What if your 2023 holiday goal was to plan a summer holiday in the mountains? Guaranteed sun, pleasant temperatures, more sunlight and empty slopes. It’s the perfect getaway to enjoy cooler temperatures and explore new horizons. ☀️

Still not convinced? Here are 6 good reasons to put on your hiking boots and come to the mountains of Les Gets this summer. 🌼

1 – Some fresh mountain air 🌲

Walking in the mountains in summer is the ideal activity for all nature lovers, whether you opt for a sporty or more leisurely outing! Come and get some fresh air, take photos of the scenery, admire the snow-capped peak of Mont-Blanc, set off along the hiking trails at your own pace… 🚶‍♀️⛰️

For those who prefer to cool off in water, the Lac des Ecoles is in the centre of the resort and is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of water sports. Whether you come here for a dip in the water, to relax on the beach or have some fun with the Wibit, this lake provides countless opportunities to enjoy quality time as a family or with friends. The calm waters of the Lac des Ecoles are a great place to be in hot weather. 👙🏊🏼‍♂️

2 – Get pedalling and escape 🚲

DH MTB, Enduro, road bike or E-bike… The resort of Les Gets has been a pioneering destination since 1992 when it comes to cycling activities! Today it is one of the world’s major MTB destinations, with an outstanding Bike Park with 128 km of waymarked trails, including e-bike trails, and facilities for all levels.
So…! What are you waiting for? Get on your bike and explore this spectacular resort! 🚵

3 – Practice your swing in the mountains ⛳

The charming resort of Les Gets provides an exceptional golfing experience for fans of this sport. Les Gets is a destination of choice for golfers in summer thanks to the picturesque setting, breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and top quality golf courses.
The Les Gets golf course is an 18-hole course that has been designed to provide a challenge for all levels of ability. The golf course is set in the midst of spectacular Alpine scenery and there is a wide range of terrain, from rolling fairways to perfectly maintained greens. Golfers can enjoy the breathtaking views as they play, adding a wonderful bonus to their golfing experience, with an exceptional view of Mont-Blanc from hole 7. 🏌🏼‍♀️

4 – The art of enjoying summer evenings 🍻

One of the great things about Les Gets is the easy-going, friendly and festive atmosphere in front of all the bars at aperitif time. Whether you are here as a family, with friends or with your other half, you can expect a warm welcome from the local establishments. Take the opportunity to relax, chat, laugh and just embrace the easy-going atmosphere in our charming mountain resort. From the terrace areas at these establishments, you can contemplate the mountains as the warm, golden hues bounce off them as the sun sets on the horizon. This is a breathtaking sight which will add a magical touch to your evening aperitif or dinner this summer. 🍸

5 – An eventful summer 🔥

In summer, the resort is transformed into a lively place where there’s always something happening, thanks to the wide range of events and entertainment for people of all ages. Whether you’re a sports fanatic, fan of music, art or just looking to relax in the great outdoors, the summer events in Les Gets are guaranteed to be worthy of your expectations. Check out our events’ calendar and plan ahead for your weekends!

6 – The ideal summer activities destination 🪂

Les Gets is the perfect place for summer activities. Whether you’re looking for outdoor sports, something more extreme or just an easy-going getaway surrounded by nature, there are so many activities to choose from in Les Gets, with something for everyone. This is an exceptional destination where you’re sure to find something to see and do: hiking, MTB, e-bike, cycling, Alta Lumina, 18-hole golf course facing Mont-Blanc, paragliding, swimming in a lake, relaxation and wellness, etc. There are so many revitalising, fun and sporty experiences here, with something for everyone.

Cross-country is a demanding sport that combines endurance, technique and mastery of the bike. In France, some talented youngsters are setting an example and inspiring mountain bike fans to discover this increasingly popular Olympic discipline. Among the athletes who stand out in particular is Line Burquier from Haute-Savoie. At just 20 years of age, this French cyclist is considered to be the rising star of her sport. Her talent, determination and results on the world circuit are impressive. Her triumph as U23 world champion in Les Gets in 2022 was a memorable one.

During a session in Les Gets, we meet a promising young competitor… in all simplicity!

Les Gets: Can you introduce yourself?

