The snow has arrived in Les Gets! Yay! There’s been so much falling that the piste bashers have been out on the Chavannes and in the bowl, getting that base prepared for when the lifts open in December and we can finally get our skis on.
What to do in the meantime? Luckily for us, there are lots of ways to enjoy the snowy mountains that don’t involve skiing – this is also great for those guests who visit Les Gets during the season but don’t want to ski. We often get asked what activities there are for non-skiers, 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