Posted on 05 February 2013
The French Alps are home to some of the longest and most exciting ski runs anywhere in the world, making them the ideal place to buy if you rank exhilarating skiing at the top of your property wish list. If this sounds like you, you could start your search for a ski home in, or near, the resorts of Flaine, Chamonix or Alpe d’Huez.
Flaine is home to what is considered the longest blue run in Europe, namely the 14-kilometre Cascades piste. Starting at 2,500 metres, it includes an 1,800-metre vertical and takes in spectacular scenery with not a single lift in sight. Properties for sale in Flaine, part of the Grand Massif ski domain, include one to five-bedroom apartments available on a leaseback basis and with access to an indoor pool, and spa and wellness centre.
Meanwhile, for the more experienced skier, Alpe d’Huez is home to the Sarenne piste, a 16-kilometre black run, stretching from Pic Blanc at 3,330 metres to Alpe d’Huez at 1,860 metres. This begins fairly steeply and ends with a long flatter section along the valley floor.
Saving the best till last, arguably one of the greatest runs in the world is the 22-kilometre Vallée Blanche, accessed via the base of Chamonix from where Europe’s highest gondola takes you to the 12,605-foot summit of the Aiguille du Midi, in the shadow of mighty Mont Blanc. The skiing is typically red runs, with some off-piste, but there are more difficult black detours. Property in the cosy resort of Vallorcine, in the Chamonix Valley and connected to the Chamonix ski area, would suit skiers looking for the combination of a tranquil ski home with exhilarating skiing, including access to the exciting Vallée Blanche.