Line : My name is Line Burquier, I’m 20 years old and I come from Saint Paul en Chablais in Haute-Savoie, a small village above Evian. I’m a cross-country mountain biker and I’m currently studying at the Pôle France mountain bike centre in Besançon.

Les Gets : What made you want to do this sport?

Line : First of all, it was my father who did a lot of cycling with my cousins and all my family. My grandfather founded the “VTT Pays de Gavot” club, of which I’m still a member today. I’ve always been sporty, but I particularly enjoy contact with nature and the outdoors, I really need that.

Les Gets : What is your relationship with Les Gets?

Line : I don’t get the chance to come to Les Gets very often, but I have fond memories of winning the U23 World Champion title at the 2022 World Championships in Les Gets.

Les Gets :Les Gets piste in 3 words ?

Line : Difficult – Uphill – Public (the atmosphere)

Les Gets : You’ve already won a title in Les Gets, are you more confident about the Mountain Bike World Cup in Les Gets in 2023 ?

Line : At the World Championships, I race in the U23 category (under 23). This was the case at the World Championships in Les Gets in 2022, where I was crowned Espoir World Champion, and it will be the case again in mid-August at the World Championships in Scotland. On the World Cup circuit, it’s a completely different approach because I’m upgraded, meaning that I’m racing in the Elite category with more experienced athletes.

Les Gets : Do you still have time to ski ?

Line : A bit, because I don’t have much time given my schedule, but as soon as I can, I get away on ski touring.

Les Gets : A little fun fact about you ?

Line : I always have a bell attached to my bike…

Les Gets : And a little ritual before each race ?

Line : Braiding my hair (laughs)

Line Burquier is undoubtedly a rising star in cross-country. Her talent and determination make her an athlete to watch closely. The future looks bright for this young mountain bike prodigy. We can’t wait to see her on the track at the World Cup in Les Gets in September 2023 with the elite in her sport.

The whole Les Gets team wishes him every success for the rest of his career!

When you’re riding down the MTB trails in Les Gets, you don’t always stop to imagine the significant work behind these renowned tracks and what really goes on behind the scenes.
Have you heard of shapers?
These are the people we’re talking about! These artists work in the shadows to shape the Bike Park with elegance and passion.

The Les Gets shapers are real architects. They plan out every bend, every bump and jump with great precision, to make sure mountain bikers have a thrilling adventure here without ending up crashing into a tree.
We met with one of them and he revealed some of the secrets behind his fascinating profession…

Les Gets: Tell us about yourself in a few words.

Noé: I’m 23 years old and I became a professional shaper in 2019. I’m originally from Alsace and I fell in love with Les Gets when I first came here about ten years ago on a family holiday. I’m lucky to be able to work here today as a shaper, with a great team by my side.

Les Gets: Tell us about your background.

Noé: After my Baccalaureate, I joined the team at Bike Solution (design office specialised in creating Pump Tracks) and I learnt so much during my three seasons there. I felt the need to get back to my original calling though, which was downhill MTB. As I was looking for new opportunities, I ended up in Les Gets in 2022 and I’m so proud to be working in one of the leading resorts in Europe for this sport.

Les Gets: What advice would you give to younger people who would like to enter this profession?

Noé: Shaping bike tracks is above-all a real passion. It is a demanding and technical profession that requires a certain level of devotion and commitment. My advice would be to create your own projects first in the forest, with authorisation from the owner. That’s what I did, between the ages of 14 and 18 as soon as I had some free time, I went into the woods to bring my own creations to life

As for the specific training and studies, the shaper profession has evolved in recent years. Now it’s possible to opt for a Professional Baccalaureate in mountain professions, which includes specialist landscaping modules that are particularly suited to this profession. This training will give you specific, in-depth skills that you will find essential to really excel in this field.

Les Gets: Can you describe a typical day as a shaper in Les Gets?

Noé: The day begins at 8 am and the whole team gets together in our premises at the heart of the tracks. We meet to talk about what needs to be done during the day, taking into consideration any comments from the Bike Patrol (pretty much the equivalent of the Ski Patrol team) who are always out on the tracks and inform us of the condition of the trails. We also discuss the tracks that haven’t been worked on in a while, the next ones that will need some maintenance work. After this morning meeting, we all set off to start our duties for the day, depending on our roles. I am responsible for the work that requires a mini excavator.

