Montreux Comedy Goes Skiing In Les Gets
The Montreux Comedy Festival will for the first time, take up residence in the skiing resort of Les Gets from 14 to 21 January 2023. Top performers from the French and British stand-up scene will be on stage with the sole aim of sharing their jokes and sense of humour with audiences after a day on the slopes.
The French speaking shows take place on 17 and 18 January and English speaking on 19 and 20 January. The stand-up evenings will be held in the Salle de la Colombière, showcasing a range of well-known comedians, with Gérémy Crédeville and Tom Houghton (do you Ski?) headlining the event.
A fringe festival in venues around Les Gets will also allow comedians to reach a new audience.
The festival is a co-production with the well-known Montreux Comedy Festival, a recognised source of comic talent for over three decades.
Information and programme can be found at MontreuxComedyfaitduski.com.
Bookings for the event can be made through the Les Gets bookings website with accommodation packages available.
New Environmentally Responsible Ski Passes
In line with its ecotourism philosophy and to continue its responsible tourism programme, Les Gets is creating wooden ski passes to help reduce plastic consumption.
Designed in the resort’s chic alpine spirit, this new “tag-it” pass will come in a practical credit card format. 40,000 passes are issued per year to skiers and mountain bikers who use the ski lifts.
4-Season Sledge at Les Perrières
For several years, the resort of Les Gets has been moving towards 4-season diversification in order to offer visitors a series of activities throughout the year.
A year-round toboggan is now planned. This large-scale project consists of setting up an “alpine coaster” (toboggan run on tracks) on the Perrières sector at the entrance to the village, as well as the construction of a building for technical equipment and the maintenance and storage of 35 sledges. This initiative forms part of the town’s sustainable development project. There’s a journey time of almost 6 minutes, an ascent of 380 metres, a 714-metre descent and a difference in altitude of 105 metres.
New Sled Dog Experience
Husky adventure company, La Patte Nordic (The Nordic Paw) has launched a new dog sledding immersion experience. Departing one hour before nightfall, the dog walk is accompanied by one or two teams of sled dogs leading to the alpine village of Mont-Caly. There’s a chance to admire the view of the Mont Blanc range. Equipped with headlamps, the adventure ends under the stars. Hikers board the sled and experience sliding down the mountain with their sled dog team guided by the musher.
Total duration of the activity, around 1.5 to 2 hours. Prices: €220 for 2 people.
Information and bookings: www.lapattenordic.fr
New Bars, Restaurants and Accommodation
Craft beer bar, La Beca and new eatery, La Becanerie
These two new establishments’ sit side by side in the centre of Les Gets and offer modern street food and exceptional craft beer.
La Becanerie is reinventing the way street food is consumed, revisiting the great classics and adding 100% homemade, locally-sourced produce and an ‘environmentally friendly’ approach. La Beca is aiming to be a popular hang-out for après-ski or drinks later in the evening. The two establishments are connected by a secret passage. There are 13 beer taps to taste draught beers and around a hundred cans and bottles on offer from around the world.
La Piscine 1971
In an intimate atmosphere guests will experience two dining rooms, including one that offers a magnificent view of Mont Chéry. The menu will consist of fresh and local produce as much as possible. A refined and elegant cuisine will satisfy all gourmets with a choice of fish, white meats, and vegetarian dishes, in addition to local and regional specialities. The signature dish ‘Kobe beef steak served with truffle mashed potatoes’ promises to satisfy the most discerning taste buds. The huge central fireplace reminiscent of the beautiful mountain chalet will accompany epicureans in the tasting of Savoyard specialities, such as fondue, brasérade (grilled meats) or raclette royale.
266, Route du Léry, 74 260 Les Gets.
A new destination for gastronomy, Le RendezVous is revisiting traditional French cuisine by giving it a modern touch that combines innovation and current trends. Dishes are original and made with fresh and seasonal products only, such as the grilled Duo of Octopus Kromeskies, the Tuna Tataki or other fresh fish of the moment (arrival every 2 days), accompanied with a glass of wine carefully selected at one of their favourite small producers. For dessert, try the candied Beetroot with Vanilla, a variation of Machilly raspberries with Tarragon ice cream. A varied and atypical daily menu in line with the season is also offered at the price of €25 (starter, main course, dessert).
25 Rue des Pistes, 74 260 Les Gets
Le Labrador 1971 ★★★★
Since its recent takeover by Nicolas Thibon (Thibon Group), the new Labrador has continued to move upmarket. The hotel boasts over twenty rooms, a lounge bar, a gastronomic restaurant ‘La Piscine’, a spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and a Turkish bath. The lounge bar, with its grand piano and jazz evenings provides a very intimate atmosphere. A lover of art, the owner combines the amenities of a luxury hotel and a design, including a succession of works and paintings, some relating to the world of cinema. A quasi year-round opening is a big plus with the possibility of themed stays, weddings and other seminars that can be organised out of season. Many services and advantages also complete the offer including ski tests, private ski instructors, helicopter flights, exclusive shuttle for getting around the resort and privileged access to the ‘Les Sources du Chéry’ Spa.