Posted on 16 February 2016
Celebrities flying down bobsleigh runs on Channel 4’s The Jump have helped to highlight the variety of activities on offer in Austrian ski resorts, said ski property specialist Skiingproperty.com, adding that it’s now time to highlight where skiers and homeowners in the French Alps can enjoy the full range of winter sports.
“France remains more popular with foreign ski home-owners than Austria, so where should investors head if they want the added excitement of being in or near a resort that offers events like those seen on The Jump?” said Julian Walker, director at Skiingproperty.com. “We’ve picked two resorts – and outlined great properties in each – where they won’t be disappointed.”
La Plagne – Bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track and skating
Since being built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, which were hosted at nearby Albertville, La Plagne’s 1,500-metre bobsleigh track has been open every winter for bobsleighing, luge and skeleton events. It is the only track in France and regarded as one of the best in the world. Teams from all over the world visit to train and compete there throughout the season, but the track is open most evenings for the public to try the Bob-Raft and the Taxi-Bob. La Plagne is also home to two outdoor natural ice rinks, one in Aime La Plagne and the other in Plagne Bellcôte.
“As a homeowner in La Plagne, having this on your doorstep should certainly add to the whole winter sports experience,” said Julian Walker at Skiingproperty.com. “And it will add to a property’s rental appeal too. We have apartments for sale here, in Belle Plagne village.”
La Plagne is made up of six high-altitude resorts, including family-friendly Belle Plagne (2,500 metres), which is an ideal base from which to explore Paradiski, the linked ski areas of La Plagne and Les Arcs, offering 425 kilometres of pistes and 141 lifts. Leaseback apartments there start from €110,000 for a studio, reaching €384,000 for a three-bedroom unit, available from Skiingproperty.com.
Megève – Ice skating and cross-ski
Charming and highly sought after Megève, with its historic centre and chocolate box architecture, boasts not only world-class skiing and apres-ski, but two ice rinks – ideal for working on your speed skating technique. One rink is inside and is used for musical events, the other is outdoors in the shadow of Mont Blanc. In addition, the resort has made a name for another of the exhilarating events that features in The Jump, namely Cross-Ski.
“Megève is one of the oldest and most upmarket resorts in the French Alps but it’s not lacking in excitement either,” said Julian Walker. “Our property offerings there reflect this, being large, luxury chalets.” Chalets available in Megève range rom €2.625million to a stunning property that includes a Spa, cinema room, gym and even an elevator, available from Skiingproperty.com.