Les Gets – A Skier’s Paradise

22 May 2015

by Richard Edwards

It’s no secret we love Les Gets! Skiing in and around this fabulous resort offers some of the best conditions in Europe. One of the most important aspects of Les Gets in terms of skiing is that there is, as they say, something for everyone! In this case, it really rings true and the resort has a great range of blue and red runs – suitable for everyone from the most nervous beginners (and the often more fearless young children) right up to experts.

On top of that, you’ll have access to the entire Portes de Soleil region, so there’s an incredible range of pistes to choose from – a different one each day if you so desire! Below are just a few of the options available to you around Les Gets – skiing for beginners, intermediates and experts is equally available.

Especially for Beginners: Espace des Mappys

Even if you haven’t ever skied before, there’s hope for you in Les Gets! In fact, there are plenty of places absolutely ideal (and in fact designed) for beginners – and this includes the younger members of the family too. Espace de Mappys is in a great location away from the more advanced pistes, so beginners won’t have to worry about being knocked over by more exuberant expert skiers. The four beginner ski runs are easily accessible by the Chavannes bubble lift. If you do have young children, you’ll also appreciate le Grande Cry, which has some themed runs especially for littlies and also holds treasure hunts.

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Intermediate Skiers: The Portes du Soleil is Your Oyster

There’s over 650 kilometres of pistes across France and Switzerland that come under the banner of the Portes du Soleil. With that kind of range comes a huge diversity and there are so many options for intermediate skiers to choose from. There are seven resorts on the French side of the Portes du Soleil alone, and it takes the entire day for an intermediate skier to complete the circuit. You’ll also be able to take in some spectacular views of Mont Chery. If you don’t mind transferring to a lot of different runs, you’ll have even more options beyond Les Gets, skiing all over the Portes du Soleil taking in the Swiss resorts as well.

Advanced Skiers: Face the Challenge of The Yeti and The Bowl

For those who think the pistes around Les Gets might be a little tame for their tastes – think again! There’s a lot going on for off-piste enthusiasts and more advanced skiers too. One of the most popular of the more challenging areas is known as The Bowl, which, with a number of runs and chairlifts, is also the most accessible. Once you’ve conquered The Bowl, another off-piste site popular with advanced snowboarders and skiers is The Yeti. There are a couple of ways of accessing The Yeti: one by taking the Rainfoilly lift and then hiking a short distance, and the other via the slow La Rosta lift. Whatever way you get there, the rewards are well worth it!

No matter what your winter passion – alpine skiing, ski touring, tobogganing, snow shoeing or ice skating – our local suppliers and experienced guides can make your best ever holiday happen in Les Gets. Have a look at our itineraries or give us a call and let us create a bespoke holiday to suit you.


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