Les Houches is a pretty village set on a wooded hillside at the entrance of the famous Chamonix Valley.
The main road through the town provides access to a host of ski runs, restaurants and amenities. Although Les Houches has a more relaxed atmosphere than that of Chamonix, it does boast some excellent restaurants and bars to relax after that hard days skiing. Should you wish to sample the bars and clubs of Chamonix you are only a 15 minute bus ride away.
The Les Houches ski area is the most extensive in the Chamonix valley and is excellent for beginners and intermediates. The Kandahar World Cup downhill race is held annually in January, dependent upon the conditions. The views from the mountain peak are probably the best in the region and many skiers have commented that the ski runs are some of the most beautiful in all of the resorts.
If you are a boarder, there is an abundance of trees that are always welcome, and limited moguls that add to the pleasure of this ski area. Should you require more challenging conditions the bus service runs every few minutes to the other ski areas of Chamonix providing endless runs for all capabilities. Chamonix is famous for it’s ‘extreme skiing’ but in fact offers all levels for both skiers and snowboarders as well as excellent cross country skiing, ski touring and snow shoeing routes. There are beginner and intermediate slopes in all areas with Les Houches and Le Tour being particularly family orientated. Advanced skiers will find exciting black runs, mogul fields and plenty of off-piste possibilities with the 24km Valley Blanche a must
The new ski lift at Le Prairon allows a quick commute from bottom to top in only 8 minutes. This now makes the top to bottom skiing even more attractive!