13 January 2021

What to do on holiday in Les Gets without ski lifts this winter?

We discovered this year, more than ever, Les Gets is so much more than a ski resort. The ski lifts were closed during Xmas and NY weeks and for most of January too, but holidaymakers enjoyed the mountain in a different way, as it has so much to offer apart from alpine skiing.

The village has a special atmosphere and there are plenty of activities for young and old. Although the restaurants are closed, many offer take-away food or make deliveries. We have had some delicious meals from local restaurants.

What to do on holiday in Les Gets without ski lifts this winter?

A multitude of activities to enjoy

Ski touring shows you don't need a ski lift to go skiing!

The mountain 'has to be earned' and ski touring or split board (snowboard version of ski touring) is proof of this. What could be more exhilarating than climbing the snowy slopes with the help of adapted equipment and then savouring the long awaited descent! Whether you're a piste enthusiast or a fan of fresh snow, this sport is suitable for everyone.

A guide is strongly recommended if you have not ski-toured before. They will assess your ability and lead you along routes comfortably within your ability, they will also explain some of the important things you need to know, for example,  on avalanche risks, safety rules, and technical advice on using the equipment.  Ski schools such as the ESF and the International Ski School 360 offer ski touring outings, so don't hesitate to contact them.

Equipment can be hired from shops such as Berthet Sport, they offer: skis, ski touring bindings, skins and poles. We also work with Ski Mobile, a qualified team offering delivery of equipment directly to your chalet.

 Note: It is forbidden to go ski touring on the Perrières pistes. 

Cross-country skiing, traditional skiing

Nordic skiing, which has often been neglected in recent years, is making a strong comeback this winter. You can take advantage of many kilometres of Nordic ski slopes in the resort of Les Gets, on the Les Chavannes side (the Mont-Chéry side is not open at the moment). Try biathlon practice with ESF Les Gets to combine cross-country skiing and air rifle target shooting !

Take a lesson with a guide or a certified instructor to discover the different techniques of alpine skiing.

Alpine skiing for toddlers and beginners 

In order to introduce the youngest to alpine skiing, the schools have been inventive and offer "First slides" courses and the Piou-Piou area is open.

In addition, from Saturday 16th of January, the Chavannes magic carpet will be open until the beginning of the February holidays on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Access free of charge. The magic carpet is only accessible to skiers equipped with downhill skis. Pedestrians are not allowed. A mask is obligatory for anyone aged 11 and over in the queue and on the device.

Ski Joering

Discover new skiing experiences, harnessed to a horse or pony!

Information subject to change with regard to regulatory and operating constraints.

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Hiking and snowshoeing in the snow

With two magnificent slopes, the resort of Les Gets offers different landscapes on both sides for those who love hiking and snowshoeing, without risk and for all levels.

Stroll around the lake, admire the Mont-Blanc from Mont-Caly, go deep into the heart of the fir tree forest in Sincerneret, with hiking boots or snowshoes on your feet. There is something for everyone, to take a breath of fresh air all week long! Don't hesitate to ask us for our favourite spots, we will be delighted to share them with you.

The tourist office will provides you with a map and a detailed presentation of the different itineraries, also available in paper form, which we will give you on your arrival. The paths are all signposted and maintained by the ski lift company, SAGETS. Some of the walks will not be accessible this winter, please contact the Tourist Office in Les Gets if you have any questions.

You can also appoint an approved mountain guide who will organise a trip for you bearing in mind your group's abilities. there are beautiful views and interesting flora and fauna on the mountains and an approved mountain guide has deep knowledge in these areas and will delight in explaining this to interested clients. 

For snowshoe hire, we invite you to get in touch with the sports shops in the resort of Les Gets.

Dog sledging, hiking dogs, and dog baby taxi 

At Mont-Caly or La Sarre, thanks to Didier and his 8 sled dogs, discover the mountain differently. Sled dog activity for children from 5 to 12 years old. For adults, Didier offers dog-hiking : a hike harnessed to a dog for 1h30. Group of 4 people from the same family or from the same group maximum according to Covid 19 constraints. Activity fully booked in February.

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Snow, a playground in all its forms 

Numerous toboggan runs are accessible in the village below Les Chavannes and Les Perrières. We can provide you with some sledges during your stay.

The playground areas Bankids (behind the tourist office) and Wildkids (opposite the bottom of the Chavannes express chairlift) for children are also open every day free of charge. There's plenty of fun to be had on the inflatables!

Going down the snowy slopes on a Fat Bike

Discover a fat bike equipped with adapted tyres for downhill or snow and ice riding, a real experience. Information at Intersport shop opposite the Chavannes Express and The Hub shop.

Discover the activity on visiting the Tourist Office.

Electric snowmobiles: a positive environmental activity for the little ones

An environmentally friendly activity, electric snowmobiles are available for 5 to 17 year olds, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays outside school holidays and 6 days/week during the French school holidays, from 10am to 5pm, near the Lac des Ecoles under the Chavannes Express.

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Play activities in the village

Stroll through the streets of the village to do shopping in the sports or souvenir shops. Taste the local flavours at the traditional Thursday morning market, skate on the ice rink in the heart of the village, or discover the incredible world of the Mechanical Music Museum and its 350 exhibits.

In addition, the resort organises numerous events during the school holidays, such as the Christmas and New Year holidays if the slopes remain closed, as well as workshops for young and old alike, such as initiation to fatbike, Airboard, Yooner, Human curling, laser game, the creation of fir tree syrups, aromatic soaps, woodworking, wooden games, orienteering in the snow with the little trappers, etc. Unfortunately, for the moment we are not aware of the opening of Alta Lumina.

Finally, take a tour among our local providers such as the pottery workshop in Lassarre or the Gêtoises farms to buy and taste local cheeses at La ferme de Caroline, La Chèvrerie des Félires, la chèvrerie des Ours, la fruitière des Perrières or the farm Les Pâtres des reines.



To start the day off right, have your bread and pastries delivered directly to your chalet each morning by our team. Then, if you wish to enjoy the mountains and go home to eat, what better way to start than to call on the services of a Chef at Domicile. They can deliver your meals to you, as well as our partners who specialise in home meal delivery such as Bon Appetit and Dining Direct.

Would you like to try our restaurants? Many of them offer take-away or home delivery services. The resort of Les Gets is particularly renowned for its high gastronomic standards at reasonable prices.

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Relaxation and well-being during your stay

Because holidays also rhyme with relaxation, don't hesitate to go to one of the well-being institutes in the resort of Les Gets such as Clair Moment and Sérénicimes to enjoy the magical hands of our spa practitioners. 

The Spa des Sources du Chéry cannot reopen its pools for the moment, however, massages are also open for booking every day. And if you prefer to take advantage of your chalet, mobile massage companies will come to your chalet for a pure moment of relaxation.

We also have a blog on the subject of relaxing holidays in Les Gets, read it to find out more.

Our team lives in Les Gets all year round and will be happy to answer your questions about the resort, its services and the activities you can do during the school holidays. The snow conditions are incredible this year, so you might as well take advantage of the many activities available outside of skiing!


Photo credit : David Machet, Keno Photographie, V.Ducrettet, Office de Tourisme Les Gets, Mark Nathan.

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