Quiet Village. No queues. Good for beginners
Investment needed on lift system. Ski passes confusing
We have just returned from Les Houches with a mixed ability group. Our beginners liked the safe training area at the top of the Gondola although the others felt it offered only a two days ski at best. The experienced skiers went to other resorts in the area which gave the experience like a taster menu although most of the resorts in the Chamonix area are just a day's ski each.
A dispute between the various lift operators in les Houchs and the surrounding area means research is required before committing about 240 euros to a weekly pass. Our Mont Blanc Unlimited pass meant we could not ski in St Gervais just down the road, but could ski Verbier 1 1/2 hours away in a differant country. Our alternative was a 257 euro pass which gave us access to St Gervais and 400 km of Pistes but only one gondola in Les Houches. Les Houches could also do with some investmentin its own lifts as at one end there are some very tricky drags at the bottom of blue runs and at the other end of the resort we stood in the Bellevue cable car for 20 minutes waiting for it to set off
The village is stretched out along the road but is quiet and pretty and has apres ski bars and a choice of retaurants