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Les Houches, France

Les Houches, France | Welove2ski
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The Stats

Altitude: 1000m

Top Lift: 1860m

Ski area: 729km of piste

Adult lift pass: 225-282€ for six days

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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.

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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.

The Loveometer

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We Love

We Hate

tick The proximity to Chamonix – but without the prices or the crowds.
tick The world famous Kandahar run – steep, hard and fast.
tick The relaxed family atmosphere, which is a welcome break from the frenetic pace of Chamonix.
tick Public buses between Les Houches and Chamonix, which are free and frequent.
tick The new DC Shoes snowpark, which is a force to be reckoned with.
cross The fact that it’s a bit remote and there’s not a lot to do in the evenings.
cross That if you want to ski the Mont Blanc Unlimited area, the lift pass is still extortionate (although passes for Les Houches only are not).
cross That Les Houches’ 18 lift ski area will quickly bore more advanced skiers.

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