Mont Chery – The Quietest Ski Slopes In The Portes du Soleil
Mont Chery in Les Gets is the go to spot for locals both on powder days and busy peak weeks. It’s slightly harder to get to and therefore is generally home to the quietest ski slopes in the Portes du Soleil.
The Portes du Soleil is such a huge ski area that its normally fairly easy to find a quieter spot. However, during those peak February weeks it can seem impossible to escape the crowded slopes and lengthy lift queues. On such occasions we recommend skiing over to our neighbouring village of Les Gets, crossing the road and seeking out the quieter slopes of Mont Chery.
Quiet Slopes, Stunning Views
Not only is Mont Chery home to the quietest ski slopes in the Portes du Soleil, it also offers some of the best views in the area. Unparalleled views of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring mountains greet you as you ascend the mountain in the cable car. There is a stunning viewpoint just down from the lift station providing the perfect spot for a stunning holiday snapshot.
The ski slopes on Mont Chery are all reds and blacks (with the exception of one blue run on the upper half of the mountain) so it does suit the more advanced skier. However some of the reds are very manageable as they are wide, frequently have flatter sections and being much quieter than most slopes makes them far easier to tackle. The slopes on the northern face of the mountain are often the quietest and are fantastic on a powder day as they tend to stay untracked far longer than most slopes.
A Spot Of Lunch?
If you fancy a spot of lunch or some light refreshment then look no further than the Grande Ourse restaurant. Located three quarters of the way up the front face of the mountain the restaurant offers fantastic food accompanied by that beautiful view across the snow capped alps. The restaurant has a great ambience and is run by a lovely British family.
Getting to this mountain utopia from Morzine is very easy. Simply take the Pleney lift out of central Morzine, exit the upper lift station and turn right skiing down to the Belvedere chairlift. Take this lift up and ski down to your right as you exit the lift following the crocus piste and signs for Chavannes/Les Gets. You will then come to the bottom of the Follietts du Golf chair lift where you will want to turn left just before the lift and ski through a tunnel under the road. Follow this piste (Bruyere) all the way down to the bottom of the Chavannes in the centre of Les Gets. From here you can jump on the ski bus or tourist train that will take you across the village to the bottom of the Mont Chery cable car. Alternatively you can also walk from Chavannes to Mont Chery, it’s a flat walk and will only take around five minutes but take care on the icy streets.
It is vital you get back to the top of le Pleney before the lifts close as buses between Les Gets and Morzine are few and far between and are not included on your ski pass. When heading home you’ll want to take the Chavannes express lift up then ski down across to your right as you descend and aim for the Follietts du Golf chair lift. This will take you back up to the top of the Pleney where you can begin your descent back down into Morzine.
We recommend you take a piste map along with you just in case you get lost or why not download the free Potes du Soliel winter app to your phone and have the maps and live information at your fingertips.
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