Avoriaz or Les Gets, which ski resort to choose?
With its 650 km of slopes (the largest ski area in Europe), the Portes du Soleil ski area is made up of twelve ski resorts on each side of the French-Swiss border. Renowned for the quality and variety of their pistes as well as for the wealth of their offers of stay, the two French resorts of Avoriaz and Les Gets illustrate very well the keys to the success of this famous cross-border ski domain.
Unique in France, Avoriaz is a pedestrian ski resort “100% ski-in,” with unusual architecture. Its layout has been designed to offer an incomparable quality of stay, at 1800 m altitude. The resort was also voted “Best Family Resort” 2013 at the World Snow Awards in London for its excellent family-friendly approach.
In contrast, the ski resort has developed around a typical Savoyard village, and Les Gets new-build properties for sale tend to keep with this approach with high-end traditional Alpine architecture, often with Spas. Dotted with wood and stone chalets, Les Gets has preserved its authenticity while opening to the ski big business. Ideal for families, the warm welcome and adapted services have earned Les gets the Family Plus Montagne label.
Easy access and parking in Avoriaz and Les Gets
Located in the north-east of Haute-Savoie, Avoriaz and Les Gets are easily accessible ski resorts. Les Gets is just 22 km from Cluses train station and 1 hour from Geneva International Airport. This is ideal when you buy a ski property for the rental potential and possibility to use for swift short stays. To go to Avoriaz, just continue the road for 20 km and cross Morzine.
Avoriaz is a car-free resort. You, therefore, need to leave your car in the car parks located at the entrance of the ski resort. A 24/7 transport service is offered (sledge and horse cart shuttle) to access your property. From 5 to 14 euros the quick journey according to the distance during the day, 8 euros at night.
Everything is designed in Les Gets to encourage holidaymakers to travel on a smooth ride. Priority is given to pedestrians in the centre of the village and different transport possibilities are offered: free shuttles during the day, intra-station night shuttle and Balad’Aulps bus which serves the main tourist sites of the valley. A small train links the Mont Chéry and Chavannes ski areas.
Comparison of the Avoriaz and Les Gets ski areas
The Portes du Soleil is an impressive ski area with 650 km of slopes, 296 pistes, 194 lifts, 13 snowparks, 12 ski resorts.
Avoriaz: Located in the centre of the ski area, the Avoriaz ski area has 75 km of slopes, mainly blue and red. Between 1800 and 2466 m high, its slopes enjoy guaranteed snow. What is so special with the ski area lies in its snowparks, which are numerous and adapted to all levels: the La Chapelle snowpark (for all), the Arare snowpark (level confirmed to expert), the Stash (ecological wooden modules), the Lil Stash (wood modules for beginners) and the “Burton Kids Parkway” for children.
Les Gets: Made of 120 km of slopes and 48 lifts, Les Gets ski area is renowned for its diversity. Easily accessible from the village, the ski lifts are spread over two main ski areas: Les Chavannes and Mont Chéry. The first sector is ideal for families thanks to its slopes of all levels and its recreational areas, the second is dedicated to sports skiers with a predominance of red slopes, two slalom stadiums and a snowpark.
Everyday life in Avoriaz and Les Gets
Architecturally different, the two resorts offer an exceptional quality of life, each in their own way.
Perfectly integrated into its natural environment, Avoriaz makes every effort to facilitate the stay of its holidaymakers. In addition to being 100% pedestrian, it benefits from a very good organization since, wherever your property is, a ski lift is directly accessible on skis. All services (doctors, daycares, shops, pharmacy …) are evenly distributed throughout the resort.
Nestled at an altitude of 1,172 m and labelled “Famille Plus Montagne”, Les Gets is a ski resort that makes families happy. True mountain village inhabited all year round, there are all useful services and thanks to its exceptional location, access to the slopes is remarkably easy.
Comparison of the “Après ski” offer in Avoriaz and Les Gets
As much in Avoriaz as in Les Gets, life outside skiing is very animated since so many activities are on offer.
Dynamic and sporty, Avoriaz is a resort that focuses on après-ski. See you at the Aquariaz for lovers of aquatic pleasures, for others, many unusual activities: tobogganing and night snowshoeing, mountain biking on snow, segway, caving, free fall … Not to mention the classics: ice rink, shopping, Nordic activities. Also festive, it has many bars, a bowling alley and a nightclub.
Peaceful and family-friendly, Les Gets is still an active ski resort. It offers many off-ski activities for all ages focused primarily on relaxation and well-being. For example relaxation under a yurt in the heart of nature, massage and sensory shower at Spa SéréniCimes, go out to meet the chamois and mouflons, night snowshoeing followed by an aperitif under an igloo… Also one of the best destinations in the world for mountain biking in summer.
Childcare in Avoriaz and Les Gets
Childcare for families is one of the main criteria for choosing a ski resort. Daycare services, children’s club and other snow gardens are now unavoidable. You can imagine that other ski resorts do everything they can to cater to families.
As one of the Best Family Ski Resorts, Avoriaz owes it to its unique pedestrian organization where each street becomes a toboggan run but also its infrastructure. Ideally located in the centre of the resort, the Children’s Village welcomes budding skiers from 3 years old. Five hectares of secure and specially designed trails allow you to learn to slide while having fun. Below this age, the Garderie Les Petits Loups takes care of children from 3 months old.
Les Gets, for its part, pays particular attention to children and offers 100% dedicated spaces and activities. The territory of the Grand Cry is a space for gliding on the theme of trappers and Indians, Espace des Mappys. There is a free sliding area that allows beginner skiers to make their first turns with two treadmills and two telecords. And new activities also: chocolate workshop, ceramic painting workshop or carpentry workshop!
The conclusion of the comparison between Avoriaz and Les Gets
Apart from both belonging to the Portes du Soleil domain, Avoriaz and Les Gets are two completely different ski resorts. With its unique layout, Avoriaz attracts a clientele that seeks above all a functional, sportive and dynamic destination while Les Gets is a typical family destination that offers an exclusive immersion in true mountain surrounding as we like them.
New-build apartments for sale in Les Gets are on average around 9,000-11,000€/sqm, see our apartments for sale in Les Gets/Avoriaz area.
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