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Les Houches Ski Resort Guide

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

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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 29 Jan

  • Last Snowfall: 29 January 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 90 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 55 cm
  • Piste: Good
  • Off-piste: Fresh

Today’s Weather (1434 m)

PM
moderate snow
5 W5
-5 °C F-Level
700m
night
moderate snow
5 WSW5
-6 °C F-Level
400m
AM
moderate snow
10 WNW10
-7 °C F-Level
250m

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.

Resorts close to Les Houches include: Saint Gervais (6 km), Chamonix (7 km), Les Contamines (9 km), Combloux (11 km), Argentiere (14 km),

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Les Houches Location Maps

Les Houches Location Map

All Les Houches Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 22
  • Beginner: 40%
  • Intermediate: 50%
  • Advanced: 10%
  • Cross-country: 15 km
  • Snowmaking: 70%
  • Acres of ski: -
  • Terrain Parks: -
  • Halfpipes: 0

Social

  • Restaurants: 14
  • Bars: 14
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 852 m

Lifts

  • Draglifts: 9
  • Chairlifts: 7
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 2
  • Toplift: m

Travel

NEW! Announcements & News from the Les Houches ski resort manager

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  • Season closes: 19 Apr 2015

SNOWDATE 31-JAN-2015

This morning brought the first sunshine we have seen for a while and there was deep fresh snow to be found off piste and nicely groomed packed powder on piste. Avalanche risk will be high for a few days and the higher areas in the valley have been slow to re-open. Les Houches attracted big crowds today and unless you arrived early parking was a problem. Tomorrow (Sunday) will see the same situation so get up early. Yet more fresh snow has been falling and is expected to fall overnight. Excellent conditions.

Night skiing (including a free mulled wine or hot chocolate) is now running every Thursday from 21000. It's free of charge on the Le Tourchet slope in the middle of the village and, although this is technically a beginners' slope, it is fun for everyone.

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 enjoy the experience of arriving at your own conclusion!

The Kitsch 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 into May and are only a 20 minute drive from Les Houches. Bus and trains connect the areas too.

Information supplied 31 Jan 2015




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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