I am away from Les Houches for another couple of weeks but my spies tell me that the snow conditions are good and the skiing is excellent in spite of the half-term crowds. Having dislocated and broken my shoulder at Vallorcine two week's ago I may not be able to do any more skiing this season, but I will try to keep this page updated regularly with the help of friends who are still enjoying the snow
There are reasonable off piste opportunities at present.
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.
The Kitch Inn at the bottom of the Bellevue cable car has recovered from a catastrophic fire at the end of last season 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 patisseries 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!
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.