Les Gets resort
Les Gets is part of the Portes du Soleil ski circuit which links an impressive 650km of downhill skiing, 110km of which belong to Les Gets.
There’s ample choice of green, blue, red and black runs, together with off-piste skiing, mountain restaurants, minimal queues and uncrowded slopes.
|No. of Pistes:||65|
|Total Piste:||120 km|
|Cross Country:||17 km|
|Gondolas/ Cable Cars:||4|
Les Gets Ski Areas & Slopes
The main starting point to the Les Gets ski resort and the meeting point for ski schools. Serviced by two main lift areas with a high-speed six-seater cable lift and a bubble lift. The best time to hit the Chavannes slopes are around midday when the home straight is relatively quiet. The mornings and final hours of the day are always busy.
Intermediate-Advanced: Slopes for advanced and intermediate skiers can be reached through Chavannes. Head for the tracks between the trees on the Melezes run.
Beginners: Best ski area for beginners. Once you get off the nursery slopes, ease yourself in with the Choucas run, then try Reine des Pres and Renardiere. When your confidence is up later in the week, try the Vorosses run on La Turche.
The second busiest ski area in Les Gets is the wonderful Ranfolly Bowl which is accessed from Chavannes. From the bowl, you can access a good mixture of slopes for skiers of all levels although has more options for intermediate skiers. The beginner slopes can be busy in the morning as the bowl is where most of the ski schools conduct lessons.
Intermediate-Advanced: A couple of reds will keep you entertained for a few hours, but for untouched, fast-paced slopes, Tulipe has the best runs in the bowl.
Beginners: Several green and blue runs can be accessed from the bowl which present more of a challenge than the learner slopes.
Chamossière and Nyon
Some of the most challenging skiing in the Les Gets and Morzine area is found on Chamossière and Nyon. You will also find the most incredible panoramic of Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva from these pistes as well. Advanced and intermediate skiers that want explore some off-piste skiing might want to try the area round the back of Chamossière. Go with a guide though as the ungroomed section of the mountain can be prone to avalanche.
Intermediate-Advanced: Best suited to advanced skiers. There is a red run which confident skiers might want to explore, but it is the difficult end of the red spectrum.
Beginners: Not recommended for beginners.
Arguably the best section of the Les Gets ski area for slopes, views and restaurants. With several easy reds and challenging blues, Mont Chery is the ideal hangout for intermediate skiers and confident skiers looking for a tougher challenge to hone your skills. The advantage of Mont Chery is that it does not connect into other slopes so is never overcrowded. You will also find excellent off-piste adventures from here too. Intermediate-Advanced: Lievre, Chevreuil and Mouflon are among the best runs in the area. The hardest black run is the ‘Bouquetin’ but is only open when conditions are perfect. For a real challenge, the mogul fields of Mont Chery will give you a real workout!
Beginners: There are a few challenging blue runs some confident beginners may want to try, but in general, Mont Chery is not beginner-friendly.
Ski Holidays in Les Gets
Les Gets Ski Passes
Skiers and snowboarders have three different pass options. Ski lift passes for Les Gets are included in the Morzine pass which gives you access to Chavannes, Ranfolly Bowl, Mont Chery, Nyon and Chamossière.
The easiest way to obtain ski passes is to purchase them online and, if possible, send them to your accommodation so you can hit the slopes early doors on the first day.
Online pass prices for adults vary from €39 for one day, while six days or more will average at €35 per day. Children can get the pass from €27 per day.
Buying passes at the resort is more expensive with one day costing €43 for adults and €33 for children.
The group pass for 4 people or more gives you 10% off the prices.
Les Gets ski resorts boasts several award-winning ski schools and is a great place for children and learners of all ages. Lessons are designed to develop ability and confidence.
There are a choice of four ski schools. Most instructors speak a good level of English. The British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School offers group and private sessions. If you want to learn to ski off-piste, contact the Skiplus School.
If you have reservations about buying your own ski equipment or prefer not to travel with heavy baggage, you will be able to hire everything you need in Les Gets. Prebook and pay online before arriving at the resort, then all you have to do is collect your equipment and hit the slopes.
Family Fun in Chamonix
One of the areas in which Les Gets truly excels is the orientation towards families - both on and off the piste. If this is the first time your children have been skiing, take advantage of the ski schools and childcare facilities.
You will also find child-only ski areas, kids tobogganing, an ice rink, cinema, bowling alley, children’s menus, carpentry workshops and, of course, the little ones get to visit Santa during the festive season!
When to Go?
Christmas is a magical time of year for a ski holiday in Les Gets, but if you want to go purely for the slopes, unto mid-November and the longer days of March and April enable you to squeeze in an extra couple of hours on the slopes.
Late November and March often see a healthy dump together with some cosy sunshine. But even when powder is wearing thin, Les Gets has snow machines so runs can be replenished all season long.
Because Les Gets is not a high ski resort, the slopes can suffer with snow shortages. However, there has been a significant investment into snow making on the runs to resorts making sure that all key snowing areas are maintained. Most slopes are also on grassland rather than rocky terrain so are safer to ski on when snow is thin.
The Perrieres Lift Station opens at 8.30am and closes at 4.30pm. La Chavannes opens at 8.30am and closes at 5pm.