Les Gets

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Les Gets
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Les Gets seen from Mont Chéry
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Les Gets
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
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Les Gets
Coordinates: 46°09′38″N6°40′15″E / 46.1606°N 6.6708°E / 46.1606; 6.6708 Coordinates: 46°09′38″N6°40′15″E / 46.1606°N 6.6708°E / 46.1606; 6.6708
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Bonneville
Canton Évian-les-Bains
Government
  Mayor (20142020) Henri Anthonioz
Area1 29.98 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 1,260
  Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 74134 /74260
Elevation 900–1,820 m (2,950–5,970 ft)
(avg. 1,172 m or 3,845 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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2 Population without double counting : residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Les Gets is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

Haute-Savoie Department of France in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Haute-Savoie is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France, bordering both Switzerland and Italy. Its prefecture is Annecy. To the north is Lake Geneva and Switzerland; to the south and southeast are the Mont Blanc and Aravis mountain ranges. It holds it name from the Savoy historical region, as does the department of Savoie, located south of Haute-Savoie.

In the administrative divisions of France, the department is one of the three levels of government below the national level, between the administrative regions and the commune. Ninety-six departments are in metropolitan France, and five are overseas departments, which are also classified as regions. Departments are further subdivided into 334 arrondissements, themselves divided into cantons; the last two have no autonomy, and are used for the organisation of police, fire departments, and sometimes, elections.

The village's first single-person chair lift was opened in 1938 with the first chair lift on Mont Chéry in 1954.

Mont Chéry mountain

Mont Chéry is a mountain in the Chablais Alps in Haute-Savoie, France.

Geography

Les Gets is situated on the col between Taninges and Morzine, at the western edge of the Portes du Soleil ski area.

Taninges Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Taninges is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Morzine Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.

Portes du Soleil ski area in the French Alps

Les Portes du Soleil is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 1,036 square kilometres (400 sq mi), Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski areas in the world. Almost all of the pistes are connected by lifts – a few marginal towns can be reached only by the free bus services in the area. The highest point of skiing is 2400 m and the lowest is 900 m. As with many other Alpine ski resorts, the lower slopes of the Portes du Soleil have snow-making facilities to extend the skiable season by keeping the lower slopes open during the warmer months.

Culture

Les Gets contains a museum of Mechanical Music and hosts a festival of Mechanical Music bi-annually. This has been running for 25 years. During this period the streets are closed off and barrel organs or orgues fill the streets with mechanical music. Many of the organ grinders come from other European countries, such as Germany and Holland.

Barrel organ mechanical musical instrument

A barrel organ is a mechanical musical instrument consisting of bellows and one or more ranks of pipes housed in a case, usually of wood, and often highly decorated. The basic principle is the same as a traditional pipe organ, but rather than being played by an organist, the barrel organ is activated either by a person turning a crank, or by clockwork driven by weights or springs. The pieces of music are encoded onto wooden barrels, which are analogous to the keyboard of the traditional pipe organ. A person which plays a barrel organ is known as an organ grinder.

Traditional Savoy dishes are central to Les Gets cuisine. These include tartiflette , a dish of potatoes "au gratin" with reblochon cheese and lardons. A traditional liqueur, génépi , is also often drunk as a digestif, although the exact constitution of this medicinal drink varies as many residents produce their own.

Tartiflette

Tartiflette is a dish from Savoy in the Alps. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions.

Reblochon French cheese

Reblochon is a soft washed-rind and smear-ripened French cheese made in the Alpine region of Savoy from raw cow's milk. It has its own AOC designation.

Génépi traditional herbal liqueur or aperitif in the Alpine regions of Europe

Génépi or génépy or genepì is a traditional herbal liqueur or aperitif popularized in the Alpine regions of Europe. Genepi also refers to alpine plants of the genus Artemisia that provide the liqueur's flavor and color, and the French Savoy region adjacent to the Aosta Valley, where the plants grow and where the beverage originated.

Nightlife

There are many restaurants ranging from the family-friendly and reasonably priced to fairly top-end. They mostly specialise in local savoyard cuisine.

Les Gets has many pubs and bars. In the summer, there are all kinds of evening activities in the centre of town, ranging from discos to the "Pot de Bienvenue" (a welcome drink) on a Monday evening. A lot of emphasis is given to children's entertainment, such as wooden games set out in the street, street performers and a carousel. Live bands regularly perform on the semi-permanent stage in the centre of the village, attracting both locals and tourists.

Sports

Summer

Mountain biking: in the summer, Les Gets hosts many downhill mountain biking events. There are two distinct downhill mountain bike areas, one on each side of the village. The downhill mountain bike run on Mt Chéry has been used in the Mountain Bike World Cups in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and in the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2004.

Mountain biking bicycling sport

Mountain biking is a sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain. Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride and dirt jumping.

Golf: Les Gets has an 18-hole par 70 golf course 5,264 metres (17,270 ft) long, which overlooks Mont Blanc. In the winter it forms part of the pistes.

Winter

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Skiing: Les Gets is a linked ski resort within the Portes du Soleil. Lift passes can be purchased for Les Gets and the neighbouring area of Morzine, or for the wider Portes du Soleil. Combined, Morzine and Les Gets have around 50 lifts across several distinct ski areas. Lift passes for Mont Chéry (at one side of Les Gets) can also be purchased for that area only.

The ski area consists mainly of blue and red runs (beginner and intermediate). There is an area known as "The Bowl" into which numerous ski runs and chairlifts feed. Also in this area are the resort's most easily accessible black runs: 'Yeti', accessed via the resort's slowest chairlift, La Rosta, and Myrtilles accessed by the Grains d'Or Express. Mont Chéry hosts the majority of black runs, also having numerous red runs, with just one blue and no green pistes. It is the "locals'" mountain, Les Chavannes being the tourist side.

There are several good spots for off-piste skiing and snowboarding, the best of which are: to the sides of 'Yeti', the long black run off Chamossiere and also by taking a short hike from the top of the Ranfoilly lift. the latter has been rated as one of the best off-piste powder bowls in Europe (although there is very often a medium chance of avalanches).

The snowpark is located on Mont Chéry, which is on the ski area on the other side of the village. A bus connects the two sides, however it takes just as long as it does to walk. The snowpark has kickers, a spine, rails, boxes, a boarder cross and new for 2007–08 was a large air bag. The park is fairly small and served by a 2-man chairlift.

Children's skiing: Les Gets has an area of the mountain for children only, le Grande Cry. This has 2 button lifts and several runs, all themed around trappers and Indians. They hold weekly treasure hunts for children.

Ski lessons: there are many companies offering ski lessons both for adults and children, private and public, but the main company operating in the area is ESF (L'Ecole du Ski Francais), who have a building situated at the foot of the slopes, adjacent to Les Gets Village itself.

Ice Skating: in the winter there is an open-air ice rink in the centre of the village.

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