We are a family of 4 and are trying our hand at skiing for the first time this coming March. We are staying in Les Houches and wondered if someone could please point us in the right direction with regards to hiring the gear and the costs involved. Can we just turn up and hire the stuff there and then? Also, please can anyone recommend skiing passes. As we are complete beginners we will only be on the nursery slopes within Les Houches and so wouldn't need anything that covered Chamonix. Finally, we are hiring a car and have been asked if we will require snow chains - is this advisable??