Les Gets has a fabulous 'winter wonderland' feel during the winter season, with twinkling Christmas lights, flood lit pistes and an outdoor ice skating rink in the town hall square. Each evening bustles with life - children playing in the snow and adults enjoying the après ski and boutique shopping. Les Gets has gained the 'Family Plus Mountain' Award which guarantees a welcoming environment for children and is the ideal place for families and friends to experience a fantastic ski holiday. In the summer there is a sweet alpine air as the green hills burst into bloom with pretty flowers. With its traditional restaurants to try, stunning views of Mont Blanc to admire as well as an 18 hole golf course and a huge array of activities, Les Gets is a great adventure holiday location.
Les Gets still retains its traditional Savoyard mountain village soul with a heritage that brims with historic and cultural riches. The name of the village refers to the channels (gittes or giettes in the local dialect) in the forests that were used to send logs rapidly down the hillside during logging work. Les Getois (the locals) hold a strong bond to their Savoyard heritage and this makes Les Gets a unique and friendly place to visit. The first chairlift was opened in 1938 as the town started to develop its tourism industry. The French Ski School ESF has its origins in Les Gets, opening their first ski school here in 1940. With good quality and diverse skiing, Les Gets continues to bring a smile to all who visit.
Shopping and facilities
Les Gets has a central shopping street that offers an array of boutiques and outdoor shops, as well as a selection of bars and traditional restaurants. On Thursday mornings there is a market selling local produce and souvenirs and there are two supermarkets, banks and a pharmacy/ perfumery. Typical French bakeries sell freshly baked bread and cakes and the town brims with Savoyard shops that sell local cured meats and cheeses.
Our chef has one night off per week and that gives guests the opportunity to indulge in one of the many restaurants in Les Gets. From traditional Savoyard restaurants, serving delicious Tartiflette and Fondues to Hot Rocks meat you cook yourself on a hot stone to Pizzerias and fine dining there is plenty of choice for an enjoyable evening out.
The Portes de Soleil
The Portes de Soleil (French for "The Doors of the Sun") is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mount Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 1,036 square kilometres, Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski areas in the world. Almost all of the pistes are connected by lifts – a few marginal towns can be reached only by the free bus services in the area. The highest point of skiing is 2400 m and the lowest is 900 m. As with many other Alpine ski resorts, the lower slopes of the Portes du Soleil have snow-making facilities to extend the skiable season by keeping the lower slopes open during the warmer months.
There are twelve resorts in the Portes du Soleil area, of which seven are French and five are Swiss. Most of the resorts have grown around traditional valley villages like Les Gets- only Avoriaz and the very small Les Crosets and Torgon were purposely built during the mid-sixties. Morzine and Chatel are the largest of the traditional towns in the area. As a whole the skiing is relatively low in altitude compared to most French destinations. The highest skiing is just below 2,500 m (8,200 ft) and the lowest is approximately 900 m (3,000 ft). However, the area is heavily influenced by the microclimate between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, which generates very substantial snowfall between November and April making it possible to keep the area open to skiing typically from early December until mid to late April.