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Les Houches Ski Resort Guide

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Les Houches Ski Resort Guide

Les Contamines - Evasion Mont Blanc, Les Houches photo

Les Houches

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Les Houches - Evasion Mont Blanc photo

Les Houches

Photo credit: skye-1

Mont Blanc, Les Houches photo

Les Houches

Photo credit: Clive Warren

Les Houches photo

Les Houches

Photo credit: Clive Warren

Slope Stats

  • 1860m

  • 852m

  • 1008m

  • Acres of ski:-
  • Pistes:22
  • Snowmaking:70%
  • Halfpipes:0
  • Terrain Parks:-
  • X-Country:15 km
  • beginner40%
  • intermediate50%
  • advanced10%

Les Houches is the home of the world famous Khandahar Verte des Houches Downhill ski run, hosting the Chamonix Valley leg of the World Cup circuit in early January of each year. Although a rather small resort, the 47 km of runs offer a good variety of alpine skiing sweeping down through woodland on the north-western slopes of Mont Blanc, the white dome of which tower's above the ski area. A number of race clubs use Les Houches as a training ground so, understandably, the standard of skiing is generally on the high side. Les Houches is also the winter training base for the British Ski Academy. Whilst not an area large enough to consider for an exclusive trip, unless specifically for training, it is well worth paying a visit if skiing in the Chamonix valley. For Intermediates and above, with the exception of race days, you can ski the Khandahar from the 1860m summit, back to the town centre at the resorts base, uninterrupted.

Les Houches is at last being managed by the Chamonix Lift Company and many changes are scheduled for next season (2012-2013) with new lifts and expanded pistes. In the meantime the two terrain parks have been closed. This gives more space for the resort's traditional use for race-training and instructor development courses.


  • Nearest Airport:Geneva
  • Nearest Train Station:Houches
  • Tourist Office Phone:+33450555062
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:yes
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  • Season opens:12 Dec 2015
  • Season closes:17 Apr 2016
  • Lifts:18 (2 gondolas, 7 chair lifts, 9 surface lifts)
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Announcements & News from the Les Houches ski resort manager


Last season was good overall but it started rather late with the first proper snow cover falling on Boxing Day. Naturally everyone is hoping that the new season gets going a bit earlier this year.

From November the 28th the resort plans to open when and if snow conditions allow. The official opening day is Saturday the 12th of December. Perhaps the snow will come early this year and we may even get a few weeks of skiing before the Christmas crowds arrive.

The other big news is that the promised upgrade of the lifts is taking place right now with a new chairlift replacing the Poma lifts at La Cha and Chamois. The piste map has not been updated yet but the Google map of the ski area already shows the new "Crozat 2" lift. This change will increase reliability and speed of uplift, and allow novice skiers to enjoy these gentle intermediate slopes without facing the challenge of drag-lifts. Those of us who enjoyed refining our carving skills on Chamois may regret the increase in traffic however...

From now on I will be making occasional reports whenever there is local news. I will arrive in Les Houches for the season just before Christmas. Time to begin the fitness training I had promised to start in August!

Information supplied 12 Oct 2015

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  • Issued:27 Nov
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Today’s Weather (1434 m)view full snow forecast

5 ESE5
-1 °CF-Level
0 NW0
-2 °CF-Level
5 SSW5
-2 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Les Houches

mary from Ireland writes:

Second time to Les Houches. Really long queues to get up the mountain and many hundreds of children given priority so we had to wait nearly an hour, on 2 separate days, to get on the gondola. Also had to wait another hour to get the lift passes so it was 2 hours to get up the mountain on our first day. Trails down were ice rock and grass yet remained open. Would not recommend this resort.

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