The best restaurants, cafes and bars in Les Gets……..

Having lived in Les Gets for 8 years now, we’ve had plenty of time to try and test every eaterie and watering hole the village has to offer. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen 2 brand new restaurants open and 2 old favourites change hands, so there’s something new to try even if you’re a Les Gets regular.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Les Gets this coming season, this guide will help you find our favourite spots for morning coffee, lunch, apres and dinner. All of the places described are situated in the village centre, are child and pet friendly and are easily accessible for both skiers and non-skiers.

hot chocSo let’s start with morning coffee – if you fancy a brew before you hit the slopes, then pop in to Les Notes Gourmande or Wild Beets Café (which has replaced Café Alba). Both serve lovely latte’s, hot chocolates, cappuccinos and have a selection of nice teas. If you’re already hungry, Les Notes Gourmande serve delicious crepes or you can grab something healthier, like poached eggs on toast at Wild Beets (gluten free and vegan options available).

When it comes to lunch, there’s a lot of choice in the village, but we have a couple of firm Copeauxfavourites. If you’re looking for a quick bite then you can’t do better than Le 412. Tasty kebabs, panninis, wraps and burgers to eat on the terrace or take away. It’s excellent value for money- less than 10 euros for a very filling kebab/burger, chips and soft drink. If you fancy something more formal, then Les Copeaux does a tasty, well priced plat du jour and their house wine by the carafe is very quaffable! Or try their speciality ‘Lou Rapins’ – fried potato rosti accompanied by local charcuterie and cheeses – delicious! One of the new restaurants that’s appeared this year is Vina Annapurna, where we’ve enjoyed a some good plat du jour lunches – tasty food and very pleasant service.

For your apres ski drinks we highly recommend L’Apreski Bar at the foot of the slopes which offers traditional outdoor apres, live music and a selection of hot alcoholic drinksBarbylone to warm your cockles – the hot apple vodka is our favourite! We also love Barbylone where you’ll receive a very warm welcome, a lively atmosphere (you may well find yourself drinking with the ESF :>) and the biggest and best Aperol Spritz in town. They also do a good selection of local saucissons if you’re starting to feel peckish. And of course there’s Bar Bush which is always buzzing at apres time, with cheesy tunes, good vin chaud, salt & vinegar crisps and friendly faces behind the bar.

If you’re going out for dinner, again there’s a lot of choice, but having rigorously tried and tested them all, there are a few we go back to time after time. For a real treat, we have found La Pela to be unbeatable. It’s a little more expensive than other restaurants with similar menus, but is warm and cosy with fantastic service and fabulous food. In particular, the ‘Pierrade’ (where you cook your own meat and vegetables on a sizzling hot stone) is excellent and much fresher, varied and plentiful than those found elsewhere. Their fillet steak with homemade chips and your choice of sauce is always delicious too and their ‘Dessert of the Day’ and ‘Café Gourmand’ are beautifully presented and taste sensational! Sadly for us, La Pela is one of the restaurants that is changing hands for Winter 2018/19 – we’re really hoping that standards remain as high with the new owners – we’ll be in there to check it out as soon as possible and will report back on this blog!

Le Tyrol is another firm favourite, cosy and warm with a very extensive menu (this is the place if you want to try snails :>) and the best pizzas in town (wood oven). Their ‘Mont D’or’ has to be tried – it’s a full baked cheese served with charcuterie and veg to dip into it – like your own mini fondue – it’s delicious! Very well priced house wine here too!

For something a little more casual and less expensive, Le Choucas is good choice for a nice pizza or pasta dish, has an extensive icecream selection and serves well priced house wine by the carafe. Le Comptoir, which is the second new restaurant that’s opened this last year also offers reasonably priced pizza, pasta and excellent sharing platters of charcuterie and cheese.

If it’s takeaway you need, then Le Boomerang (located in the Chamois D’or hotel this season) does excellent pizzas, noodles and fish & chips. And you can have a nice G&T from their specialist gin menu whilst you wait for your food!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and will find our tips helpful if you visit Les Gets.

If you’ve not already booked your next visit to Les Gets, come stay with us ‘Up the Alps’ – we offer luxury self catered and catered stays – come ski with us!

Jen & Craig

A perfect day in Les Gets….

