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Les Gets

Overview

Les Gets is a lovely, sunny village in the Portes du Soleil ski area. Originally a dairy farming area, the village has retained much of its Savoyard charm and is an ideal destination for families. The village, which is bypassed by the main road that continues up to the larger resort of Morzine, retains a very French feel and has a good reputation for food and friendly service.


Intimate and authentically French

Les Gets is a great base for skiing the shared Morzine/ Les Gets area. Mont Chery (1,826m) is bliss for intermediates with several long red and black runs with the added advantage that this sector is underused and usually quiet. The slopes on the Morzine side, towards Les Chavannes and Le Pleney are accessed by a gondola and fast chair, and allow you to ski the great reds on Le Ranfoilly. This is a good area for beginner and intermediate skiers with 79% of the runs classified as blues and reds. That said there are some challenging blacks and some excellent off-piste runs through the trees.

In Les Gets, you can ski right out of the village to have snowy fun amidst the fur trees and mountain meadows. Choose between two ski resorts, which are on either side of the village: Les Chavannes, which links into the Portes du Soleil area and Mont Chéry, where you will find some great skiing and exceptional views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

If you want to clock up some serious ski miles the Portes du Soleil covers 650km. From Les Gets it takes about 50 minutes to ski to the French purpose-built resort of Avoriaz then it’s a short distance to the Swiss border. It’s possible to ski the extensive circular tour, which you can do in either direction, travelling through both French and Swiss resorts.

Ski Lifts over Les Gets
Les Gets village lights at night

Les Gets centre has a quiet ambience that appeals to families. The main drag is dotted with attractive food shops, boutiques and restaurants. The village is fairly pedestrian-friendly, too, and a popular outdoor ice rink adds to the charm.

Dining table at Chalet Ferme de Moudon

Ski Guide

In Les Gets, you can ski right out of the village to have snowy fun amidst the fur trees and mountain meadows. Choose between two ski resorts, which are on either side of the village: Les Chavannes, which links into the Portes du Soleil area and Mont Chéry, where you will find some great skiing and exceptional views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

 

 


VITAL SKI STATISTICS

Altitude (Les Gets) 1170m
Skiable Range
1170 – 2,002m
Highest lift 1,826m - Mont Chery 

Ski terrain - Portes du Soleil
Pistes 650 km 
Blue 53%, Red 37%, Black 10%

Ski terrain - Les Gets
Pistes 107 km
Les Gets Green 7%, Blue 39%, Red 41%, Black 13%

Off Piste Itinerary

*skiing with a qualified mountain guide advised
Les Gets’ best area for off piste is the Mont Chery side of the valley. Not only is it quiet and the back side is north facing but it also has one of the best views in the whole Portes du Soleil. 

Head to the top of the mountain via the Telecabine Mont Chery and the Grande Ourse Chairlift. Then skirt round the back and drop down the side next to the Bouquetin Black run. There are some open pitches here and some sections through the trees. Pick up the old and rickety Planeys chairlift and do it again. Alternatively, drop off the back and explore the section accessed by the Chery Nord Chairlift. 

Another good spot, but on the other side of the Valley is the Chavannes bowl sitting under the peaks of Le Ranfolly and La Rosta. The five lifts servicing this area offers multiple off piste tracks between the abundance of red, blue and black runs in the bowl. The off piste options are clear from the lift but the area is big and does take a little while to become fully tracked out. Once the more open spaces have been used up you’ll need to go exploring in the trees but don’t worry as there is little chance of getting too lost, all routes lead back to the lifts.

Descend off the Ranfoilly peak drop into the small bowl to the skiers’ right before you get as far as joining the blue Gentiane piste. The bowl funnels tighter between the trees but offers multiple lines eventually depositing you on the Tetras red run and onward to the Choucas leading to the Grand Pre for a retour to Morzine.

Famous Ski Runs

Skiing to Avoriaz will take two hours but it’s worth it to ski the famous Wall and to get to access to extensive off-piste terrain.  If you don’t fancy the two hour ski trip you can just hop aboard a 20 minute bus transfer to Prodain, which is what all of the locals do anyway.   

