The ski resort area of Les Gets and Morzine covers many kilometres of fantastic skiing for all abilities. If you’re new to the area, or even if you’re not, we’ve put together this blog as a guide to the best ski slopes in Les Gets and Morzine. Read on for our suggestions of some great routes for different abilities and snow conditions.
Adventures for beginners
If you’re skiing in Les Gets for the first time – after spending most mornings in ski school exploring Chavannes’ wide blue slopes – the want to venture further afield can be strong, but for nervous beginners the thought of unknown territory and accidentally ending up on a black run can be very daunting! Luckily, you can’t really take a wrong turn; all the areas are clearly connected by blue runs and tracks and most chairlifts drop off at the top of a selection of slopes.
Our favourites for beginners who are just starting to explore are the ‘Reine des Pres’ and ‘Renardiere’ in the Ranfolly Bowl – two wide sweeping blue runs that are perfect for practising linking those parallel turns! For those looking for a bit more of an adventure, head for the ‘Vorosses’ run on La Turche, but make sure that you are comfortable on drag lifts and that you stop for a fantastic lunch at La Paika restaurant on the way down!
Fun for families
Lets face it – the kids pick up skiing so quickly that after a couple of ski holidays in Les Gets it’s difficult to keep up with them on the slopes! Hot chocolate for fuel and some fun little adventures through the trees will keep them entertained on the piste, whilst the parents can avoid the jumps if necessary! ‘Choucas’ run is a slow, easy run, but holds some great little tracks in between the trees with jumps, sudden bends and dips for the younger ones to explore – all within sight of the official track! For more advanced fun, there are some great tracks through the trees on ‘Melezes’ piste which runs down to Perrieres.
‘Piste 64’ now boasts a great snow park for learner daredevils perfecting their jump techniques. An ideal pit-stop is Altitude Lodge, located at the bottom of Piste 64 by the drag lift, which does one of the best hot chocolates that you will ever experience! Once the kids have perfected their front flips, why not head over to Nyon snow park to watch the pros in action!
Off piste adventures
Here is where we really come into use… There is some great off piste skiing in Les Gets and our favourite mountain Mont Chery wins for us every time. If there is fresh snow, don’t hang around for a second breakfast – get the first lift up Mont Chery and you can enjoy fresh tracks for hours! Although there are no official ‘free ride’ zones on that side, there are plenty of areas to explore at your own risk (we strongly recommend a guide if you are unfamiliar with the area) especially off the back in between ‘Marmottes’ and ‘Mouflon’. Mont Chery is a small ski area, but when the conditions are right you can enjoy the same runs over and over again without getting bored! A must do is lunch at the Grande Ourse – Lobster Tartiflette is something that everyone must experience once in their life!
Advanced piste skiing & mogul runs
Crisp, untouched, corduroyed slopes always make us give in to the temptation of some fast paced carving and the best runs for that on Chavannes side are ‘Tulipe’ in the bowl and ‘Melezes’ on Perrieres. Both have a great camber for speed and are wide with plenty of room for practising carving. Another great run is ‘Lievre’ on the front of Mont Chery, with it’s famous Cold Corner!
For a real challenge, the mogul fields on the back of Mont Chery are fun to conquer although excessive thigh burn is inevitable by the end! Chevreuil and Mouflon run parallel with each other and one of the hardest black runs in the area is the ‘Bouquetin’ on Mont Chery which is only open when conditions are perfect.
Hopefully we’ve given you some idea of the fun you can expect when you visit Les Gets. If you’re thinking of a making the trip, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We love welcoming new visitors and are always on hand to suggest other great runs to check out. We look forward to meeting you!