Now that the snow has well and truly arrived here in the Portes du Soleil (Avoriaz is opening this weekend!!) we’re starting to get really excited for this coming season. We can’t wait to get our skis on and hit the slopes in Les Gets!

Our time off during the winter is limited, so we always try to make the most of these precious days.

Here’s our guide to a perfect ski day in Les Gets – if you’re visiting this season, why not give it a try……

  1. cedricFollowing a warming bowl of porridge at Chalet Virolet, we’ll head into the village (the 8 minute walk warms up the legs nicely), grab our kit from Desire Sports (the proprietor Cedric will always offer a homemade Schnapps!) and hitch an early ride on the Chavannes Express.
  2. From the top of this 6 man chairlift, it’s a quick ski down into the Les Gets bowl lesgetsskiwhere we’ll spend a couple of hours enjoying some beautiful, peaceful runs accessed from the Rosta, Ranfolly and Grains D’Or chairs. Our favourite piste is the ‘Melezes’ down to the Perrieres Express – a long, wide well groomed run through the trees and usually very quiet, perfect for honing your technique!
  3. Next it’s time for elevenses! So we’ll head up the Nauchets Express and down the 14225336_10210892653890153_7093088405222172808_nChevrelles piste to the Cortenaz restaurant for frites and a Coke to recharge the batteries.
  4. The next few hours will be spent skiing around the Morzine side of the mountain – taking the Telesiege des Tetes is a must as the view from the top is stunning. On this side, the blue Lievre run down towards Morzine is very pretty.
  5. 10906523_10152945651681011_7468035464801652449_nTime for a late lunch! So, back over on the Les Gets side (via another favourite piste the ‘Ambresalles’), we’ll head up the Rosta chairlift for a bite to eat at the Rosset’Taz restaurant. They serve really good, fast food (burgers as big as our head :>) and the view from their terrace is gorgeous.
  6. After another few runs, we’ll ski back down to the village, drop our kit with Cedric and share a Vin Chaud with him before returning to the Chalet for a quick power nap.
  7. 294768_364159507029377_518423923_nAt Apero time, we’ll head to Barbylone or l’Apreskibar for a drink with friends (both bars often have live bands in the early evening) and of course call into Bar Bush for a quick snifter before dinner.
  8. If we’re treating ourselves, dinner will be at La Pela – a gorgeous restaurant with fantastic service and amazing steaks. Their dessert of the day is always a treat – a real work of art. Alternatively it’ll be a take away kebab from ‘412’ and home to catch up on some TV!

All topped off of course by a fantastic night’s sleep (on account of the mountain air of course – not the drinks :>)

We can’t wait!!

Jen & Craig

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Pierrade at La Pela

A beginners guide to planning a ski holiday……

Every year, we receive lots of enquires from people thinking about organising their first ever ski or snowboard holiday. Whether it’s a family group with small kids or grownups planning a trip with friends, the one thing these enquiries have in common is that they have LOTS of questions!

If the mountains are calling you, but you’ve never skied before, the prospect of planning a first ski holiday can be quite daunting. Where to go, where to stay, what to organise and what to take with you – these things are second nature to seasoned winter holiday goers, but if you’ve never been before, then how do you know what you need to do?

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Well, worry no more – with 8 years of hosting skiers new and old in our chalet (and having been on lots of ski holidays ourselves), we’ve put together this handy step by step guide to help you plan a hassle free first winter adventure

 

