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10-point checklist for first-time buyers of French ski property

Posted on 27 October 2015

Never bought a ski home before but ready to start looking for one? If so, here are ten points to consider when choosing the best resort to buy in in the French Alps.

ACCESS – would you prefer to drive less or more than 90 minutes from the airport nearest to the ski resort, or would you want to be sure of good public transport links?

STYLE – does a purpose-built ski resort appeal to you or would you rather buy in an authentic Alpine village?

SKIING – do you want a ski-in/ski-out property or is it more important to be close to the shops and facilities of a town or village?

SLOPES – do you want easy access to daring black runs, gentler slopes better suited to my young family, or both?

ALTITUDE – is it important that you stay in a high altitude location with ‘guaranteed’ snow during the season or, being an older person, would you feel more comfortable at a lower altitude?

FUN – do you want to enjoy lots of other winter sports activities, or will you just ski?

SUMMER – if you stay in the summer, will you want good hiking, biking or climbing on the doorstep, or fishing, golf, tennis or paragliding within easy reach?

CHILDREN – will you require childcare and activities for young children or local facilities geared to the needs of teenagers?

EVENINGS – would you like a lively après ski scene on the doorstep and/or easy access to attractive bars and restaurants?

BUDGET – what can you afford to spend on buying a property? Being armed with answers to these questions, will help you search for your ideal ski home, starting with a browse on Skiingproperty.com

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