Resting at the foot
of Mont-Blanc, the skiing domain is fantastic and it is the largest single ski
area in the valley. Skiing in Les Houches combines long descents through pine
and larch forests within view of the spectacular peaks of the "Aiguilles de
Chamonix". It is the location of regular international events and serves as the
training ground for the French National Ski Team. By yourself or with the local
ski schools, you will discover a varied choice of pistes for downhill,
cross-country, snowboarding or telemark skiing. To enjoy the different mountain
activities such as off-piste skiing, you can hire a mountain or trekking guide.
In Servoz you can walk through the mountains on a show-shoeing outing, discover
the local heritage, visit the local hamlets or even stroll along the banks of
the river Arve.
Skiing and Boarding
Les Houches The domain of
Les Houches extends from an altitude of 950m to 1900m. From the summit there is
a spectacular 360° view of the Mont-Blanc massive. With pistes meandering
through the forests, you will discover the real pleasures of skiing.
The resort has 67 snow cannons
which cover the lowest 900m of the piste which returns you to the resort.
The Which 'Good Skiing & Snowboarding Guide' states that "In bad weather
the best sheltered skiing in the Chamonix valley can be found here ".
The Mont-Blanc Valley and Beyond
If you purchase a Mont-Blanc Unlimited Skipass you have access to a
valley containing over 400km of ski runs within several ski areas which cater
for all levels of skier and rider. These are all linked by a bus service which
comes free with your lift pass. You also have access to the ski stations of
The nearest area to the heart of
Chamonix is Le Brévent-La
Flégère, consisting mainly of intermediate and
advanced runs. Sunny in the morning with breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc,
there are lots of long red and blue runs on which to practice your carving. The
off-piste powder can also be very good.
Montets is the legendary ski area and star of many ski movies. It is
a magnificent area for advanced/expert skiers and riders with endless
possibilities. On powder mornings the rush for Les Grand Montets is fierce, but
the area is so enormous that tracking it out is even beyond the powers of
Europe's most dedicated first-track pack. It is hard to beat the descent from
the top of the cable car, down the glacier and through the trees to the valley
floor, 2000m below.
is a gentle rolling ski area with great blue and red runs to cruise
down, perfect for beginners and intermediates. The wide open pistes are perfect
for beginners to practise those newly gained skills. Off-piste powder in the
backcountry and skiing through the trees into Switzerland are events that can
make this area very interesting to advanced skiers.
The Aiguille du Midi lift, Europe's highest
cablecar, is a fantastic trip to take even if you are not going to decend by
the world famous Vallée Blanche. This 22 km descent through glacial
terrain can be completed by various routes, some of which are suitable for
Non-Skiers and Après
If you prefer walking or
snowshoeing to skiing, Chamonix has just what you need to enjoy high mountain
scenery: discover the Mer de Glace with the
picturesque cog railway of Montenvers, ride on the Tramway du Mont-Blanc, France's highest cog railway,
fly over the Mont-Blanc range with Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Helicopters, or simply enjoy the 17 km of footpaths which take you
deep into the winter landscape. For a change of scenery, the Chamonix Bus
Company offers day trips to beautiful nearby cities such as Annecy, Geneva
(Switzerland) and Aosta (Italy).
A large sports complex offers sports hall, indoor
and outdoor ice rink, speed skating rink, 19 tennis courts (quick and clay)
including 4 indoor courts, squash courts and a swimming-pool complex with
water-slide & fitness centre (saunas, Turkish baths, solarium). Numerous
runways are available for hang and paragliders. The Alpine Museum and a range
of exhibitions with varied themes are offered throughout the season. Chamonix
is the only ski resort able to offer such a wide selection of
Les Houches has lots of
restaurants and bars, many of which are walking distance from the apartment.
Chamonix hosts a wide selection of typical cafés and tempting pastry
shops along with 14 bars, 80 restaurants, 100 shops and 7 discotheques. The
world-class casino in the centre of town will tempt the gambler in you with
black jack, roulette and slot machines of the purest tradition. The Vox Cinema
is a moviegoers delight with all the latest films, frequently in the original