Road cycling near Les Gets
Road cycling near Les Gets, Critierum Daupnine

Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the French Alps, Les Gets offers an abundance of recreational activities—all year-round. Les Gets was ranked “Best Ski resort for families”by The Telegraph, which noted the “pleasing mixture of old Savoyard chalets and more modern wood-and-stone buildings constructed in keeping with their beautiful Alpine surroundings.” But winter is not the only time to bask in the glory of this mountain paradise. Fantastic events include major cycling races, mountain bike events, and music festivals. Bref: this is a great place for both relaxing and active summer holidays. Here, we’re rounded up the top seasonal events on the calendar.

Tour de France – Megeve to Morzine, 23rd July:

This is an exciting stage of the tour! Morzine is now full, and Les Gets is nearest village with accommodation available.

Crankworx – 15th to 19th June:

This is one of the biggest Mountain Bike events in the world, with most world-class riders competing. Les Gets has been selected for 2016.

Crankworx
Crankworx/ photo: courtesy of OT Les Gets/N Joly

International Festival of Mechanical Music- 15th to 17th July

Performers and processions take over the entire village– from morning til dusk. Not to be missed!

Festival of the Four Elements- 18th to 22nd July:

Les Gets has focused on environmental preservation for many years. For example, there are free electric charging/parking places in the village and sometimes a reduction in lift pass fees are offered to those travelling to Les Gets by hybrid/electric vehicles. Thus was born the concept of a themed week, which aims to link the four elements to the identity of the village and the natural resources that surround it. The programme features a multitude of fun activities, creative and scientific workshops, crafts, nature walks, tours and festive activities accessible to all the family. Not to mention the evening concerts, shows, and fireworks! Added perk: This is expected to be free.

Lounge Music Festival, 1st to 11th August:

This is a full week of free performances – usually two or three concerts a day. Musicians come from the UK, Ireland and across France to perform at Les Gets. Featuring Jazz Soul and Funk, the programme usually includes performers like Nina Attal, Tim Connor (the Irish Folk Singer), Free for Funk, New Soul Gospel Sextet, Alam (Reggae), Romain Brizemur (Jazz/Swing),  and Amy Dearlove.

music in Les Gets
photo: courtesy of OT Les Gets

Portues du Soleil Mountian Bike Ride

The Pass’Portes is a major MTB event taking place in the Portes du Soleil resorts spanning France and Switzerland. An event of international stature packed with plenty of impressive and memorable moments and shared sporting memories! There are 80 kms of traced routes with lots of pit-stops serving up local specialties. There are nine resort starting points in Swtizerland and France: Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets, Montriond-Lindarets & Morzine on the French side and Champery, Les Crosets and Morgins in Switzerland. This year’s bike show will be held in Châtel with more than 200 international brands.

Pass’Portes Kids is a special course event for 9-14yrs supervised by trained instructors. 20€ entrance fee, starting from Chatel on Saturday or Sunday.

The Pass’Portes Pedestre – A walking Pass’Portes event for those travelling with MTB Pass’Porters! Marked but not accompanied walks starting from the 6 resort villages will run in parallel to the main MTB event. Depending on the route, indulge in tastings at local farms, observe wildlife, and more…

kids planting a vegetable garden in Les Gets
kids planting a vegetable garden in Les Gets

Where to Stay?

Chalets1066 offers self-catered chalets and apartments with a range of optional hotel services. Staff is always available to help organise activities such as white water rafting, and paragliding. Chalets1066 manage a range of properties ranging from good family value apartments to luxurious chalets. For bookings with Chalets1066, visitwww.chalets1066.com or e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 0207183 5082 (from the UK, a free call.)

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