For all it’s obvious charms like super slopes from beginner to challenging, Michelin standard slope side dining options and a real authentic village community in the heart of Haute Savoie, Les Gets can sometimes feel a little overcrowded.
While being a part of the wider Porte de Soleil ski area brings many benefits including over 650 km of linked skiing between France and Switzerland, this factor also brings in many day trippers staying in neighbouring resorts like Morzine and Avoriaz making peak time lift queues, long waits for lunchtime tables and very busy pistes an unavoidable reality. Right?
Not for those in the know. Another option open to anyone who takes a walk across town or hops on the free ski train over to the separate lift station at the base of Mont Chery. On the way up you’ll get a chance to look over one of the most difficult black runs in the area and once at the top there are spectacular views of the Mont Blanc range. Looking at the ski map at first glance there doesn’t seem much to keep everyone occupied – just 4 red, 4 black and 1 blue run. While choice of runs is certainly much more limited than over on Chavannes the feeling of freedom that flying down those near deserted slopes brings is more than enough to make up for it.
The two red runs at the front are beautiful wide cruisy runs delivering you back to the cable car or it is possible to continue on the red home home or join on to black to bring you all the way down to village level. The reds on the back side are a little more challenging and the black run provides an excellent work out!
Of course, dining and refreshment options are also more limited over here. The snack bar beside the main lift station offers the basic along with spectacular views while a small hut at the end of the black run on the back side does great snacks and the perfect spot to regroup after completing that run. The real restuarant gem in Mont Chery’s crown though is Le Chevrelle. Only accessible from the lift station on foot over an easy 4km walk this spot offers suberb local fare like tartiflette (the best we’ve ever tasted!), fondue and delicous charcuterie.