The Alps are not just for Winter…

We are now approaching the end of the Winter ski season with only the high altitude resorts of Val d’Isere and Val Thorens still open. Many people assume that the Alps are only good for skiing and that everything is closed up until next December, however there are some ski resorts open their doors for the summer months. Not all ski resorts but there are some who embrace the concept of summer in the Alps. Les Gets is one of these resorts, based conveniently only an hour’s drive from the international airport of Geneva.

Les Gets opens its’ lift system from mid July through to early September which enables walkers and mountain bikers access to the mountains in and around this authentic mountain village. The lifts are adapted to allow you to hook your bike on the back and the mountain paths are all marked for easy navigation. Enjoy the pure mountain air and stunning scenery, the temperatures soar well over 25 degrees Centigrade.

Les Gets lift

There are also many other activities available for the whole family from swimming and archery to golf and tennis. There is even parapenting and canyoning for the thrill seekers. For those animal lovers, there is a petting farm where you can go horse riding or go hiking with a donkey, where the donkey carries your bags for you during your trip through the woods and valleys.

The choice of accommodation is wide and varied but there are some simply fabulous luxury chalets available with all the service you would expect from a top hotel. Most have spa facilities for those looking for pampering, with outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and in house masseurs.

To get a flavour of local life and attractions there is a weekly market on a Thursday which is perfect for sampling local cheeses from the region. If you want to find out how they are made you can visit the local fruitiere for a guided tour. However the favourite for both young and old has to be the visit to the chocolate factory, where you can create your own recipe and take home your very own creation!

So if you are looking for a alternative French destination to the chaos of the south of France this summer then this Alpine resort of Les Gets is definitely worth considering.

Ceri Tinley is the Co-Founder and MD of Consensio Holidays.

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  1. I’ve stayed in Les Gets during both Winter and Summer seasons and absolutely loved it. A hidden gem in the Alps – particularly good for families.

  2. Erkut OZEN says:

    I had planned last season. But i could’nt go. Maybe next time, i hope so! I think, i prefer your tip.
    thanks friends!

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