Although ski resorts in winter are focused mostly on skiing, Les Gets has much more to offer non-skiers than most other ski destinations. There's a range of activities to suit all tastes, from the relaxation to gentle exploration of the village's 800 year old roots to adrenaline-fueled adventure! Below is just a small section of what Les Gets has to offer, we'll be adding to this section so please check back soon!
If you'd like to know more please just ask when you arrive and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction and book any tours for you.
Les Gets claims to be the world capital of Mechanical Music, and each summer they hold a festival in the village. There's a museum of Mechanical Music, and the tour is surprisingly interesting, especially to see the enthusiasm of the Museum guide.
There is a local cinema which plays original language movies twice a week, They usually have showings at 17:30 and 20:30 with additional showings at 14:30 if there is bad weather. The cinema is located in the centre of Les Gets. There is also Cinema Rex in Morzine.
The Church in Les Gets holds regular concerts, including those performed by it's Mechanical Organ.
There's a local cheese dairy which offers tours and tasting.
If though you have the opportunity to take half a day off from the slopes it's well worth visiting the weekly farmer's market or wandering up and down the main street visiting the countless artisan shops with a whole range of local produce.
An exciting new venture based in Morzine. Take a Master-class from one of Avalanche Cocktails highly trained Mixologist and learn the history and recipe behind some of your favourite cocktails. Enjoy a class from the comfort of your own chalet. Also ideal for weddings and parties. avalanchecocktailsmorzine.com
A scenic helicopter flight high above the beautiful French alpine countryside is truly a "bucket list experience". See the mountains and the snow capped peaks from a whole new perspective can really take your breath away. You can book a flight today here >>
There is no better way to relax than to sit back in a luxury horse drawn sleigh and survey the majestic mountains around the Portes Du Soleil. Head on over to Avoriaz in the evening travel around this car free town on a beautiful sleigh ride. No need to book, just pay the driver and off you go.
Have dinner or stay in an Igloo out in the wilderness. Spend a relaxing evening in a place totally cut off from the world. Featuring a cheese fondue and a snow shoe walk to the secret location. Prices start at €60 per person. See the website here >>
Head over to the Palais des Sports in Morzine and catch local team The Penguins in a fast paced game of ice hockey. Exhibition games take place every Wednesday during winter. Matches usually start at 20:30 and run to about 22:00. There is a bar at the rink and tickets can be bought online or at the door. Tickets start at €9 per adult and €6 per child. Children under 5 go free.. See the official website here >>
The French Alps have plenty of activities to get the blood flowing off the pistes as well. For those looking for active aprés-ski you can try the below.
Right in the heart of the village centre is the Ice Rink, popular with young and old alike. This outdoor rink is a lovely way to pass an hour early evening after a day on the slopes. Be sure to have a nice cup of delicious Vin Chaud afterwards to warm up. See Ice Skating Location >>
This great activity involves finding hidden treasures (called GeoCaches) using a GPS. There are numerous GeoCaches located around Les Gets. Have a look at this map to see the locations of all the Les Gets GeoCaches
This night time snow-shoeing expedition is a great way to experience the surreal natural beauty of the mountains by night. Run by ESF ski school these Lantern Walks happen every Wednesday night and cost 26 Euro per person. See Lantern Walk Page >>
Electric snowmobiling is a new eco friendly activity in Les Gets, it is aimed mainly at children. Run by Mountain E-Park, it is located between the Lac des Ecoles and the blue slope "Gentiane", under the "Chavannes Express" chairlift. They are open from Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Prices start at 20 Euro for 15 minutes riding. See their Facebook page >>
A horse, some skis and off you go! This wonderful traditional activity involves skiing along behind a majestic horse along the trails of Les Gets. It was even a demonstration sport at the 1928 winter Olympics in St Moritz. prices start at €50 for 1 hour. Cick here to see the Ski Joëring Website >>
Fancy trying out a true Olympic sport? The Nordic ski biathlon mixes is a perfect blend of skill and sporting prowess. ESF ski school in Morzine are now running introduction to Biathlon group lessons. With prices starting from €175 (including transport) it is the perfect way to sample what it takes to be a true Olympian. See the Biathlon Courses Website >>
The ultimate mix of skiing, flying and speed flying involves taking a small para-glider wing and a set of skis and heading down a mountain. Want to ski over a cliff? No problem! Discovery group lessons start at €90 per person. There are two companies running courses in this awesome sport in the Morzine area: Aero-bi and Paragliding school Portes Du Soleil
While they all have the same goal: get to the bottom of the slope as quickly and safely as possible. Tobogganing, tubing & sledging have 1 major difference, the mode of transport. A sled can have runners underneath or just a flat surface. Bin lids, saucepans and even shovels can all pass as sleds. A toboggan on the other hand has a bit more of a specific design, it is usually made from wood with the front end bending back and towards the rider. Tubing is as fun as it sounds. It involves sitting on an inflatable tube and just letting rip.
The Les Gets Snowpark offers specialised sessions and slopes for all types of sledding.
It may look like a simple children's activity but there are few things more fun to do in the snow than sledging. Even though it is on relative flat slopes the feel of speed and the rush of adrenaline is amazing. An perfect way to spend an evening with friends and family after skiing. It can be enjoyed by all ages. We cannot recommend sledging enough! See all the sledging locations here >>
An awesome new form of snow transportation, the "Yooner" is a type of ski/sledge/bike hybrid which can be used on the normal pistes (where sledges are not allowed). These amazingly fun devices are a great alternative to skiing and learning to ride them takes no time at all. The price is €31 per person. Head over to Morzine to try these. See the Yooner website >>
Driving a sled sled pulled by 3 or 4 huskies through the alpine countryside is your idea of a good time then this is for you. With your own team of dogs and sled you get to travel across the snow covered landscape of the Portes Du Soleil. The prices are €100 per adult and €50 for children. See the Dog Sledging website here >>
If it's indoor activities you are after then why not have a nice night of bowling. Head on over to Bar Bowling in the centre of Les Gets. There is a bowling alley built into the back of the bar. They have 2 billiards tables also. See their Facebook Page here >>
There are some wonderful opportunities for Yoga in the Les Gets area. If you are looking to attend a yoga class while on your ski holiday then why not say hello to Keolan Yoga. They run a range of different classes from relaxed to intensive to after-ski yoga. Contact them here >>
Like Yoga? Like Skiing? Well then try Ski Yoga! ESF in Morzine have made the first Ski Yoga Trail in France and they organise classes every Sunday morning. The price is €50 which includes a lot of extras. See the Ski Yoga page here >>
When it comes to swimming in winter the place to head to is Aquariaz in Avoriaz. This brand new purpose built family swimming pool is a sort water jungle in the snow. Housed in a special glass and wooden building with great views out over the valley this is a fantastic way to spend a day with the family when the weather turns bad. If you are looking for something a little closer to Les Gets then try the public swimming pool in Morzine. See the Aquariaz website here >> See the Morzine Swimming Pool Website here>>
Nothing says winter mountaineering better than strapping on some crampons and ice axes and heading for some ice climbing. Ice climbing is available in the Morzine area and is run by experienced climbers and guides. Check out their website here >>
For some diving beneath the ice of a mountain lake may sound a little crazy, for others it sounds like a fantastic way to spend half a day on a ski holiday. Ice diving is available at the local lake in Montriond (just up the road from Les Gets) and is run by an experienced local company. The price is €85 per person. See their website here >>