LES HOUCHES, FRANCE
Ski holidays in Les Houches
Just 6km down the valley from Chamonix, Les Houches is situated in the Haute-Savoie area of the Alps and is a string of hamlets, offering stunning backdrops of Mont Blanc. The area has 55km of runs ranging from altitudes of 950 to 1900 metres. Situated at an altitude of 1000 metres and lying at the foot of Mont-Blanc (4807m), the resort offers an exceptional panorama of the peaks surrounding Chamonix.
Skiing in Les Houches
The ski domain of Les Houches offers a large diversity of slopes through the forests, for all the snow disciplines, from beginners to world class skiers who meet on the famous 'Verte' piste for the men's Alpine World Cup downhill and slalom events.
Les Houches has a number of gentle pistes too. The 'Verte' piste in Les Houches is green in name only, for this famous slope is in fact a black run of 3343 metres in length with 870 metres of declivity. The best skiers in the world race down the slope in just under two minutes. With its series of technical passages and jumps, including La Cassure and le Goulet, the Verte is one of the most beautiful downhill slopes in the world and the most challenging in the Chamonix valley.For beginners, there are two beginner areas in ‘Le Tourchet’ or at the top of the Prarion gondola which is a ‘Ski Camp’ for young children. Freestylers can enjoy the snow parks, the Bellevue Airpark and the DC Area 43.
For intermediates, there are long runs that descend down the ski area such as the Table D’Orientation leading to the Maison Neuve and the Mur des Epines.
Other forms of skiing you can participate in at Les Houches are cross country skiing, telemarking and speed riding. There are 10km of cross country trails which are open to all abilities and free.
Snow conditions in Les Houches
The resort isn’t particularly high with its lift altitude stretching to 1860m but its north facing slopes combined with its extensive snow making capabilities, means its kley runs are kept in good condition throughout the season.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Les Houches
Les Houches is a great resort to visit if you are looking to do non skiing activities such as snowshoeing, ice skating, tobogganing, cinema, adventure park and climbing wall, paragliding and relaxing spas. You can even take a visit to a goat farm in Saint Bernard! Les Houches is also the home of the Tramway du Blanc and the Merlet Animal Park where you can see marmots in their natural habitat.
Its restaurants range from traditional Savoyard specialities to Indian cuisine! As Les Houches is more catered towards families, its bars have a more relaxing feel.
Transfer times to Les Houches
Geneva (GVA) - 1 hr
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 40 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 2 hrs
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hrs 10 mins
Ski Hire in Les Houches
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Les Houches. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Les Houches:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Les Houches here