We all await the return of snow to the Cham valley after the early dusting was removed by two weeks of warm foehn weather. If conditions allow the resort may open as early as the 6th of December, but realism forces me to say that this will not be possible. Winter weather will arrive sometime in the next couple of weeks however and I for one am looking forward to another wonderful season of skiing. And eating on the mountain is another great aspect of skiing here.
Remember that, there are 9 mountain restaurants on the slopes of Les Houches, three of which are arguably the very best in the whole Chamonix valley. So if your skiing involves eating this is a good place to be. I recommend particularly La Taniere, Les Vieille Luges, and Le Hors-Piste. The latter is expensive but wonderfully stylish. This is simply my own informed opinion. Try them all and arrive at your own conclusion!
The Kitch Inn at the bottom of the Bellevue cable car has recovered from a catastrophic fire two seasons ago and is a lively spot for apres-ski (and you can have a full English breakfast here before riding the lift right up to my 'secret' powder area).
Eric Jacquier's small patisserie just opposite the Prarion lift allows you to stand inside at small tables and enjoy truly superb coffee and a wonderful breakfast pastry before crossing the road to ride the gondolas. Delicious and good value for money too, and now you can even buy a beer!
In Summary: Les Houches is a small area and yet perfectly formed. The reason that so much race-training and instructor-assessment happens here is that this is where you can find the best piste-skiing in the Chamonix valley, and the extensive snow-making is particularly effective in an area that remains very deeply shaded until late February. Off-piste opportunities can also be excellent especially when poor visibility or huge crowds adversely affect the higher resorts in the valley. Nearby Domaine de Balme is probably the best for powder days if visibility is good, while Les Grands Montets gives access to maximum-adventure off-piste, but does tend to attract huge crowds after any dump of powder. The Argentiere lifts stay open well into May and are only a 20 minute drive from Les Houches. Bus and trains connect the areas too.