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France Still Top of the Table for Ski Property Investment

The latest quarterly report on ski investment property from Knight Frank shows France is still the dominant country, as it holds the top three positions in their Prime Ski Property Index which covers the second quarter of this year. The report indicates that property in French ski resorts has stabilised...

Posted on 29 September 2012

French Alps Has a Lot More to Offer than Just Skiing

Although the French Alps are inextricably linked with winter sports and holidays, things are definitely changing. Since the global financial crisis there has been a 26% drop in ski tourism that has resulted in the region diversifying in order to survive. Nowadays the French Alps is concentrating on becoming a...

Posted on 08 September 2012

Holiday Club Offers Alternatives for Alpine Home Owners

People who own Alpine properties in Switzerland and France are being advised to look for alternative ways to use their second homes. This would help them avoid higher tax charges brought in through new legislation. One way forward is to use the services of a holiday club, and to simply...

Posted on 23 August 2012

French Ski Area Diversifies to Become Year Round Tourist Destination

A ski area in the French Alps is considering diversifying in order to cope with climate change, and if it decides to go ahead will focus its attention on low-impact alpine activities. The current mayor of Biot, Henri-Victor Tournier, wants to clear away the cable towers from the 1,230 m...

Posted on 10 August 2012

Now is the Time to Buy French Ski Property

I remember having real doubts about whether Sterling would ever regain its value against the Euro, but of course, that was before the EU sovereign debt crisis went supernova. At Sterling's low point a French property worth 100,000 Euros could be purchased with £95,000, right now that same property could...

Posted on 28 July 2012

France Set to Reclaim Its Position as the Leader in the World Ski Market

France is to aim to recapture its position as being the world leader in the skiing market, according to a group of French Mountain professional organisations. The France Montagnes Association was set up in 2010 and consists of three separate professional organisations which are the Association Nationale des Maires des...

Posted on 06 July 2012

Ski properties in Crest-Voland Cohennoz Are Selling Well

Time is running out to buy ski property in Crest-Voland Cohennoz, a Savoyard village in the Beaufortain Massif region of the French Alps. The development of Le Chalet des Oursons, whose name translates as the Chalet of the Bear Cubs, is nearly sold out and is in its final phase...

Posted on 30 June 2012

More British Buyers Purchasing Property in French Alps

According to developers there has been a substantial increase in foreign demand for French Alpine properties during the first four months of 2012, with some reporting more interest in the four months than all of last year. The Grand Massif area in the French Alps offers year-round activities, and is...

Posted on 23 June 2012

French and Swiss Ski Resorts to Benefit from Better Gondolas

According to recent reports ski resorts in France and Switzerland are to benefit from the introduction of 10 seat gondolas. These large gondolas already exist in Kitzbuhel in Austria, and Plan de Corones in Italy, but are now due to be introduced in France and Switzerland by the end of...

Posted on 02 June 2012

French Ski Property Continues to Appeal to the British

French developers are reporting strong interest in Ski properties from British buyers. Part of this popularity is due to the fact that the lifestyle offered by ski properties allows them to be used year-round, as during the winter months the skiing is very good, but there are a huge variety...

Posted on 19 May 2012

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