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Why glaciers can give ski property extra value

April has arrived, which means it won’t be long before the snow cover starts thinning out in most ski resorts across the Alps. That said, there is one group of ski property-owners who can look forward to good skiing till the last day of the season, not only in 2013...

Posted on 02 April 2013

Rental returns – what should ski homeowners really expect?

Homeowners in the French Alps who rent out their property to skiers have experienced a last-minute Easter rush, thanks to the incredible ski conditions. But how many owners of ski property in France know what they can expect to earn from a week’s rental of their property, and what sort...

Posted on 26 March 2013

Ski homeowners revel in a bumper season, but when will it end?

Snow coverage remains excellent in most Alpine resorts and it’s likely to remain so at least until the official end of the season next month, treating owners of property in the French Alps to more skiing than they could have hoped for this year. The 2012/13 ski season started with...

Posted on 22 March 2013

Is yoga the secret to enjoying an Alpine ski home?

Yoga is often recommended as a way of both preparing your body for a skiing trip and relieving your muscles back at your chalet or apartment after a hard day on the slopes. But next month, owners of ski property in the French Alps will be able to learn about...

Posted on 19 March 2013

Great value property in the French Alps wowing buyers in 2013

This season’s fantastic snow conditions might be part of the reason, but the appeal of a long-term lifestyle investment combined with comparatively stable prices and cheap mortgages are the key reasons more British people are looking to buy French ski property. Proof of this comes from a report by the...

Posted on 15 March 2013

French bank accounts – are you ready to open one?

Owning a home in the French Alps brings with it the need for a local bank account, but before choosing which bank to go with, property-buyers are advised to research their options and familiarise themselves with banking in France. Utilities bills, council taxes, property management fees, rental income, spending money...

Posted on 12 March 2013

Hot tubs and flat screens – the key to a luxury chalet in the Alps?

Pretty views, en-suite bathrooms, underground parking and close to a ski lift - all things you should expect as standard with a chalet in the Alps, but have you thought about those things that make certain ski properties extra special? If you’re in the market for a chalet that’s the...

Posted on 08 March 2013

Could a stronger euro affect your property purchase in the Alps?

British people searching for a property in the French Alps in recent weeks will be painfully aware how much the exchange rate has gone against them, to the extent that since the start of the year property prices have effectively increased by around six per cent for Sterling buyers, and...

Posted on 06 March 2013

No skis in Skyfall, but the Alps will always be a hit with Bond fans

Bond fans who are also keen skiers might be disappointed that in his latest film, ‘Skyfall’, the legendary spy goes nowhere near the white stuff, however they can take comfort knowing that in earlier movies, some of the most thrilling scenes are of the Alps and Bond on skis. The...

Posted on 01 March 2013

Courchevel offers home owners fine dining as well as fine skiing

The French resort of Courchevel has confirmed its place as a world leader in gastronomy as well as skiing by achieving a further two stars in the new 2013 Michelin Guide, bringing its total number of stars to 12. Buying and owning a property in Courchevel, which is split into...

Posted on 23 February 2013

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