Thanks to the instructions given every morning, we know exactly what we need to do. We often work to smooth out the tracks with holes created by the many riders using them, and we modify some of the bends. These are the two most common tasks we are entrusted with. Sometimes, we even need to completely redesign a track. This is a more significant task and it usually takes around three weeks to a month.

After I’ve completed my task with the mini excavator, another shaper takes over with a shovel to go over any imperfections and smooth out the track. Then we all get together again at the end of the day to talk about what we did and exchange views. Communication is key in our profession.

The day usually comes to a close at around 6 pm. We make sure all the machines are ready for the next day and we look after our tools. Teamwork and shared passion for shaping the tracks is what makes this such a rewarding and fascinating job.

Les Gets: What are the advantages of this job?

Noé: Being outdoors all the time is an opportunity in itself. The sunrise, with the mountains in the background, is simply indescribable. It’s a magical feeling that comes over you when you get into action, whether it’s bright sunshine or even rain.

Les Gets: Any drawbacks?

Noé: Being a shaper is an extremely physical job and requires you to be in excellent physical condition. Working as a shaper involves spending many hours outdoors, often in a variety of conditions, and the tasks are physically demanding.

Handling tools such as shovels, rakes and mini-excavators, and carrying out earthworks, levelling and runway construction work requires considerable physical strength. What’s more, you have to be able to put up with repetitive strain over a long period of time. I don’t necessarily see the physical work as a disadvantage, but the job does require a minimum of training.

Les Gets: And to finish off with a fun little anecdote?

Noé: When we’re working on the trails, we close them for the safety of the mountain bikers, but also for our own safety. Despite this, it often happens that bikes go by anyway, which can make us angry, because it represents a real danger. One day, as a bike approached, I got out my shovel and politely expressed my displeasure, explaining that this was unacceptable. To my great surprise, the cyclist took off his helmet and it was in fact my former boss who had come to say hello and check up on me… a misunderstanding that ended in a great burst of laughter!

The resort of Les Gets is well-known for winter sports and all sorts of cycling disciplines. But did you know that there are several writers in Les Gets who play a key part in the fascinating local culture?

1- Maurice Bergoend

Maurice Bergoend is originally from Les Gets and is one of the very first authors to have written about the history of the village.

📚 Les Gets au fil des siècles – 1962: This book details the history of Les Gets from the 12th century. You’ll find information about the etymology of local surnames, hamlets and also about the legends that really add to the charm of the resort.

2 – Philippe Mugnier

Philippe Mugnier was born in Thonon-les-Bains in 1971. He spent his entire childhood in Les Gets and some of his family members still live there today. He went to school in the capital of Chablais and he is particularly fond of this place. Philippe Mugnier is fascinated by history and provides an original but accurate view of the history of Savoie.

📚 Des Gets au Léman une saga entre foi et loi – 2018: This book provides an original account of the local history of the two Savoie departments, focused on a family from Les Gets.

📚 L’homme au balcon – 2020: Discover life in the 19th century through the eyes of Joseph Mugnier, known as ‘Le Lyonnais’.

📚 Les Gets que d’histoires – 2021: Plunge into the history of Les Gets through a dozen postcards and the anecdotes that go with each of them.
There are several versions of this available for other villages.

📚 Les Gets retro – 2022: This book portrays the history of Les Gets from the very beginning, with a selection of 300 images, some of them never-before-seen. This book has been published in French and English.

3 – Daniel Contat

Daniel Contat is a former ski instructor, graduated in 1967 and was President of Les Gets ski club from 1980 à 1988. His publication is about the history of skiing in Les Gets.

📚 L’Ecole de ski des Gets – 2007: In this book, Daniel Contat describes the history of the Les Gets French Ski School from 1937 to 2007. It includes anecdotes, facts and never-before-seen images.

4 – Association of Mechanical Music in Les Gets

The Museum of Mechanical Music displays the most beautiful European collection of mechanical musical instruments. For almost 40 years now, the Association of Mechanical Music has been gathering a unique, irreplaceable and very high quality collection.

