I am staying at Chalet de Pascaline, Les Houches from Dec 28th to Jan 2nd, both my partner and myself have already bought ski jacket/salopettes etc, was wondering whether to buy ski's/boots and poles, or to rent as its our first time ( and we may not like it). Ski-republic has a shop in Les Houches, and had a 2 for 1 offer on, has anyone used this company? Will the ski rental shops be open all the time in this resort, or will it be better to rent from Chamonix?? I hear that Les Houches is better for 1st time skiiers, is this true? Any help greatly received.