Les Gets is part of the Portes du Soleil domaine and great for kids. The transfer is short (1hr) from Geneva which is good after an early start.
Our likes/dislikes: The village is small and traditional, with off-piste activities such as ice skating and swimming. The little snow train which runs around the village (free to all) is good fun and a real bonus for younger kids.
Les Gets factfile:
- Resort height: 1172m – 2002m
- Access: Easy access from Geneva via A40 to Cluses, then D902 to Les Gets.
- Downhill runs: Mainly blues and reds – good for families.
- Size of domaine: 650km including Portes du Soleil.
- Lifts: Too many to number!
- Lift Pass: around €163* per adult, and €126 child for a 6 day pass (note that children are 15 and under). 10% discount for families. Portes du Soleil passes more expensive.
- Website: http://www.lesgets.com/
Where to stay: There is a huge choice of accommodation in Les Gets, ranging from a 3-star campsite (!) to 3-star hotels. As we haven’t stayed in Les Gets ourselves we can’t recommend any particular location. One place you might like to consider is The Chalet Experience – we are told it is an excellent set up for families wanting child care in Les Gets. Or you could try Ski Alpine Charms. Another good option is Ski Famille.
Skiing Lessons: Our children started lessons with ESF but the instructor didn’t speak English and the lessons were boring. We paid slightly more to use British Alpine Ski School (http://www.britishskischool.com/) which was fantastic and offered lessons at a ratio of 1:3 – great for young beginners.
Ski Equipment: As in most ski resorts there is plenty of choice. Delavay Sports, Grenier a Skis, Intersport, Nevada Sports, Ski Center and Ski Fun Shop all offer online booking facilities. We recommend to choose a ski shop local to your accommodation, especially if you book over the internet. You really don’t want to waste the first morning of your holiday trapsing half way across the resort to get your skis.
Food Choice: There are small Sherpa and Shoppi supermarkets in the resort as well as a selection of specialist food stores. There is a take away pizzeria in the main street and a huge choice of eat-in restaurants.
Ski Famille Les Gets is the main base for family ski specialist Ski Famille. All of their holidays include six days of childcare and most properties have their own fully equipped playroom. They have eight catered chalets in total, sleeping between 8 and 22 guests. You can book as an individual family or put together a group to fill a whole chalet. For more details see www.skifamille.co.uk.
Other Comments: The Grand Cry area is a play area for 5-12 yr olds, based around the theme of trappers and Indians, where they can negotiate bumps, loops and raised bends on skis so that they¹re learning while having fun. Every Friday, a special treasure hunt is organized…
Access for beginners: from the Mouille au Blé and Grand Cry drag lifts (via the conveyor belt at the Chavannes cablecar exit).
* please note that all prices are subject to change, so check the providers’ website for latest information.
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