Five top tips for first-time buyers in the French Alps in 2014

Posted on 04 November 2014

Thinking of purchasing your first family ski home this year? If so, here are five key considerations to get you started on your ski property hunt.

–  Look for a ski-in ski-out property: Why is that? When getting ready with your little ones in the morning, you don’t want to be carrying skis and trudge to buses at the bottom of the slopes; especially after a full day out with a few little falls, the last thing you want to do is stress about how long it will take you to get home. The sensible and easy option is a ski resort that offers a ski-in ski-out facility, where you just need to put your skis on and off you go.

– Activities for the adults: why is that? Ski holidays are not only about skiing, they’re about relaxing too and as your children are going down the slopes with their instructors, you might just want to take the time to relax. How about having a Spa on site, a spot or retail therapy, or relaxing on your balcony? Investing in the Alps is a lifestyle investment, where you need to make sure you will enjoy your property not just in the immediate term, but for the longer term as you spend several weeks there every year as your children grow up.

– Pick a large skiing area: why is that? Your children may look like starfishes when they learn to ski, but in no time they will be skiing well. Therefore, make sure that there are enough slopes of various types (and off-piste) to satisfy all of your abilities over the next few years. This way, you won’t get bored, and will always have a new challenge to look forward to for the following year.

– Ask about the summer activities: why is that?  Summer tourism is really expanding in the French Alpine resorts, so look for one that is already offering plenty of activities to be sure that there will be on offer throughout the winter and summer. From mountain biking, archery, paragliding, tennis, golf, swimming pools, you can enjoy an active summer holiday in the Alps too!

– Altitude is a must have: why is that? When you go on your skiing holiday just a few times in the season the financial outlay is not insignificant with ski passes, lessons etc, so you want to make sure that you will have snow. To avoid looking at the weather forecast three weeks in advance and worrying, choosing a higher altitude resort should ensure snow will be there.

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