History and modern winter tourism combine perfectly in the ski resort of Les Gets on the southern edge of the large ski resort Portes du Soleil. The traditional chalet village, whose origins stretch back to the 11th century, has an authentic charm, characterised by the stone and wooden architecture typical of the region. At the same time, the range of facilities on offer for skiers is greater than average and caters for all possible requirements.
The winter sports resort is also uniquely located at 1172 metres between Lake Geneva and the majestic peak of Mont Blanc. From here skiers can choose from the ski resort at Les Gets/Morzine as well as the whole of the Portes du Soleil region. Winter sports fans who opt for the smaller ski resort of Les Gets/Morzine don’t need to worry that they’ll be bored. There are a total of 66 pistes of all difficulty levels over 120 kilometres, linked by 48 lifts. For fans of Nordic walking there are 12 kilometres of well-groomed cross-country trails.
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As well as these basic options the ski resort of Les Gets/Morzine has some really special “winter sports delicacies”. As well as the snow park of Mont-Chéry with its airbag and freestyle area, boarders and freestylers can enjoy an additional park in the Nyon area. There are 3 boardercross stretches in total, including the 500 metre-long “Déborah Anthonioz” stretch, all of which are great for races. Advanced skiers won’t want to miss the ski resort’s 6 slalom runs and beginners can practise their first moves in 4 sectioned-off practice areas. We would particularly recommend the “Espace des Mappys”, a generous space in the Chavannes area near the Grand Cry cable car, available free for those new to skiing.
If you are looking for a larger choice of runs, more snow parks and a total of 243 kilometres of cross-country trails then you can easily reach the rest of the Portes du Soleil resort from Les Gets.
There is one particular highlight of the Les Gets/Morzine resort for the next generation of skiers. Next to the beginners’ area “Espace de Mappys” there is the Grand Cry fun park – accessed via the Grand Cry cable car. In the style of a Native American village with tepees etc, the Grand Cry area is like an Alpine leisure park. Little skiers can dress up as Native Americans, and then hunt for treasure or take part in a painting competition. Naturally they can have fun practising their skiing on the three obstacle runs, the Native American, Trapper and Shaman pistes.
Les Gets has more than earned the “Famille Plus” award which they received from the French Ministry for Tourism for this unique fun park and the wide range of facilities for young skiers.
As regards leisure facilities Les Gets has also thought about more grown-up skiers, of course. They have the choice between active pursuits like skijoring, snow-shoe hiking, paragliding, waterfall climbing and ice skating. Alternatively you can relax on a sleigh ride or in the spa. You can also have fun whatever your age on a trip to one of the ski resort’s 3 toboggan runs.
The perfect end to a day in Les Gets is a visit to one of the many cosy restaurants which are famous for their traditional cuisine. There’s also a cinema, a bowling alley, disco and several bars and pubs to help round off an evening’s entertainment.