Les Gets is a real village rather than a purpose-built ski resort, with mainly chalet-style buildings and not a 70s high-rise in sight. Traditional charcuteries and boulangeries line the streets along with the bars, restaurants and ski shops, and a cute little road train circulates to link it all together. There are 69 ski runs in the Les Gets/Morzine area which is plenty for beginners, but it’s also part of the Portes du Soleil area which links 12 resorts via 300 runs – so there’s masses to keep experts busy too. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport, so transfer times are nice and short.
Anyone. Families with small children will love the three “magic carpets” for tiny skiers in a protected area and the weekly gouter (afternoon fun session with hot chocolate, cakes and games) run by Milka. Older kids and experienced skiers will love the chance to explore the 650 km of pistes – you can even ski into Switzerland. They’ll also enjoy the new Videopark where they can time and film themselves skiing a slalom course and share the video on social media – free of charge.
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Obviously the main reason to go is to ski or snowboard, but there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied. For bad weather days there’s a large museum of mechanical music, a cinema and chocolate workshops for both adults and children at the Chalet du Chocolat. Geocaching in the snow has been introduced this winter and other options include an outdoor ice rink ski-joering and lantern-lit snowshoeing. Special events happen throughout the season – over Christmas and New Year there’s a magical Santa’s Grotto in the woods accessed by a specially-decorated bus with elves to lead the way, and in March SkiColor sees skiers in protective white suits bombarded with eco-friendly coloured powder.
We travelled with Crystal Ski and stayed in Les Fermes Emiguy self-catering apartments a few minutes’ walk from the shops, lifts and pistes. Various sizes are available – ours was a very spacious duplex with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living room/kitchen/diner with a double-height ceiling and a balcony. Best of all, the building had an indoor pool and huge jacuzzi, plus a sauna, steam room and spa treatments available.
Find out more: crystalski.co.uk/les-gets
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