So you’ve arrived at Geneva Airport and it’s direction Les Gets on your transfer. As your transfer bus leaves the big city feel of Geneva and the A40 motorway behind, your start to wind your way up the valley. The cityscape gives way to lush green hillsides with those impressive monition summits in the distance. You can feel you’re getting close!
And you’re absolutely right. Having traversed the market town of Taninges, Les Gets is actually the first mountain resort you come to. Indeed, Les Gets is the gateway to the huge Portes du Soleil area. Transfers from Geneva to Les Gets (and vice versa Les Gets to Geneva) are only a 1hr 15 minute journey, so you’ll soon be in Les Gets and making the most of all that this family-orientated resort has to offer.Guide section
The perfect harmony of Les Gets
Somehow the village of Les Gets has managed to create a lovely harmony and balance between being a tourist resort and keeping the working traditions of agriculture and wood-based skills alive, hence why Les Gets is an excellent choice for families. Les Gets proudly displays the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label, meaning the welcome, facilities and activities are particularly geared towards younger guests.
Fun on the ski slopes for all in Les Gets
That’s not to say adults and groups of friends won’t have fun on the slopes of Les Gets. The resort has three distinct sectors: Chavannes and Charniaz on one side and Mont-Chery on the other. It’s true to say it might not be the most gnarly skiing here, but it is great for building confidence and you can easily access more challenging terrain in neighbouring Morzine and Avoriaz.
Beginners and kids will absolutely love it. The centre of the village is all based around the snow front with nursery slopes, ski school, market place, shops, bars and restaurant all conveniently clustered around this bustling area. ‘Les Mappys’ is a dedicated learning zone accessible directly from the Chavannes gondola, with magic carpet and mini drag lifts that is completely free. Perfect for little ones who manage 20 minutes on the slopes before wanting to head off for a hot chocolate – thus saving you a fortune on lift passes.
Summertime Les Gets
In summer it’s a whole different ball game at Les Gets. Extreme sports enthusiasts will love it, with some of the trickiest terrain for mountain bikers to be found off the Mont-Chery lift – we defy you not be just a little bit scared of the ‘Gets Airline’. And check out the ‘Pumptrack’ in the village centre – a sort of velodrome for mountain bikes with crazy banked corners!
It’s worth noting here that on our Geneva to Les Gets summer transfers mountain bikes are transported for free – all you need to do is make sure you book a bike when buying your ticket online.
Of course, if you just want to chill and enjoy the mountain lifestyle and scenery, there’s everything you need to do just that in winter and summer. There’s Lac des Ecoles, the golf course, farms to visit and a good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants to hang out in too. Blissful!
Cultural, crafty & agricultural activities
Les Gets has al the usual sporty things to do that you’d expect from a winter and summer resort. But in addition to all these, we love the more countryfied activities on offer in Les Gets. They give you a real insight into life in the mountains as it used to be, long before the ski lifts started turning, when the pistes were mountain prairies filled with the sound of cowbells!content-activities.php
Calling all apprentice farmers – the Ferme de Lassarre needs you! This Les Gets farm opens its doors once a week to children (minimum aged three) to help with all the duties including feeding the rabbits, brushing the donkeys, making cheese and looking after the flock of sheep. A brilliant day out for the kids at this small-holding above the Mont-Chery lift. Workshops run on Wednesdays from 10:00 to midday.
Get into the pastoral lifestyle in Les Gets when you go goat milking. It all takes place in the fields where the animals graze in the summer sunshine up by the Lac des Ecoles. It’s an easy 20 minute walk to get there and kids absolutely love this activity courtesy of Caroline’s farm. Sessions run every Tuesday (summer and winter) and on the same day it’s tasting night back at the farm from 19:00, with a farm visit and sit-down meal included.
Enter the world of cheese at the Fruitiere des Perrieres, a gorgeous traditional farmhouse in Les Gets. Here you can see how the cheese is made, then buy some in the on-site shop, before sitting down to eat more of it in the renowned restaurant in the vaulted caves under the farm. A truly magical cheese-fest and a must-do when in Les Gets!
Visit the Museum of Mechanical Music in the heart of Les Gets. This brilliantly eccentric museum houses over 550 exhibits from full size church organs and a fairground carousel, to musical boxes and vintage gramophones. And don’t forget the biennial Mechanical Music festival which attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide. The next one is July 2018.
