Although better known for it's gentle family-friendly slopes, with a vertical drop of 900 metres the runs down the front of Les Houches ski area provide the longest vertical descent in the area.
The world famous Kandahar run on the Verte des Houches piste is a steep, hard-packed and sometimes icy skiing challenge for even the most advanced rider. The alternative red run Mur des Epines is the same length and provides a little variety. Both take you down to the Bellevue cable car lift, or you can take three sequential chairlifts to get back up to the top.
A quicker option is to cut across half way down the pistes and join the blue Aillouds piste that takes you to the new Prarion gondola lift. The super-efficient gondola will have back at the top in no time at all, where you can join the Table d’Orientation red piste for another long vertical descent back to the village.