Its more than 80 years since the first single-person chair-lift operated in Les Gets, earning the place a position among the oldest and most popular ski resorts in the world.
With the competition among winter resorts being fiercer than ever, both in and out of Europe, Les Gets needs to constantly improve its infrastructure.
And that is exactly what’s happening, just a few months before the opening of the next winter season.
Les Gets has announced the creation of two new pistes for the next season, namely a blue piste (i. e. a piste of moderate difficulty) for downhill skiing and snowboarding, and a ski touring piste.
The First Ski Touring Piste on Mont Chéry
Ski touring has gained in popularity during the last five years, combining the thrill of exploring distant and more secluded areas with good exercise. It involves skiing (often uphill) and exploring remote areas, usually without the use of lifts.
Ski touring is mostly reserved for advanced skiers since it demands excellent physical condition and stamina.
The new ski touring piste in Les Gets will take skiers uphill, on Mont Chéry.
Starting from the base of the gondola, it will lead all the way up to the peak of the mountain and its amazing vista. The piste will be strictly reserved for uphill ski touring for safety reasons.
It will stretch for at least 3 km, with a vertical drop of 665 metres, thus giving skiers the chance to enjoy a relaxing tour up the slope, even when the weather conditions are not ideal.
Contrary to most ski touring areas, Les Gets’ touring piste will be great for both beginners and seasoned skiers.
The first will have the chance to learn the basics in a safe and secure area, without the danger of being rammed by an absentminded skier, while the latter will enjoy touring clear of the downhill slopes, without worrying of falling onto a newbie. As soon as they reach the summit, tourers will be able to ski down the pistes.
Being the first ski touring slope on Mont Chéry, the markings used will have some new signs and symbols, using mostly yellow and orange colouring.
Les Trembles – The New Blue Piste
The new blue piste in Les Gets will be known as Les Trembles and formed in the Perrières area.
Skiers and snowboarders will run down all the way from the summit to the Perrières car park.
Less experienced skiers will have now much easier access to the vast – and free – parking lot, which is by far the best parking option for visitors and locals residing in Les Gets or coming down from the valley.
Needless to say, the new run will alleviate the traffic on the neighbouring slopes during the high season, which has been a growing problem the past couple of years.
Les Gets representatives are certain that both pistes will be ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders even before the resort’s opening, probably in late November.