We took an early trip out to Les Gets to explore the fantastic ski area of Les Portes du Soleil, thanks to Morgan Jupe Chalets. Here are Rory's notes from the trip.
Getting to Geneva
The flight to Geneva from London was quick, around one hour 45 minutes, making it a great destination for a weekend away. We were greeted at the airport by our ski resort transfer company Skiidy Gonzales, who are known for greeting their guests at the airport in large, colourful Mexican sombreros. The transfer was slick, efficient and friendly. The joy of heading to the Portes du Soleil area is the short transfer time of one and a half hours from Geneva airport. For families (or indeed anyone who dreads a long transfer) it’s ideal.
Arriving in Les Gets
We were taken through the charming village of Les Gets itself, located in the Western region of the Portes du Soleil. We stayed in one of their more exclusive chalets, Chalet Louis, which sleeps 10 people and is perfectly equipped to cater to two families with children. We wanted to see what it was like for ourselves before we added it to our Les Gets chalet portfolio
The surroundings are fantastic, although being at the top of a steep hill does mean that the chalet driver service is essential. The thought of having to walk up to it at the end of a long day skiing is unappealing. Thankfully, the addition of a cool 110 Landrover Defender means that this is a pleasure as opposed to a hassle!
The real beauty of the location is, of course, the view. The sunny, Savoyard village has a typically French feel about it and lined by trees on all sides. Looking down over Les Gets during sunrise is spectacular, if you are ever up early (or perhaps late) enough.
Chalet Louis falls under their Bed & Breakfast Chalet service, although it’s far from your standard B&B.
This refreshing new wave of chalets offers what they call a ‘flexibly-catered chalet experience’, offering guests what seems to be the best of all worlds:
- the ability to stay in and eat, with an in-house traditional chef to prepare your meals when you want them;
- the option to have pre-prepared ready meals delivered directly to your door by much-loved local business Bon Appetit;
- or none of the above! Head out for an evening meal and explore the local restaurants.
The interior of this chalet is quite stunning; floor to floor timber, from the walls to the beamed ceiling. The attention to detail is exceptional. You feel as though you are in a warm, much-loved, but extremely luxurious, home. Everything has been thought of and catered to. and unlike so many chalets that miss the finer details, this one is truly remarkable.
We settled into our rooms and were then driven to Morzine to explore our neighbouring resort. This drive is only five to ten minutes by car, and before we knew it we were being taken to a Bec Jaune, the local micro-brewery. Offering a predominantly plant-based menu (quite unusual for the area) there were plenty of delicious and healthy dishes at a good price.
Morgan Jupe also offers chalets in Morzine, attracting both people who want a more relaxing stay in Les Gets, as well as those who prefer the younger and perhaps livelier feel of Morzine.
Expect both exceptional service and brilliant staff who will look after you very well. These guys have years of experience. Another area where they excel and are well known for doing so, is the wine list. Rest assured, if you choose to have your meals prepared in your chalet, the wine list is equally fantastic.
Why you should visit Les Gets
Les Gets offers the best of both worlds. A slightly quieter and more traditional feel than Morzine itself, but the proximity of these two resorts means that travelling between them is easy. For me, the ease of nipping into Morzine for a slightly livelier après ski, before returning to the tranquillity of Les Gets is perfect. Everyone is different, but I really don’t think you can go wrong with either of these resorts.
Portes du Soleil Skiing
The other obvious reason that the area is so popular is the enormous ski region of the Portes De Soleil. The vast 650km expanse of ski runs mean there’s something for everyone. We skied in Avoriaz (not forgetting The Stash eco-friendly snow park), before heading over to Switzerland by chairlift. Here, there are some seriously challenging runs to be had, most famously The Wall.
But amongst them are plenty of gentle beginner slopes and wide motorway pistes which are perfect for families or groups with varying abilities. Historically, the region has made a huge effort to attract families by making it as fun and easy as possible to visit with kids. There are brilliant tree runs and characters hidden in the slopes, all set up to make skiing fun and enjoyable for all.
Having not been to Avoriaz for some time, I had forgotten how pretty it is. It’s undergone a lot of change in recent years, perhaps aiming to be a younger, prettier Tignes. Essentially what the resort is a set of apartments on the side of the mountain, making it a great place for those who are going only for skiing. A newly opened Folie Douce at the top of the Plateu chairlift, may suggest otherwise, though. The other great thing about après-ing here is that you never have too far to head back to your apartment.
After stopping for a drink in the Folie, we skied back to Les Gets for our Landrover to take us up the hill back to our home for the night.
As you would expect from a chalet of this standard, the level of service is extra special. My clothes were folded, the rooms prepared for us each night and everything was immaculate throughout our stay. It only adds to the tranquil nature and beauty of the place. It’s a complete sense of relaxation that I can only assume all guests have when they stay here.
It really was a superb stay and great to see and ski these two fantastic resorts again. Thank you to Holly and James for making the experience so special, we look forward to coming back. If you’d like to book Chalet Louis, or find out more information about the resort, get in touch today.