  1. Choose your dates and resort
    Your first task is to decide where to go – do some research online and make sure you choose somewhere that’s good for beginners and/or families. You’ll need a resort where the beginner ‘green’ slopes are easily accessible on foot but where there are also plenty of gentle ‘blue’ runs to progress to once you’ve grasped the basics. If you’re a family, do consider average temperatures and avoid very high exposed resorts as you don’t want the kids to be too cold! Although we never booked with them, we always found the big tour operators brochures handy for resort comparisons and they’re good to leaf through over a glass of wine! For both family and group beginner skiing, we of course recommend Les Gets!
    When picking dates, if you’re tied to school holidays, then Easter skiing is increasingly popular and prices are cheaper than February half term. If not, then 16142475_1211065012322700_94543124988763509_nJanuary is a brilliant choice – with quiet slopes and no queues for lifts you can really make the most of your time on the hill. If you have friends who ski a lot, they’ll invariably have lots of advice, which can be helpful, but they are also likely to talk at length about snow conditions and how you must consider this, which may be confusing! As a rule, if this is going to be your first ski holiday, you really don’t need to worry too much about the snow – whatever the time of year, there will be enough for you, as a beginner, to learn to ski on and to ski all week to your level.
  2. Book your accommodation
    There are a lot of options to consider here – hotels, B&B’s, self-catered apartments, but by far the most convenient choice for your first holiday is a catered chalet. Catered chalets offer half board accommodation, so your breakfast, afternoon tea and dinners with wine are taken care of. This means you don’t need to worry about UP THE ALPS dinner0172supermarket shopping, cooking or eating out in the evening when you are tired! If you choose an independent chalet rather than a big company, you’ll also benefit from direct contact with the owners before and during your stay, who will be very happy to help you arrange all aspects of your holiday and answer any questions you might have. Remember that, as a complete beginner, you DON’T want ‘ski in ski out’ accommodation (you can’t ski yet!) but do choose somewhere that’s walking distance to the slopes or easily accessible by bus/car. Chalet Virolet makes a great choice!
  3. And flights
    Do try and book as early as possible to secure the cheapest flight prices – we like to use www.skyscanner.net to compare details. We’ve found that the smaller regional UK airports tend to offer some cracking prices, even last minute, so, for example, think about flying from Leeds/Bradford rather than Manchester or London City rather than Heathrow. Also think about your arrival time in resort – those later flights might be a bit cheaper, but do you really want to start your holiday by arriving in resort at midnight? And for the early flights, do make sure that your accommodation can store luggage for you if you arrive before check in time – you don’t want to be trailing big suitcases around the resort until 4pm!
  4. Book your airport transfers or car hire
    Consider how you’ll get from the airport to resort. If you’re staying with an independent chalet company, they will be able to organise shared or private transfers for you. If you’re with a big company, your coach transfers might be included with your holiday. If you’re going self-catered, car hire could also be an option. If you’re travelling to Les Gets, we highly recommend Skiidy Gonzales for transfers to/from Geneva airport.
  5. Book your lessons
    Perhaps the most important thing to organise – how well your lessons go will have a direct impact on how much you enjoy your holiday and whether you’ll come again! You MUST book your lessons as soon as possible so that you get the slots you want. There is a lot to consider, but generally: If you’re 26556_410610196010_4761802_nstaying for a week – book into ski school every morning. Depending on your budget, you can go for a large school or a smaller independent company, where your class will be smaller. If there are a few of you, then you could go for a small private group lesson, rather than joining an existing ski school course (where you’ll be with other learners). Whichever option you choose, you’ll have your afternoons free to spend together and practice what you’ve learnt so far. If you’re on a short break – book some private lessons for at least your first 2 days – either one to one or as a group if there’s a few of you. Having a dedicated instructor will give you the best chance of getting up and skiing in as short a time as possible. Again, depending on budget, you can choose a large school or an independent company. If you’re coming to Les Gets, check out our lessons page for some recommendations.
  6. Select and purchase your ski pass
    You’ll need to buy a ski pass and can usually do this online in advance (sometimes at a discounted rate) or in resort when you arrive. If you’re staying with an independent chalet company, they can purchase your passes for you so you don’t need to worry about it. Also, pay attention when lgyou book your ski lessons as sometimes a free or discounted lift pass is included in the lesson price. How do you know which pass to buy? Well, most ski resorts in Europe are part of a larger ‘linked’ ski area (for example Les Gets/Morzine is part of the larger Portes du Soleil area). If you’re a beginner, you will not need to buy a large area pass – in this example, just the Les Gets/Morzine pass will give you enough range for your first trip.
  7. Sort out your equipment hire
    If skiing, you’ll need to hire skis, ski boots, poles and a helmet. For snowboarding, you need a snowboard, boots and a helmet. In every resort, there are lots of shops to choose from and they’ll vary hugely in terms of the cedric2service you receive and quality of kit. As a beginner, you need somewhere that will look after you and ensure your kit is well fitting and comfortable. This is where, again, it really is best to choose independent accommodation who will help you with this and can also usually get you a good discount! It’s also advisable to use a hire shop where you can leave your kit overnight, so you don’t have to carry anything back to your accommodation each night!
  8. Get the clothes you need for the slopes
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    It’s always worth asking friends if they have anything you can borrow – there’s no point buying your own kit until you know you’ll ski again! And rather than buying new, Ebay is great for picking up barely used kit. Getting the right gear for your first ski trip needn’t be complicated or expensive.
    As a minimum (assuming you are hiring a helmet) you’ll need:
    – Ski trousers (salopettes)
    – A ski jacket
    – Ski gloves
    – A warm hat
    – Waterproof boots or snow boots
    – Ski Goggles and sunglasses
    – Not clothing, but you’ll also need Suncream for your face and lips!
    Depending on the weather forecast, you’ll also potentially need a fleece and thermals, but you can buy these cheaply online or from regular shops & supermarkets. If you do want to buy some new kit, then the SportsPursuit website has a good choice at good prices.

