Summer is still in full swing but we’ve got some great winter news for you: Les Gets is building two new pistes for winter 2019 / 20, a blue piste for downhill skiing and snowboarding and a ski touring piste. Yep, a ski touring piste, specifically reserved for those who like going uphill on their skis and snowboards.
We’ll start with the blue run; named Les Trembles, it will be in the Perrières sector of the resort and take skiers all the way down to the Perrières car park. This will be excellent news for intermediate skiers and snowboarders as it will make it much easier to access the Perrières parking, which is free, and also absolutely massive. It’s a really popular parking option with people driving up from down the valley, and Les Gets residents and holiday makers with their own cars, so a new and easy way to access it is welcome news. As always with new pistes, this new addition to the ski area will help reduce traffic on the surrounding slopes at busy times, so good news all round!
Now for that uphill piste. Situated over on Mont Chéry, it’ll take ski tourers and split boarders from the base of the gondola all the way up to the Mont Chéry summit, on a secured piste reserved just for touring. It will be 3km long and cover 665 vertical metres, allowing keen tourers a tranquil passage up the mountain and the opportunity to keep touring when the weather’s not playing ball.
Ski touring is a great way to enjoy the mountains during the winter while getting a healthy dose of cardio, and it’s been gaining in popularity over recent years. A specialised touring piste will be idea for beginners and experts alike; beginners will be able to learn in a safe and secure environment, while keen tourers will be able to tour for exercise away from the downhill slopes, making things safer for everyone. As it’s the first slope of its kind over on Mont Chéry, it’ll have some different markings so look out for orange and yellow markers – and remember it’s for going uphill only! Once you’ve reached the top you can ski down the pistes, but make sure you stay within lift opening hours for maximum safety.
So there you have it. Winter is well and truly on its way! Watch this space for more winter updates on Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets and enjoy the last few weeks of the summer holidays.