Our Favourite Ski Runs

— Greens —

Beginners can practice on the nursery slopes in the village centre but for better views (and better snow) there are gentle runs near the top of the Chavannes mountain.  Here you’ll find the Mappy’s area – a quiet space with four slopes created for beginners which is set apart from the standard ski area.  Gentle runs to progress to include the Bleuets. A selection of bars and restaurants are also located nearby.

— Blues & Reds 

Les Gets is a great base for skiing the shared Morzine/ Les Gets area. Mont Chery (1,826m) is bliss for intermediates with several long red and black runs with the added advantage that this sector is underused and usually quiet. The slopes on the Morzine side, towards Les Chavannes and Le Pleney are accessed by a gondola and fast chair, and allow you to ski the great reds on Le Ranfoilly.  This is a good area for beginner and intermediate skiers with 79% of the runs classified as blues and reds.

Intermediate skiers should take advantage of the challenging reds on the Mont Chery side where they can improve their technique on quiet slopes.  Confident skiers can enjoy mogul skiing down the Yeti run and down the north and east of Mont Chery.  The difficulty of these runs will depend largely on the snow conditions - not much snow equals bumpy and hard.

— Blacks —

When there’s a fresh dump of snow, the tree skiing in the Mont Chery trees is among the best in the whole of the Portes du Soleil area.

Surprisingly tricky black runs and some sweet off-piste can be found on Nyon but, overall, expert skiing at Les Gets is limited.  One of the toughest runs is Mouflons which is 1.23km long and pitches at up to 47%

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Top Tip

"Take the Chavannes Express rather than the Chavannes gondola and de la Crois chair, which is painfully slow."


Expert Tips

SARAH HAMBLIN

Boutique Chalet Company / Director & Co-founder 

Sarah lives and works in Morzine & Les Gets

Best cafe

Cafe Alba serves delicious coffees and milkshakes with simple yet yummy snacks, such as chai latte cupcakes. Good little après spot too!

 

 

 

Best boutique

‘Un Amour de Noel’ – an interiors boutique, a true Aladdin’s cave of beautiful pieces with a wide variety of styles, from mid-century design to mountain chic.

Another irresistible boutique is ‘Chalet du Chocolat’ – a chocolatier who not only sells the most delicious and tempting chocolates, but also runs regular chocolate-making workshops!

 

 

 

Best mountain restaurant

Le Paika – a hidden gem, just off the blue piste into La Turche, there is a beautiful sunny terrace and when the weather’s good they cook outside on a huge grill. Plus, we love the dessert buffet!

 

 

 

Best village restaurant

La R’mize - a wonderful, small chef-owner run restaurant in the village centre. The food is continually outstanding and the hospitality and service always warm and friendly. Warm and welcoming with good priced menus - be sure to try the Cafe Gourmand - it's the best !

when I'm not skiing

Ski-joering – horse-drawn skiing, a great family activity, taking place on a beautiful plateau away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes themselves.   

Favourite après

Right at the foot of the pistes in the village centre is the bar at Hotel Bellevue – ideal for a few drinks before you head back to the chalet, they have live DJs and a party atmosphere.

Later, The iGloo Chalet Club is a great party spot in Les Gets if you want to dance the night away! They even run a shuttle service to take you home…

Favourite ski run

Perrieres (red piste) – this is always so quiet, it is a wide run, steep in places with plenty of off-piste alongside so perfect on a powder day. You can do 3 or 4 runs up and down, there’s never a queue for the fast chairlift and you can take a different line each time!

 

 

 

Favourite chalet/hotel

It has to be Ferme de Moudon - the chalet has an air of mystery and allure, it is so unobtrusive from the exterior and tucked away in an intensely private location. But when you enter, the warm interiors and the incredible views just take your breath away. This is a place where you can truly relax and escape from the real world.

 

 

Top tip

For a fabulous, long lunch stop, ski the Mont Chery area, head down the North side and call Altitude 1490 – they will pick you up in their Sno-Cat and whisk you to their restaurant which has incredible views and, in our opinion, the best mountain burger in The Portes du Soleil!

 

 

Did you know?

Igloo Chalet-Club is a small nightclub that first opened in 1938 and is one of the oldest nightclubs in France. 


