Ski Resorts in France - Where to Buy Luxury Ski Property
A guide to French ski resorts
The French Alps are a popular choice for foreign property investors. There is continued high demand for winter chalets in well-known ski resorts such as Courchevel and Val d'Isère and buyers are beginning to look for opportunities in lesser-known resorts such as La Rosière and Sainte Foy.
The four Courchevel villages - 1850, 1650, 1550 and Le Praz - have different personalities and property opportunities. 1850 is the best known world-wide and is visited by skiers for its luxury hotels, shopping and nightlife. All four villages are ski in/ski out and link into Les Trois Vallées, France's largest ski area.
Properties in Courchevel: Courchevel 1850 is the property hotspot of the French Alps. Chalets are snapped up as soon as they come onto the market and are rarely advertised through traditional channels. La Tania, a young and attractive purpose-built ski resort a few minutes drive from Courchevel Le Praz, is another option.
Méribel is the quintessential chalet ski resort located in the middle of the Trois Vallées ski area. More popular as a winter destination, the ski resort gives easy access to the ski pistes above Courchevel and Val Thorens. It is a top choice for British skiers looking for varied skiing and a lively mountain village.
Properties in Méribel: All properties in Méribel are tastefully built from local materials of wood, slate and stone due to strict building regulations. Chalets in Méribel Centre and along the nearby ski pistes sell quickly. There is often greater availability in the lower-lying villages of Méribel Les Allues, Méribel Village and Chandon.
Val d'Isère's combination of excellent skiing, luxury hotels, good restaurants and lively nightlife has confirmed its status as the most popular destination for British skiers and snowboarders. The ski pistes link to Tignes, the other ski resort in the Espace Killy ski area
Properties in Val d'Isère: Val d'Isère is one of the most popular French ski resorts for foreign property buyers. Chalet prices have almost doubled in the last 5 years and are similar per m2 as property prices in London. Some buyers prefer the quieter charms of Sainte Foy a 30 minute drive down the hill towards Bourg St Maurice.
Both skiers and non-skiers enjoy the pretty streets of the chic ski village of Megève. Renowned for its luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and high quality shops it is just 1 hour's drive from Geneva airport - the ski resort of Chamonix is also only 30 minutes away by road.
Properties in Megève: Prices in this popular French ski resort are high - most residential properties are built from wood and stone in the charming Savoyard style and start at €1 million for a chalet in the centre. There is better, cheaper availability in the nearby ski resorts of Combloux, Les Contamines and St Gervais.
The ski Mecca of the French Alps, Chamonix appeals to property buyers looking for extreme slopes and powder snow. The valley-floor town bustles year-round - with skiers in the winter and climbers and golfers in the summer - and lies within an hour's motorway drive of Geneva airport.
Properties in Chamonix: Ski chalets in the Montblanc region are expensive. Real estate prices in the centre of Chamonix are comparable to the London property market, with lower prices in the outlying villages of Le Praz, Les Bossons, Argentière and Les Houches. Opportunities range from renovations of old farm buildings to new upmarket developments.
A charming farming village in the Portes du Soleil ski area Les Gets is less than 1 hour from Geneva airport. An ideal choice for families it is best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers. It also has a thriving summer season and is a popular destination for mountain bikers and walkers.
Properties in Les Gets: The majority of properties for sale in Les Gets are winter chalets built in the traditional style of the Haute Savoie. Les Gets is smaller than nearby Morzine and most chalets and apartments are well located for the village centre and the ski slopes.
The best known of the ski resorts in the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine is a fun and lively village for skiers during the winter and mountain bikers in the summer months. The ski lifts from the village link into the ski hills above Les Gets and the higher altitude resort of Avoriaz.
Properties in Morzine: Older properties in Morzine and the surrounding satellite villages of Montriond, Prodains and Nyon are built from local stone, while new chalet builds are typically wooden. Prices vary greatly depending upon closeness to Morzine village centre and to the base-station ski lifts up to the skiing in the Portes du Solei.
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