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Resort: Les Gets

Country: France

Domain: Shares the local area with Morzine but also part of the Portes du Soleil

Author: Hairy Boy

Date: 16th - 19th January, 2008

Our holiday: Arranged this break for my wife and I (no kids) so we got 3 nights and 3.5 days ski-ing. I've done about 6 weeks ski-ing (learnt when at school) and my wife has done 3 weeks (learnt as an adult). We are still at the stage where my wife feeling comfortable with the slopes is a major requirement - we chose Les Gets as it appeared to have lots of Blues and a few greens to start with on day 1 all linked quite nicely so you could get around without having to use reds to link up - this proved to be the case, it was perfect for us.

Website : www.lesgets.com

Basics : We flew to Geneva from Leeds Bradford and hired a small car for the 2 of us - takes around 1.25 hours to drive to Les Gets from Geneva.

Lift system : I think this area gets a bit of stick for its lifts but we found it fine (although we did go at a quiet time I guess). From where we stayed, Mont Chery Hotel we could jump on either the Telecabine Chavannes (small cable car) or the Chavannes Express (6 man chairlift).

The terrain : The pistes really suited us for this trip (see above comments about lots of linked blues). Up the Chavannes Express takes you to a really great area with gentle, wide greens and blues, you can stay in this area using the TS la Croix Chairlift or pick up the Gentiane blue run back down to Les Gets. There is also a beginner's area and kids area called the Indian Cry or something up here. From the top of the Chavannes Express Chair you can also take the Violettes blue run down into the main Les Gets bowl. There are 5 chairlifts up out of this bowl with red, blacks and blues back down into the base of the bowl. On day 2 we worked our way over to Morzine. My wife loved the wide open blues around the TS Raverettes Chairlift - we spent a bit of time doing this loop - nice carving territory for me and plenty gentle enough for my wife. Ski'd down to Morzine, ski-ing across the narrow footbridge in the process. After lunch at Morzine, ski'd back over to Les Gets, Belvedere Cairlift and then down the Crocus and Bruyere blues to Les Gets. Did a bit more of everything on Day 3 - this area was the perfect intermediate's paradise we hoped for.

The snow : Very Good, we ski on-piste so can't comment on the off-piste but the snow was very good on-piste. My wife thought it was fluffy and light - she hates ice and we didn't find much ice around.

Off-piste : can't comment

The resort : Beautiful village with a main street with most of the restaurants/shops being based on or just off this street.

Food : We didn't have a bad meal while we were there:

Lunch:
Le Lhotty's - top of the Nauchets Express Chair out of the Les Gets bowl was great, we had a light lunch of soup with cheese and crouton which was delicous, all the bigger meals being served looked scrummy.
L'Equipe - In Morzine, just off the slopes at the Pleney Telecabine. Good Lasagne and Salad (waitress was bit miserable) with a big cauldron of soup bubbling above a log fire outside the front of the restaurant.
Le Choucas - great pizzeria/cafe on the main street of Les Gets. Lots of french eating there, we shared a lovely Pizza and salad - well recommended for lunch - this place didn't look busy on an evening, more a lunch place.

Evening Meal:
The Tyrol Hotel - just off the main street near the centre of town - we got there a bit early and orded goats chees starter and Lasagne main. when things got busier we saw people having beef which was brought out raw for people to ok and then cooked over a fire on a grill - looked gorgeous. We really enjoyed our meal here.
La Coptaux - on a small crossroads on the main street, centre of town. Very, Very nice place -very rustic and woody. we had a raclette (cheese melted on grill brought to the table, served with salad, cold meats, potatoes and fresh bread). This was a real experience and would really suggest trying this place - worth booking a table though.
Le Schuss - main street almost opposite La Coptaux. Very light and looked a little cold looking up from the street below into this 1st floor restaurant - don't be fooled ! Very good service and great food, I had Tartiflette which was really yummy - followed up with fresh patisseries brought up from the shop below after closing. Highly Recommended.

We really didn't have an average meal - everywhere we ate was great - try any of the above and I'm sure you won't be disapointed.

Accommodation : Hotel Mont Chery (3*). just off the base of the slopes at the Chavannes Chair and Telecabine. Perfect location at the heart of the village and just off the slopes. This hotel was happy to take a part week (3 night) stay and also gave the option of Bed and Breakfast which we took. There is a lovely pool with Jacuzzi and Sauna/Wetroom. Good Locker Room for skis/boots. The bedrooms are nice and the breakfast were good (continental). The staff were courteous and helpful and there was parking for the hire car. Well recommended hotel - 480 Euros B&B for a double room for 3 nights.

Costs: Hire Car (Corsa) - £120 for 4 days, See hotel above for accomodation costs. Lunch - 30Euros for 2 light lunches, 1 beer and 1 glass wine and a crraffe of water. Evening meal - ranged from 50 - 70Euros for 2 including a bottle of wine.

Conclusion: Really enjoyed Les Gets - we will definately return, possibly with the kids in February 09. Great place for a couple and also great for families - can't comment on the lift queue's at busy periods as we went when it was quiet. Also, the village and the ski area are quite low so possibly not the safest bet for good conditions early/late season.

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