This guide tells you everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip to the slopes.
Les Gets ski resort offers varied and challenging slopes for all skiing abilities and is one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps.
Charming and unspoilt, the area of Les Gets welcomes thousands of skiers to its slopes every season and with plenty of winter activities, accommodation options and of course, Apres Ski, it’s the perfect family-friendly ski destination.
If you’re planning a trip to the slopes read on to discover what makes Les Gets the perfect choice for everyone.
Where is Les Gets?
Les Gets is located in the Haute Savoie of the French Alps, south of the Swiss border and Lake Geneva.
Nestled in the French mountains, Les Gets is one of the best connected and easy to access ski resorts in the whole of the Alps.
The resort is just over an hour away from Geneva, making airport connections quick and easy, and around 10 km from the famous and lively Morzine ski resort.
Part of the wider Portes Du Soleil ski area, Les Gets is one of the quieter resorts in the area, especially during the week, meaning you’ll have plenty of space on the slopes.
The village of Les Gets sits at an altitude of 1172 metres making it one of the lower resorts in the French Alps. Whilst this means the mountains are much easier to access, it can impact the snow levels at some points in the season.
With 64 pistes covering a total of 120 km, Les Gets ski resort is tree lined and picturesque.
The area first welcomed skiers back in the 1930’s with the first ski lift installed in 1936 and almost a century later, the mountains are still offering skiers of all abilities a thrilling and exciting ski holiday.
The Les Gets Ski Resort
The Les Gets ski resort has something to offer everyone, particularly family’s thanks to the resort’s “Familie Plus” label.
The resort really excels when it comes to its offering for younger skiers, with off-slope highlights including regular carpentry workshops where children learn to create wooden models.
The Les Gets ski schools are some of the best in the Alps, with many holding awards, and there are an array of nursery slopes on offer for youngsters and skiing beginners.
With various accommodation options and Apres Ski bars and restaurants, the resort has every aspect of your ski holiday covered.
In recent years the Les Gets ski resort has also been making steps to become more environmentally friendly. Ski lifts are now powered by solar panels and the artificial snow used within the resort is free from chemicals that can be destructive to the natural environment.
The resort is neighboured by woodlands that can be explored on snowshoes or even via dogsled. There’s also the option to take in Les Gets from above thanks to the paragliding on offer.
Les Gets has a busy events calendar throughout the year and the resort is a stop on the Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont-Blanc dog sledding race.
Les Gets - Ski Areas
Les Gets has plenty of ski areas to explore and is part of the Les Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest connected ski areas.
Les Portes du Soleil
Les Gets is connected by lift to the rest of the Portes du Soleil where there is over 600 km of skiing to be enjoyed.
A great choice for intermediate skiers and above is to ski the Portes du Soleil circuit, a ski route that will take you around 6 hours to complete. You’ll go from Morzine to Chatel then on to Switzerland, before returning to the French side and Avoriaz.
The Portes du Soleil area, which means “gateway to the sun”, has in total 14 interconnected ski resorts and it’s well worth opting for a ski pass that allows you to access them all.
Exploring the Portes du Soleil is a particularly good idea for more advanced skiers, just always make sure to return to Les Gets before the lifts close for the day!
Avoriaz is a vast ski area full of pistes for all abilities.
The Fornet area is home to natural terrain of bumps and drops and two challenging blue slopes, Bleue de Chavanette and Bleue de Fornet, both offering challenging steep sections and great pace.
One of the most popular runs in the area is Combe a Floret. The run winds through the trees and the top section is particularly narrow and winding.
For serious skiing pros there are two great black runs in the area, Combe de Machon and Coupe de Monde. The two have a bit of everything, allowing seasoned skiers to mix up their skiing styles on the way down making for an entertaining and invigorating experience.
Domaine Skiable du Roc d’Enfer
The ski slopes of the Roc d’Enfer area are family friendly and the perfect choice for skiers of all ages.
Located at the foot of the majestic Roc d’Enfer mountain, the area offers around 50 km of pistes for all abilities, all within the stunning surroundings.
One of the big highlights of this area is the 20 km circuit through woodland and breathtaking scenery where skiers of all abilities will find practice slopes and more advanced runs.
