To allow more participants in Les Houches there will be two 10-days sessions. The first session is from 30 May to 8 June 2011. The second session will take over from 8 to 17 June 2011. See here for the working group schedule and the programme of the sessions.
The total fee covers lodging (single room) and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). It amounts to 750 Euros for a 10 day period. This fee should be made payable to the Secretariat in Les Houches upon arrival. How and when to pay.
Some nationals require a visa for France. This is delivered as a Schengen visa. Note that if you are travelling from another Schengen country to France you will be permitted to enter France provided your visa is valid during the whole periof of your stay.
The situation with Switzerland joining the Schengen protocol has changed for the better. A Schengen visa will now allow you to enter Switzerland. Likewise Swiss authorities are also issuing Schengen visas.
If you require a visa, please indicate so when you register so that we can send you appropriate invitation letters. We also urge you to apply for visas at least two months in advance.
Phone: +33 4 50 54 40 69 (from Monday to Friday at office hours)
Fax: +33 4 50 55 53 25
You may contact participants at meals hours
(12h40-13h40 and 19h40-20h40)
Emergency number, only reachable during the meeting, outside office hours:+33 7 77 72 48 26 from outside France or 07 77 72 48 26 within France.
+33 6 11 32 84 85 from outside France or 06 11 32 84 85 within France.
The School has the following facilities:
For the Workshop Physics at TeV Colliders special arrangements have been made as concerns the computing facilities (details will be sent to the participants later). A network, with in particular a WiFi connection, will be installed.
Stay in the Centre de Physique
Meals are taken at the school dining room. Drinks are not included.
Coffee, tea (free!) and liqueurs are available at the
Participants are housed in "chalets". All the buildings have been renovated recently. Most rooms are single occupancy.
The cafeteria has a piano, table soccer and table tennis. A few mountain bikes are available.
Pictures of the Housing and Conference complex at Les Houches.
There is a new piano. Bring your music sheets!
Weather is unpredictable (altitude 1150 m), temperature may range from -15 to 5°C in winter and from 5 to 25°C in summer. Sport clothes are preferable. Warm sweater(s), rain gear, good walking shoes and home shoes are necessary. Note that we will most probably organise some excursions. If it is sunny and we are hiking it is strongly recommended that you bring sun glasses and skin cream/sun block.
For the period 30 May to 17 June we recommend that you bring
some warm clothes, just in case it gets chilly in the evenings.
Electricity: AC, 50Hz, 220V. Bring an electric plug adaptor for your laptop and other electric equipments.
is GSM and 3G coverage. There is a coin operated landline phone in the
As of 2009 a Schengen visa is valid for both France and Switzerland
By Conference Bus: CERN<->Les Houches (Centre de Physique )
The bus journey from CERN to Les Houches takes about 1h40.
From Geneva centre (main bus station) to the Les Houches Village. Take the bus going to Chamonix and get off at the stop Office du Tourisme (tourist center) of Les Houches. This bus starts in fact at Geneva Airport before continuing to Geneva centre, then the Chamonix Valley (les Houches)
Bus Timetable: Geneva bus station website
Note however that the service is not convenient. First
it is not frequent. Second, the bus stops in the village which is still
4kms away from the School. If you do not want to climb on foot, we
advise you to take a taxi. Fare: about 15 Euros.
By plane, Shuttle/Limo service from Geneva Airport
Geneva Airport is 1 hour drive from les Houches. There is a regular bus service between Geneva Centre and Les Houches (see section Local Buses from Geneva).
We recommend a shuttle service. You would need to make a reservation online with one of these companies:
When you make the reservation specify Geneva-->Chamonix
Arrival at Les Houches station, with one change at
Saint-Gervais (from France). There is about 10 trains per day between
St Gervais and Les Houches. If you are coming from Geneva we strongly advise
you not to take the train. Les Houches train station is about 5 kms
from the Centre de Physique (the latter being uphill!!). If
you do not want to climb on foot, we advise you to take a taxi. Fare:
about 12 Euros.
For other fares, the updated train timetable and
you can consult the French
Les Houches are easily accessible from France (A41 highway),
(Martigny and Col des Montets).
When arriving at the cable car station "Bellevue", turn right and continue upwards (roughly 2 km starting from the cable car). You will reach a small roundabout, near a second cable car station, named the "Prarion". Turn left and follow the sign "Ecole de Physique", "U.T.A.N." (Union Touristique les Amis de la Nature). Go uphill till the Route de la Côte des Chavants where you will have to make a sharp (right) turn (there is a sign for Ecole des Houches/Centre de Physique). For those going to the Hotel Les Amis de la Nature, look for a sign (entrance to the hotel) on the left hand side of the road. Those driving to the Centre should drive almost all the way up the Côte des Chavants and follow Parking Visiteurs.
From Chamonix: bear right for "Les Houches-Chef-Lieu", turn right in Les Houches, go ahead at the cable car station "Bellevue". Then proceed as above.
Cars may be rented from Geneva and from Chamonix, but it is useful to make reservations.