As a chalet owner-host it is one of the most asked questions “Why did you chose Les Gets?”
Les Gets is indeed a great place to live, work and holiday. In my earlier skiing days, I headed for the purpose-built resorts of Tignes, 3 Valleys etc. – somehow believing the greater altitude equals greater skiing. This is not the case. The only thing high altitude guarantees is ice, and people. So, if altitude is not part of the criteria for a great ski resort to live work and holiday – then what is?
Piste skiing is piste skiing. All resorts have all grades of piste. Pistes above the treeline generally have a base of rock or stone, and the scenery a standard of icy rocky mountains. The skiing in Les Gets is just above and into the treeline and is a far nicer experience providing more differentiation between runs. There is an added benefit of protection from windy weather and greater contrast when visibility is poor. Mainly meadows giving quick cover when the snow arrives.
The resort must have lots of bars and restaurants both in the mountains and in the village. Purpose built resorts have a pre-determined number, hence a captive market, high leases, and little competition leading to high prices and often little effort. Real villages on the other hand find the opposite. The altitude restaurants and bars in Les Gets have a lovely atmosphere, not just making an effort for the customers but generally enjoying being there. Check out ‘Blanchots’, ‘La Chanterelle’, and ‘Point Gets’ to name but a few. Down in the village ‘Bar Bush’ could not be more welcoming!
A village atmosphere is created by attracting tourists out of their chalets and hotels and into the village shops, bars, and leisure activities. There has to be more than just ski shops to look in! Les gets actually has a high street which is pedestrianised in the evenings. Everything from traditional sausage and cheeses to chocolatery, lingerie, and even a ‘second hand bric a brac’ store. Other entertainment includes bowling alley, ice rink, outdoor exhibitions and kid’s activities.
Our move to Les Gets was a ‘5-year plan’. We are now half way through our 14th season and I’m happy to say we are still here and still love it here. Our guests keep coming back and have become great friends. I hope you all understand now ‘Why we chose Les Gets’