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Green Traveller's Guide to Les Gets, France


Morzine’s little sister, Les Gets reaps the benefits of its neighbouring resort whilst managing to retain its own calm identity, especially in the outlying areas.

A charming village with rich Savoyard roots, its stone and wood chalets make Les Gets an enchanting retreat, whether you visit in snowy Winter or mountainous Summer. Les Gets has done its upmost to be environmentally friendly by reviewing its building, traffic, sewage and recycling policies in the resort. See below for more facts on its current environmental policies. It also offers plenty of low impact activities including snowshoeing, husky sleigh rides and paragliding.


Did you know?

  • Height: 1,172m

  • Number of lifts: 206 (Portes du Soleil)

  • Around 650km of mountain trails

  • Environmentally friendly policies: solar panels have replaced generators on ski lifts; chemical-free artificial snow; majority of buildings heated by bio-mass system;


Where to stay

Eco-chalet in Montriond

A renovated farm in the small Portes du Soleil village of Montriond, which lies between Morzine and Les Gets. The chalet can sleep 15 and is wonderfully comfortable, and there’s a sauna and outside hot tub. Delicious food with plenty of organic and local ingredients. Super-insulated for both winter and summer weather, the owners used Morzine slate for the roof. A wood pellet system, which is apparently over 90% efficient and uses waste chips from the local saw mill, deals with heating and hot water.

Address: La Gliere, Montriond, Morzine, 74110

Website: Gourmet Ski Hotel Labrador

The exclusive 4-star Hotel Labrador offers a midweek break for those wanting a snow experience with a difference. The hotel itself has 21 rooms to choose from, some of which even offer access to a south facing balcony, allowing you to relax and look out over impressive mountain ranges. On top of this, the hotel boasts a range of fitness activities, including tennis courts, heated outdoor pool, gym and massage facilities. For the more adventurous, there's even the option to partake in a wildlife discovery snowshoeing trip.

Address: 266 route de Léry, 74260

Website: Hotel Labrador Hôtel Crychar

Stay in the heart and soul of an authentic mountain chalet, not two steps away from the ski runs. Enjoy the slow mountain pace on the balcony then tuck into a scrumptuous breakfast of homemade fruit cakes and jams, traditionally made fruit juices and much more besides. Your family can play safetly in the snow next to the hotel then settle by the fireside for some stories at a refreshing day skiing.

Address: Chalet Hôtel*** Crychar, 136, impasse de la Grange-Neuve - 74260 Les Gets - Haute Savoie

Website: Hôtel Crychar The Alpen Sport Hotel Situated in the old part of the village, a short distance from the ski slopes, this family-run hotel is one of the oldest in the resort. Newly renovated this Winter, each of the comfortable rooms will now come complete with a kitchenette, while Alpen also offers a range of individual and apartment chalets. The well-being area is equipped with a swimming pool, for both summer and winter use, a sauna, Turkish bath and 2 jacuzzis. The restaurant produces traditional Savoyard cuisine using locally sourced ingredients as well as offering a range of tasty organic wines. Address: 74260, Les Gets Website: Alpen Sport Hotel


Chalet Châtelet, Portes du Soleil

You’ll find this chalet between Morzine and Châtel. Newly built using traditional methods, there’s everything you need plus eco additions such as unobtrusive solar panels, which compliment the wood-burning stoves you’ll find throughout the house. Prices include hearty, home-cooked meals. Plenty of low-impact activities can be arranged, including snow shoe hiking, dog sledding and ice-diving. In summer you can choose from mountain biking, canyoning, rafting and sailing.

Address: 74360 Bonnevaux

Website: Chalet Chatelet


Where to eat

Le Saint Laurent

This restaurant’s evening meals are locally famous - a mixture of traditional and refined cuisine served in the typically Savoyard ‘Saint Laurent’ restaurant. Patrick the owner is a talented chef, enthusiastic about local produce and ever faithful to the traditional values of his native village. Everyday he collects fresh eggs from ‘La Ferme de Rose’, his mountain farm, named after his wife who runs the hotel with him. His own herd of Salers cattle provide excellent cuts of beef that are served at his restaurant, providing an excellent meal whether as a ‘pot-au-feu’ a steak or a joint.

Address: Le Labrador 266 route de Léry 74260 LES GETS. Phone: + 33 (0) 4 50 75 80 00

Website: Le Saint Laurent La Fruitière des Perrières

A very cosy ‘farm-cum-auberge’ that serves Savoyard specialities (made from home-made cheese) in a former cheese-maturing cellar. Chic whilst retrospective, guests spend an unusual but very pleasant evening here, surrounded by antique artefacts that pay homage to local heritage and gastronomy.

Address: 137 Les Perrières - 74 260 Les Gets. Phone: +33 (0)4 50 79 89 22

Website: La Fruitière des Perrières Le Vaffieu, Morzine

A popular place for a mountain lunch, at the top of the Belvedere lift in Morzine. Hikers can walk there from the resort. Warming, home cooked food. Best to book ahead.

Address: Le Pleney, Morzine, France. Phone: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 43

Website: Web address not available


L'Outa

L'Outa has a friendly, warm atmosphere. A great place for couples and families, this uncomplicated restaurant is owned by a couple who serve regional food and specialise in sea food. Enjoy freshly caught fish, oysters and shellfish in this welcoming, wholesome atmosphere.