📚 Musée de la musique mécanique – 2016: Thanks to a significant collection of photos, come and discover this original museum for yourself. Learn about its creation, its instruments, events (festivals, concerts, etc.), and the history of mechanical music in general. A unique collection in Europe!

📚 L’Orgue philharmonique Aeolian – 2020: Find out about the history and operation of this organ, a listed historic monument, in the church of Les Gets, that can be played either manually or automatically.

5 – Association Jean-Marie Delavay

Claude Barrault-Janny, the Chairman of the association Jean-Marie Delavay, lived in the resort for many years and wrote about the life and work of famous botanist, Father Jean-Marie Delavay.

📚 Jean-Marie Delavay La Transmission – 2020: This book is the biography of Father Jean-Marie Delavay, detailing his preparation to become a priest, how he got into botany, his travels to China and his many discoveries.

📚 Jardin Botanique – 2021: This book was published for the event Rendez-vous aux Jardins 2021, and details the plants that can be seen in Les Gets botanical garden.

The association has published many other works which are available at Les Gets Tourist Office.

6 – Sagets

SAGETS stands for ‘Société d’Aménagements Gêtoise d’Équipements Touristiques et Sportifs’. Sagets is responsible for the management of activities and leisure for the resort of Les Gets, mainly the ski area (slopes and ski lifts), but also MTB, Golf, the Alta Lumina magical evening trail, the children’s daycare centre and the swimming lake.

📚 Un domaine de caractère – 2020: To mark the 30th anniversary of Sagets, this publication portrays the history of the ski area, the ski lifts, and also highlights some important figures who have worked for this local business.

All these publications are on sale at the Les Gets Tourist Office.

Proper maintenance of your skis is key if you want your skis to last and give you their best performance on the slopes. Here are a few tips for maintaining them.

⛷ Step 1: Removing the sidewall

The sidewall is the plastic or Zicral part lining the sides of your skis. If the sidewall isn’t planed, it’s hard to sharpen the skis because the file will first work the sidewall rather than the edge itself. This should be done regularly during the season. Place your equipment on the workbench and secure it with a vice. Place the tool on the edge. If necessary, adjust the angle and depth of the blade so that it touches the sidewall. Pull the tool towards you, applying light pressure. Slide the tool along the entire length two or three times. Your sidewalls are ready!

⛷ Step 2: Sharpening

To give you good grip on the snow, the edges of your skis must be well sharpened. For this step, you’ll need a sharpener to easily sharpen your edges at a very precise angle. Set your skis flat, base up. Place your sharpener on the edge and pull the tool towards you, applying a slight pressure. Slide it along the entire length four times. Your edges are sharpened!

⛷️ Step 3: Polishing and finishing off with a rubber

For this step, you’ll need a specific stone to polish the edge to remove leftover particles and thread after sharpening. The goal is to smooth the edge’s imperfections, or “burrs”, to improve skiing performance. Place your stone on the edge on the base side then pull towards you, applying a slight pressure. Slide it along the whole length a few times. For a good finish, pass the ski edge rubber over the ridge of the edge. Your edges are ready!

⛷️ Step 4: Waxing

There is a special kind of wax that is applied to bases to help the skis glide across the snow. Before applying your wax, dry and clean your base with a bronze brush, from the tip to tail. Melt the wax onto the base with an iron and spread it all over. For a proper finish, move the iron up and down a couple of times without stopping. Wait 2 hours for the wax to cool and impregnate the base.

⛷️ Step 5: Scraping

Press the scraper firmly against the edge, from tip to tail. You must always scrape following the direction of the skis. Scrape until there is no more visible wax.

⛷️ Step 6: Brushing

Once your base is scraped, it must be brushed to bring out the structure. As for scraping, always brush tip to tail and never in the opposite direction. First, use a nylon brush to polish the base and then a horsehair brush to make it smooth and shiny.
Your equipment is ready!
If your skis have deep scratches, bumps or holes, take them to a professional for repair.

If you follow these care tips, your skis will remain in good condition for many seasons to come. Remember that maintaining your skis regularly can also improve your skiing experience by providing better grip, stability, and speed.

Les Gets, our charming ski resort in the French Alps, attracts thousands of visitors every year in search of mountain adventures. In recent years, the resort has also attracted a new category of visitor: content creators.

