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Cosy and calm or lively and loud – what do you want from a resort?

Posted on 29 January 2013

Ski properties in the French Alps come in all shapes and sizes, and just as importantly are found in all types of resort, with some attracting large busy events, and with them hordes of youngsters, while others remain a haven of tranquillity all year round.

When searching for a ski home, buyers should decide what they want from their resort and look at the typical groups and number of skiers it attracts during the season. It’s often worth having a browse on the tourist office website of any resorts you might be interested in, checking to see what events they host – in addition to winter sports events, look for music festivals.

Tignes and Val d’Isère, both in the Savoie region and part of the Espace Killy ski area, are examples of resorts popular with students that combine excellent skiing with a busy events calendar and colourful nightlife. Tignes, for example, will have a very busy March, expecting around 100,000 visitors over two days when it hosts the Winter X Games from 20th-22nd of the month, followed by the week-long BRITS festival, taking place 23rd-30th March, which combines skiing with music and partying. Property in Tignes will naturally be in demand during these events, bringing in rental income for those owners who prefer to stay away until revellers have left the resort.

In contrast, a property in Vallorcine, a sweet village a few minutes from Chamonix, would be the picture postcard winter bolt-hole. It’s a peaceful resort but still has good skiing options, including the Col de Balme ski area and the slopes of Les Grands Montets. Also, the resort of Argentière and the world-famous ski base Chamonix can be reached easily from the village by mountain railway.

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