The ski resort of Les Houches is renown World over for the Kandahar World Cup Alpin Ski Downhill Race. Setting the stage for exciting World Cup racing on the formidable black Kandahar run which finishes adjacent to the Bellevue cable cabin. When not hosting this fantastic race the pretty ski resort has something very different to offer. With over 55 kms of skiing and altitude that runs from 1900m down to the village at 950m the resort attracts families, groups of friends, corporate colleagues and even the rich and famous looking to avoid the high profile resorts and the paparazzi.
If you ever visit Les Houches, you will be greeted by some of the most astounding alpine views to be had anywhere in the Alps. With the panorama of Les Aiguilles Rouges unfolding in front of you, the scenery is hypnotic. Some of the most wonderful chalets in the alps are nestled at this quiet end of the Chamonix valley...for good reason. Just have a look at Chalet Estelle by way of example!
Ideal for families Les Houches has received the family award ‘FamillePlus’ for it’s unique facilities. Furthermore, ESF (Ecole Ski Francaise) in Les Houches is one of the best in France. You will be surprised by the services on offer from snow garden ‘learn to ski facilities’ for the little ones from age 3, to sit ski sessions and lessons for people with disabilities. The magic carpet provides another stepping stone for learning and snow board lessons are made possible here from the age of 8 years. You can also find chair lifts specially designed to carry small children safely, one less worry to think about. Safety is another great aspect of Les Houches which gives you that warm and comforting feeling with no large drops or cliffs and where avalanche risk is minimal.
For intermediate and advanced skiers there is plenty of territory to explore on piste and off piste, although you may not find all the off piste without a guide or local knowledge. It’s fun skiing in Les Houches with bumps and narrow paths to navigate and there is even a snow park on the Bellevue side.
For further adventures search out the rustic mountain restaurants: Les Vieilles Luges and La Taniere, be warned though as the tracks to these restaurants are not for the faint hearted so nervous or beginner skiers should take heed. However, there are lots of other great mountain restaurants on offer with appeal to a variety of budgets from rustic restaurant food to self service or haute cuisine.
Non skiers will love the walking from the Prarion Gondola along the Nordique ski piste which meanders around the top of the resort with stunning views across the valley on both sides. The Prarion restaurant is accessible to everyone so meeting for lunch is made possible with a breathtaking panoramic view. Special rate lift tickets for non skiers can be purchased at the Prarion Kiosk
Ski and Summer Holidays in Les Houches for fun, family and friendships !!!
Here are some lovely chalets in and around Les Houches