The Roc d’Enfer ski area is home to a total of 32 slopes made up of 8 green, 9 blue, 13 red and 2 black.
Grand Massif Domaines Skiables
The Grand Massif is in the heart of the alps and has a whopping 139 slopes to explore meaning there is something for everyone.
Facing the iconic Mont Blanc, you’ll be met with stunning scenery no matter which slope you opt for.
The area can usually guarantee great levels of snowfall and is home to some great, long ski trails reaching up to 14 km in length.
It’s a particularly great area for beginners or those wanting to brush up on their ski skills with an array of green and blue slopes to enjoy.
Morgins has 25 slopes and 17 lifts for skiers to choose from.
Morgins straddles the French/Swiss border and is generally much quieter than the other areas of the Portes su Soleil.
More advanced skiers looking for a thrill may not find what they’re after in Morgins but it’s a great choice for intermediate skiers looking to improve their skills during their ski holiday.
The resort has mainly north and east aspect slopes which are great for beginners and intermediates with the Foilleuse sector home to some great terrain including some off-piste sections into the “remote” valley.
The Didier Defago piste is probably the most advanced in the area and great for those looking to push themselves but more advanced skiers would likely find the run too easy.
Like the skiing, the snowboarding terrain in and round Morgins is also best suited to beginners and intermediates with little for more skilled snowboarders to enjoy.
Skiing in Les Gets - By Ability
Les Gets ski resort is a great option for skiers of all abilities. Take a look at the breakdown below to discover the slopes to look out for no matter what your skill level.
Skiing in Les Gets for Beginners
There’s 7 different ski schools in Les Gets so if you’re looking for some guidance before you tackle the slopes, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
In fact, Les Gets is one of the most beginner-friendly ski resorts in the whole of the French Alps. There’s a large beginner area called Mappy’s over on the Chavannes side of the resort where you’ll find an array of nursery runs as well as two magic carpet lifts.
There’s plenty of green runs in the area to practice on but it’s worth noting that the route back to the village is a blue, so make sure you’re confident you can make it all the way down before setting off.
The Les Gets ski resort also has a dedicated kids area, Grand Cry. One of the best features of the Grand Cry area is the run which identifies plants and animals on the way down, making the descent fun and educational!
Skiing in Les Gets for Intermediate Skiers
One of the best areas of Les Gets for intermediate skiers is the Ranfoilly Bowl.
Accessed from the top of the Chavannes lift, there’s a variety of blue runs as well as some reds and blacks if you feel ready for them.
The area is tree lined with plenty of off-piste sections whilst the Varosses run on La Turche is great for those who are comfortable on drag lifts and who want to push themselves.
Mont Chery is a small off-piste area but time the conditions just right and you can spend all day enjoying the area without getting bored.
Skiing in Les Gets for Advanced Skiers
The Melzes run is the perfect choice for those looking to push themselves into advanced territory. Whilst the run is officially marked as a red, it’s more of a blue/red hybrid making this a perfect first foray into the trickier slopes.
At the top of the Chamossiere Express chairlift advanced skiers have two great options to choose from. The red run, Arbis, or the black Les Creux. Whilst Arbis may be dubbed a red, it’s the hardest red run in the area and will give you a challenging and thrilling journey down.
Chamois meanwhile is a red run on Mount Chery which offers some challenging turns and even some road crossings.
What makes Les Gets ski resort such a popular choice, especially with families, is how easy it is to access.
It takes around an hour to get from Geneva airport to Les Gets, making it the ideal choice for those looking to avoid long transfer times.
Our shared and private airport transfers can get you from Geneva airport to the Les Gets resort in no time at all. Our specially trained Alpine drivers ensure you’ll arrive safely, so all you have to do is sit back and relax.
The short transfer time makes Les Gets perfect for shorter ski breaks as you can avoid wasting precious ski time stuck in the car.
Guide to Skiing in Les Gets
Les Gets is a popular ski resort in the Alps, especially with families thanks to its excellent beginner areas, ski schools and activities for children.
The short transfer from Geneva airport makes it a perfect option for those planning a shorter skiing holiday whilst the stunning landscapes and tree-lined slopes ensure you’ll have a picture-perfect trip no matter how long you’re there for.