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French and Swiss Ski Resorts - Guide

Increasing numbers of buyers are looking for luxury ski chalets in Switzerland. Foreign buyers without a Swiss permit can buy ski property in most ski resorts in Vaud. A ruling in November 2007 limits the sale of property to foreign buyers in ski resorts in Valais for the foreseeable future.

Ski Resorts in Switzerland
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Switzerland

Increasing numbers of buyers are looking for luxury ski chalets in Switzerland. Foreign buyers without a Swiss permit can buy ski property in most ski resorts in Vaud. A ruling in November 2007 limits the sale of property to foreign buyers in ski resorts in Valais for the foreseeable future.

Verbier, Valais
Switzerland's number one winter destination, Verbier's excellent skiing and nightlife is internationally renowned. Luxury ski chalets in the resort centre are highly sought-after.

Crans Montana, Valais
Crans Montana is well known for spectacular views, sunny skiing, excellent golf courses and designer shopping. Luxury ski properties in Crans Montana are built to a high standard, with more apartments than chalets available to buy.

Saas Fee, Valais
Car-free Saas Fee is a year-round ski resort with summer and winter visitors. There are more luxury ski apartments on sale than free-standing mountain chalets.

Nendaz, Valais
Part of the same ski area as Verbier, Nendaz is a more modern ski resort within easy reach of Geneva. Most ski properties for sale in Nendaz are new chalet developments.

Gstaad, Bern
One of the most traditional ski resorts in the European Alps, Gstaad's reputation as a ski resort for the rich and famous has led to high property prices for luxury chalets and apartments.

Villars, Vaud
As one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva airport Villars is the perfect destination for a ski weekend. Snow is guaranteed on the Diablerets Glacier 3000. Villars rules are more relaxed for foreign purchasers looking to buy ski property.

France

The French Alps are a popular choice for property buyers. There is continued high demand for mountain chalets in well-known ski resorts such as Courchevel and Val d'Isère.

Courchevel, Savoie
The four Courchevel villages - 1850, 1650, 1550 and Le Praz – offer different property opportunities. All the villages are ski in/ski out and link into Les Trois Vallées, France's largest ski area. Courchevel 1850 is the property hotspot of the French Alps and luxury chalets are snapped up immediately.

Meribel, Savoie
Méribel is the quintessential chalet ski resort popular with British skiers looking for varied skiing and a lively mountain village. Luxury properties in Méribel are tastefully built from local wood, slate and stone under strict building regulations.

Val D'Isere, Savoie
Val d'Isère's combination of excellent skiing, luxury hotels, good restaurants and lively nightlife makes it the number one choice in France for British skiers and property buyers. Prices reflect its popularity and the current high demand for luxury chalets to buy.

Megeve, Haute Savoie
Skiers and non-skiers enjoy the pretty and chic ski resort of Megève, renowned for its luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques. Property prices in this popular French ski resort are high particularly for luxury chalets in the village centre.

Chamonix, Haute Savoie
The ski Mecca of the French Alps, Chamonix appeals to property buyers looking for extreme slopes, powder snow and a mountain base with year-round appeal. Ski properties in the Chamonix valley are expensive particularly for luxury mountain chalets.

Les Gets, Haute Savoie
A charming farming village in the Portes du Soleil ski area Les Gets is less than one hour from Geneva airport and an ideal choice for families. Luxury properties for sale in Les Gets are typically mountain chalets built in the traditional style of the Haute Savoie.

Morzine, Haute Savoie
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. Older ski properties in Morzine are built in local stone, while wood is more widely used for new chalet builds.

Read our guides to buying property in France and Switzerland for an overview of the considerations when buying abroad.

Visit ultimate-ski.com for further ski resort and ski area information.

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