So there you have it – an easy 8 step guide to planning your first brilliant ski holiday – why not get started today?

Prices at Chalet Virolet start at 795 euros per adult and 595 euros per child for 7 nights on a half board basis. See full prices here.

Or stay self catered at Apartment Le Wetzet – prices start at 1750 euros for 7 nights rental. See full prices here.

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Summer in Les Gets……

The summer is now well underway here – with the sun beating down and temperatures in the high 20’s, it’s beginning to feel a lot like a holiday. The lake is open for swimming and the village is buzzing with visitors. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far and what we’ll be doing in our free time over the coming months.

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We spent this weekend watching the amazing Crankworkz event with hundreds of brave mountain bikers showing of their tricks on huge jumps at the bottom of the Chavannes – it was a real spectacle to watch and brought a brilliant atmosphere to the village.

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Last weekend, the golf course opened for the summer, so Craig has been well occupied brushing up his game before club competitions start. The Les Gets course really is beautiful – 18 holes covering the section of the mountain stretching from the top of the Chavannes to the Morzine/Les Gets plateau (near the Vaffieu restaurant). There’s definitely something unique about playing golf on fairways that you skied just a couple of months ago!

11909570_10208010486757776_1156877308660320411_oNow that the snow has completely melted, some of our favourite mountain walks are also accessible, so Fidji is delighted. One of the best is the hike up the Chavannes, round the Rosta bowl and back down to the village. The walk crosses lots of pistes and passes lots of lift stations that we visit regularly in the winter and it’s really interesting to see them in their summer greenery.

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We’ve also been busy around the chalet, planting the flower boxes and testing the BBQ – the terrace is looking lovely and ready for our first guests who’ll arrive next weekend.

With loads of events coming up too, it’s promising to be a great summer Up the Alps – we hope you’ll come and join us!

We need to talk about Tartiflette……..

It’s here – the summer – a chance to relax and unwind after a hectic winter season BUT also time to start planning for the coming season and, for Jen, this means just one thing – FOOD!

Guests often ask how our recipes are inspired and menus created, so over the coming months, we’ll be blogging about what happens behind the scenes to bring you creative, fresh, homemade dinners 6 days a week!

If you’ve stayed with us in recent years, you won’t be surprised to learn that the process tartifletteof agreeing next year’s menu ALWAYS starts with a debate about Tartiflette. For those who haven’t tried it yet, Tartiflette is the local speciality here in Les Gets – everyone seems to have their own recipe (Jen adds one secret ingredient :>) but basically, it’s made with potatoes, onions, lardons, cream and the local cheese Reblochon – typically served with locally sourced charcuterie and a crisp, fresh salad to cut through all that cheese. Really, what’s not to like? This dish was born to be on a chalet menu – traditional Alpine fare with lots of skier friendly carbs! And we can say confidently that our guests LOVE Tartiflette (the veggie mushroom version too) – plates are ALWAYS cleared and seconds always taken. When choosing a dish for a chalet menu, we think it needs to be comforting, delicious and interesting whilst appealing to a wide variety of people – in our experience, Tartiflette certainly ticks all of these boxes.

