Domaine Des Houches Snowboarding
The 15th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Friday 19 August 2016 06:13 GMT
Southeast of Geneva and southwest of Chamonix, Le Domaine des Houches has 10 lifts accessing 23 pistes with a maximum vertical drop of 850m. Generally, Les Houches is known as a good ski area for beginners and intermediates, especially since there are only two black runs. Although there are no pistes off the southwest side down to Le Fayette, the Tramway Du Mont-Blanc does provide access to Le Fayette.
Les Houches is known for the popular Verte Des Houches piste and for the Col De Voza snowpark. There are also excellent glades to explore.
The Domaine Des Houches is part of the Mont Blanc lift pass system (maybe). The 15km Chamonix valley has seven separate ski areas with 47 lifts serving 145 runs totaling 182km of pistes. These separate ski areas are interconnected by bus service, which can be unreliable and very crowded at times, and by the regional Mont Blanc valley train service (hotels provide a Guest Card for free bus and train service).
If you are looking for a good lift pass deal, consider the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass for six days or more that provides access to all the Chamonix valley ski area lifts including Aiguille du Midi, all the Courmayeur lifts with a free shuttle bus from Chamonix, and Les 4 Vallees around Verbier, Switzerland.
There are two important side notes. First, before purchasing a Chamonix ski pass, make sure Les Houches is included if you really want to snowboard here. Second, keep in mind that Les Houches is lower in elevation than the other Chamonix ski areas, so snow cover may not be as good.
To reach the Chamonix valley from Geneva by car, head southeast on Route A40, and then southeast on Route N205 into Chamonix.
If you are looking for some apres ski action in Chamonix, try Chamouny, Brasserie de Rond Point, Irish Coffee, Chambre Neuf, Micro Brasserie Du Chamoni , No Escape, L Adventure or La Terrase. For some nightlife in Chamonix, definitely check out Bar de Moulins, Arbat, The Blue, Choucas Video Bar, Le Pete disco, Le Cantina Club, BPM Night Club, Bushwacker or Wild Wallabies Bar.
By the way, when you check in to your hotel in Chamonix, make sure to ask for the free guest card called Carte D Hote that provides free access to the ski buses and train in the valley. During hours of lift operation, there are regular buses between the ski areas at least every half hour, while the train tends to run once an hour.
Overall, Domaine Des Houches is the 15th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Domaine Des Houches including Vallee Blanche, Les Grands Montets, Domaine Brevent Flegere and Domaine De Balme.