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Les Gets - Ski Resort in Portes du Soleil, French Alps - 110km of Piste (1000m to 2000m)
A pleasant farming village which has grown into one of the world's top resorts without noticing. Close to Morzine on the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, the first Ecole du Ski Français opened here in 1940.
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|9||Black Pistes (13km)|
|29||Red Pistes (45km)|
|26||Blue Pistes (38km)|
|4||Green Pistes (11km)|
|17km||Cross Country Pistes|
The French ski resort of Les Gets is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area with access to 423 individual pistes, served by 209 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Les Gets itself (110km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, La Grande Terche, Montriond, Morzine, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Champoussin, Champéry, Les Crosets, Morgins and Torgon.
Snowmaking :- Les Gets is able to augment natural snow, on 22km of ski runs, with 323 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 52 Ski Lifts of Les Gets are able to uplift 66,015 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Les Gets are perfectly feasible. Geneva Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Les Gets
There's skiing on largely forested slopes on both sides of the valley. The resort's 'own' mountain Mont Chéry, served by a chair or gondola, offers terrain for all ability levels. It typifies one of the resort's major assets - the fact that you can take a mixed ability group to the top of the gondola or a chair lift and find runs for each ability level - advanced, intermediate and easy, which depart from the same point and meet again at the base.
Beginners have nursery slopes at village level and, across the valley at Les Chavannes (1484m), reached by road, chair lift or gondola, there are altitude nursery slopes, with the added security of snow making. This is also the route over to the skiing of Morzine, and from there on up to Avoriaz, then ultimately over the Swiss border. Thus it is perfectly feasible for reasonable intermediate level skiers to head over to Switzerland for lunch before returning home - the trip is possible on blues and reds, and there are dozens of other itineraries in this huge lift-linked area of 650km (406 miles).
With more than six different routes up on to the mountains from resort level there are rarely any bottle necks in which queues might develop. Much of the skiing above Les Gets and Morzine are cut through the forest, with snow lying on top of meadow grass, so there are few nasty rocks to worry about when the snow cover is sometimes thin at the start and end of the season.
There's a choice of four ski schools: the original French Ski School, the Skiplus School which offers off-piste lessons, the 360 International Ski School and the Des Enfants Ski School.
Snowboarding in Les Gets
Les Gets no longer operates a terrain park but has a 'Jib District' instead and a boardercross course named in honour of the local Vancouver 2010 Olymopic medial winner,Déborah Anthonioz. The gondolas and chairs make it easy for 'boarders to get up the slopes and the forested trail edges give some fun natural terrain features.
Further afield most of the other Portes du Soleil resorts have snowparks of their own to explore, all accessible if you opt for the full area pass.
Les Gets Aprés Ski
Après in Les Gets is generally centred on the various hotel bars and restaurants with many guests going to the cinema, ice skating or bowling after the lifts close.
Amongst the more lively bars are the Canadian Bar, the Irish Pub, the Bar Bush and the Copeaux. There is one nightclub, The Igloo.
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Les Gets in brief
Les Gets Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : December 22, 2012
Closed : April 21, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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