La Paika Les GetsA hidden gem, just off the blue piste into La Turche
Alt 1490Get picked up in a Sno-Cat and get whisked up to their restaurant which has incredible views

Food & Drink

Les Gets Restaurants

On the Mountain


Le Belvedere, Les Gets

+33 (0) 450 833 134

On Mont Chery, the Belvedere is actually two restaurants, a self-service and the main restaurant, which is the one to pick. There are incredible views and it is well worth taking a long lunch break here. Our top tip is to try the Café Gourmand to finish.

 

 

 

La Grande Ourse, Mont Chery Les Gets 

+33 (0) 679 425 886

Set in a gorgeous location above Les Gets with a large terrace and views of Mont Blanc; the sun terrace is perfect for sunny days. Wednesday evenings 'Dine a Mile High' with a piste basher ride up to the restaurant. Suitable for pedestrians. 

 

 

 

Le QG, Les Gets 

++33 (0) 450 798 665

Situated near piste marker 17 on the Gentiane run, this restaurant has a good and varied menu of Savoyard dishes and French classics. It’s also a great après stop on your way home. It is the sister restaurant to Les Copeaux in the resort centre.  

 

 

Le Vaffieu, Les Gets

+33 (0) 450 790 943

A friendly place at the top of Pleney, next to the arrival of the Belvedere chairlift in Montriond. It has good service, well-presented food, and gorgeous views. The restaurant gets busy at lunchtime during high season, so you’ll need to book ahead.

 

 

 

La Paika, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 928 522

Busy and charming, rustic wooden chalet off the Vorosses run; hearty main courses – rack of lamb, beef stew plus a tempting selection of desserts, such as lemon meringue pie and tarte aux myrtilles. This comes highly recommended and is one not to be missed.

 

 

 

Le Grand Cry, Les Chavannes Les Gets 

+33  (0) 450 797 297

In a great location at the mid station, easily accessible for skiers and non-skiers,  this restaurant has a great outdoor terrace facing the midday sun.  Inside the decor is really fun and creatively designed.  The menu is varied with a few surprises!  There are the traditional Savoyard favourites nestled amongst a souris d’agneau and a smoked pork filet mignon, escargots with a creamy risotto – clearly an inventive chef offering great and interesting flavours.  There is a menu offering aperos gourmand and to finish some delicious sounding desserts and a wonderful café gourmand which was all home made.  

 

 

La Chanterelle, Les Gets 

+33  (0) 450 040 819

All pistes on the North side of Mont Chery will lead you to this wonderful mountain restaurant, close to the chair lift Chery Nord. It is also accessible by car through the village of Cote d’Abroz via the Col de L’Encrenaz. A large sunny terrace right on the piste means lunch can be enjoyed whilst soaking up the sun and taking in the fabulous mountain views!  The delightful smells from the outdoor wood-fired oven greet you on arrival!  and the food that is produced on this wood burning oven is great! The restaurant has huge windows offering beautiful views and a great warm ambience inside with comfortable sofas and roaring fires to relax for a while between hiking or skiing. La Chanterelle is offering breakfasts and brunch, lunches and is open in the evenings. 

 

 

 

Le Chasse Montagne,  Les Gets 

+33  (0) 450 755 551

Offering the Savoyard specialities and always very good menu du jour including a great home-made pudding. Their dessert table is always very enticing. This family owned restaurant and boutique hotel is accessible by road up to Chavannes and is on the blue Bruyere piste, close to the Folliets tele-siege.  They have a great outdoor terrace with fabulous views for those wonderful sunny days in The Portes du Soleil. Restaurant was refurbished in 2015.

 

 

restaurants in the village


Ferme de Montagne, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 753 679

This is fine dining in a beautiful setting in the hamlet of La Turche. The beautifully restored old farmhouse is both a small boutique hotel and restaurant. Food is fresh, light and innovative with an emphasis on using local produce. The dining room is small so booking is essential.

 

 

 

Le Saint Laurent, Les Gets

+33 (0) 450 758 000

After you have worked up an appetite on the mountain, why not head to this great restaurant which offers fantastic regional cuisine which can be washed down with a delicious glass of wine from their extensive list. Le Saint Laurent is part of the Hotel Le Labrador and is managed by its young creative Chef Jonathan Marzocca. You can watch them at work as the chefs use the fireplace to cook a number of their meat dishes including beef ribs, tasty duck filet, or a succulent rack of Sisteron lamb.The restaurant has a warm and welcoming traditional interior complete with cow bells!