So why the annual debate? Well sadly, it turns out that whilst Tartiflette is an amazingly delicious and indulgent treat to enjoy on your skiing holiday once a year, the same cannot be said when you’re cooking it every week! They say familiarity breeds contempt – it turns out so does the Reblochonweekly pungent aroma of melting Reblochon. The fact is that both of us have developed a massive aversion to both the smell and taste of Tartiflette – a VERY inconvenient truth when you live in a village where every restaurant oozes melted fromage and every shop is bursting with ‘I love Tartiflette’ products! To boot, it also clings to a casserole dish like a snowboarder to a button lift and beats the dishwasher EVERY time!

So – every year, the menu conversation begins with one simple question – ‘Can we take Tartiflette off the menu?’ (I can actually hear the collective gasp of repeat guests as I type :>).

tflIn year 2, we removed Tartiflette from the menu – I couldn’t tell you what we replaced it with because it lasted all of 2 weeks. It turns out that when a repeat guest asks ‘so when is tartiflette night?’ the correct answer is basically any day of the week. The WRONG answer is ‘we actually took it off the menu’ and can only end in a mad dash to the village to buy an emergency wheel of Reblochon, whilst furiously peeling a couple of kilos of spuds.

It turns out our repeat guests don’t just like Tartiflette – they are passionate about it! They look forward to it and it goes hand in hand with a brilliant ski holiday – their trip just wouldn’t be the same without it. And that is why, no matter how many times we debate ‘the Tartiflette question’ and no matter how big the personal sacrifice is :>, we can assure all of our guests, past, present and future, that Tartiflette will always be on the menu at Chalet Virolet!

If you’d like to know more about Tartiflette or would like to try Jen’s version at Chalet Virolet, just contact us

Festive Fun! – there’s lots going on in Les Gets over Xmas and New Year

We LOVE Xmas and New Year in Les Gets! With snow on the ground, twinkling fairy lights and the air perfumed with vin chaud there’s such a cosy, traditional feel to the village over the festive period. It’s a very special place to celebrate Xmas and welcome in the New Year.

With the holiday season fast approaching, we’ve been checking out what Les Gets has planned to entertain visitors to the village both on and off the slopes:

Pere Noel – From 18th to 30th December, Father Christmas lives in Les Gets! Visitors can take the petit train to the Enchanted Forest, where lots of cheeky Elves will provide a warm welcome and introduce you to Santa. This is a magical experience – even the Grinch can’t help but feel Christmassy after a visit to Santa!

Santa’s Torchlit Descent – on XMAS EVE, Santa will come down from his enchanted forest to wave goodbye before he sets off on his rounds. This is our absolute favourite ‘animation’ of the year and the reason why we always try to have Xmas Eve off! The spectacle starts at sundown with a torchlit descent by the ESF instructors. Then, the bottom of the Chavannes is lit up as the comedy Elves descend by sledge. Santa will then ski down to the village, before taking the button lift up to his sleigh! It’s a thoroughly unique experience and draws a big crowd – we recommend watching it from L’Apres Ski bar with a hot apple cider in hand :> This event is always followed by……

Fireworks – Les Gets really knows how to do an amazing firework display and the best ones are always on XMAS EVE and NEW YEARS EVE, just after sundown so everyone can enjoy them.

The Milka Cow! Every afternoon in the holidays, the Milka Cow will be showing off her ski skills on the Chavannes. If you want some free chocolates, all you have to do is catch him :>

Craft activities – The village square by the ice rink will regularly host participation craft activities during the festive period, including decoration making, face painting and wood carving. On Tuesdays, you can also play traditional wooden games such a skittles and shuffle puck.

Treasure Hunts in the Indian Village – Every Friday and Saturday this children’s ski area on the Chavannes hosts a treasure hunt, to reach the end you’ll need to get your face painted, negotiate slalom gates, duck under obstacles and do some sweet jumps. It’s fun for all the family – designed for little ones to enjoy, so everything is pint sized and therefore hilariously difficult for grown ups!

In addition to all of the above, throughout the 2 weeks of holidays, there’ll be regular street performances (singing / dancing / magic) and also ice sculpting demonstrations. And of course, there’s always the ice rink which will be pumping out festive tunes.

So, lots to keep everyone entertained after a day on the slopes – come and join us!

