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

Pelapierrade
Pierrade at La Pela

The best restaurants, cafes and bars in Les Gets

Having lived in Les Gets for 7 years now, we’ve had plenty of time to try and test every eaterie and watering hole the village has to offer. 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.

AlbaSo let’s start with morning coffee – if you fancy a brew before you hit the slopes, then pop in to Les Notes Gourmande or 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 an English bacon butty at Alba!

When it comes to lunch, there’s a lot of choice in the village, but we have 2 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!

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 2 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!

 

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.

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 ldnGets. Just one last place to mention – we’re super excited that there’s a NEW bar/restaurant in town this year called Le Comptoir/L’As des Neiges. It has a huge outdoor sunny terrace and will serve casual food and apero in the bar and high end Savoyard inspired classics in the restaurant. We can’t wait to try it!

If you’ve not already booked your next visit to Les Gets, prices at Chalet Virolet start at 695 euros per adult and 595 euros per child on a half board basis. Come ski with us! See full prices here.

Jen & Craig