To meet your needs and ensure that you make the most of your days on the slopes, we got in touch with the locals.
Five questions to help you get the ultimate #perfectskimoment.
We head to Les Gets to meet with Chrys, who shares her top tips with us.
Which ski itinerary would you recommend for nature lovers?
“LES CRETES DU CHERY”: an easy off-piste itinerary.
From the summit of Mont Chéry, a 360° view of the Mont Blanc massif and surrounding mountains sets the tone for this itinerary. This trail for intermediate skiers covers 650 m of variation in altitude. It dominates the typical village of Mont Caly and winds through forests and alpine pastures before finishing in the Perrières sector. To be guided safely, you need to call a professional.
ESF information line: Tel: +33 (0)4 50 75 80 03.
“LES MAISONS LARGES”
Starting from the Ranfoilly ski lift, this itinerary is relatively easy, leading intermediate skiers into untouched terrain with the spectacular backdrop of Mont-Blanc. This circuit is ideal for your first time off-piste, coached by a mountain professional.
Which itinerary would you recommend for thrill seekers and adventurers?
The Mont Chéry sector is perfect for red and black run experts. Here skiers can revel in the powder, take advantage of Chamossière and its freeride area or enjoy the Rosta sector with its magnificent black runs lined with fir trees.
Which ski lifts allow for the longest descent?
L’EPERVIER, THEN LA GAZELLE: FROM THE SUMMIT OF MONT CHERY TO THE VILLAGE (1,826 m-1,172 m)
Mont Chéry is one of those slopes that experienced skiers are fond of for its discrete location, technical runs and snowpark. The panorama is breathtaking with a 360° view of the surrounding mountains and the Mont Blanc massif in the backdrop.
To start, skiers take the Epervier red run past the slalom stadium rechristened the “Mont Chéry Training Center” before rejoining the La Gazelle black run. The last stretch is over 1 km long with a variation in altitude of 340 m, featuring paths at more than 60% gradient down the wall that overhangs the village.
The ski resort’s legendary run was approved for the Alpine Ski World Cup from 1974 to 1981 and was the stage for exploits in slalom and giant slalom from the American McKinney and German Olympic triple medallist Christa Kinshofer.
In addition, La Gazelle was above all the field of victory in slalom for French Olympic double medallist Danièle Debernard in 1976. Today she is ski club president and ski instructor at ESF in Les Gets.
LA TULIPE, THEN LA BLEUET
Before setting off down this superb run that starts at the summit of the Ranfoilly Express ski lift (a next generation lift which ferries skiers to the summit in six minutes), take the time to appreciate the splendid panorama of the Mont Blanc massif from the new 27 m2 platform that overlooks the Joux Plane lake. And don’t forget to take a souvenir photo from the “step into the void” thanks to a free automatic photo spot activated by your ski pass. Next, there is a long descent that piggybacks on the Tulipe run that passes alongside the giant slalom stadium where the ski clubs train, continuing its course through a beautiful forest path and leading skiers to the village via the Bleuet run.
Where is the best place to have lunch?
La Païka (the Turche/Perrières sector)
Located in the Perrières sector above the Turche aux Gets sector, this old refurbished farmhouse delights skiers with its large, sun-drenched terrace and its cosy, warm interior. Any self-respecting foodie’s taste buds will be tantalized by the menu bursting with a wide range of fresh products, wood-fired grilled meats and succulent homemade desserts.
This restaurant is open during the day until the slopes close and will appeal to those for whom holidays and good food go hand in hand.
Located in the Mont Chéry sector, this mountain restaurant offers a unique and magical view of the Mont Blanc massif and the surrounding mountains. At 1,750 metres altitude, the generous terrace invites you to contemplate and the delightful interior featuring large glass bay windows allows you to enjoy the view with the warmth of the fireplace. It’s a perfect restaurant for food-loving skiers stopping for a break between runs to sample a refined cuisine featuring several “English-style” dishes.
La Grande Ourse opens its doors for dinner once a week; booking is required. Guests are ferried there in a snow-grooming machine and warmly welcomed on a terrace illuminated by the starry sky. An aperitif and appetizer await them before savouring a refined firelit dinner. A truly unforgettable and romantic night!
La Rossetaz (Rosta sector)
For the magnificent view of Mont Blanc from the large terrace.
Where is the best place to ski in the morning? And in the afternoon? To soak up as much sun as possible…
Les Gets is located on a mountain pass. You can enjoy sun-drenched slopes no matter where you are. Apart from the Chéry Nord sector (ideal for skiing on hard snow in spring at season’s end), the entire ski area enjoys exceptional sunny conditions.