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LES GETS REVISITED - Tashie Cove, Les Gets, France
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The last time I skied Les Gets, I was 5-years old. Now I'm back, almost 18 years on for a somewhat different experience.

 

 

 

Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil was the first resort I ever skied in and where on subsequent visits I learnt to ski.

It's where I first experienced the skiing life.

I'm now a qualified as a BASI ski instructor with a season in Verbier under my belt.

I've skied across the Alps, the Pyrenees and made turns in Canada and the USA.

Skiing is in my blood - it's part of my DNA.

And it all started in Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil in France.

So, what do I think of Les Gets returning 18 years later?

Well I don't think as 5-year old I went to a Follie Douce in the Portes du Soleil but more of that later...

The first thing I did as I arrived I do remember doing as a 5-year old.

Catching the little train that travels around town to explore the area and to see what memories were triggered.

Happy memoriesHappy memories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drove past the ice skating rink where I remember pushing around the plastic penguins.

Penguins: still therePenguins: still there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was getting my skis from Intersport and rather bizarely I had a déjà-vu experience as I picked up my skis for this trip.

Surely it couldn't have been the same one?

And anyway are all ski hire shops the same?

Nevertheless the déjà-vu moment struck.

What I definitely didn't ski on back in 2001 was a pair of Volkl Flairs.

My Volkl Flairs from IntersportMy Volkl Flairs from Intersport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This visit to Les Gets is a trip down memory lane, however as a 22 year old, I wanted to make new memories too.

With the two friends I was with.

On the slopes.

Cub ReportersCub Reporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And off the slopes.

Follie fun in AvoriazFollie fun in Avoriaz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We explored the town's nightlife.

We started in The Bowling Bar, a bar with, er, a bowling alley.

Then went on to the town's only club, Igloo.

It was a lot of fun but definitely not appropriate for the 5-year-old me.

So, what about the skiing this time around?

Spring skiing in Les GetsLes Gets - spring skiing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring skiingLes Gets - Spring skiing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day One on the slopes kicked off on the Perrieres Express gondola that was a 2 minute walk from our apartment, and we pottered around the blue and red runs.

The skiing was great in the morning, easy skiing mixed in with a few carving red runs.

My favourite run of the day was Eglantine.

After lunch we found ourselves on a run that looked very familiar.

Memories came flooding back.

I remember my Dad used to stand at the top of a gentle slope with me, and let me go to ski off down.

Mum waited at the bottom to catch me.

We ended the day with a drink in town, and headed towards Intersport to change my skis as I wanted to try a selection according to the spring snow conditions.

But on reflection, I decided to keep the Volkl Flairs for another day.

They were beautiful on piste skis, allowing me to ski with my beginner friends with ease.

They were not too tricky to control, they also allowed me to ski at speed.

Carving and short turns were both brilliant when I managed to escape my beginner friends for a few runs.

I have fond memories of staying in chalets with Ski Famille and eating raclette for dinner.

So that's exactly what we decided to do.

We picked up provisions in town including raclette cheese along with some delicious hams and pickles.

Luckily, our apartment had a raclette cooker so we eagerly tucked in.

Raclette evening Raclette evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I pondered the skiing life Les Gets had introduced me to as I ate raclette and (now I am older than 5) drank some delicious white wine.

Thank you Les Gets!

The following day, we decided to ski over to Avoriaz - something I didn't do as a 5-year old.

Heading to AvoriazHeading to Avoriaz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Gets - spring skiing Les Gets - spring skiing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We skied over via Morzine, and to my secret delight, my two friends wanted a hot chocolate and croissant stop.

That meant I could break away and go to ski Les Creux, a black run in Morzine.

Something I definitely didn't do as a 5-year old.

It was a long, steep run, perfect for fast paced short turns that my Volkl Flairs were brilliant for.

Our ski day was like a mini safari as we skied down to Pleney in Morzine catching a short train ride towards the Avoriaz bubble.

It's so easy to ski round the entire Portes du Soleil from Les Gets.

We spent the rest of the day criss-crossing the different areas and even managed a dip into Switzerland into Champery.

I had visited Champery during my ski season in Verbier, Switzerland three years ago.

I worked in Verbier for a ski school called Red Carpet.

It was founded in Champery and so it was brilliant to go to see Champery again - plus it's always fun to ski in two countries in the same day.

We ended the day in Avoriaz with some serious apres at the Follie Douce, but managed to get a lift back to Les Gets, an easy journey once again.

Follie Duce with a Snow Camp bunnyFollie Duce with a Snow Camp bunny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following day I tried the Atomic Redsters, a lovely ski for the on piste skiing.

We pottered around Les Gets and ended up having supper in Les Choucas.

A fairly priced restaurant and a lovely way to spend our final evening.

Fondue eveningFondue evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have such fond memories of being in Les Gets as a child, and it did not disappoint going back as a 22 year old.

It is a brilliant family resort with lots of activities for children, and offered a relaxing 3 days for an adult-me.

My parents certainly chose the right place to bring me to as a youngster as there are a host of activities for children.

And there's much to be said for the resort as a young adult.

So, Les Gets I promise I will be back, and sooner than another 18 years.

Spring in Les GetsSpring in Les Gets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more about Les Gets then check out its web site here.

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