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Distance to Geneva airport: 1h10
Nearest Train: Cluses (30min)
Skiing: Portes du Soleil – 600km !
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Les Gets gets its name from an old French word that describes the channels cut through the forests. These are used to drag the wood down the mountain after it has been cut. But like so many alpine towns the people don’t survive on agriculture now. However they do still make their living off the natural resources of the land. Namely skiing, mountain biking and the wonderful views.
Les Gets is the quintessential alpine village, made up of lots of individual chalets nestled amongst the trees and pistes. When we are asked by photographers where to go for the classic shots of skiers passing by snow covered chalets we send them to Les Gets. The Chavannes side of the village has everything they need.
The altitude of Les Gets is slightly greater than its neighbour Morzine which means that options for skiing back to the village are more varied. This makes the village feel slightly snowier too.
The skiing in Les Gets is shared with Morzine which in turn is connected to Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes du Soleil. This gives access to over 12 connected ski areas and 600 km of skiing, one of the largest ski areas in the world. In the winter apart from the downhill skiing there is even a fair amount of free cross-country skiing, and if this is not enough there are even more cross country ski options 20 minutes away in Praz des Lys.
As is the case with most of the areas that Alpine Property covers, it’s not just about the winter. Les Gets has a very active summer season. The Tour de France passes through the village frequently and amongst the mountain biking community it is well known for the various World Cup and World Championship events held in the village. In the summer there is a family focus around the swimming at the lac des ecoles. On the other side of the valley the ski lifts stay open on Mont Chery giving some of the best views of Mont Blanc in the Haute Savoie.
Like much of the Haute Savoie, access has been another key to the success of Les Gets. The motorway and railway station are only 30 minutes away in Cluses and and Geneva airport just over 1 hr by road.
In conclusion Les Gets beckons adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike with its captivating beauty and diverse range of activities throughout the year. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to conquer the slopes or a nature enthusiast seeking tranquillity amidst stunning alpine landscapes, Les Gets offers an idyllic escape. Embrace the thrill of winter sports or immerse yourself in the charm of summer activities – Les Gets is a destination that promises unforgettable experiences in every season.
Associations and sport
Buy your winter or summer ski pass online https://pass.lesgets.com/en/
Les Gets Ski Club (Les Gets Ski Competition) https://www.facebook.com/lesgetsskicompetition/?locale=fr_FR
Office de Tourisme des Gets https://www.lesgets.com/
18 hole Golf course, open June until October https://www.lesgets.golf/
Important Annual Events and Festivals:
International wood cutting competition (Les Cognées), this has to been seen to be believed. Beginning of June https://www.lesgets.com/temps_fort/les-cognees/
Pass’Portes du Soleil, last weekend of June https://en.passportesdusoleil.com/
Les Gets 4×4 Trials first weekend of August https://www.lesgets.com/en/agenda/trial-4×4-210605-En/
Rallye du Mont Blanc, last weekend of August / beginning of September http://www.rallye-mont-blanc-morzine.com/
16th July 2023 – Start of the 15th stage of the Tour de France https://www.lesgets.com/en/temps_fort/tour-de-france/
7th to 17th of September 2023 – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup https://www.lesgets.com/en/agenda/uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-6490455-En/
Every Thursday between 8 and 12 at the Place du Marché
Below are some recent phone snaps of Les Gets ↓