Skigebied Gids Les Houches
12 pm 25 Feb 2017(lokale tijd) Weersvoorspelling voor Les Houches op m hoogte uitgeleverd:
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Skigebied Gids Les Houches
- Cross-Country:15 km
Les Houches is the home of the world famous Khandahar Verte des Houches Downhill ski run, hosting the Chamonix Valley leg of the World Cup circuit in early January of each year. Although a rather small resort, the 47 km of runs offer a good variety of alpine skiing sweeping down through woodland on the north-western slopes of Mont Blanc, the white dome of which tower's above the ski area. A number of race clubs use Les Houches as a training ground so, understandably, the standard of skiing is generally on the high side. Les Houches is also the winter training base for the British Ski Academy. Whilst not an area large enough to consider for an exclusive trip, unless specifically for training, it is well worth paying a visit if skiing in the Chamonix valley. For Intermediates and above, with the exception of race days, you can ski the Khandahar from the 1860m summit, back to the town centre at the resorts base, uninterrupted.
Les Houches is at last being managed by the Chamonix Lift Company and many changes are scheduled for next season (2012-2013) with new lifts and expanded pistes. In the meantime the two terrain parks have been closed. This gives more space for the resort's traditional use for race-training and instructor development courses.
- Dichtstbijz. Vliegveld:Geneva
- Dichtstbijzijnde Treinstation:Houches
- VVV kantoor Tel.:+33450555062
- Toursiten Info Website:www.leshouches.com
- Overnachting in gebied:ja
Aankondigingen & nieuws van de Les Houches skigebied manager
SNOW-DATE 25 -February-2017
A sprinkle of snow fell last night and temperatures have fallen allowing snow-making to begin again. The slopes are alive and well despite the below-average snowfall so far this season. We are now well into a thaw-freeze cycle and the pistes are very hard in the mornings, softening later in the day. Grooming is good and the runs back to the village are open.
The worst of the half-term is over today with only one more week left. It may be quieter but it is still busy, so get to the slopes early to secure a parking spot. Then perhaps relax over a coffee and croissant or even a full English breakfast before taking the lift up. See my notes on places to eat further down the page.
Tomorrow most areas elsewhere in the Chamonix valley should be in good condition, although the South facing slopes of Brevent and Flegere are suffering badly from the combined effects of thin cover and the warm weather that prevailed for the last couple of weeks. Col de Balme has good pistes, worn in places, but the run down the Foret Vert to Vallorcine is closed. Next week there is snow forecast and it might even be a major dump.
Check the webcams here:
You can check the status of all the lifts and slopes in the Chamonix valley on this new website:
Although relatively low, Les Houches is deeply shaded in the early months of the season. In combination with extensive snow-making and excellent piste management this allows it to offer reliable skiing conditions which attract race teams and instructor-training groups. And it is part of the iconic Chamonix region of course.
Les Houches has many mountain restaurants. If you have gourmet inclinations you may like to sample the super Vieille Luges, the cool and stylish L'Hors Piste, or the atmospheric La Taniere. A surprising large number of other mountain restaurants offer alternatives at lower cost. At the bottom of the lifts there is the quirky Kitch Inn near the Bellevue cable-car, and Le Spot just across the road. At the Prarion lift Eric Jaquier's very professional boulangerie has expanded to become a welcome cafe-bar. Perhaps arrive early and breakfast at one of these places before riding the first lift up to make the most of the best snow and the quietest pistes. It's a very effective tactic in busy periods like half-term and the Easter holidays.
The Compagnie Mont Blanc website shows an accurate map and webcams for you to check the slopes of Les Houches and all the other areas. There have been changes this year. Another drag-lift has been removed. The useful Point d'Orientation Poma is no more and the resort now has only two remaining draglifts. So use this link for information about the skiing here and throughout the Chamonix valley:
If you make irregular visits to the Chamonix valley for only a few days at a time you would benefit from buying a rapid card. This is an annual pass which debits your credit card automatically whenever you ski (or use the summer lifts). The daily rates are discounted and you avoid queuing at the ticket office. So it's not only very convenient, but it will pay for itself quite quickly if you visit frequently. In fact it almost pays for itself if you merely ride the Aguille du Midi lift once. And why wouldn't you? See here for details:
Finally, a reminder that the latest-style of lift passes can be re-used after paying online. This includes hands-free passes from other ski areas. They can all be re-charged for Chamonix or elsewhere by visiting the appropriate website. There is no discount given this way, but you will never have to queue at the ticket office again. A huge convenience.
Laatste Sneeuw VerslagVolle sneeuw rapport zien
- Uitgeleverd:24 Feb
- Laatste sneeuwval:24 February 2017
- Sneeuw Diepte (bovenste):110cm
- Sneeuw Diepte (onderste):20cm
- Off-piste:Best up high
Weer Vandaag (1434 m)Volle Sneeuwverwachting zien
Les Houches Kaarten
Recensies van bezoekers van Les Houches
mary van Ireland schrijft:
Second time to Les Houches. Really long queues to get up the mountain and many hundreds of children given priority so we had to wait nearly an hour, on 2 separate days, to get on the gondola. Also had to wait another hour to get the lift passes so it was 2 hours to get up the mountain on our first day. Trails down were ice rock and grass yet remained open. Would not recommend this resort.