There are plenty of options for non-skiers in Les Gets including activities for all the family for those occasional bad-weather days.
We look at some of the best non-ski activities in resort, whether you’re looking for something for yourself or to keep the children happy.
Activities for Non-Skiers in Les Gets
- Cross Country
- Ice Skating
- Bowling Alley
- Swimming Pool
- Spas & Spa Treatments
- Day Trips
- Music Mechanique Museum
Let’s take a look at the options for non-skiers in Les Gets in more detail:
Snowshoeing in Les Gets
Exploring a ski resort doesn’t mean you have to stick to the pistes, or even stick to skis. Snowshoeing is a relaxing way to discover the mountain and get away from the crowds. Attaching ‘raquettes’ to your shoes means you can cross snowfields and explore the forest trails.
There are four trails dedicated to snowshoeing, ranging from the 2.5km ‘Tour du Lac de la Mouille au Ble’ to the 8.5km ‘Tour du Mont Chéry’. All four trails are detailed on the free map available from the Tourist office.
Walking in Les Gets
The same map from the tourist office also details the seven ‘pisted’ itinerary walks on offer on both the Chavannes and Mont Chéry sectors.
They range from the 1.2km ‘Belvédère des Nauchets’ family walk to the 6.8km ‘La Combe’ walk starting from the Mont Chéry gondola.
Most of these walks require a pieton pedestrian lift pass, but on a clear day offer amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Cross Country Skiing in Les Gets
Don’t underestimate the challenge of cross-country, or ‘ski de fond’ as it’s known in France. It can be surprisingly technical and you’ll discover muscles you didn’t know you had!
The resort has 18kms of marked pistes with green, blue and red marked runs ranging length from 1km to 4.4km. Cross country skis can be hired from any of the village’s rental shops.
There are five designated sledging areas around the Chavannes side of the village, suitable for younger children. The shorter slopes range from 25-50m. Older children will want to head to the Perrières track, which is about 100m long.
We recommend that all children wear a helmet when sledging and to remember that sledging on the resort’s pistes is not allowed.
The more adventurous might want to try the 4km track down Pleney slope in Morzine.
It’s all supervised, but children under 11 must share a sledge with adults. It costs €29 per person (€18 for children) and should be booked in advance with Indiana’Ventures.
Ice Skating in Les Gets
The ice rink is easy to find, located right in the village centre. It’s open from 10am to midday, then 2pm to 7pm for most of the season, with an additional session from 8pm to 10pm during peak season.
For indoor ice skating, head to the impressive Parc des Dérêches complex in Morzine.
The ‘motoneige’ snowmobiles at the Mountain Park in Les Gets is a great activity for children of all ages, even up to older teens.
100% electric – and therefore with zero emissions – there are two circuits for different age groups.
Visit their website for more info or ask one of the Ski 2 team to book you in for a session.
The Bowling Alley in Les Gets
This two-lane 10-pin bowling alley is located in the back of the ‘Bowling Bar’ and is open every day from 5pm.
There is a cinema in Les Gets with movies screening every day and extra sessions in bad weather. Most films are in French, but for English-language films look out for ‘V.O’ (Version Originale) next to the title.
The Swimming Pool in Morzine
There is no public swimming pool in Les Gets, but the Parc des Dérêches in Morzine is a short trip and worth it for the amazing views, features and children’s pools.
The pool is open each day between midday and 7pm (or from 2pm at weekends).
Spas & Spa Treatments
The Ski 2 team can recommend and book a masseur for you to ease your muscles after a tough day’s skiing.
If you’re looking for other beauty treatments then a visit to the Spa Sereni Cimes at the Hotel La Marmotte might be the right option for you. Open every day from 3pm, there’s a sauna and hammam to enjoy as well as massage, face and body treatments to luxuriate in.
Fitlife is a private gym in Les Gets open to members of the public. It’s well equipped with weights, running and cycling machines.
Day passes are available from €13 and Fitlife is open every day from 7am (for early risers!). Check their website for the exact hours and costs.
Day Trips around Les Gets and the Portes du Soleil
If you have driven to Les Gets, then there are several great day trips you can enjoy. Thonon and Evian are both lovely towns on the shores of Lac Leman just 45 minutes away.
Slightly further is Annecy – the Venice of the Alps – and Chamonix, at the base of Europe’s highest mountain, Mt Blanc.
Both offer a wide choice of shopping and lots of non-ski activities including boat tours of Lake Annecy and trips on the Montenvers railway or on the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car.
Music Mechanique Museum
The Musée de la Musique Mécanique is unique – collated over 30 years, there’s plenty to admire in this collection of over 800 musical items. Amongst the exhibits you can see are chimes, pendulums, music boxes, organs, pianos, gramophones and jukeboxes.
Open in the afternoons during the season, you can find out more on their website