Luxury Chalets in Les Gets
Chalet Ferme de MoudonSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet Grande CornicheSleeps 12 + 3
The PenthouseSleeps 8 + 4
Chalet Ferme de la CorderieSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet LouisSleeps 8 + 2
AviemoreSleeps 6 + 4
Only an hour drive from Geneva, they area ideal ski resorts for families with young ones, whilst also offering plenty for skiers of all ages and abilities, and there’s no limit to the luxury on offer.
Morzine is one of the most northern French ski resorts, benefitting from Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva’s microclimate, it has consistently good weather all season. In addition, for those off days, and to inject some variety, it boasts a diverse terrain, including plenty of tree-lined pistes and some incredible snow parks.
Originally a farming community which has re-invented itself as a ski and activity resort, most of the building here are low rise affairs which are traditional farm houses or Savoyard style chalets. Well before its sporting fame, the 12th century Morzine was an agricultural hub of its province; the land was farmed for the town’s Monastery to provide their food, clothing and building materials.
The resort still maintains this locally sourced tradition throughout, especially as sampled through its exquisite restaurants. Slate mining subsequently overtook agriculture over as the town’s main industry, and the local slate is widespread throughout townhouses in the town to this day.
Large ski area
Great for a ski weekend
Good for all abilities
Les Gets Ski Overview
Whilst they cater best to intermediates, beginner and advanced skiers will not leave these resorts disappointed. Over 650km of runs are available to be explored here, and hopping between the French and Swiss borders provides some excitement too, heightened by the world-class Swiss chocolate chocolat chauds.
Due to its unique microclimate, Morzine and Les Gets regularly receive some of the best snowfall throughout all the Alps; in 2012 they received a record 11.8m, cementing its place as a sureshot location for guaranteed good conditions all season. Note that December and April can be less snow sure – due to its altitude and the resort village’s altitude being 1,000m.
For the more daring, head to Avoriaz, the highest point of the ski areas, where the thrill-seekers will find their fair share of untouched off-piste, gravity-defying black runs and some of the best of the 30 snowparks across the whole of the Portes du Soleil ski area. With a permanent halfpipe, Europe’s first Burton Stash and parks in Avoriaz, Les Gets, Crosets, Chatel and Nyon it’s no surprise snowboarders keeping returning to Morzine from around the world.
- Ski area: Portes du Soleil
- Resort: 1000m // Top: 2300m
- Pistes: 650km
- Beginners: 31
- Intermediate: 172
- Advanced: 82
- Ski Lifts: 195
- Snow Park: 9
- Nursery Areas: 2
- Cross Country: 100km
The picturesque and olde-worlde feel of the town is today complemented by state-of-the-art leisure facilities and contemporary architecture. Due to its close proximity to Geneva, there is a constant buzz in Morzine where locals and tourists seamlessly merge with one another. This can be experienced at the local weekly market on Wednesday mornings, where the best regional produce is on offer, don't miss this culinary and artisanal opportunity to discover some true Haute-Savoie delicacies. When the weather is good lots of other things are going on such as Paragliding, Dog sledding and Snowshoeing.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Les Gets also has many wonderful walking trails for non-skiers, with great views across to Mont Blanc.
Every Tuesday night Les Gets puts on a free evening of entertainment for visitors. At the base of the slopes a giant cauldron of steaming mulled wine is served by locals, or mugs of hot chocolate; the ski instructors put on a great display of skill, and the evening finishes with fireworks.
The picturesque towns are built with local stone and sit on the pretty river-gorge Dranse which runs through Morzine. This resort has something for everyone, from traditional savoyard restaurants offering raclette, fondue and your typical rich alpine cuisine, through to exquisite gourmet dining experiences.
La R’Mise is a quaint, traditional restaurant in the heart of the old village of Les Gets. It serves savoyard specialities, including perch from Lac Leman, and has excellent service, not to be missed!
La Grande OurseFrench, European, Alpine
If you’re looking for a beautiful backdrop with a gorgeous location above Les Gets with a large terrace and views of Mont Blanc; the La Grande Ourse is our recommendation. It is run by an English family who fell in love with the location and their hard work has paid off.
Le Boomerang barBar, Après Ski
Le Boomerang bar / hotel restaurant, run by a lovely Aussie couple JM & Rhona, serves great food and has great ambiance and live music. For live football, live beer and lively chat, take a trip to visit Figs & Gio, the Scottish-Italian couple running Bar Bush.
Le Clin D’OeilFrench, European, Vegetarian Friendly
As for Morzine, we recommend Le Clin D’Oeil for its great food, great service and a wonderful friendly atmosphere
Le Chalet du VerardAlpine, Après Ski
If you’re looking for lively spot on the hill then check out Le Chalet du Verard for some mountain food and fun!
Les Gets and Morzine are both great for kids, with a really good selection of runs, from a good mix of nursery slopes for little ones to black runs for dads wanting to test their limits. Most of Les Gets and Morzine’s restaurants welcome children with open arms and will go out of their way to make them feel at home.
In Morzine, up to 6 people can have a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the resort. The Morzine ride takes you through the whole village, showing you the old town, the different hamlets around Morzine or even up to lake Montriond.
There is a small underground bowling alley and bar on the main street of Les Gets to keep the family entertained on bad weather days. Cinema Rex is located in the centre of Morzine and shows films in the evening and, some days, also in the early afternoon.
There are a number of childcare options available in Morzine and Les Gets. There are also numerous babysitting and nursery facilities available in the area.
The main winter establishments are the ski schools which offer a combination of tuition and childcare for children. You can book your child in for full or half day programmes with lunch also be provided