Posted on 12 October 2011
According to new data from skiing accommodation website skipad.co.uk the lesser-known French ski resorts of Morzine and Châtel are the two most popular locations for ski holidays in the world, based on searches on the website since the start of 2011. They are followed by the traditional favourites of Chamonix and Courchevel in third and fourth and Bulgaria’s Bansko in fifth.
Skipad.co.uk founder Gary Hector explains: “These search statistics indicate that savvy holidaymakers are open to selecting new ski resorts, possibly in order to find bargain accommodation in these tough economic times.”
Ski property in Morzine and Chatel is surprisingly quite a bit more expensive than in Chamonix. Looking around the market in Morzine today I have found a good studio apartment for just under 100k euros, and some cracking 1 bedroom units for 140k-£160k euros. As for Chatel I found a 1 bedroom 28 sqm leaseback property for under £150k.
This is compared to Chamonix, where I have found a studio from 79,000 euros, and a 1 bedroom apartment from 130,000 euros.
But Courcheval is the most expensive of the four, with studios starting from 107,000 euros, and 1 bedroom from 177,000 euros.
The search data shows that France is still far and away the top destination for skiing holidays, with 8 of the most-searched resorts being French. Switzerland, Austria and Italy are 2nd, 3rd and 4th in terms of searches on the website, and Bulgaria is fifth.
Hector continued: “Our statistics confirm that France is a frontrunner when it comes to ski destinations, which isn’t really surprising however, given the accessibility of French ski resorts by train or car from numerous European countries.”