Posted on 15 January 2013
Home-owners in the French Alps are enjoying a bumper year for rentals, thanks largely to the fantastic snow conditions, however future buyers hoping to cash in from winter holiday lets are advised to choose their property by the slopes carefully.
Not all ski homes carry the same appeal to holidaying skiers, who primarily are attracted by the three Cs – convenience, comfort and conditions. “Convenience refers to short and easy transfers from the airport, being within walking distance of amenities, including bars, restaurants and shops and, of course, being close to a lift – ski-in ski-out is always preferred,” says Julian Walker of Skiingproperty.com. “Comfort refers to the accommodation and facilities. Coming back to a comfortable, warm and well-equipped apartment or chalet, with convenient ski lockers, makes a huge difference to skiers exhausted after a day on the slopes, and access to on-site facilities, such as a spa or pool, gives a property the edge too.”
Conditions refer to snow cover and slopes. Resorts with access to a large and varied ski area, a reliable snow record and long season will always have strong rental appeal. High altitude resorts, typically meaning most of its slopes are over 2,000 metres, have better snow, but buyers could also look for resorts with north-facing slopes. Also, as more resorts cater for year-round tourism, facilities for summer visitors could also be taken into account.
Skiingproperty.com has a range of ski properties that have excellent rental appeal, one example being two-bedroom apartments in Les Gets in the French Alps.