Jen & Craig

 

Things to do in Les Gets if you don’t ski…

Did you know that there are lots of ways to enjoy the snowy mountains in and around Les Gets that don’t involve skiing or boarding? If you do have non skiers in your group, there’s plenty to keep them entertained, so here are a few ideas:

  • Snowshoeing – a great way to see the mountain and enjoy the same piste-side restaurants and stunning views as your skiing friends! Hire some shoes and poles in the village, pick up a map from the Tourist Office and choose your route, which can be as easy or as challenging as you like. If you don’t fancy a big hike up hill, then use the Chavannes or Mont Chery telecabines to get you up the mountain and go from there. If you want to go off the beaten track, you can join a guided group, well worth it as your local guide will get you away from the crowds and you’ll be guaranteed some amazing scenery. Check out ESF or Caroline Hale (who also provides a flask of hot chocolate :> )
  • Pisted Walks – if you don’t fancy snowshoeing but still want to get out on the mountain, then there are some great pisted tracks on both sides of the village. One of our favourites is the Mont Chery – Mont Caly loop. Take the Mont Chery telecabine up the hill and start from there (if it’s a clear day you’ll get a magnificent view across to Mont Blanc). It’s an easy, gently undulating walk and you can perhaps stop half way at the Chevrelles restaurant on Mont Caly for lunch or a drink.
  • Sledging – not just for kids! As we reminded ourselves this weekend, sledging is fun whatever your age :> There are 5 designated sledging areas around the Chavannes side of the village, the longest being at the bottom of the Perrieres (100m woohoo!). These are roped off areas, safely away from skiiers & boarders. Sledges can usually be borrowed from your accommodation or if not, hired from any ski shop in the village – just don’t forget to wear you helmet!
  • Ice Skating – the ice rink is situated in the centre of the village – for a few euros you can hire skates and spend some time practicing your moves (accompanied of course by some classic euro-pop tunes :>)
  • Relax! – Les Gets has 3 spas offering massage and beauty treatments to help you relax, unwind and get into ‘holiday mode’. 2 of the spas also have jacuzzi’s and saunas, so if you like, you can really make a day of it. More info at Sereni Cimes, Les Gets Luxury Spa, Clair Moment

In addition, the village has a bowling alley, cinema and of course lots of fab shops, café’s and restaurants – it’s very easy to while away an afternoon in a cosy café with a good book and a glass of wine!

So whether you can’t ski, don’t ski or won’t ski, Les Gets still makes a brilliant winter holiday choice – come and see!

Jen & Craig

 

Short Breaks in Les Gets – how to maximise your slope time!

With the first snow of the season hitting the village this week, the enquiries are pouring in for the coming season. At Chalet Virolet we’ve always catered for short breaks and demand for a 3 or 4 night get away is increasing year by year. Ladies groups, gents groups or families wanting to ski outside of the school holidays can enjoy the full chalet / ski experience whilst minimising time off work. Did you know that on a 3 night stay in Les Gets you can actually fit in 3 ½ days of skiing? Here’s how we recommend our guests do it……

DAY 1:

  1. 6am – Take an early flight! Easyjet flights from the UK start at around 6am – this of course means a VERY early alarm call, but it’ll all be worth it when you’re lunching on the mountain!
  2. 9am – Let Skiidy Gonzales whizz you up the hill! The flight time to Geneva is around 1hr 30 mins, so allowing for the 1hr time difference, you’ll be landing before 9am. If you book a great local transfer company, such as Skiidy Gonzales to bring you up the hill, you’ll be in Les Gets by late morning (driving time is 1h 15 mins).
  3. 11am – Quick change and pick up kit. In most chalets and hotels your room will not be available until 4pm, so it’s important to choose somewhere where they will give you space to get your salopettes on and store your luggage for the day. If you’re staying at Chalet Virolet, we’ll of course do this and then, following a swift cuppa we’ll walk to Desire Sports in the village with you to get your kit hire sorted.
  4. 12 noon – You’re on your first lift! And the mountain is your oyster! Whether you decide to hit the Chavannes side first (5hr pass is 30 euros) or sample our ‘locals mountain’ Mont Chery (19 euro pass) you can get in a full afternoon of skiing (and of course a spot of lunch with a view).
  5. 5pm – Apres, chalet & bed. Time to ski down to the village, drop your kit back at Desire Sports for the night and make your way back to your chalet (perhaps with a few Apres drinks enroute?) If you’re staying at Chalet Virolet, we’d recommend that, once you’ve unpacked, you enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub and an invigorating steam before dinner! Following a delicious 3 course meal with carefully selected wine, it’ll be time to hit the hay. A long day, but well worth it and you’re sure to sleep like a log after all that mountain air….

