Les Gets in winter
Les Gets in winter is unforgettable. This upmarket village in France has a chic and stylish vibe, welcoming families to the ski slopes that overlook this low-rise pretty village dusted with snow. Les Gets has a high-end feel with stylish boutiques and is very family-orientated, with plenty of easy ski areas to enjoy. Les Gets is just over an hour from Geneva airport, close to the Switzerland border, and part of the famous Portes du Soleil ski area.
Winter brings the outdoor ice rink to the village centre, next to a traditional carousel, and little ones can have a go in the outdoor soft play area in the snow. Les Gets also has a bowling alley and a luxurious day spa called Les Sources du Chéry; and Christmas is a magical time to walk through the snowy woods to see Father Christmas at his home and meet the elves. For the best things to do in Les Gets this winter and the most luxurious places to stay, talk to the Hunter Chalets team for the very best advice.
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Where to stay this winter in Les Gets
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Les Gets in winter: things to do
Les Gets is part of the Portes du Soleil ski region, an area that links 12 resorts and over 400 miles worth of skiing, spanning the French and Swiss border. Les Gets has direct access to the slopes and some of our chalets back onto the ski slopes or have incredible views over them. The resort is family-friendly and perfect for beginners, as well as advanced skiers looking for challenging red and black runs. You can find Nordic trails and high-altitude restaurants close by; and reach the wider Portes du Soleil area by skiing over the hill to Morzine. Our 24-hour driver service can also be booked for your stay, a private chauffeur to take you around Les Gets or to the lifts in neighbouring Morzine for quicker access to the Morzine-Avoriaz and Swiss ski areas.
Learning to ski
Les Gets is regularly voted one of the best ski resorts for families and the village has direct access to a choice of beginner slopes. The Indian Adventure Park offers a fun play area on the slopes with music in the forest and tee pees for picnics. You’ll find the Little Indian Run on the Chavannes slope, a green run that winds through the forest and features tunnels kids can duck through. The Penguin Park is also a highlight for kids, where young ones can gain their confidence on the snow with tunnels, jumps and obstacles.
For advanced snowboarders, there are plenty of good pistes to explore in Les Gets in winter; and the nearby Mont Chery area has a fantastic snow park, which is a quieter experience than the slopes and soaks up the sun most of the day. Intermediate and advanced snowboarders can also give the freestyle Deborah Anthonioz Boardercross slope in the Chavannes area a go, a 500-metre course which is dedicated to the local Olympic silver medal winner.
Les Gets has a choice of well-marked trails on the Mont-Chéry and Chavannes slopes, perfect for Nordic sports. You can access them via the Mont-Chéry and Chavannes gondolas. At the top, there are incredible panoramic views of the Mont-Blanc mountain range. The Hunter Chalets team can also arrange a day trip to the Vallee Blanch; the longest, lift accessible, off-piste run in the world. We can organise everything from your mountain guide to your ski passes for the day; and one of our drivers will chauffeur you there and back. This is a hugely exciting day trip recommended for competent black run skiers.
Get out and explore the wilderness, making the most of the peace and untouched natural beauty. Put on the snowshoes and glide over the snow to walk among frosted trees and take in spectacular views.
Bars, restaurants and après ski
Les Gets has a growing reputation for fine restaurants, bars and après ski. New restaurants have popped up over the past few years, as well as coffee shops, health food restaurants and boutique shops.
There are fantastic restaurants both on and off the slopes, with many mountain restaurants accessible to non-skiers, making it easy for friends to join you for lunch. At the top of the Chavannes gondola, there are several restaurants that are great for families and suitable to take a robust pram. Here you can relax in the sunshine and watch little ones learn on the nursery slopes or give sledging a go. Restaurants like La Chasse-Montagne offer a wonderful menu and selection of wines, which you can enjoy on the large sunny terrace. If you’re after an energetic vibe, you’ll find DJs and live performers right next to the Bellevue Hotel at the bottom of the main piste every Wednesday and Sunday night, from 3-6pm.
Visit Santa in his grotto
Les Gets is a very special place to be during winter. The village oozes the Christmas spirit and the nearby forest is turned into an enchanted magical woodland, where you can follow the clues through the snow leading to the home of Father Christmas. You can meet the elves and get introduced to the big man himself. It is a very special place for making family memories.
