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

What happens in October?

Lots of our guests ask what it’s like here in Les Gets during the interseason. Well it’s certainly different in the village once the holidaymakers have gone home. At the end of September pretty much all of the shops in the village close up and all but a few bars and restaurants too (thankfully Bar Bush remains open for October!). So, with not much going on, October is a good time to start preparing for the coming season – odd jobs, stock checks and more interestingly menu prep. We’ll be busy scouring the recipe books for inspiration and deciding which of our previous season’s dishes to keep or replace – more to come on this in our next blog! We’ll also be starting the arduous task of selecting our wines for the season – much tasting needs to be done to ensure we select only the best for our guests :>

It’s not all work work work though – with the weather cold but sunny this week, we’ve done some fantastic walks on the mountain – our favourite being around the ridge of the Les Gets bowl – I think Fidji enjoyed it too!

Jen & Craig