Content creators, also known as “bloggers” or “influencers”, are people who create online content to entertain, inform or inspire their community. They can produce videos, photos, blog posts and even podcasts, and often have hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers on social networks.

In Les Gets, offers a true paradise for content creators. The resort offers a multitude of outdoor activities, from skiing to snowboarding in winter and from hiking to mountain biking in summer. The breathtaking scenery also provides great backdrops for photo and video shoots.

Meet the content creators who came to Les Gets this winter season

Every year, major sporting events allow the entire mountain biking world to experience emotions that leave a lasting impression. These events forge the character of an entire region, a generation and its descendants. Les Gets has seen a non-stop succession of the greatest champions, as well as many faithful amateurs in search of sensations and wide-open spaces! Now 18 years after hosting the World Mountain Bike Championships in 2004, history is repeating itself in Les Gets, the birthplace of the discipline more than 30 years ago. A new page in the history of Les Gets was written in August 2022, with the return of the UCI MTB World Championships in the heart of the Alps.

Genesis of a love story between mountain biking and Les Gets

Before enjoying the present moment, let’s go back in time… Let’s take a look at the history, at this inspiring story which links Les Gets and mountain biking from the 1990’s – only 30 years ago, but which seems like forever. This was a period when no one would have anticipated the development and growth of a discipline which, at that time, was reserved for a handful of aficionados – an elitist, closed group, often taken for crazy enthusiasts with their helmets and protective gear, racing down slopes far too steep to be taken on…

The question may be raised whether there is in fact a rational explanation for passion? The drive that pushes you to row against the grain, to take risks, to bet everything on a partner you are still getting to know but in whom you believe with all your strength and soul? Because at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: love and passion – a mark of destiny, a strong and lasting alliance which has forged the character of the people of Les Gets and left its mark in the DNA of the village. Mountain biking has become its innovative flagship. Partners forever, mountain biking has very quickly occupied a prominant place in the life of the resort, perfectly alternating with skiing and its snowy pleasures, sharing the same domain, the same playground and the same infrastructures. Between Chavannes and Mont Chéry, mountain biking has found its place in Les Gets and has not finished delighting us!

Events as a flagship for mountain biking

With the range of sensations and intense emotions that mountain biking provides, it was impossible for the people of Les Gets not to make the most of it! What better showcase than the organisation of internationally renowned events to promote a discipline beyond our borders? On this premise, major events have been part of the daily life of all inhabitants and have largely contributed to developing the destination’s reputation and attraction. In 30 years, 14 major mountain bike events have been organised here, including 2 French Championships, 7 World Cups, 3 Crankworx and 2 World Championships… Enough to provoke callings, to generate passions, and to forge binding links with the great names who have left their mark by winning here, from Fabien Barrel to Julien Absalon, including Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Loana Lecomte.

Fondue is the ideal dish to warm up after (or during) a good day of skiing in Les Gets! A must-try winter dish, fondue is part of the Alps’ heritage. Savoyard fondue is a cheese fondue traditionally eaten with bread. Here is all you need to know about this speciality.

The origin of fondue 🫕

Fondue is a traditional Swiss dish, originating in the mountainous regions of the Swiss Alps. The first traces of fondue date back to the canton of Fribourg. Originally, fondue was a dish for farmers who used melted cheese for leftover dry bread and other foods that could no longer be eaten as is.

Over time, fondue became a popular dish in Switzerland and eventually crossed the borders to the French Alps with the Savoyard fondue.

Ingredients for the Savoyard fondue for 4 people

🧀 1 kg of cheese, i.e. 200 grams per person (Beaufort, Comté, Gruyère Savoyard)

🧄 1 clove of garlic

🍷 30 cl of Savoy white wine

🥚 1 egg (for the end)

🥖 2 baguettes

11 things to know about Savoyard fondue

🍻🍻 Whoever drops their piece of bread gets a paenalty or pays a round

🌽 You can add cornstarch to make your fondue thicker

🚰 You can make a fondue without wine by adding water or cider

🥗 Salad and a good bottle of white wine are the perfect accompaniments for the Savoyard fondue… The more daring may wish to add some charcuterie

🫕 You have to stir the fondue by forming an 8 with your wooden spoon

🫕 You can add dehydrated mushrooms, mustard, pepper… Each one of these adds flavour

🥖 Ideally you use stale bread from the day before

🥚 It’s traditional to crack an egg at the end when there’s hardly any cheese left… it’s really quite good

🧀 The nun is the layer of cheese that remains at the bottom of the fondue pot at the end of the fondue

🧂 For easier cleaning, leave cold water and salt in the fondue pot overnight

Where to eat a fondue in Les Gets?

