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Les Houches - at the foot of Mont Blanc

Les Houches is a village that can be found lying at the foot of the awe-inspiring Mont Blanc, in the French Alps. And as Les Houches actually consists of a number of small hamlets, the atmosphere and lifestyle of the village is very unspoiled and far more authentic and traditional in its architecture and ambience than in the modern, purpose built resorts, although its location means that there is still fantastic access to the very best slopes. Les Houches makes a refreshing change for those for whom a ski resort needs to be more than a collection of concrete apartment blocks with access to the slopes.

A village with a heart and soul

And with the village being a collection of smaller communities, there is a real sense of a Savoyard spirit here... a village with a heart and soul that come from traditional Alpine France. There are also all the usual facilities to be found, with doctors, pharmacies, shops and ski hire.

A touch of history

The nice thing about a village resort such as Les Houches is that the history of this wonderful area is in evidence everywhere you go, and has not been swallowed up in a tide of commercialisation. Look out for old chapels, bread ovens, oratories and farmsteads practicing traditional agriculture such as cheese making, and gain a real sense of this region and its history.

Superb skiing

Les Houches has it all, as not only is it pretty and tranquil, but it also has one of the best locations in the Alps for skiers, as it is situated right at the foot of Mont Blanc, and has access to the same slopes as the famous resorts such as Chamonix. Working on the "Ski Pass Mont Blanc", the resort has access to the Mont Blanc valley, and the skiing on offer here is superb for all levels, from beginners to experts. There are ski schools, crèches, and a multitude of snow sports as well as skiing, with opportunities to go dog sledding, snow shoeing, snow boarding and excellent off piste adventure skiing too.

Aprés ski

Yes, there is aprés ski in Les Houches, but it amounts to a collection of friendly bars and good restaurants rather than the rowdy club atmosphere of the larger resorts. If you want more "life" to your aprés ski, the resort of Chamonix, which lacks for nothing in this respect, is only a few kilometres away, and easily accessible. Meanwhile, for those seeking exactly what Les Houches has to offer, there is a good choice of places in which to enjoy this warm, welcoming and altogether gentler aprés ski.

How to get there

Les Houches is easily accessed from the UK as there are several airports within reasonable travelling distance of the town. You can fly to Chambéry with flybe, Jet2 or Astraeus; to St Étienne with Ryanair; to Lyon with Air France, British Airways, easyJet or bmi; to Grenoble with Ryanair or easyJet; or to Geneva with British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, easyJet, flybe or Jet2. Travelling by rail you can take a TGV to Bourg St Maurice or to Lyon. Travelling by road, the village is found only two kilometres from the A40 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Les Houches

Property in the French Alps generally comes at a premium price, but it is possible to find something to suit most budgets if you are prepared to shop around and consider different types of property. Leaseback property is worth thinking about, as properties in this area are usually popular with rental companies. Property on offer here varies from traditional chalets and village houses to larger, chalet style apartment blocks, situated on the edges of the hamlets rather than in the village centre.

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Les Houches AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Les Houches?

Les Houches is located in the French Alps in the east of France, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It lies in the south-east of the Haute-Savoie department.

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IN THE REGION OF RHÔNE-ALPES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HAUTE-SAVOIE

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Population: 2,900


Access: By air: Fly to Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambéry. By rail: There is a railway station at Annecy, and also a TGV stop at Bourg St Maurice.


Economy: The economy is based on ski and mountain tourism, with traditional mountain agriculture also present.


Interesting fact: The "village" of Les Houches is actually an area of around 5,000 hectares which consists of a number of small hamlets.

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