Les Houches, France
As you ascend into the Chamonix valley, the first ski area covered on the excellent ‘Chamonix Unlimited ‘ lift pass that you pass is the pretty traditional village of Les Houches.
At a Glance
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- Getting there:
Less than an hour from Geneva airport (70km)
We include a Eurotunnel crossing in our prices (for stays of 1 week or longer) see travel arrangements
- Airport Name:
- Geneva (GVA)
- Resort Amenities:
- There are bars, restaurants and convienience shops throughout Les Houches. There are also a couple of pharmacies and banks and cash machines. If you can't find what you need here though, you are sure to find it in Chamonix.
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- Time Difference from UK:
- + 1 hr
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- Internet access:
- Yes - WIFI
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Ski Holidays in Les Houches
The ski area of Les Houches starts at 1000m and goes up to 1900m. There are 55km of pistes some of which are used for the World cup Alpin ski circuit and the World Cup telemark circuit. Mainly suited to either families, self drive guests & beginners (4 green slopes, 6 blue slopes, 12 red slopes & 2 black slopes, including the famous 'Kandahar le Vert' piste) Les Houches is a great introduction to the skiing in the area, however, when the local area has been discovered, continue using your 'Unlimited' lift pass' within Chamonix on either the sunny panoramic slopes of Fleger & Brevent, the tree lined skiing in La Tour or the famous high altitude moguls, powder & pistes of the Grande Monte area.
If staying local is your aim, then a more affordable local Les Houches pass is also available (see ski packs). However, with the many snow shoe walking (12 trails open in the valley, snow conditions permitting) & cross country skiing trails, (a loop in the village & at altitude locally)maybe the more flexible 4days in 6 pass would be of more interest for you.
Many traditional restaurants & bars are situated in the village itself & if traditional mountain food is what you are looking for within a days skiing, look no further than the restaurants located on the 'CHA' piste or 'MAISON NEUVE' piste.
The village really comes alive each year when the famous 'Kandahar' ski race comes to town, & the piste 'VERT' comes into it's own. For 2014 the dates for this race are TBA (will update soon), so if mixing with the best skiers in the world is your aim, head to town then!
This winter Les Houches will be offering a different slope based activity everyday (free except for slope grooming!). Every Sunday the ESF will offer a guided visit of the slopes; showing new holidaymakers the different areas of the Les Houches area. There will be ski slope games including orienteering, discovering more about how the lift system operates and even the chance to drive a piste basher (charge applies!).
Accommodation in Les Houches
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Whats new in Les Houches and the Chamonix valley
The new Melezes Chairlift in Les Houches will replace the “La Cha” and the “Chamois” drag lifts. Not only will the new chair be faster and more efficient, it will also be safer and will slow right down at the top and bottom to make getting on and off a lot easier. It will open up a completely new area for skiers.
The new mini-funicular, called Funi 2000, is currently being built at Brevent The new lift will allow beginner skiers and snowboarders easy access to the Planpraz plateau and the Téléski 2000 poma from the Planpraz gondola station.
Les Grands Montets will see a new Snowsports Area for snowboard and ski cross, with two routes: one “BMW” recreational route with video system and stopwatch, perfect for family souvenirs; and another route that meets FIS standards for enthusiasts and ski and snowboard clubs.
The BMW route will be 400m in length and include 3 jumps, 8 whoops and 2 banked turns. While the Enthusiasts route will be 800m with 5 jumps, 10 whoops and 8 banked turns.
For the first year ever the MONT-BLANC unlimited pass will give you access to the Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur… and Evasion Mont-Blanc!
The result of closer relations between the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc and Megève, the MONT-BLANC Unlimited (MBU) pass, from this winter, allows ski access to Courmayeur as well as the Mont-Blanc Evasion area of Megève, Saint Gervais, Les Contamines. Offering you one of the biggest and most stunning mountain playgrounds!
And finally a very new, very sparkly and very exciting Chamonix Snowpark! The 1000m long and 100m wide area will be situated to right of the “Téléski du Col” at Le Tour and will in fact be one of the biggest in Europe. The new freestyle area will be served by a dedicated téléski and a 4 person chairlift and situated between 1900 and 2100m of altitude, benefiting from the significant natural snowfall. There will be several runs to cover various levels of skiers and snowboarders from beginners to advanced users. In addition a “Cool Zone” for relaxing will be be available, complete with sound-system!
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Accommodation in Les Houches
Location of Les Houches
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Doing More in Les Houches
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