Non-skiers can try out the many other activities Les Houches has to offer such as dog sleigh rides, ice-skating, Abre Adventure, climbing, snow shoeing, ice climbing, tree-tops adventure, ski jumping, paragliding, and air excursions. Places to visit include Les Houches local markets, the ‘Musée Montagnard’ and the Saint-Bernard breeding kennels.
New for 13/14! Chamonix Sky Walk
The latest addition to the ongoing improvements being made to the Aiguille du Midi, the Chamonix Skywalk is making steady progress and is due to open to the public in December. The new feature on the Aiguille du Midi, which already attracts millions of visits every year, is set to be a huge sensation at 3,842 metres. The Chamonix Skywalk is a glazed structure perched on the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1000 metre drop below, allowing visitors to truly step into the void. The structure is made entirely of glass to allow for maximum transparency, three glass plates of 12 mm each are binded with a transparent film of the five faces, all held together by mechanical fasteners. The unit is then fixed to a vertical support structure over the void. The bespoke design has taken years of planning, development and testing by French engineers and German laboratories. The Skywalk will be visible at the Aiguille du Midi this autumn as the installation progresses however will only be accessible to the public from the 21st of December, the opening date of the Aiguille du Midi after its annual closure on the 4th of November.
Les Houches Paragliding
AA haut vol parapente ski montagne (Alain & Associés)
Place du téléphérique de Bellevue
74310 Les Houches
Tel: +33(0)6 80 03 24 74
Tel: +33(0)4 50 55 52 75
On 7 October 1990, Alain Desez reached the highest point on earth: Everest, 8,848 metres high. The next day, he took off on a paraglider from the South Col at a height of 8,000 metres. On returning to Chamonix, he founded "haut vol" with friends who were paragliding instructors and mountain guides.
Open every day, all year round. You can book by telephone or in customer area in Intersport shop in Les Houches.
Les Houches Climbing
The indoor climbing walls in Les Houches have been spruced up and two mountain guides, previous members of the prestigious Chamonix PGHM (high mountain military police group), Frédéric Boidin and Cyrille Gravier, have taken over management of the indoor climbing gym. Some modifications have been made to the installation, such as repairs to the block climbing area.
The gym offers 1250m2 entirely dedicated to climbing, with climbing route levels from 4 to 9a, the most difficult route designed by Romain Desgranges, a climber of renown, one of the world’s top 5.
New this winter 14/15: 5 ice-climbing routes of 7 to 10 metres will be installed on an outside wall of the climbing gym to allow for iceclimbing training throughout the winter.www.montblancescalade.com
Sightseeing by Helicopter
Chamonix Mont-Blanc Hélicoptères
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 54 13 82
Flights of 10-30 minutes to admire the most beautiful peaks in the alps. Inter-resort flights from Geneva and Chambéry Airports also available.
Price per person (min.6) depending on destination 67,50 to 200 €
Les Houches Tree adventure
Two routes in the trees - Indiana’ventures
285 rte de coupeau - 74310 Les Houches
‘La Forêt du Mont-Blanc’ - Coupeau
70 activities taking you from tree to tree in a new layout of this three hectare park facing the Mont-Blanc massif.
Technical equipment provided.
Kid Adventure - Les Chavants
For 4-9 year olds. Children are attached by rope and harness on a continuous safety line making it 100% safe.
Les Houches Sleigh dogs
Tel. +33 (0)6 84 99 34 67
Initiation into, sledge driving, half or full day outings, trapper evening, seminars, activities for the handicapped, tours.
+33 (0)4 50 55 90 22
Introduction (1-2 children in the sleigh) from 69 €
Initiation into sleigh driving from 69 €
Les Houches Saint Bernard dog breeding centre
Tel: Les Houches +33 (0)4 50 47 23 60
In a guided tour one hour tour, Jean Pierre and Renée Dumont will tell you about this breed of dogs, which were first bred as guard dogs and then trained to find lost travellers by the monks of Grand St Bernard. Kennels can also mind your dogs during your leisure activities.
Mon-Sat 2pm-5.30pm (closed Sun excp. School holidays).
€4.50 per adult and €3.20 for 5-12yrs.
Les Houches Walking with donkeys
Donkeys love children and with their pace, they easily discover the nature around them: different walks are available.
Throughout the year depending on snow. Reservation only.
Stroll - €6
1hr - €11
Half day - €34
Day - €56.
Vaudagne74310 Les Houches
Tel: +33 (0) 4 50 47 26 18
Les Houches artifical ice rink
25 avenue des Alpages
74310 Les Houches
Tel: +33(0)4 50 54 52 99
The artificial ice-skating rink in Les Houches has undergone a 180° rotation in order to free space for the creation of an outdoor multiactivities venue open to all (Basket-ball, hand-ball, volley-ball, etc.). Entry is free of charge and ice-skate are available for rental at a charge.
Les Houches Sledging
You're in luck: they offer special sledging runs which you can ride on a disc sledge, toboggan or traditional 'paret' sledge. Three sledging areas specially equipped, maintained and made safe, suitable for all ages – kids will love them! There's something for everyone, with slower runs for the 'tortoises' and faster ones for the 'hares'. We've built a new 80-metre sledging run
at the top of the Prarion gondola lift, in the area next to the magic carpet.
Prarion sledging area
From this winter, children and adults can devote to the pleasures of the sled on a completely secured track! Access at the top of the Prarion cablecar, near the novice sector of the chairlift.
The Tourchet sled descent
The practice of the sled is possible at the Tourchet: blank area between the Big Lift of Tourchet and the Ice rink, under the responsibility of the practicians or the parents concerning the children.
Les Chavants sledging area
A fitted out, secured and maintained area in Les chavants: one track for 2/6 the years (small turttle) and another one for more than 6 years (small hare).
Servoz sledging run
Natural crowned slope "La Tour": a playful space is installed.
Possible equipment rental rent at the Tourist office of Servoz.
Come for a ride, avoid bumping into others, and don't forget your helmet!
Les Houches Tourist Office
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
BP9 74310 - Les Houches
From 20 December 2013 to 15 April 2014
Daily from 9am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Sats during school holidays: 9am to 6.30pm
Other periods: 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Tourist Office Tel. 00 33 450 555 062, Fax. 00 33 4 50 55 53 16