DAYS 2 & 3

Just ski! There’s plenty of skiing to keep you entertained in Les Gets/Morzine. If you’re feeling more adventurous though you can of course ski further and experience Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes du Soleil, including the notorious Swiss Wall.If you’ve chosen to stay at Chalet Virolet, we can advise on ski passes (to make sure you get the most economical option) and of course chat you through runs & routes to make sure you get the most out of your time here.

DAY 4

  • 10am – Check out time. Check out is usually 10am, so choose accommodation where you can store your luggage during the day and where they’ll give you somewhere to change at the end of the day.
  • 10:15 – You’re skiing again! It’s your last day on the slopes, a chance to revisit your favourite pistes and haunts and breathe in more of that fantastic mountain air!
  • 17:00 – Almost home time. Ski down, drop your kit, final Apres drink and back to the chalet for a quick change and to collect your luggage.
  • 19:30 – Back to the airport. Again, we recommend Skiidy Gonzales who will collect you from your accommodation and get you back to Geneva safely, whatever the weather.
  • 21:00 – Fly home :> The last Easyjet flight leaves Geneva at around 21:30 – meaning you can enjoy a full day’s skiing and still be back in the UK before midnight! 

    If you’d like to try a short break at Chalet Virolet, get in touch! Prices start at 300 euros per person for a 3 night stay, including bed, breakfast and 3 course dinners with wine. Email us at info@upthealps.com or check out our latest deals and availability on our Facebook page – UptheAlps

What makes a perfect day in Les Gets?

We are super excited to see that the first snow fall of the season could be arriving at the end of this week! It brings us that bit closer to the season and we’re starting to look forward to some cracking days on the slopes.

Our time off during the winter is limited, so we always try to make the most of these precious days.

Here’s our guide to a perfect ski day in Les Gets:

  1. Following a warming bowl of porridge at Chalet Virolet, we’ll head into the village (the 10 minute walk warms up the legs nicely), grab our kit from Desire Sports (the proprietor Cedric will always offer a homemade Schnapps!) and hitch an early ride on the Chavannes Express.
  2. From the top of this 6 man chairlift, it’s a quick ski down into the Les Gets bowl where we’ll spend a couple of hours enjoying some beautiful, peaceful runs accessed from the Rosta, Ranfolly and Grains D’Or chairs. Our favourite piste is the ‘Melezes’ down to the Perrieres Express – a long, wide well groomed run through the trees and usually very quiet, perfect for honing your technique!
  3. Next it’s time for elevenses! So we’ll head up the Nauchets Express and down the Chevrelles piste to the Cortenaz restaurant for frites and a Coke to recharge the batteries.
  4. The next few hours will be spent skiing around the Morzine side of the mountain – taking the Telesiege des Tetes is a must as the view from the top is stunning. On this side, the blue Lievre run down towards Morzine is very pretty.
  5. Time for a late lunch! So, back over on the Les Gets side (via another favourite piste the ‘Ambresalles’), we’ll head up the Rosta chairlift for a bite to eat at the Rosset’Taz restaurant. They serve really good, fast food (burgers as big as our head :>) and the view from their terrace is gorgeous.
  6. After another few runs, we’ll ski back down to the village, drop our kit with Cedric and share a Vin Chaud with him before returning to the Chalet for a quick power nap.
  7. At Apero time, we’ll head to Barbylone or l’Apreskibar for a drink with friends (both bars often have live bands in the early evening) and of course call into Bar Bush for a quick snifter before dinner.
  8. If we’re treating ourselves, dinner will be at La Pela – a gorgeous restaurant with fantastic service and amazing steaks. Their dessert of the day is always a treat – a real work of art. Alternatively it’ll be a take away kebab from ‘412’ and home to catch up on some TV!

All topped off of course by a fantastic night’s sleep (on account of the mountain air of course – not the drinks :>)

We can’t wait!!

Jen & Craig