Skiing – it’s a bit like marmite; people love it or hate it. Those of us who love the snow, are passionate about finding the best resorts and snow and if you are fanatical about skiing, what better than to buy your own ski pad. At a time when market conditions are favourable toward international buyers, our friends at Skiing Property have put together their top tips for buying a ski chalet in France.
According to Julian Walker, director at Skiingproperty.com, the incredibly low interest rates on euro mortgages combined with a weak euro is likely to continue into 2016. This is good news for UK buyers. Likewise, infrastructure upgrades in many resorts along with a French Government that is taking measures to stimulate its stagnant property market also indicate that 2016 will be a good time to invest in the French Alps. So if you have money to invest and fancy owning your own piece of the French Alps, here are Julian’s top five suggestions for 2016:
Why: Two new ski lifts linking the massifs of Super-Châtel and Linga, providing skiers with easy access to the Portes du Soleil ski area and its 650 kilometres of slopes on a total of 285 pistes, open this season. The upgrade includes a new blue run completing a convenient circular route of the Portes du Soleil.
Property: Good choice of new-build, with prices from €150,000 for a studio.
Why: Crowned best family resort at the 2015 World Snow Awards, this is our favourite for anyone buying with family winter holidays in mind. Part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, the resort’s children friendliness gets even better this season with the opening of the new ‘Boquetin’ blue run and two new chair lifts.
Property: Ski-in ski-out leaseback apartment from €175,000.
Les Deux Alpes
Why: Ticking just about every box, from night life to off-piste activities, this resort has just won the best European resort award at the 2015 World Snow Awards. Much excitement this year focuses around the opening of a new blue run, a €10-million investment that completes a 10-kilometre long stretch of entirely blue pistes, starting at 3,600 metres and ending in the resort at 1,600 metres. Re-desiged ‘fun zones’ also add to its appeal.
Why: Chocolate box pretty, not many resorts combine Savoyard tradition with excellent skiing like La Clusaz does. From its weekly street market to the local production of the famous Reblochon cheese, it oozes the type of alpine authenticity suited to couples and families. And being an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport and just 20 minutes from the rail station at Annecy makes it a realistic weekend destination.
Property: 4-star leaseback apartments €142,590.
Why: Famous for its lively après-ski and night life, now the skiing at Val d’Isère, which is already world-class thanks to it being within the Espace Killy ski area, is set to get even better. August saw the launch of a €16-million, two-year redevelopment of the Solaise area directly above the resort, which will see a brand new mid-mountain station at 2,500 metres. To top off a good year, the resort won two awards at 2015 World Snow Awards – for the best mountain restaurant and best après-ski bar. Exciting times ahead for property-owners there!
Property: Luxury apartments near the centre from €900,000