Address: 46 rue du Chêne, 74260 Les Gets; Phone: +33 (0) 450382420

Website: L'Outa



Where to visit

Museum of Mechanical Music

Incredible creations, combining both science and art, discover here the little known history of these musical marvels. The Association of Mechanical Musical has composed here over the past 25 years a unique collection of musical boxes, street organs, piano rolls, automated violins and accordions, phonograph, gramophones and juke boxes. Over 550 pieces are presented here, with each room presenting the context of their time and introducing the atmosphere of the period with animated exhibits. A wonderful collection, respected by specialists world wide and a treat for children with the shows and spectacles.

Address: Musée de la Musique Mécanique, 74260 Les Gets

Website: Museum of Mechanical Music View from Mont Chéry

Of course, Les Gets is filled with incredible views of the surrounding snowy countryside. But we had to highlight one particular view that has amazed and enchanted for years, and that we really recommend you go see. From the top of Mont Chéry the Mont Blanc horizon stretches panoramic, offering stunning and incomparable views of the small mountain villages, scraggy peaks and white crested forests. Unforgettable.

Address: Mont Chéry

Website: N/A Chocolate workshops

This tastes workshop dedicated to all the chocolate lovers out there, for the sweet tooths of all ages. After donning chef’s apron, hat and gloves, the apprentice chocolate-makers get to work. Trainee cooks here chop up the raisins, walnuts and pistachios, cut the biscuits and stir the delicious chocolaty mixture while the dark chocolate (70% cacao) is kept liquid in a bain-marie. After coating and shaping the final delectable product, participants are given a mouth-watering «sausage» of chocolate, to be enjoyed messily after the class. Under the expect eye of Isabelle, master chocolate maker become a chocolate master.

Address: 336 Rue Centre 74260 Les Gets

Website: Le Châlet du Chocolat Tour of the Perrières' dairy

The «Fruitière» is where the 'fruit of the milk is collected so it can be later turned into cheese. Every day, the owners of La Fruitière take care of there cheeses. Join them to see Reblochon, Tomme and Abondance cheese being carefully fermented, crafted and produced. A rare chance to see the insides of an authentic dairy. And, if just seeing the cheeses isn't enough for your curious tastebuds, sample these delicacies in the attached restaurant: La Fruitière des Perrières.

Address: La Fruitière des Perrières 137 Les Perrieres 74 260 Les Gets

Website: The Perrières Dairy


Things to do

The Snowshoe Company

This friendly outfit prides itself on ensuring a personal and warm service, with an exploration of the region’s winter wonderland that you will never forget. Offering half or full-day treks into the wilderness behind the ski resorts, the Snowshoe Company makes sure that you can discover the world behind the ski resorts whatever your level. They also arrange night treks, showing you the mountain views of the starry sky, and training courses so you can confidently tackle the trickier paths.

Address: Phone: + 33 (0) 670 66 77 56

Website: The Snowshoe Company


Mountain bike breaks

One of the best locations for mountain biking, the Alps offers both well maintained downhill tracks and vast open terrain. Either bring your own bike or hire one here and soon be off racing along the countryside, exploring the mountain’s nooks and crannies. At the end of the day relax in a hot tub or on the balcony, watching the sunset behind the mountains with a beer in hand.

Address: Chalet Lac de Vonnes Châtel, France 74390; Email: info@mountainbikebreaks.com or Tel No. +33 450 73 68 71

Website: Mountain bike breaks

Le Pub Irlandais

In this warm and welcoming atmosphere, Colin and his team welcome their guests as if it were their own home. The Irish pub is the ideal place to meet and relax with friends after a day on the slopes. Offering live music every week, delicious tapas and above all the renowned homebrewed beers. Brewing beer is Colin's passion and an art in which he is expert. He follows German brewing methods using only water, malt, hops and yeast. His beers are completely natural without any chemicals or preservatives.

Address: 507 rue du Centre Les Gets, France, 74260. Phone: + 33 (0)4 50 75 86 02

Website: Le Pub Irlandais

La Sarre Farm: pottery and little farmers

La Ferme de de la Sarre, you'll find a friendly family farm that loves visitors and is always happy to show your around the different parts of their farmlife. At the workshop, open daily, you’ll find a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian creations made on-site by Anouk the potter. And every Wednesday a detailed tour with demonstrations is organized. And introduce little farmers to the rural world where they can take care of the animals.

Address: La Ferme de la Sarre: Grange Florent 74260 Les Gets // Marché: Rue du Centre 74260 Les Gets, France

Website: Pottery Workshop at La Sarre farm


Practicalities

Travel by train to Les Gets

The nearest train station to Les Gets is Cluses. There are regular bus services betwen Cluses and Les Gets. Book your bus travel with SAT Mont Blanc.

Day train (7-8h): After arriving in Paris Gare du Nord off the Eurostar, take the metro to Paris Gare de Lyon. From Paris Gare de Lyon there is a regular service, every two hours, to Cluses, with journeys taking just under 4h30.

Sleeper train (12h): Board the 7pm Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord then transfer to Paris Austerlitz. Board the 11pm sleeper train to Cluses, arriving at 8.15am. There is a bus at 8.35 to Les Gets.

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