Posted on 19 April 2012
Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the Swiss and French Alps, as it consists of 14 villages located between Mont Blanc and the southern shores of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie region. There are 400 miles of ski trails between the French villages of Les Gets, Chatel, and Morzine, and the resort of Avoriz is right at the centre.
Most of the village resorts are situated quite low down in the mountains, but there are plenty of ski lifts giving access to skiing at more than 7,874 feet. Portes du Soleil is easy to access from Geneva airport, but property prices are considerably less than other more well-known resorts such as Val d’Isere and Meribel.
The payoff for having cheaper property is that most isn’t ski in ski out, and most of the villages are spread out. However the area is attracting more and more buyers, especially amongst the British, Swiss and French who find it much better value than Swiss resorts. Most are purchasing property for cash as a long-term investment, with the advantage being that the resorts can be enjoyed year-round.
Morzine is well-known as being one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations, and is very picturesque. Although many purchasers initially buy property here for the skiing, is not unusual for them to find they enjoy it much more during summer. In Les Gets it’s possible to find ski in ski out properties, and homes in this resort typically sell for 20% more than in Morzine. Chatel will appeal to buyers who like fishing, biking and hiking, and French developer MGM is currently selling leaseback apartments priced from £200,000-£338,000.