Skiing in Les Houches

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.

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. 

Getting here - fly, drive or take the train:

The resort is easily reached from Geneva airport or take the train to Chamonix itself. If you need details on driving directions, transfer options or train times - send us your dates and transport preferences from here

Skiing 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.

Skiing & Boarding in Les Houches

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!).

Staying in Les Houches

Zenith offer a range of catered chalets, self catered chalets as well as hotels and apartments. Details of all the ski accommodations can be seen at the accommodation tab above.

Doing more and what's happenning in Les Houches

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!

For non-skiers:

Other activities include paragliding, skidoos, helicopter trips, ice driving and micro light flights. 

Getting here:

The nearest airport is Geneva - transfers can be arranged from other airports - contact us for further details.

Should you prefer to drive, we can assist with ferry or tunnel crossings.

The local train station is Chamonix and we can arrange trains for you from Paris or from London


Got some questions about the resort?

Call us on 0203 137 7678;  email us your questions or;

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Ski Area

No of km of skiing (local area): 55
No of km skiing (full area): 200
No of lifts: 19
Snow cannons on exposed slopes: 1
Cross country runs: 7
Mountain restaurants: 8
Altitude (max): 1900
Altitude (min): 1000
Blue Runs: 6
Black Runs: 2

Ski Insurance

  • Ski insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

    If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

What we like

Village resort atmosphere with reasonably priced accomodation and facilities within the Chamonix valley.

What we would change

An extended night bus facility in order to experience Chamonix 'apres ski'.

Ski Clothing Hire

Ski Chic

The best place for ski clothing and accessories hire online. Choose and book your all-inclusive ski outfit (jacket, trousers, goggles, gloves) and it will be delivered free of charge to your accommodation the day of your arrival in resort.

Ski Chic offer items for men, women, and children. 

  • Residence Le Hameau de Pierre Blanche

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    WIFI IN PUBLIC AREA POOLS, JACUZZIS AND MORE APTS FOR 4 - 8 YES - PAYABLE LOCALLY PETS ALLOWED FOR AUPPLEMENT UNDERGROUND CAR PARK

    The Hameau de Pierre Blanche is a lovely residence that offers a view of Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles de Chamonix every morning.

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered on a self-catered basis and include a channel crossing per apartment

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  • Chalet Mazot

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    SLEEPS 4-5 PEOPLE 2 BEDROOMS SELF CATERED OWN PARKING SPACE BASEMENT SAUNA & FITNESS ROOM INTERNET ACCESS

    A very nice chalet which benefits from plenty of sun and a great view of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

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  • Chalet Athina

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    5 BEDROOMS 10 PEOPLE COVERED CAR PARKING SELF CATERED INTERNET ACCESS

    Located in the resort of Les Houches, this newly built chalet has all that you require for a great holiday!

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  • Chalet Cairn

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    3 BEDROOMS 8 PEOPLE INTERNET ACCESS CAR PARK AND SINGLE GARAGE SAUNA, STEAM ROOM AND JET SHOWER

    Located in the resort of Les Houches, the Chalet Le Cairn is a lovely wooden chalet that can sleep up to 8 people.

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  • Residence Les Chalets Elena

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    49 APARTMENTS SLEEP UP TO 8 PEOPLE FREE WIFI AVAILABLE WELLNESS AND SPA FACILITIES 1 PARKING SPACE PER APARTMENT

    At the heart of the Mont Blanc massif, discover the prestigious Residence Les Chalets Elena located in the Famille Plus certified family resort of Les Houches.

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered on a self-catered basis and include a channel crossing per apartment

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