|Les Gets - The Perfect Ski Destination
With Lake Geneva on one side and Mont Blanc on the other, Les Gets (1172m – 2002m) retains its Savoyard mountain village soul and its 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 which were used to send logs rapidly down the hillside during logging work. Les Getois (the locals) retain a deeply-held love for their Savoyard heritage and this makes Les Gets such a uniquely attractive and friendly place to visit.
Les Gets opened its first chairlift in 1938 and started to develop tourism . The French Ski School ESF originated in Les Gets with its first ski school opening here in 1940. The quality and diversity of the skiing in Les Gets is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face. With its Family Fun attitude, children are treated like kings in Les Gets! And thanks to its wonderful location, access to the rest of the Portes du Soleil couldn't be easier - or quicker.
The Grand Cry Territory in Les Gets is a ski and play area themed on native American Indians. It features two slopes with raised bends and a series of bumps. There are friendly 'native-entertainers' who offer to face-paint all young visitors and a Wigwam with traditional games and music.
In Les Gets, skiers set off from the heart of the village for treelined slopes and snow meadows with sumptuous views and panoramas to take your breath away. Whether you're an advanced skier or a beginner, in Les Gets you'll have all the fun you could ever want, and all space you need, to let your skis run and run.
The Portes du Soleil - One of the biggest ski areas in the World!
The Portes du Soleil has been one of the biggest players in world skiing for the last 40 years, with 12 linked resorts either side of the French-Swiss border just an hour from Geneva: Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets,Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d'Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val-d'Illiez - Les Crosets - Champoussin.
This genuine Natural Powder Reserve at the heart of the Alps offers skiers unspoilt surroundings, mountain lifts that keep a low profile amid snowbound forests, pistes that wind their way through snow meadows, spruces and mountain chalets that have stood the test of time. The Portes du Soleil ski area is nothing less than a massive winter playground for powder hounds.
The ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from mid-November to the end of April, with an average of 8m of powder every year.
The Portes du Soleil offers every visitor a unique ski experience. Just click into your bindings at your chalet and go exploring from resort to resort, valley to valley - and even from country to country.
The Portes du Soleil ski area comprises 12 linked Alpine resorts in France and Switzerland, 650km of skiing and one lift pass for all of it!