Why glaciers can give ski property extra value

Posted on 02 April 2013

April has arrived, which means it won’t be long before the snow cover starts thinning out in most ski resorts across the Alps. That said, there is one group of ski property-owners who can look forward to good skiing till the last day of the season, not only in 2013 but every year – thanks to owning a home in, or near, a resort that has access to glacier skiing.

The longest ski seasons will always be found in Alpine ski resorts that offer glacier skiing, making ski property for sale there more sought after amongst serious skiers.

Les Deux Alpes, in the Isère region of the French Alps, is home to Europe’s largest glacier skiing area, and as one of the oldest resorts in France, is also a favourite with British skiers.

Another popular option is the Espace Killy area further north, which includes the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère and with them two glaciers to ski on, namely the Grand Motte sitting above the former resort and the Pissaillas glacier above the latter.

The Grand Motte glacier offers skiing above Tignes from 3,030-3,455 metres, with access by an underground funicular or fast and scenic chair lift. Ski runs there include reds, blues and blacks, accessible via a mixture of chair and drag lifts. In the winter, you can ski all the way back into the centre of Tignes. The smaller Pissaillas glacier has six runs to choose from.

Meanwhile, more adventurous – and skilled – skiers might prefer to try some of the off-piste glacier skiing around Chamonix, including the Valley Blanche trail and Rognons glacier. It should come as no surprise that properties for sale in and around Chamonix, Tignes and Val d’Isère are a firm favourite with many people looking for ski homes for sale in the French Alps.