Posted on 26 November 2013
As the countdown to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, gets underway, you won’t be surprised to learn that France has hosted the landmark sporting event three times over the years, the last time being in the Savoie region.
Chamonix in the French Alps staged the Winter Olympics in 1924, followed by Grenoble in 1968. Then in 1992, Albertville in Savoie was chosen as the host town, although most of the events were held in the nearby resorts of Courchevel, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, Les Saisies, Meribel, Pralognan-la-Vanoise, Tignes and Val d’Isere. This already popular corner of the French Alps was thrust firmly in the global spotlight, helping to promote ownership of ski homes in the resorts that played prominent roles in the event.
Meribel, part of Les Trois Vallees and a favourite with British skiers, was chosen as the venue for the ice hockey and the women’s alpine skiing events. Property available there today inludes luxury apartments sold on a classic freehold basis,with prices from €567,000.
Also in Les Trois Vallees, Courchevel 1300 (also known as La Praz) hosted the Olympic ski jumping and Nordic combined events, while the town of La Tania in the Courchevel Valley was built as accommodation for Olympic athletes. Luxury ski homes in desirable Courchevel 1650 include smart new apartment from €620,000.
Meanwhile, Tignes hosted the freestyle skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics and co-hosted the Paralympics, and neighbouring Val d’Isere, also part of the Espace Killy ski area, staged the men’s downhill on its exhilarating ‘Face de Bellevarde’ slopes, as well as the men’s giant slalom and alpine combined events.