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
Les Houches is now closed of course. It was still running on the planned closing day of 16th April. But only the Prarion lift and the nursery slope chairlift at the top were running. In effect the resort closed a week early this season, which was a disappointment, but nothing like as bad as the last poor season in 2011 when everything shut down two weeks early.
Only Argentiere and Les Grands Montets remain open. Today warm sunny weather brought the high altitude areas, and the off-piste in particular, into very good condition after midday. Superb skiing. The forecast is for the weather to get progressively colder with snow becoming heavy on Thursday night in particular. The snowline is expected to drop well below village level on Thursday night and snowy weather will continue until Saturday when temperatures will rise and the sun will come out to play. The closing weekend will climax with the Freeride day on Monday the 1st of May. With snow forecast for the next four days we may enjoy a classic weekend to round off the season. And those optimists who have removed their winter tyres before Mayday may have some slippery motoring still to come. Winter always has the last laugh.
The lifts at Les Houches will open in the summer season for hikers and climbers. The Bellevue cable-car will be open again on June the 10th. The Tramway Mont Blanc is undergoing major track maintenance work at present but is planned to back in service on June the 17th. This charming funicular railway allows you to ride from Les Fayet, through St Gervais, and up to Les Houches and beyond along a very scenic route. The Prarion gondola will reopen on July the 1st. The less athletic hikers can ride the lifts up the mountain and walk down via the restaurants which open in the summer.
Check conditions the webcams here:
You can check the status of all the lifts and slopes in the Chamonix valley on this new website:
Although relatively low, Les Houches is deeply shaded in the early months of the season. In combination with extensive snow-making and excellent piste management this allows it to offer reliable skiing conditions which attract race teams and instructor-training groups. And it is part of the iconic Chamonix region of course.
Les Houches has many mountain restaurants. If you have gourmet inclinations you may like to sample the super Vieille Luges, the cool and stylish L'Hors Piste, or the atmospheric La Taniere. A surprising large number of other mountain restaurants offer alternatives at lower cost. At the bottom of the lifts there is the quirky Kitch Inn near the Bellevue cable-car, and Le Spot just across the road. At the Prarion lift Eric Jaquier's very professional boulangerie has expanded to become a welcome cafe-bar. Perhaps arrive early and breakfast at one of these places before riding the first lift up to make the most of the best snow and the quietest pistes. It's a very effective tactic in busy periods like half-term and the Easter holidays.
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. There have been changes this year. Another drag-lift has been removed. The useful Point d'Orientation Poma is no more and the resort now has only two remaining draglifts. So use this link for information about the skiing here and throughout the Chamonix valley:
If you make irregular visits to the Chamonix valley for only a few days at a time you would benefit from buying a rapid card. This is an annual pass which debits your credit card automatically whenever you ski (or use the summer lifts). The daily rates are discounted and you avoid queuing at the ticket office. So it's not only very convenient, but it will pay for itself quite quickly if you visit frequently. In fact it almost pays for itself if you merely ride the Aguille du Midi lift once. And why wouldn't you? See here for details:
Finally, a reminder that the latest-style of lift passes can be re-used after paying online. This includes hands-free passes from other ski areas. They can all be re-charged for Chamonix or elsewhere by visiting the appropriate website. There is no discount given this way, but you will never have to queue at a ticket office again. A huge convenience.
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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.