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Rental returns – what should ski homeowners really expect?

Posted on 26 March 2013

Homeowners in the French Alps who rent out their property to skiers have experienced a last-minute Easter rush, thanks to the incredible ski conditions. But how many owners of ski property in France know what they can expect to earn from a week’s rental of their property, and what sort of seasonal variations they can justifiably charge?

“There are of course variables that will affect rental rates of a ski property,” said Julian Walker at Skiingproperty.com. “If you are looking at ski property for sale in the Alps, from which you intend to achieve a good rental return, for starters you should consider: the resort – is it popular throughout the season?; skiing – does it have access to a large ski domain?; proximity to the slopes – ski in, ski out is always in demand; proximity to local amenities; the facilities in the property and the complex it is on.”

We’ve found some examples of privately-owned ski properties currently advertised on a leading holiday rentals website to offer an indication of rental rates. In Tignes, in the Savoie region, a well-equipped four-bedroom chalet that is seven minutes from the gondola, sleeps up to 15 and has a sauna, games rooms and all mod cons generates £3,750 in the peak week of 17th-24th February, £2,950 over Easter week, £2,750 a week over Christmas and New Year and £2,500 weekly for the rest of the winter season, apart from £1,500 at the end of April/ start of May.

Meanwhile, a luxury three-bedroom apartment, which sleeps up to seven, in the centre of the desirable resort of Méribel in the Three Valleys is commanding £3,600 a week in peak periods of  9th February to 16th March and over Christmas and New Year, and then between £2,400 to £3,000 in the remaining weeks.