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Les Houches Vacation Rentals

The pretty village of Les Houches is located at the foot of the Mont Blanc in the Chamonix valley, 6km from Chamonix town. It has an altitude of between 1000 – 2000 meters and offers 360 degrees of stunning panoramic views across the Haute- Savoie, with a delightful range of beautiful private ski chalets, nestled in the snowy surroundings. Each year it is home to the men’s world cup downhill ski race, held on the 3km long ‘Kandahar’ ski run. No winter ski holiday in Les Houches would be complete without skiing or boarding down this piste, following in the tracks of famous ski racers like Bode Miller and Didier Cuche!

Ski Accommodation Les HouchesLes Houches is an old village, dating back many centuries and it is still a working alpine village today, boasting not only some picturesque buildings but a number of truly charming French ski chalets and self catering ski apartments. Much of the old farming history and culture is still here, with pastures, farms and old Savoyard chalets dotted along the hillside, giving this quaint little village an authentic rural and rustic French feel.

Just like the beautiful ski chalets in Les Houches, the ski slopes offer something for everyone. Beginners will enjoy the specially set aside nursery slopes and Green runs, which allow for safer learning away from the other pistes, while intermediates are spoilt for choice with a wide selection of long open tree lined Blue and Red runs. Experts won’t be disappointed either; they will love the 2km Kandahar race piste and the acres of wooded off-piste, much of which remains untracked after fresh snowfall for far longer than other resorts in the Chamonix Valley. Regardless of whether or not you are staying in a catered chalet in Les Houches, or a self catering ski apartment, everyone will enjoy the mountain restaurants, especially the beautiful old farm buildings that serve some of the best traditional Savoie food in the valley. The best part is that you’ll more than have the chance to work it all off again!

The ski pass for Les Houches offers real value for money and covers the whole area. With two main cable cars, the Bellevue and the Prarion from the village, plus 17 ski lifts, two Black pistes, 13 Reds, seven Blues, four greens and two set-a-side beginners’ areas, there is more than enough for a one or two week holiday. However, those wishing to explore other nearby areas can purchase the ‘Mont-Blanc Unlimited’ ski pass which will allow you to ski in the whole of the Chamonix Valley (see our About Chamonix page).

Les Houches Ski Accommodation

Winter here isn’t limited to downhill skiing and snowboarding though. There are over 15km of marked cross-country ski tracks and endless snowshoe trails through the high open forests, and if you are feeling more energetic you could try your hand at speed riding - a cross between paragliding and skiing… not for the faint hearted! All this makes Les Houches more than suitable for alpine activity holidays and those looking for more than just a standard skiing trip. Despite the rustic feel of the town and the cosy spread of chalets in Les Houches, it hides a daredevil side that will surprise and appeal to many!

During the summer the Les Houches pistes are given back to the local farmers and they become alive with alpine flowers and the sound of cow bells. It is an ideal base for outdoor activities and there are miles of well marked footpaths, ranging from easy strolls along rivers and forests trails to high mountain walking up to glacial viewpoints and lofty peaks. The whole area is ideal for ramblers, nature lovers, and photographers who can enjoy the benefits of a chalet in the alps and immerse themselves in the exquisite natural beauty of the surroundings. Whatever you do, don’t forget a ride back down on the ‘tramway Du Mont Blanc’; at well over 100 years old it is one of the oldest mountain railways in the Alps. Not only is it a ‘must-do’ experience, but it will save your aching feet before you get the chance to get them up in front of the fire back at your ski chalet!

Ski Rentals Les HouchesLes Houches is also the start for many people attempting to climb Mont Blanc and the cable car in the centre of the village runs from early in the morning, whisking climbers and walkers up the hillside. For faster paced mountain bikers, there are also plenty of dedicated downhill mountain biking trails that are marked and separate to walking paths, plus there is a large area with a biker-cross circuit for practicing jumps and tricks.

Being on the border of Italy and Switzerland there is more than enough to do for a non-mountain sport holiday or a short break in Les Houches. A visit to the Haute-Savoie wouldn’t be complete without a day out in Geneva or Annecy where you can walk round the old medieval towns, visit the chateaux and enjoy lunch on the lake side. How about spending a lazy afternoon wandering the cosmopolitan shopping districts, looking for that special holiday treat? For real pampering and relaxing there are several hot water spas in both Italy, just 20 minutes away, and in Switzerland, which is 40 minutes away. And after a busy day sightseeing, shopping, and soaking up the atmosphere of some of the most picturesque towns to be found around the alps, there is no better feeling than returning to the welcoming embrace of a homely catered chalet or ski apartment in Les Houches, ready to put your aching feet up and plan your next day’s activities.

Summary of Les Houches:

  • A pretty, all year round village, with a range of French ski chalets, perfect for families and couples where you can enjoy sporty activities and have a thoroughly relaxing ‘get away from it all’ holiday at the same time.
  • Winter: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountaineering and cross country skiing.
  • Summer: hiking, hill walking, rock climbing, paragliding, Horse riding, golf, white water rafting, , tennis, and fishing, spas and mountain railways.
  • Currency: Euros for Les Houches, but bring some Swiss francs if you are planning to visit Geneva or the spas in Switzerland.
  • Nearest Airport: Geneva (GVA) 1 hours drive away.

Nestled in a village brimming over with rustic charm, our Les Houches chalets are the perfect retreat for families and couples, eager to soak up the traditional alpine atmosphere and enjoy a break, whether it is a bustling ski holiday or a more sedate, relaxing trip.

Les Houches Ski RentalsThe secret ingredient to the best chalets in the alps is that they complement the character and charm of their surroundings and we believe that our ski chalets in Les Houches perfectly capture the rustic traditions and beautiful, easy feel of the village. From stunning outlooks to snowy rooftops and smoke curling lazily from chimneys, the picturesque nature of our Les Houches ski apartments will ensnare your imagination and make it a holiday to remember.

For couples eager to cosy up in the rustic charms of the region, our catered chalets in Les Houches are perfect, allowing you time to enjoy the many activities around the village, or to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings in each other’s company. Of course, if you’d rather remain undisturbed, then one of our self catering ski chalets would be the ideal holiday retreat. Not only does this type of ski accommodation suit couples, but families also enjoy them and the cosy, home away from home that they provide, all wrapped up in a snow-dusted rustic charm.

Skiing accommodation in France doesn’t have to be dull and corporate, after all, the key part of any winter ski holiday should be your accommodation. It not only forms a base from which you’ll launch your assault on the variety of slopes, or set off of long walks to drink in the stunning alpine views, but it is the place you’ll rest your weary feet at the end of a busy day. Whether you choose a self catering chalet in Les Houches or a catered ski chalet, it is important that you find just that special place to call home for your holiday, where you can snuggle up, cosy and warm and plan your next day’s activities in this breathtaking village.