Mountain Biking & Road Cycling
For Mountain Bikers, Les Gets is a paradise boasting a huge range of downhill, freeride and cross-country trails. The village is home to a Jump Park, Mini Jump Park, Pump Track, 4-Cross Track and a North Shore Zone. Chalet Vélo is just a couple of minute ride to the extensive lift network and, alternatively, you can simply pedal straight on to some awesome Alpine XC.
For Roadies, the area challenges you with premier category and HC climbs many of which have featured in the Tour de France. Notable climbs are: Col de Joux-Plane, Morzine-Avoriaz, Col de la Ramaz, Col de Corbier and Col de la Joux Vert.
For Triathletes, Les Gets and Nearby Morzine offer numerous options for swimming including lake-based open water and an Olympic pool in Morzine.
Our hosts are keen cyclists and are always happy to help you plan your day.
What to do in and around Les Gets
The Tourist Office
You can get further information on Les Gets by popping into the Office de Tourisme in the Maison des Gets. It is in the centre of the village. However there will also be a number of booklets left in the chalet and copies of the plan du village for your information. But we have listed some ideas for you to consider below:
In Les Gets: Trampolines are situated near the lift on the main route through Les Gets. Devil Carts – Using the pomma lift to ascend the carts then ride a track down to the bottom near the red eggs.
Le Lac – Half way up the Chavannes, a small entrance fee is charged to sit by the lake. Café toilets etc. Swimming and small water slide.
Mountain Biking – Hire mountain bikes from many shops, the closest being Evasion. You will need a piste map from the lift office. Riding can be very technical and is not advisable without body armour.
Market day – Market day in Les Gets is Thursday there will be a number of small stalls in the village to browse around.
Activity Park - Near the lake there is an activity park, like the Go Ape parks over here. There is a circuit for adults, and a smaller course for youngsters. You wear a harness and clip yourselves on after instruction. Physically hard, if you complete all the course. But you don’t have to do every obstacle. After tuition you move around the course at your own pace.
Parapont from Mont Chery, near the Belvedere restaurant, land down near the chalet.
The Goat village – on the edge of Avoiriaz/Morzine. Out of Les Gets round outskirts of Morzine, after the two tight bends in the road there is a straight stretch with logging company/ etc on side of the road, turn right on a left hand bend, signed Ardent, and bubble car. After a short distance go over a bridge and turn first left up the hill. There are many restaurants and many goats.
Canyoning – with a local guide. You can start from near Morzine, or possibly down at lake Annecy itself.
White Water Rafting
Samoens is the best rafting location for a mixed party with younger children. Good to do in ‘iffy’ weather as your wet suit keeps you warm and you were getting wet anyway! It is a beautiful gorge that you go through.
River Dranse, on the way down to lake Geneva is more challenging, and you need to be over a certain age, (I think 8 years). Located on the way down to Lake Geneva, heading out of Les Gets in the Morzine direction.
There are lots of good local walks. There are some lovely areas to explore. The Tour de France passes through the area in summer, using roads that are impassable in winter, or roads that are used as ski runs in the winter. Look out for the Col Du Juex Plan.
Take the telecabin up Mont Chery for a view of Mont Blanc -‐ Perhaps have lunch at Le Belverdere restaurant? If you want to go higher still you can also take the chair lift up from near the Belvedere restaurant. As you leave the chair lift turn left and follow the ridge to Mont Caly. There is a small restaurant at Mont Caly for ice creams etc. Then walk back down into the end of Les Gets village. Circa 4 hours walking with children!
It is also possible to walk on the Chauvannes side of the village, ascending on the bubble cars or by car.
The wet weather plan – head down to Thonon les Bains and turn right for Evain Les Bains. Follow the road around the lake and over the border into Switzerland. The waterpark contains a number of scary water slides, and some gentler ones that you can float down in big rubber rings. It’s large, with lockers for your things, and a key fob system that means you don’t have to carry cash around. All facilities are there. In good weather there are sun loungers outside.
There is a public outdoor pool at Morzine, with changing rooms, large grassy area to sit outside and water slide. Small café and toilets. Follow signs to Jardin du Sport, in Morzine.
There is a pool at Samoens, again with café toilets etc. Boys can’t swim here in large baggy shorts, only speedo type trunks. Samoens is a nice village with cafes etc there.
Prays De Lys - Le Grande Ourse restaurant. If you eat lunch at this hotel they will let you swim in their pool in the afternoon. It is a fairly small pool, with a terrace and a wonderful view. Follow the road down towards Cluses, turning right as sign posted to Praz De Lys Sommand. Once you reach the resort of Pras De Lys the Grande Ourse restaurant is signed.
There are stables in Morzine, near the swimming pool and sports stadium. They offer riding on trails around the valley floor and in the trees. There are also stables in le Praz De Lys Sommand, for a faster hack out over the alps and the pistes themselves. The riding starts from Le Grande Ourse restaurant.
A Drive away ……a full day out in the car…….but worth it!
Yvoire on Lake Geneva is a beautiful medieval town. It has huge coppers urns outside the shops and restaurants just bursting with flowers. Roam the medieval streets leading down to the lake itself. If you have got kids who need to let off steam then beforehand stop at the lakeside Excenevex. This has a shallow very gently shelving sandy beach, toilets, trampolines and fast food. Just roll out your picnic blanket on the grass to relax and enjoy.
Even just go to Excenevex on a hot sunny day to spend the whole day on the beach. There is a public pay and display car park here. Then head to Yvoire after the main tourists have gone home for an early evening stroll round.
Château Ripalle on the shores of Geneva offers tours and you may wish to purchase some of their wine.
Lake Annecy/ Le Lac Blue. This is just a beautiful area, swim and dive at the public swimming area at Talloires. Later drive up to Col Du Forclaz, for an amazing view down over lake Annecy, watch the paraponters and hang gliders set off from there. In hearing distance of the cow bells sample some local savoyard cuisine and marvel that the Tour de France went up the Col Du Forclaz,-‐ How can anyone ride a bike up here at speed?
Or cycle round lake Annecy, stopping for a swim. There are a number of bike rental places in the area. Notably one on the main road opposite the Lac Blue campsite near to Doussard. They are well equipped for sidecars for children. From here you can head round the lake towards Annecy town itself, it is a good and flat ride on marked cycling pistes.
Parking in Annecy itself is quite limited, there are underground carparks. Again it is a medieval city, but just stunning. Buy ice creams and just wonder around. You can also take a boat tour around the lake.
If you are more into culture try a tour around the Château Menthon Saint Bernard, overlooking lake Annecy. More info at www.chateau-de-menthon.com
Or drive over to Chamonix and make yourself light headed going up the cable car at the Aiguille Du Midi, followed by a mooch around the shops in Chamonix, great for buying sportswear and a spot of lunch in the town. You can make a reservation in advance, check the website www.compagniedumontblanc.com. Don’t worry you can click on the English version of the website.