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Sunny and snow-sure, why La Rosière is a rising star in the French Alps

Posted on 14 October 2016

Sun worshipping skiers with a fondness for Italian and French culture should consider the French resort La Rosière in their search for a family-friendly Alpine home in 2016, said ski property specialist Skiingproperty.com.

An increasing number of house-hunters in the French Alps are discovering why La Rosière’s unique location and character makes it such a desirable skiing destination and place to own a ski home. Being on a plateau at an altitude of 1,850 metres means the resort not only boasts one of the best snow records in the Tarantaise region but also has the most days of sunshine a year.

As part of the San Bernardo (St Bernard) ski area, La Rosière offers cross-border skiing through its link with the Italian resort La Thuile, meaning homeowners there can pop to Italy for lunch and be back in France in time for après-ski. Its location just a few kilometres from the hub of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, with its Eurostar terminal and good road connections, makes it easily accessible by car, train or plane. It also means it is a short drive from other higher profile French ski areas, including Paradiski and Espace Killy, for more extensive skiing.

“Tucked away near the Italian border, La Rosière has remained relatively low-key,” said Julian Walker, director at Skiingproperty.com. “But with its guaranteed sunshine, uncrowded open slopes, and cosy community, it offers something different to the nearby larger resorts, such of Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes or Val d’Isère. Its popularity is growing though, thanks largely to ongoing investment, including new lifts and off-slope facilities, including a nursery, ice rink and bowling, and carefully controlled development. And recent efforts to appeal to families have been rewarded with its ‘Famille Plus’ label by the French Tourism Ministry. There is also an exciting edge to La Rosière – it is one of very few French resorts that offers heli-skiing.”

New-build property in La Rosière remains limited but Skiingproperty.com is currently able to offer a selection of seven new-build apartments, the last remaining in a block of twenty. Construction is underway with completion expected at the end of 2017. Prices ranges from €387,000 to €1.26 million, depending on size, with full property management available.

Added Mr Walker: “Property in La Rosière still represents value for money compared to the larger, better known resorts. Buying early in the build process should help to grow your return. The yields indicate on the apartments we are offering are over five per cent.”

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