Whether it be on the slopes at lunchtime after a good morning’s skiing or in the evening in the heart of the snowy resort, fondue can be eaten at any time. The main thing is to spend a convivial moment with family or friends. So what could be better than to share this moment in a restaurant in Les Gets?

Of course, you can also enjoy your raclette at home by the fire if you prefer. Find our list of shops in Les Gets where you can order good raclette cheese and charcuterie.

❗️good to know: some shopkeepers in Les Gets lend out raclette pots.

Now you know all about the history of fondue. You will be able to shine at your fondue parties, fully primed with all these tips and information. Enjoy your meal!

Today is national raclette day! And doesn’t this delicious, mouth-watering dish deserve its moment of glory? Raclette is a comfort food par excellence. Cheese, potatoes, cold meats and gherkins, the perfect combination after (or during) a good day’s skiing in Les Gets.

On national raclette day, learn more about this typical mountain dish.

The history of raclette 🧀

According to legend, the history of the raclette dates back to the Middle Ages in the Swiss mountains of the Valais canton.  Preparing this famous dish was much different then to how we do it now. Since the goal was to melt the cheese near a source of heat, like a fire in the hearth, it was essentially roasted cheese! The cheese had to be scraped (racler) so it would slide onto the plate. It was Léon, a Swiss shepherd, who discovered this one winter when he wanted to eat a delicious warm dish.

In the 1970s, raclette became a popular dish with the invention of the raclette machine, thanks to a famous French household appliance brand. During the same period, raclette crossed the border into France and later become a favourite dish with the French.

Raclette in a few figures in France

🧀 4th most popular cheese produced in France at almost 64,000 tonnes per year.

🧀 2.1kg is the average consumption of raclette cheese per household per year

🧀 83% of households have a raclette machine

🧀 In 1st position, it’s France’s favourite dish

🧀 200g of cheese and 4 potatoes per person makes a successful raclette

10 tips for a successful raclette party

🧀 Each person needs their own pan… they cannot be expected to wait or share their cheese!

🏋️ You need ventilation … eating a raclette is like a sport, it warms you up.

🧀 Provide enough cheese and cold meats… Better to have too much than too little

🍷 Remember one or more bottles of wine… You need to wash it down

😍 You can put 2 slices of cheese at the same time… We can never say it enough, cheese is life. Especially in Les Gets, cheese is a gourmet heritage

👍🏻 Loosen the belt in anticipation… You need to be in a comfortable outfit for a successful raclette party

⛷️ There is no season to eat raclette… But it is still better after a good day of skiing in Les Gets

🍽 Offer several varieties of raclette cheese… smoked, plain, with wild garlic, with pepper, for a pleasant change

🥗 Ensure the aperitif and starter is light… leave as much room as possible for eating the raclette

🫖 End with a delicious herbal tea or a little glass of genepi… to help you digest all that cheese

Where can you eat raclette at Les Gets?

On the slopes at lunchtime after a good morning’s skiing or in the evening in the heart of the snowy resort, you can eat a raclette at any time. The main thing is to enjoy the moment with family or friends. And what could be better than experiencing this in one of Les Gets’ restaurants?

If you’d like to eat raclette in your accommodation by the fire before watching a Christmas film, you can! Browse our list of Les Gets shops where you can order delicious raclette cheese as well as cold meats.

❗️Top tip: shop owners in Les Gets can loan you a raclette machine

You can also eat your own raclette on the slopes with small appliances that work without electricity thanks to candle warmers or on the belvedere of Les Nauchets where you will find wooden tables as well as electrical outlets to plug in your raclette. This spot in Les Chavannes offers a magnificent view of the ski area!

You now know everything about the history of raclette. You will be able to shine at your raclette parties with all these tips and information.

Want to know one last secret? Raclette is better when eaten in Gets 🥰