High, wide view of ski area with pine trees and surrounding mountains above Les Gets.

Les Gets

Les Portes du Soleil, Haute-Savoie, French Alps

Les Gets lies in the Massif du Chablais, just below Lac Léman (aka Lake Geneva).

The often substantial snowfalls combined with predominantly north-facing slopes go some way towards offsetting the comparatively modest altitudes.

Just a 15min drive from the A40 motorway exit at Cluses (which has high-speed rail links from Paris) and around an hour’s transfer from Geneva airport, Les Gets and the neighbouring Portes du Soleil ski villages are firm favourites with travellers from the UK.

The Ski Area

  • Part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area.
  • The local Les Gets Morzine slopes may be enough to entertain most skiers.

With access to 600 km of slopes spread across 12 villages in both France and Switzerland, the vast Portes du Soleil area offers near-limitless skiing amid fantastic scenery. Border crossings are seamless.

Les Gets’ own pistes are spread across both sides of the village’s valley location, each side topping-off at around 1825m, while two chairlift hauls (one, if snow cover is good) will get you to Red- and Blue-graded runs into neighbouring Morzine.

There’s rapid gondola access to the pistes of Mont-Chéry for some good, north-facing onward (red- and black-graded) drops into L’Encraz – plus less-steep, south-facing return cruises. A new signed ski-touring route has been put in place in this sector from winter 2019/20. Also new is Les Trembles blue piste making it easier for moderate level skiers to return back to the Perrières Express chairlift.

Mont-Chéry is a fun way to start the day but, distance-wise, the more obvious attractions lie above the opposite side of the village in the Chavannes sector. Only the upper slopes here are above the tree-line, so there’s lots of useful shelter in less-than-perfect visibility, along with a refreshing sense of getting back to nature.

Although the figures might suggest otherwise, intermediates won’t find it too daunting here, while novices have plenty of facilities to ensure a confident start. Snowboarders will not be disappointed either - there are three boardercross areas and a snowpark including a mini-boardercross for children to build their confidence and join in the fun. In fact, kids are really well-provided for in Les Gets both on and off the slopes.

Resort Information

Altitude : 1172m - 2002m
Les Gets / Morzine
Pistes Total:
120 km
Les Gets / Morzine pistes
9 Green
26 Blue
28 Red
9 Black
Ski Resort Lifts : 42
3 Magic Carpets
14 Draglifts
27 Chairlifts
3 Gondolas
1 Cable Cars
Portes du Soleil
Pistes Total:
600 km
Portes du Soleil pistes
35 Green
125 Blue
102 Red
31 Black
Ski Domain Lifts: 189
4 Magic Carpets
102 Draglifts
78 Chairlifts
9 Gondolas
4 Cable Cars


Visitors in village centre at dusk, with boutiques and ski shops.

The Ski Village

  • Long-established ski village with traditional Alpine feel.
  • Varied accommodation with nice range of small hotels at the foot of the slopes.

Although regarding itself as small, Les Gets has a reassuringly established feel to it and offers a refreshingly traditional alternative to high-altitude purpose-built resorts. It developed around the Col des Gets (1170m) and became a ski resort in 1936. Both architecturally and culturally you somehow sense that Switzerland is nearby. After fresh snowfalls the heart of the village looks and feels like something from a Christmas card.

Not that it’s in any way unsophisticated; quite the reverse, in fact - but nicely so. Ski boutiques (and boutique chalet hotels) tell their own story, yet Les Gets remains a friendly, down-to-earth place to spend some time, and has a particularly loyal following among skiers from the UK.

Access to the ski-lifts couldn’t be easier – and you can take ‘le petit train’ rather than wait for the next shuttle-bus between access points on opposite sides of the village. Now that’s different.

Staying There

Value for Money Accommodation Dining Out Nightlife Village Charm


Skiers leaving high-speed chairlift above Les Gets.

Why go skiing in Les Gets / Morzine ?

As a Famille Plus Montagne resort, Les Gets provides activities and services for all ages plus skiers with a disability. Mixed-ability groups will find variety locally, but will need to build their fitness levels if they intend really covering some distance and exploring the Portes du Soleil’s full potential. It really is vast.

Closer to home lie obvious opportunities for those looking to develop not only their stamina but also their technical abilities – and if you’re happy skiing red-graded runs (or are ready to step up) then you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Finally, for independent travellers there’s a wealth of luxury accommodation options – both hotels as well as chalets.

Handiskier and instructor, Les Gets


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Skiing There

Beginners / Families Intermediates Advanced / Expert Mountain Scenery


Plenty of fun for all levels. Video park with videototem.
1 Snowparks
3 Snowboarder Cross

Cross-Country Skiing

Varied trails on Mont Chéry and Chavannes sectors.
77km Cross-Country and Nordic Ski Trails


  • Discounted Les Gets/Morzine ski pass for a disabled skier and their companion (conditions apply).
  • Accessible public toilets at the Tourist Office, near the foot of the slopes.
  • Adapted hotel and self-catering accommodation available. Contact reservation service for help on +33 (0)4 50 75 80 51
  • Access to the Mont Chéry gondola for panoramic views of the Mont Blanc mountain chain at the summit.
  • Specialist instruction (including for visually impaired skiers) and loan of equipment by ESF

icon-smileyYes please...

  • Good snow record, snow making and well-prepared pistes.
  • Huge ski area, combined with friendly village atmosphere.
  • Famille Plus resort which welcomes children and offers numerous facilities adapted to all age groups plus specific services and children’s activities, both on the piste and in the village.
  • All inclusive adults only beginners' ski packages "YouCanSki", available throughout Portes du Soleil, see esf-letgets.com.
  • Capable lift system with hands-free passes.
  • Environment friendly resort.
  • Electric car charging points and lift pass reductions for their owners.
  • Short transfers from Geneva airport.

icon-frowneyYes but...

  • Portes du Soleil not the highest-altitude ski area...
  • Exploring the Portes du Soleil’s full potential from Les Gets requires stamina and determination but is possible for confident skiers.

icon-winkingOur Tips

  • Aim to ski any South-facing slopes early, while snow quality holds.
  • There's plenty of great skiing on the Les Gets/Morzine slopes if you want to save money or are not confident you will make full use of a Portes du Soleil pass.
  • Buy your skipass online to get the best price. www.lesgets.com/pass


Practical Information

Tried and testedChalet Hotel Marmotte

61 rue du Chêne
74260 Les Gets
Tel: + 33 (0)4 50 75 80 33

Hotel Marmotte, Les Gets

A welcoming, cosy chalet hotel situated opposite the Chavannes express chairlift. There's a spacious, comfortable lounge bar where you can enjoy an après ski drink or pre-dinner cocktail. The restaurant offers views towards the slopes and serves half-board guests with classic and traditional French menus. An exceptional breakfast includes home-made patisserie and conserves plus a variety of breads, cheeses, ham and freshly-squeezed juice. The coffee is also excellent.

The hotel has its own pool and spa with Jacuzzi, hammam and sauna. Although in a separate building, it is easily accessible from the hotel via an underground passageway.
We stayed in one of the hotels 'superior' rooms, a corner room with dual-aspect views and large balcony with mountain views. There is a high level of comfort, with easy chairs, desk, and a large bed made up with soft white cotton sheets, quilt, good pillows and eiderdowns. Each room has free wifi access. In short, a superb place to stay (and feel very comfortable indeed).

Enquiries and bookings:
Peak Retreats
023 9283 9310 (UK)

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