Torchlight Descent and fireworks
Every Monday night during winter, the local ski school puts on a torch-lit run down the mountain. At 6pm, look up at the nearby slopes and you’ll see synchronised skiing and tricks while enjoying a glass of mulled wine. Fireworks will follow for a fantastic family evening out.
Rock the Pistes festival
Rock The Pistes comes to the Portes du Soleil area each March, bringing incredible pop-up music venues to the ski slopes. It is one of the most scenic settings for live music, where bands play to those soaking up the sunshine and panoramic views while dancing in their snow boots. You don’t have to have a ticket to the event, but do need to purchase a lift pass to reach the ‘venues’ on the mountains. The past line up for Rock The Pistes includes Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Babyshambles and the Klaxons.
Les Gets local food market
Every Thursday morning, the local food market springs to life in the centre of the village at Marais Parking. Wander along the stalls and sample the local cheese, cured meats, fruit and vegetables, or browse the rails of clothes. It usually starts at 8am and runs until midday.
From November through to the end of March, the outdoor ice rink pops up in the centre of the village, next to the traditional carousel. If you’re looking for a big indoor ice rink, head over to neighbouring Morzine and the Skoda Arena, where you can skate or catch an ice hockey game.
Les Sources du Chéry day spa
Les Gets has an incredible day spa called Les Sources du Chéry – and the Hunter Chalets team can get you discounted day spa access. Facilities include a salt room, sensory showers, pools, relaxation rooms and a hot tub on the balcony overlooking the ski slopes. There’s also a unique children’s spa area, away from the main adult space, for kids to splash, slide and enjoy playtime in the pool. You have to book in advance so the spa can arrange supervision; and take a look at the fantastic treatment menu to book a treatment at extra cost. If the day spa is high on your to-do list, take a look at our apartment Le Coin Perdu. It is in the same building, so you can come and go in your robe without having to change or go outdoors in the snow. Many of our chalets also have their own treatment room, so ask us if you’d like us to arrange a spa therapist to visit.
Les Gets offers some great slopes and sledging opportunities. You’ll find designated sledging areas on the Chavannes side of the valley at the top of the Chavannes gondola; with one on the Perriers area to the left of the Perriers express chairlift base station, giving you 100 metres of slope.
Start at the top of Mont Chery and fly above the mountains and valley while strapped to an expert instructor. Paragliding in Les Gets is unforgettable and surprisingly peaceful after the initial rush. The flight usually lasts around 15 minutes with a landing just outside the village.
Diving below a lake of ice might seem daunting for some – but for others it’s a thrilling challenge and experience. Ice diving is offered at Lake Montriond and, with the guidance of local ice diving experts, you can enter the water through a hole in the middle of the iced-over lake and feel what it’s like to glide through the dark water.
Outdoor soft play
During winter, children aged 2-6 years can enjoy Bankids outdoor soft play near the ESF Club Piou Piou ski school. In their snow suits, they can slide, climb and step inside the igloo in the snow while you sit back and relax.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Your first job will be to help get the huskies ready, putting their harnesses on and bonding with them before your trip. They are big softies and want to be patted – but love to bark. Powering through the forest powered by huskies is an unforgettable experience.
If you a fancy a night hitting the pins with your family, book a lane at Bowling LesGets. The bowling alley also offers theme nights, from karaoke to live music.
Let’s Get Comédie
Les Gets has its own comedy festival, usually taking place in January. This Frenglish festival features both French and English comedians, and is the perfect evening out after a day on the slopes for a few drinks and belly laughs. Announced acts have included Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris.
Try electric snowmobiling in Les Gets, perfect for kids. Run by Mountain E-Park, you’ll find the snowmobiles between Lac des Ecoles and the Gentiane slope under the Chavannes chairlift. It’s fantastic fun and eco-friendly, too.
La Grande Odyssée
One of the world’s most famous dog sled races usually comes to Les Gets or one of the surrounding resorts each year. Watch as the mushers and their beautiful dogs pass through the village during La Grande Odyssée.