Top Lift: 1860m
Ski area: 729km of piste
Adult lift pass: 225-282€ for six days
In a Nutshell
A family-friendly resort in the Chamonix Valley, with good tree-skiing and a revered World Cup downhill course. The ski area is linked by lift but not by piste to St-Gervais.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
A collection of small hotels and shops stretched out along the road to Chamonix, Les Houches might not strike you as a resort in its own right. But it just about makes the grade, and when it comes to both personality and prices, it’s a world away from its near-neighbour, four miles down the road.
Whether you’re on the town or the hill, it’s a relatively calm and quiet spot, and its tree skiing – which is the best in the Chamonix Valley – is for the most part a well-kept secret. There are plenty of other surprises too, and the overwhelming feeling we get is that this is a place full of diamonds in the rough – a handful of hotels, restaurants and mountain descents that you’d expect to find in a bigger, ‘better’ resort. Except they’re here, in Les Houches.
The village is most famous for its World Cup downhill course, which dates back to the days of Sir Arnold Lunn – and is still considered by racers to be second in technical difficulty only to the Streif on the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel.