This Christmas we went to explore the French Alpine resort of Les Gets.Fortunately the snow has started falling all over the Alps now (in fact as far as I understand, if anything many resorts now have a little too much of it), but while we were there, along with the rest Europe, it was struggling. I’d been really looking forward to skiing the area – its part of the Portes du Soleil region with around 600 km of pistes – but very little was open. We skied a little in Les Gets on the snow-cannoned pistes which were actually in pretty good shape even if there weren’t all that many open, and a little in Avoriaz just down the road. Usually the two would be linked by pistes and you’d even be able to ski into Switzerland but in December, the links were closed.
However, the sun was out most of the time and even though there wasn’t a lot of skiing to be had, we found plenty of other things to do. The kids took part in a chocolate workshop at Chalet du Chocolat, we went ice skating and we also went geocaching for the first time ever.
Les Gets is a lovely village – a proper little town rather than a purpose-built ski resort with real boulangeries and boucheries in between the ski shops, bars and restaurants. There’s a cute little road train which circulates to join the various parts of the resort together.
There’s masses going on for children – over Christmas and New Year there’s a Santa’s grotto in the woods with a specially-decorated bus to take kids and their parents, accompanied by elves. There’s a weekly “gouter” (the French word for random eating of sweet things at around 4pm) on the slopes hosted by chocolate company Milka featuring cakes, hot chocolate and games, ice-sculpting demonstrations and, on Christmas Eve, a torchlit descent followed by fireworks. There’s also, somewhat incongrously, a museum of mechanical music.
We stayed with Crystal Ski Holidays in Les Fermes Emiguy apartments. They were a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town and had an indoor pool and jacuzzi which the kids were barely out of, plus a sauna, steam room and spa treatments available. Apartments of various sizes are available – ours was a very spacious duplex with a double height living room and a balcony.
Crystal Ski Holidays (020 8939 0726) offers a week’s self-catering at Les Fermes Emiguy apartments in Les Gets from £1490 for a family of four including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 19 March 2016. Departures from all major UK airports available (supplements start from £25).
Disclosure: Accommdation was provided by Crystal Ski Holidays: Lift passes and some activities were provided by Les Get Tourist Office.