Les Houches Ski Resort Guide
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Les Houches Ski Resort Guide
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- X-Country:15 km
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 Website:www.leshouches.com
- Slopeside accommodation:yes
Announcements & News from the Les Houches ski resort manager
Conditions remain excellent on the slopes of Les Houches and the pistes are firm and well covered. Fresh snow this morning and colder air mean that wintry conditions have replaced the almost Spring-like weather that prevailed last week. More snow is forecast over the next seven days so conditions are likely to get even better.
The half-term crowds have arrived and the slopes are busy and parking spaces hard to find. Arrive really early, use public transport, or try to find a parking place in the afternoon.
The mountain restaurants will also be busy at lunchtime, so if your gourmet inclinations lead you towards the super Vieille Luges, the cool and stylish L'Hors Piste, or the atmospheric La Taniere, you should reserve your table in advance. Al fresco snacks and drinks at the bottom of the two access lifts are well served by the quirky Kitch-Inn at the Bellevue cable-car, and Eric Jaquier's very professional boulangerie which has expanded to become a welcome cafe-bar at the Prarion lift. Perhaps secure your parking space early and breakfast at one of these places before riding the lift up.
Runs to the village are all open, though the bottom section of the Kandahar is closed to preserve the slope for the races next week. You can still ski down via the linking path. More news on the return of the Kandahar races will be posted soon.
The whole valley is fully open, and the Evasion area to which is included with the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is in wonderful shape too.
The Compagnie Mont Blanc website shows an accurate map and webcams for you to check the slopes of Les Houches and all the other areas. So use this link for information about the skiing here and throughout the Chamonix valley:
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- Issued:10 Feb
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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.