Les Gets, France

Les Gets is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. I came here for a week long of skiing and snowboarding! I’ve come to realise that it’s better to ski in the Alps and snowboard in Asia just because of what the majority of people prefer doing. So I switched to skiing after the first 4 days 🙂

I got a ski pass that allowed access to Morzine which is the Swiss Alps – (https://en.lesgets.com/i-want/glisse/ski-map.html) and rented my gear from Berthet sports down at Les Gets Village right in front of the ski lifts.

My recommendations:

  1. Visit Les Gets Village and ski the area. Sometimes you can get lucky and they have various stalls, shows, ice sculpture and live music in the village, especially at night. If you get a super clear day, you can also see Mont Blanc from La Rosta or Le Ranfolly.
  2. Visit Morzine Village and ski the area. Moraine is lower down so the village may sometimes look more dull as the buildings are green and brown rather than covered with snow. They have a really fun ‘zoo’ path with animal sculptures and all the French names hanging. IMG-20180223-WA0035
  3. Try Tartiflette – a dish from Savoy in the Alps. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions20180222_120310
  4. There are free buses or little trains that take you across Les Gets village to Mont Chery where you can also ski for the day. The lifts here are super old, so I wasn’t very keen but it’s still different slopes for the day.
  5. Take a walk at the Les Dereches Parc Morzine to see Shetland ponies! You can even ride them if you’d like.

 

Chamonix, France

Chamonix is a really special place to ski – Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has pretty much endless amounts of off-piste and freeride skiing. For some of the best views of the highest peak in the Alps head up to the Aiguille du Midi viewing platform before taking on one of the longest and most challenging runs in the world, the Vallée Blanche. Unlike many other French resorts, it’s a large, vibrant town with lots of shops selling the latest ski tech as well as a huge selection of restaurants and bars.

Depending on how many days you have, you can get a pass that crosses to Italy too!

  1. Stay near La Flagere lifts which I felt was a better route up compared to the main town centre which was extremely crowded. Useful slope map here
  2. Tour the town centre and enjoy all its shops and restaurants everyday!
  3. Enjoy the wide space, the fresh air, views and company16387968_10156087996318849_4586955480622012357_n12439383_10154863374618849_2195353030105444772_n12729222_10154861590843849_1415024739483737050_n10392092_10154854686613849_8671394586096002960_n.jpg
  4. Wear a onesie because it’s pretty hilarious on the slopes