Discover the Les Gets Pottery. See how Anouk and Nathalie work together to create cute and funky designs inspired by the mountains and farming. Every Monday in summer, budding potters from the age of six can have a go at working the clay on that wheel during an hour-long session in the workshop.
Morzine and mountain biking go hand-in-hand and no more so than during the celebrated Pass’Portes du Soleil mountain bike weekend. This is where hundreds of visitors on two wheels (or even on foot) enjoy the specially selected mountain itineraries covering Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets and beyond. Held every year over the last weekend in June, it certainly marks the start of the biking season in style.
Les Gets is one the most family-friendly resorts in the Alps. During the school holidays there are loads of fun events for kids and all the family to enjoy. Many of the activities are free to sign up for. It could be an exhibition, a sporting event or even a creative workshop. You’re be smiling when you see how full the diary is!
ESF ski school Les Gets certainly knows how to put on a show! Every Monday night at Les Gets snow front the ski instructors show us how it’s done with demos on skis, snowboards, telemarks – in fact anything that slides on snow.
You can even see how the pisteurs do rescues on the slopes and how the snow ploughs work to make those lovely corduroy lines on the slopes. Brilliant stuff.
It’s all free and the event closes with a torch lit descent and fireworks. Whoooohooo! Pic@LesGetsTO
A torch-lit descent is a veritable institution in French ski resorts. If you’ve never done one before, now’s the time! Every Weds during the main French school hols you can join the parade to ski down with your flame torch. It’s always a good ambiance and kids adore it.
Buy your torch in advance from ESF ski school or the Tourist Office (profits go to charity) and then meet at the top of the Boule de Gomme drag lift ready to ski down all together like one like zig-zagging snake. You need to 2nd star ski level to take part. Pic@LesGetsTO
Every Thursday at 16:45 during the main French school holidays there’s a free show at the Salle de Colombiere in the centre of Les Gets (inside, so no getting cold or wet!).
Each week is a different spectacle. It could be juggling, circuit tricks, theatre, music, drama, comedy – everything to keep you entertained in the warm. And remember, it’s FREEEEE! No need to book or anything just turn up. Pic@LesGetsTO
Mamzelle Pastel will be at Place de la Maison in Les Gets every Tuesday in the school holidays to create her fabulous face paint works of art! Glitter, sequins, rainbow colours and more. Toddlers, kids, teens (and even the parents!) love these funky looks. And even better, it’s all free. Get your very special Les Gets makeover from 14:30-18:30 every Tuesday! Pic@LesGetsTO
It’s back! In full effect! The biggest music festival across the Portes du Soleil has a full programme of concerts and entertainment both on and off the pistes this year. Across the week there’s a big headliner gig each day on the pistes in a different resort. Pre-show DJ warm up starts at 12:45 and then the main act is on at 13:30. Then there are over 30+ gigs to enjoy back in resort as part of the apres-ski programme.
Here’s what we’ve got so far, but keep an eye on the official Rock the Pistes website for all the latest info!
12/03 Champery – Les Crosets
13/03 Morzine – Les Gets : Suzane
15/03 Montriond – Les Lindarets
17/03 Chatel : Eagle Eye Cherry
The 2023 edition of this world-renowned, multi-country mountain bike festival week is from the 24th to the 26th June and it is going to be epic. If you’ve never done it, it’s a must. On bike or on foot, you follow a specially curated range of rides and hikes around the whole Portes du Soleil area ranging from the full 80km to special sessions for kids with a guide. This the Bike Village (where the trade stands are) is in Les Gets.
Things like roadblocks, food at special footsteps and the lift passes are all included in the dat packages.You’ll need to reserve your place in advance (and the 80km sells out very quickly). Registration opens on the Pass’Portes du Soleil official website from the 1st February 2023.
And there you have it – our round up of all things Les Gets. If you’re looking for a family-orientated resort for summer or winter activities, which is within easy reach of Geneva (remember, transfers are just 1hr 15mins in our comfortable vehicles), Les Gets is a great choice. Don’t forget, bikes and skis are carried free – just book them in in advance. And with all that fresh mountain air, you’re bound to get a good night’s sleep!