Les Houches is the most westerly of the Chamonix ski resorts, offering the ideal location for a family or mixed ability skiing holiday to France. Based at the foot of the spectacular Mont Blanc, the runs in Les Houches offer incredibly long descents through pine forests. However, there is far more to enjoy from a holiday rental in Les Houches than just the skiing.
The ski season lasts from December until April in Les Houches. The resort is absolutely ideal for intermediate or new skiers, with plenty of gentle slopes and long, wide descents, as well as a couple of more expert runs. Aside the downhill pistes, self catering accommodation in Les Houches gives you access to 10km of cross country skiing trails, snow shoe tracks, telemark instruction, dog sledding rides and even ski jumping. Children are more than welcome in Les Houches, making a ski chalet or ski apartment in Les Houches perfect for young families, as there are 4 crèches and a ski school.
Away from the snow, hang gliding and paragliding in the mountains are hugely popular in both the winter and the summer, keeping Les Houches’ villas in business during the summer months. There is a climbing wall and forest ropes and adventure course which are not for the feint hearted.
The ski chalets of Les Houches turn to Les Houches villas during the summer, basking in summer sun, high in the Alps, offering magnificent views and a new range of activities to entertain. The 12 world class restaurants remain open all year, so there is no shortage of entertainment when staying in self catering accommodation in Les Houches. There is a large number of hiking trails and organized excursions into the mountains. Mountain climbing is perfect in Les Houches, and there are not only mountaineering courses, but climbing schools too.
The Merlet Animal Park and the Gorges de la Diosaz are little gems of outstanding natural beauty which really should be investigated if you can you find the time from your ski chalet or apartment in Les Houches.
As part of the Chamonix ski region, a ski chalet in Les Houches actually has access to 343 downhill pistes covering 700km!
If the skiing in Les Houches is not advanced enough for your level of experience, Argentiere is based on the glacier region of Mont Blanc, and offers some of the most consistent and demanding skiing in Chamonix. Not only are the pistes terrifying, but the après-ski is also energetic!
Mixed parties of skiers looking for a ski chalet in Les Houches would be advised to look at Les Contamines too. There are a great range of pistes and extensive off-piste skiing too.
Summer temperatures make taking an apartment in Les Houches great for walking, climbing and enjoying the scenery. Temperatures hover around the 15˚C for much of the summer. Winters are of course colder, but the climate in Les Houches is not harsh.
Annecy (NCY) and Geneva Airports (GVA) are the closest to the holiday rentals in Les Houches. Cheap flights can be found through BMI and easyJet especially, and there are a number of good deals throughout the summer which make a last minute holiday or weekend break to Les Houches a great option at any time of the year.