Les Houches Ski Resort

Located at the entrance to the Chamonix Valley, Les Houches has the only tree-lined slopes in the area.

The 55km of tree-lined slopes above the village of Les Houches are where the masses descend on snowy days when the upper lifts in the valley are closed, but that doesn't mean they're not worth visiting if the sun is out. The Kandahar World Cup Downhill route offers up a fantastic challenge and there's some nice terrain off the back of Prarion in the trees on the way down towards nearby St Gervais. Of course, Les Houches also acts a great springboard to explore the rest of the Chamonix Valley, which is world-renowned for its off piste, steep skiing and touring terrain.

Les Houches' old core is pretty and traditional, but most accommodation is located a little to the west, near the foot of the access lifts. Chalets form the bulk of what's on offer, but there are a couple of hotels offering decent value accommodation. On the whole Les Houches is quiet, with a relaxed vibe in the evening. If you're looking out for active nightlife, a wide choice of restaurants and shopping opportunities, then head into Chamonix, a short bus ride away. The proximity to Chamonix means access from Geneva is easy, either by car, private/shared transfer or train.

Resort website: www.leshouches.com

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