The Ski Resort of Les Gets Today
The 20th Century saw the village become a recognised resort, driven by the development of winter sports. From t-bars to gondola lifts, the mechanisation of the ski slopes continued throughout the "Glorious Thirties".
Some key dates for Les Gets' lift system, including the creation of the municipal authority in 1963:
- 1950s: Mont-Chéry and Vieux Chêne drag lifts
- 1960s: Benevy, Tête des Crêts, Rosta and Nauchets drag lifts
- 1970s: Ranfoilly (2 person), Croix (2 person), and Charniaz (3 person) chairlifts, Mouille au Roy and Stade drag lifts, and Chavanne gondola lift
- 1980s: Mont-Chéry gondola lift, Grande Ourse, Mouille au Chat and Planey chairlifts, and in 1986, the four-person Ranfoilly, Les Gets' first detachable chairlift
- 1990s: Rosta and Folliets chairlifts
- 2000s: Five detachable chairlifts - Nauchets, Grain d’Or, Perrières Express, Charniaz and Chavannes Express
- 2010s: Chavannes gondolas and Ranfoilly 3 detachable chairlift
With the opening of the first ski school in 1940, the village became a winter sports resort, attracting people from Savoie, Haute-Savoie and Geneva. The two ski areas of Chavannes and Mont-Chéry were especially popular thanks to the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the easy access to the skiing. The resort attracted all levels of skier from every walk of life who came to enjoy skiing on one or more of the 71 slopes in Les Gets.
In the 1970s, Les Gets was awarded "The Savoie Resort Village" label and became part of the vast Portes du Soleil cross-border ski area. A paradise for mountain lovers, the area straddles the Franco-Swiss border and has 286 pistes across twelve French and Swiss resorts. Enough to satisfy even the most ardent skier.
As a winter and summer resort, the commune has embraced the development of responsible tourism in its wide open spaces, with soft mobility, energy efficiency, nature and heritage initiatives that have ensured the harmonious development of Les Gets up to the present day:
- Shuttle buses to limit vehicle use in the resort
- Charging points for electric cars and e-bikes
- Discounted lift passes for owners of electric vehicles
- Distribution of pocket ashtrays
- "Eco-responsible" golf
- Preserving the habitat of the protected black grouse
- Part of the Chablais Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Support for local producers and traders
Les Gets is a village resort for the whole family with an inspiring and fascinating history, much-loved by its inhabitants who have managed to reconcile the competing demands of economic and tourist development with preserving the environment.