Les Gets is a truly magical place and if you have never been to the Alps you will be totally blown away by the atmosphere, the mountain air and the scenery – imagine standing up on a snowy mountain and looking across at Mont Blanc and the Alps unfolding in front of you in one direction and looking down to Lake Geneva to the other, although the locals say that when you can see the lake its a sign of severe weather approaching. The restaurants on the mountain are simply beautiful, log fires, hot wine, crepes, fabulous barbeque lunches and even homemade macaroons with morning champagne.
8am Breakfast is served at 8am – eggs, cereal, toast, croissant, fruit, yogurt and fruit juice
9am Lessons start at 9am for 2.5 hours. The lift opens at 8.30am – you can look unto it from the balcony or while having breakfast and check the queues. The lift pass gives free transport around the village on the little train and free iceskating – perfect for the afternoons.
12-2pm The mountain and village restaurants open for lunch, book in advance for the best tables and for large family groups. All restaurants offer a childrens ski menu.
4-6pm After cake and hot chocolate at the chalet, around the icerink children will enjoy the many activities provided by Les Gets especially for them, musicians, ice festivals, dancing on ice and games to play. The icerink is 300m from Chalet Perdu.
6pm Children’s dinner at Chalet Perdu – a simpler version of evening dinner, homecooked nourishing food and for pudding fresh fruit, yogurts, homemade icecream, apple pie and hot chocolate before bed.
7pm – Monday Watch the firework extravaganza and ESF torchlit procession on the Chavannes piste from the balcony.
SKI LESSONS IN LES GETS:
Ski lessons are booked directly by Chalet Perdu guests with their choice of operator. Each ski school offers a different approach and I am happy to give you advice.
A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
Ability – don’t worry about children or adults being in different groups, its better that everyone is comfortable at their own level and that no one feels held back or intimidated by friends in the party.
Class size – the smaller the ratio of pupil to teacher the better, so consider private lessons especially if there are more than 3 children/adults – this can be a similar price to group lessons. Some classes at Xmas, New Year, February & March have up to 16 pupils!
Private v Group Lessons – a one or two hour private lesson can achieve much more than a couple of group sessions. If a child or adult is nervous a supplementary private lesson can give heaps of individual confidence. Group lessons are a fantastic way of making new friends. Language There are 3 British ski schools with English instructors , when booking with a French ski school check that you are booking in an English group with an English speaking instructor. Advanced Adults/teenagers – At whatever level you ski at there is always room for improvement. Children –‘ freeriders’ at www.skischool.co.uk ‘teenage adventure’ at www.britishskischool.com/les_gets/courses.htm ‘competition class’ ESF
Off Piste – guides and instructors available from all ski schools
Mums. Expect etiquette on the mountain and you will find it. Don’t be rushed, the lift attendants will slow the lifts down for women and children and they appreciate a thank you and a smile. Treat yourself to a one on one ski lesson while the children are in ski school – there are new techniques and new equipment for women – check that you are wearing a woman fit boot and if you like to be well dressed at home, feel good on the slopes too – the ski shops in Les gets are excellent and there is lot of very stylish and technically advanced clothing and accessories available in Les Gets – the new fabrics are equally at home, on the golf course or playing tennis!
Budget: The costs vary greatly, and the British ski schools are the most expensive but will have native English instructors and smaller groups. For peak weeks be sure to book far in advance. All bookings are made on line and paid in advance.
LOCATION OF SKI SCHOOLS – LES GETS:
All ski schools meet at the Chavannes Express lift which is 100m from Chalet Perdu. You will be given instructions on how to find your instructor. Each ski school has its own uniform and all the instructors have radio communication. Beginners access the mountain ski areas for the first few days using the small telecabin beside the Chavannes lift. The telecabin takes you straight to the nursery area – there is a magic carpet and playpark for small children (pedestrians can access this area to supervise children)
Drop off point
Ski school normally finishes at the telecabin exit beside the magic carpet area, but check with the instructor each time.If you are waiting for children or friends returning from ski school there are restaurants and sun chairs to enjoy a drink located at this point. La Croix Blanche (0033 450 758066) is good to book for the first few days if there are beginners or children – book a table inside so that you can get warmed up and ready for the afternoon. Beginners can normally ski all the way back to the village by the end of the first week but will use the telecabin until confident skiing blue runs. There is an excellent treelined green run ‘Piste 64’ accessed by a drag lift at the telecabin exit and ending at the telecabin too.
Choose from morning, mid morning or afternoon. There are 2, 3 & 4 hour lessons available. Lessons start promptly so try to arrive at the meeting point 10minutes in advance. Ski Funshop which Chalet Perdu guests use to hire and store their skis is located 15m from the lift and ski school meeting point.
Check that everyone has a valid lift pass before ski school and that it is stored safely – Les Gets operates a hands free electronic lift system – store the credit card in a zipped pocket on the cuff or trouser pocket and it will be scanned as you walk through.
CHILDREN SKIING IN LES GETS:
Les Gets offers unrivalled childrens ski facilities and ski lessons from the age of 3. Choose from play and ski combination lessons at EDF, group lessons, private lessons, teenage adventure or competition classes – Its all in Les Gets
For a carefree holiday “ Les Fripouilles”is a day care facility run by highly trained staff at the Tourist office ( 300m from Chalet Perdu) children from 6 months to 4 years – drawing, painting,story telling games in the snow. 9am to 5pm
Half day E19, 6 x half days E100
Full day with lunch E41, 6 days E165
Village Nursery Slope
The nursery slope and drag lift are just 50m from Chalet Perdu
The Purple Milka Slope
All along the Gentiane slope the Milka offers a fun educational route . Life size figures of mountain animals and visual information on animals and alpine plant life help children to understand the mountain. During school holidays the Purple Milka Cow skies around and hands out lots of chocolate
The Magic Carpets Area for beginners
For beginners, pedestrians and young children take the little red telecabin 100m from Chalet Perdu. This arrives right at the beginners area. There are 2 magic carpets and a snow cable to help beginners to move along and gain confidence.Its a very family friendly area – there are are restaurants with terraces all around
The Grand Cry Territory
Les Gets has a devoted childrens ski terrain full of fun and adventure. Its a wild West adventure area with teppees, games, trappers and red Indians, music and husky dogs. Treasure hunts, drawing contests, face painting and picnics in the snow keep all the tiny skiers happy. Children in Les Gets have their own moguls, banked runs and boarder pistes. Access to the Grand Cry is via the red telecabin or for more confident children use the Express lift and ski down to the Grand Cry. Les Gets is one of the top resorts in the world for children and has made a commitment to offer an excellent service to families.