 

 

La Fruitere des Perrieres, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 798 922

This is the place to go for Savoyard specialties and everything cheese related. The restaurant is in a vaulted, stonewall cellar and it serves fantastic tartiflette, fondues and raclettes. The restaurant is only open in the evening and it is attached to a fabulous cheese shop and to an award winning cheese maker. The business is family run although the current Master Cheese Maker is actually Japanese, who came to the Savoie to follow his passion for cheese making.  

 

 

 

 

La R’Mize, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 797 557 

Situated in the old part of the village, this lovely restaurant is run by chef owner, Emmanuel Michaud and his wife.  They have a growing reputation for their innovative menus and for their use of local produce.  

 

 

 

Les Copeaux, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 797 850

This is a great little restaurant with good and friendly service and a wonderful atmosphere. They have a large outdoor terrace for lunch on those balmy winter days. Offering a varied menu, including a menu and plat du jour daily and the usual Savoyard specialities but sometimes with a modern twist. It’s small so booking is advisable.  

 

 

L’Outa, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 382 420

A popular little restaurant in the heart of Les Gets.  Good French cooking using local produce - try the rack of lamb with mountain herbs. Lovely cosy wooden interior with a friendly, warm atmosphere and great service.

 

 

 

La Pela, Les Gets

+33 (0) 450 798 502

This restaurant is an old Savoyard farm in the centre of the village with a wonderful warm atmosphere. The Café Gourmand is fabulous! They have a large selection of different types of Pela this is another name for tartiflette one of the most popular Savoyard dishes

 

 

Le Tourbillon, Les Gets 

+33 (0) 450 797 034

A great friendly restaurant in the heart of Les Gets village, with a good menu, great steaks! Again with a typically Savoyard welcoming feel. Good location in town, with a sunny terrace. Salmon mi-fume on a bed of creamy lentils is the house speciality, there are other great dishes like St Jacques on a slate, simmered pork cheek in a casserole and various Savoyard specialities.  There is normally a local fresh fish dish of the day on the specials board  

 

 

 

 

Apres Ski & Nightlife


Christiania Fireside Lounge Bar

If you’re looking for somewhere quieter for a relaxed post-ski drink then head for This bar is part of a hotel and is ideally located in the heart of resort with ski to door access. The bar has a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can truly unwind and feel at home. There are comfortable sofas to relax on by a roaring log fire. The bar serves a range of beers, wines, liqueurs and spirits as well as non-alcoholic drinks

 

 

 

L’Apreski Bar 

Right at the bottom of the Chavannes piste on the Front de Neige next to the Tourist Office of Les Gets is L'ApreSki Bar. Part of the Hotel Bellevue it has had a bit of a facelift recently and has become the place to head to for slope-side apres ski in Les Gets. With various different live bands every Wednesday and Sunday, and often a sneaky few on other days, you can head to the bar at the end of the day and enjoy the terrace.

 

 

Le Barbylone 

This is one of the smallest but liveliest bars in the resort. Located in the centre of Les Gets with regular DJ and weekly events. Also open for breakfast & morning coffee.

 

 

Ba Bar 

French bar with a lively apres scene, DJ's, live sport..and the odd Coyote Ugly style dancing on the bar (every Thursday) and every Wednesday is Mojito party from 4pm  

 

 

 

The Bush  

One of the longest established apres watering holes in Les Gets, Bar Bush can be found right in the centre of the resort, just next to the main village square.

It’s not huge but there’s always a great atmosphere, especially when they book bands like CAB Collective. Their ‘Winter Quiz Series’ starts at 9.30pm every Friday and there are regular theme nights, such as ‘S’ themed fancy dress party.

 

 

 

The Irish Pub 

A lively bar and a  micro-brewery (there are six home-brewed beers) in the centre of the village. It is now celebrating its 20th birthday so becoming a resort institution !

 

 

 

 

 

Igloo Chalet Club 

The iGloo Chalet Club, which is one of the oldest nightclubs in France,  is a great party spot in Les Gets if you want to dance the night away! There’s a resident DJ and they hold regular theme nights. They even run a shuttle service to take you home…