The Portes du Soleil region which straddles the border between France and Switzerland is one of the world’s largest with 650km of terrain on one lift pass, making it possible to ski on wonderful, day-long excursions of more than 100km from village to village. There are more than a dozen villages inter-connected on the circuit and Les Gets has built a reputation as a favourite for couples and families, with great facilities for both. There are plenty of sophisticated bars, alongside plenty of family-friendly options.
A resort of largely traditional chalet-type buildings, Les Gets is an authentic, year round community, not a purpose-built resort, with plenty of traditional bakeries, shops and family-run restaurants. One of the most popular is Isabelle’s chocolate shop, which also runs chocolate and sweet making classes for the kids. It’s typical of the family-orientated ethos of this rustic village which also has strong eco-friendly credentials, and is just an hour from Geneva Airport.
The vast distances you can ski in a weekend based here have already been mentioned, but to give more detail on the local slopes if you don’t fancy an epic cross-border exploration, there’s a great variety of terrain closer to home with a larger sector shared with neighbouring Morzine and served by more than 50 lifts, as well as a separate ski area that’s only accessed from Les Gets. All levels of skier and boarder are catered for and all styles too, with a highly-regarded terrain park and a great skier/boarder cross course to enjoy (one of the world’s best in this discipline is based here).