Like many French Canadians in the freeskiing world, JF Houle is known for his technical rail skills, and he takes full advantage of this talent. At his first U.S. Open superpipe competition in 2006 he finished sixth and the Quebecois has steadily improved upon those results. He claimed a pair of first-place finishes in 2008 at the U.S. Open slopestyle contest and the World Skiing Invitational Big Air showdown.
On a tear in 2009, Houle started off the season with a win at the Mount Snow stop of the Winter Dew Tour and the lead in the overall standings. His season was sidelined, however, when he broke his left ankle in practice at the Winter X Games and was unable to compete.
He returned to competition during the 2009-10 season and finished the Winter Dew Tour in sixth place overall and earned ninth at the X Games.