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Les Houches, Chamonix

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Les Houches, Chamonix

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Resort details

Facts

  • Altitude:
  • Height at summit: 1860
  • Ski area: 22 pistes
  • Snowmaking: 70%
  • Snow rating:
  • No. of lifts: 18
  • Season dates: 22 Dec - 21 Apr
  • Runs: 11 25 26 17
  • Cross country: 15km.
  • Families:
  • Apres ski:
  • Mountain restaurants: 28
  • Resort charm:
  • Ski pass cost:
Les Houches a traditional farming village at the entrance of Chamonix valley centres around its ancient church and has spectacular views of the Mont Blanc Massif. It 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 has a strong offering for families with lots of organised activities and events, and wholesome activities like donkey rides, a child-friendly ropes course through the trees, a St Bernards kennels and a goat farm to visit. The ski area is different too, lower than the other ski areas in the region and with gentler slopes, it is none-the-less the biggest single area of the half dozen in the Chamonix Valley, and the best for families and beginners. 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.

Standards

Beginners ***
Intermediates ****
Advanced *
Experts off piste
Heliskiing

Airport Distances

Geneva 1 hours
Lyon 3 hours
Chambery 2 hours

 

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