Les Houches

Find out why Les Houches is a great base for both summer and winter activities.

There's always plenty to do in this pretty little village.

Bars

Les Houches may be the “family resort” of Chamonix, but that doesn't mean there is nowhere to have a few drinks and maybe even a bit of a dance.

Kitsch Inn: Live music and après-ski at the foot of the Bellevue cable car. Ravaged by fire during summer 2013, this phoenix has risen from the ashes with the promise of more good times and funky retro vibes to come! Access couldn't be easier, it is right at the back of the Bellevue car park, so you can ski/snowboard to the door. Serving food all day, including breakfasts, this is a great place to refuel at the foot of the slopes.

Le Spot: Right opposite the Kitsch Inn is a French run bar serving snacks and sandwiches alongside a good choice of unusual beers. Friendly owners and live music every Monday from 17:00 with a different band each week.

Hotel Le Slalom: Very comfortable lounge bar that is open to the public; have a go at their weekly pub quiz.

chamonix accommodationPlanning a big night out? Choose the "in-valley" option below to book a taxi.

Restaurants

Gone are the days when you had to head into Chamonix to get dinner in a decent restaurant, Les Houches now has a good choice of eateries.

Le Délice: Near to the Tourist Office is a popular choice for contemporary cuisine, using local ingredients alongside more exotic flavours such as wasabi and sweet potato. Save some room for an indulgent dessert – Jack Daniel's, chocolate and pecan nut torte with salted caramel, anyone? Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 91 52 06.

Le Ghandi: Not the most obvious choice when you're in the Alps, but this restaurant serves excellent Indian food and a great value lunchtime menu. With a head chef from Madras, you can be sure of authentic Indian cuisine with lots of choice for vegetarians. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 54 63 96.

Les Vieilles Luges: For an unforgettable evening you should book a table at this authentic mountain hut serving excellent home cooked food. Hosts Claude and Julie make everyone feel right at home, the ambience here really is something special. Reservations are recommended even for lunch, as it is very popular. It is actually located up on the mountain, so you can ski/snowboard down to it during the day or snowshoe up from the Maison Neuve car park (20 minute hike). It can also be booked for private parties. Tel: 00 33 (0)6 84 42 37 00.

chamonix accommodationEnjoy your meal without worrying about missing the last bus home, choose the "in-valley" option below to book a taxi.

Tourist Information

Known as the “family resort” of the valley, Les Houches has everything you need without the bustle of a crowded town centre.

No nightclubs, no noisy bars, just easy access to the ski slopes and a handful of nice places to eat and drink of an evening. If it's night life you want then Chamonix is 10 minutes away by car, with a night bus running until midnight to bring you home.

Beautiful chalets and historic buildings line the streets of Les Houches, and most of the hotels and restaurants are family run. It's as far from purpose-built as you can get, which is why we love it.
Les Houches tourist office is located on Place de la Mairie on the main road that runs through the village. It is open daily from 09:00-12:00 and from 14:30-18:30 during peak winter and summer seasons.

Les Houches is just 7km from Chamonix and is connected by bus and train (both free with your carte d'hôte ).

Les Houches in winter
Easy access to the slopes via the Bellevue cable car and the Prarion gondola make Les Houches a convenient choice for many people. You can ski or snowboard back down to the village from either end of the resort and the cruisey tree-lined pistes are perfect for beginners and intermediates.

Les Houches is our favourite resort on a bad weather day; visibility is much better here in the shelter of the pine forest and there are loads of powder stashes to be found amongst the trees – don't tell everyone though, we like to keep it to ourselves.

Les Houches has made regular appearances on Ski Sunday thanks to its role as host to the Kandahar World Cup Competition. The confusingly named La Verte piste (verte meaning green) is actually a black run; a long sweeping slope with rolling twists and turns – you just need a mate to furiously shake a cowbell as you zoom past to get the full experience.

Les Houches in summer
Les Houches is one of the prettiest parts of the Chamonix valley in summer. The village blooms with window boxes, while the meadows are full of wild flowers. Use the lift system to get up high, where you'll find lots of fairly easy hiking trails around the Col de Voza plateau. For a more adventurous ramble there are lots of steep hikes, leading to mountain refuges where you can stay the night and then continue or hike back down the next day.

Les Houches is a popular starting point for the Tour du Mont Blanc ; a 170km hike circling Mont Blanc and passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. It usually takes around 7-10 days to complete and accommodation is in mountain refuges – if you want to see the Alps in all their glory then this is an incredible experience. 
Contact us to organise an itinerary with a qualified mountain leader. 

Mountain Lifestyle favourites
  • Take a ride up to the Nid d'Aigle (Eagle's Nest) on the Tramway du Mont Blanc. It links the nearby town of Saint Gervais to the highest point in Les Houches, where many Alpinists depart to summit Mont Blanc.
  • Night skiing on the Tourchet piste; the nursery slope is floodlit once a week and entry is free, with mulled wine and music to help keep you warm.
  • Animal lovers are in their element in Les Houches; from the goat farm up at La Charme, to the St Bernard kennels in Servoz. A visit to the Merlet Park is a must if you want to see marmots, bouquetins, chamois and other mountain creatures in their natural habitat.

Emergency Contacts

It always helps to have someone on the end of the phone in case of emergency, which is why you'll be given a contact number for one of our Mountain Lifestyle staff should you need assistance in resort.

Here are some other helpful numbers that you should save to your telephone in case you need them:
  • Mountain Lifestyle Office: 00 33 (0)4 86 68 87 16 
  • Tourist Office:  00 33 (0)4 50 55 50 62
  • PGHM (mountain rescue): 00 33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Chamonix Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 84 00
  • Sallanches Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 47 30 30
  • Medical: 15 (helpline for medical emergencies, will dispatch an ambulance if required)
  • Pompiers (fire brigade): 18
  • Urgent assistance: 112 (generic emergency number that can be dialed from anywhere in the European Union)

Map

We know that half the fun of discovering a new place is getting lost but, should you need it, here is a map of Les Houches!

The centre of resort is compact enough that you can easily find your way around but there are plenty of places off the beaten track that are well worth a look.

For winter piste maps and summer trails maps please visit our lift pass pages using the links to the right.

Les Houches