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Sochi drives first-time skiers to dry slopes – next they’ll be in the Alps!

A national campaign to encourage more people to give skiing or snowboarding a go has exceeded its targets just six months after its official launch, with over 10,000 people in the UK doing a one-off ski or snowboard session or six-hour course. Ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games...

Posted on 11 March 2014

‘High fliers’ can head to the French Alps for fun on and off the slopes

Thrill seekers have plenty of black ski runs to choose from in the French Alps, but now they can get their kicks dangling up to 250 metres above the slopes, thanks to the opening in February of the world’s highest zip wire in Val Thorens. Called ‘La Tyrolienne’, the 1,300-metre...

Posted on 04 March 2014

Meet a British owner in the French Alps who is “living the dream”

For David Windell, an accountant from West Sussex, owning and renting out his chalet in the Savoie region of the Alps enables him to pursue his two passions in Iife, skiing and paragliding, for five to six months of the year. David bought his six bedroom property in the village...

Posted on 26 February 2014

It’s not just snow falling in the Alps – the value of the euro is too!

British buyers and existing owners of property in the Alps are enjoying not only great snow conditions right now, but also a favourable exchange rate. The interbank rate hit £1/€1.22 on February 14th, the second time it has broken the €1.22 barrier in three weeks, meaning the rate hasn’t so...

Posted on 14 February 2014

Homeowners in the Alps warned about mountain driving conditions

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to kick off this weekend, many winter sports enthusiasts and owners of property in the Alps have been inspired to head to the ski slopes. When travelling in France, it is often unknown what conditions or terrain you may face on your journey...

Posted on 05 February 2014

Why moving to the Alps to be a ski instructor needs careful planning

Owners of ski homes with aspirations to pack in the nine-to-five day job one day and move to the French Alps to teach skiing should ensure they have all the necessary qualifications before realising their dream. Cases of British and other foreign visitors to the Alps being apprehended by the...

Posted on 04 February 2014

GB Winter Olympic hopeful Chemmy Alcott flies a flag for Flaine

Britain is pinning its hopes on its fastest girl on skis, Chemmy Alcott, to bring a medal home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, but how many of us know she developed her passion for skiing in the French resort of Flaine in the Haute Savoie region? Chemmy...

Posted on 29 January 2014

Skiingproperty.com’s top tips give buyers in the Alps the edge in 2014

Expectations are that 2014 will be a favourable time to buy a ski property following on from the Alpine real estate market’s upbeat 2013, however on-line estate agency Skiinproperty.com advises anyone planning to invest in the Alps this year to get to grips with its five key tips. Director at...

Posted on 27 January 2014

World Snow Day’s celebration of all things snowy snowballs

Fans of winter sports all over the world celebrated together last week when the official World Snow Day took place on 19th January. The third ever World Snow Day united 610 organisers in 35 countries, all of whom arranged events based around activities in the snow and enjoying time in...

Posted on 21 January 2014

Prices up in prime French resorts, says leading property consultancy

The French resorts of Morzine and Chamonix were the most active property markets in the French Alps in 2013, according to a report by international property consultancy Knight Frank, with both resorts seeing prime prices increase by eight per cent or more in the year to December 2013, fuelled by...

Posted on 15 January 2014

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