Like Le Tour this is a good place for beginners and intermediates, pistes runs from 950m to 1900m and lots of tree line skiing. More sheltered than the other ski areas, it's the place to go when the weather is bad. There are some good fun runs through the trees. There are 2 short, gentle beginners slopes at the top of both the Prarion and the Bellevue cable cars (the more gentle and longer of the two is at the top of Bellevue). There is less off piste but many fun runs through the trees. When there is enough snow, descents can be made on the St Gervais side to a mountain restaurant "La Tanniere" or to St Gervais.
Les Houches has two main cable cars: one leaves from the center of town and climbs to Bellevue, the other from Les Chavants to Le Prarion. Some of the Chamonix Ski passes are now valid in Les Houches ski area, please check here which one to buy.
Almost every year Les Houches organizes one of the Alpine Ski World Cup downhill races, The Kandahar. All the best skiers in the world come here to ski La Verte.
Attention boarders - there are a lot of drag lifts in this ski area and you'll be doing a bit of pushing as there are lots of flat sections between many lift links.
Free night skiing on the Tourchet piste on Thursdays!
Both lifts (Bellevue and Prarion) are on the Chamonix free bus route. Parking at Les Chavants is easier than at the center of Les Houches town.