by: Patrick Thorne - 22nd January 2007

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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
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Les Gets is a pleasant farming village, which has grown in to one of the world's top resorts apparently without noticing. Picturesque and relaxed, it has neither the sometimes oppressive enthusiasm for health and fitness that some of the high altitude French purpose built centres promote, nor the pre-occupation with glitz that attracts the soulless money-obsessed to others. Instead, it's charming, relaxed, and full of its own unique character and ambience. There's skiing on largely forested slopes on both sides of the valley. The resort's 'own' mountain Mont Chéry, served by a chair or gondola, offers terrain for all ability levels. It typifies one of the resort's major assets - the fact that you can take a mixed ability group to the top of the gondola or a chair lift and find runs for each ability level - advanced, intermediate and easy, which depart from the same point and meet again at the base. Tough skiing is rather limited locally so many powder hounds head towards the Swiss border area above Chatel and Avoriaz where guides can show you various exciting opportunities parallel to the famous Wall descent, if the snow is fresh. It’s an area with a reputation for avalanche however so don’t even dream of trying ruins like La Suisse and le Fornet without the services of a Guide. The local lift pass is valid on the lift of Les Gets and neighbouring Morzine. Many opt for the largely lift linked giant Portes du Soleil area however with 650km of trails shared between 12 resorts on each side of the French – Swiss border.
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