Les Gets Snowboarding
The 16th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Saturday 6 August 2016 06:13 GMT
East of Geneva, the Les Gets Ski Area has 25 lifts providing access to 67 pistes totaling 110km with a maximum vertical drop of 830m. Some riders can find Les Gets challenging since 18 of the lifts are drag lifts, but the runs overall a pretty beginner oriented.
The easy Chamossiere region runs lead up to the black and usually icy runs in Nyon. Luckily, there are some off-piste freeriding lines there.
Generally, the Les Gets ski area is divided into two sectors. The Mont-Cheri sector, accessed on the west side of the town of Les Gets, tends to be quieter with solid intermediate riding and some bump runs. There is also an extensive terrain park. The Chavannes Bowl sector on the west side of the town of Les Gets is the more popular region with high speed lifts. It also provides access to La Turche where there are some nice gladed pistes, and also connects directly with Morzine.
Overall, the piste signage and layout can be very confusing. There are several very long, unexpected traverses. Plus, in low snow seasons, you will come across closed pistes, such as ones leading back to town, without any warning.
Les Gets is a small traditional French mountain village that is targeted at families. It is part of the large Portes du Soleil ski domain. The Portes du Soleil ski domain is one of the largest in the world linking 14 villages on both sides of the Swiss-French border southeast Geneva. The very family-friendly Portes du Soleil encompasses 206 lifts serving 283 pistes totalling 650km over 400 hectares of terrain. The pistes are classified as 41 green, 104 blue, 110 red and 28 black. From a snowboarders perspective, the classifications at Portes du Soleil can be translated as green means walking, blue means occasional walking, red means intermediate and black means difficult. In addition to the groomed pistes, there is plenty of off-piste terrain to explore under craggy peaks and down steep couloirs. Keep in mind that there are plenty of t-bars and Poma platter lifts spread throughout the region, along with flat or rolling traverses between ski areas. Overall, you are not going to find many snowboarders here, maybe 15%, except up at Avoriaz. By the way, Avoriaz makes for a great central and high elevation base to explore the entire Portes du Soleil region and it has exceptional terrain in every direction. Since the region tends to be lower in elevation, snow depth can be a problem throughout. If the quoted minimum depth is less than 60cm (24 inches), the off-piste routes are pretty sketchy to explore and you will be stuck on the icy groomed pistes. There can be some inconsistencies in published snow reports, such as centimeters reported as inches, so make sure to check several snow report sources before coming.
If you are looking for some apres ski action, check out Beer Bar, Irish Bar, Bar Bush, and Zebra Bar.
When you are ready for some nightlife, try L Igloo Night Club, which best after 1am.
Overall, Les Gets is the 16th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Les Gets including Morzine, Avoriaz, Champery, Torgon, Chatel and La Chapelle d Abondance.