This may raise a few eyebrows, but there really is nothing that beats a white winter at this time of the year. With the usual grey and rainy winter in London, and not managing to get much snow when visiting our friends and family on the continent, we decided to make it happen.
Being a huge fan of France, we narrowed the choice down to the Alps region. Then, after a little bit of research, we made a decision to go to Les Gets in Portes du Soleil.
Les Gets turned out to be one of those ‘little jewel’ type of French towns, tucked away in the mountains. It is not too big, and not too small. It has a dreamy ‘high street’ with all the necessary amenities one may need – boulangeries, boucheries, charcuteries, fromageries. I highly recommend Le Petit Four boulangerie, for one’s morning baguettes and a wonderful array of pastries and cakes.
The village also has a large selection of mountain fashion shops, with pretty much each one offering something different. Oh, and not forgetting the local cafés, restaurants and hotels.
Every Thursday morning, a traditional Savoie marché takes place. I must say, I noticed it seemed as if there were only three types of stalls – those with cheese, those with meat and the stalls selling miscellaneous goods. However, each and every seller was different and offered something unique. If you don’t have time to go and explore local producers in the region, this is the place to go and meet them.
We stayed in a private chalet, directly facing the slopes of Les Chevannes, where we could watch the ski lifts opening in the morning and see the first skiers take to the slopes. Every day there was a group of little children skiing with their instructor, which was one of the sweetest things to witness. We could also see the ice rink, which in the evenings, with all the winter light decorations and ice-skaters, painted a truly postcard-like picture.
Winter-sport-wise the town has everything to offer, and if one wants to discover more there are free bus services to neighbouring towns in Les Portes du Soleil region.
For us, however, the highlight of the trip was a walk from the top of Les Chevannes to Les Gets village. It is about a 5km walk and the scenery is breath-taking. The paths were almost empty and we had the most perfect conditions – wonderful winter sunshine after a big snow storm.
Before you set off for the walk, or if you just need a break between your ski runs, take some respite at Chez Robert restaurant, which is on top of Les Chevannes. Between meal times (as per the French custom of serving food only at certain times), you can enjoy your coffee, hot chocolate or even a vin chaud, on the sun deck on the chairs spread outside on the snow. And, if you manage to find a free spot to have lunch, do not forget to try their tarte aux myrtilles, which is a local speciality – they make a particularly nice one!
I wish anyone planning their stay in Les Gets a wonderful holiday!