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Our top five property hotspots in the French Alps and reasons why you should buy there in 2015

Posted on 16 December 2014

Chatel

A brand new connection for the 2014-15 winter ski season means that for the first time, the link between Super Chatel and the Linga area doesn’t require a bus ride. This is a significant development and will mean anyone staying in the town of Chatel can get back home on skis, even if they have been over to the Morzine-Avoriaz sector. Of course, you could do this before, but you’d have to go via resorts on the Swiss side which was extremely time consuming, or end up at the bottom of Linga or Pre-La-Joux and take the bus home.
This development will ensure Chatel’s place as a major tourist destination within the World’s largest ski domain, the Portes du Soleil.

Megeve

Nestled underneath the gaze of Western Europe’s highest peak, Mt Blanc, the resort of Megeve has always attracted a highly discerning visitor – the upmarket boutiques and gourmet restaurants make it one of the Alps’ most exclusive ski destinations. But it also has a cosy charm, with its traditional buildings and pedestrianised shopping street.
But is the addition of France’s most trendy and progressive mountain restaurant and club, La Foulie Douce, going to change the scene? It’s definitely put the resort right on the map for people who want to have a good time. Located on the peak of Mont-Joux, straddling the St Gervais link – you’ll be able to party until 5pm and then ski back to town afterwards. Sober of course.

Les Gets

Well placed Les Gets is connected to the Portes du Soleil ski area and also a short drive to Samoëns, making the day trip to the Grand Massif area very easy. The village is a little more upmarket than the other resorts in the area and has a slightly more exclusive feel about it. The views of Mt Blanc from the top of Pointe de Nyon are arguably the best in the Alps. The resort has also been voted by The Telegraph as the ‘World’s Best Family Ski Holiday Resort’. The 2015 winter sees a brand new festival called ‘Ski Color’ where the slopes literally explode in a multitude of colours whilst you ski down. Weird, but true. One of the main advantages of owning property in Les Gets apart from direct access to the world’s largest ski area, is the proximity to a range of other world class ski resorts. Driving distances within one hour include, Chamonix, Megeve and Flaine whilst the Swiss resort of Verbier is a two hour drive. There is also talk of a future link between the Chavannes and Mont Chery areas, which will further improve the resorts status.

Samoëns

The ski resort of Samoëns is relatively unknown to the British skiing public, but it has a long list of attributes making it one of the best places to invest in the French Alps. The village has the unique honour of being the only ski resort in France to hold the ‘Monument Historique’ status – its medieval centre being so well preserved with the old stone church and cobbled streets. But there’s nothing old fashioned about the ski area, linking directly in with La Grand Massif, the fourth largest ski domain in France that includes the purpose built resort of Flaine. They get lots of snow here too, with one of the best records in the Alps, mostly due to its location on the north western edge of the mountains. That location also puts in within an hour’s drive of Geneva Airport, so weekends never have to be the same again.

St Foy

Often referred to as ‘the best kept secret in the Alps’, the village of St Foy is like a pocket sized version of its more famous neighbour, Val d’Isère – at least in terms of the skiing, if not the nightlife. The slopes are ideal for all levels, including beginners and children, but whilst many small ski resorts attributes end there, St Foy just keeps on giving with a legendary dose of off-piste terrain that would keep even the most expert skier or snowboarder happy for a lifetime. One of the big attractions of owning property in St Foy is the sheer amount of world class resorts within a short drive – Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosiere are all within about half an hour with Meribel and Courchevel just an hour by car. In summer, you can hop across the Italian border via the Col du Petit St Bernard and have lunch in the town of Aosta.

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