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Why driving to the French Alps this summer could make perfect sense

The lasting impression of any holiday is normally the weather, the scenery, the fun and the food, but a new report by the RAC has found that an increasing number of Brits driving abroad, including France, come home amazed by the quality and emptiness of European roads, combined with the...

Posted on 20 June 2014

Stronger Sterling benefiting UK buyers in the French Alps in 2014

Brits on the verge or in the process of buying a property in the French Alps are benefiting from Sterling’s persistent strength against the euro during 2014, with the exchange rate barely dropping below £1/€1.2 this year and the current rate hovering around an 18-month high of €1.23. The difference...

Posted on 30 May 2014

Recovery in the Alpine property market well under way in 2014

International interest in skiing property picked up in 2013 compared to 2012, with the upward trend being even stronger in the first two months of 2014, according to an international property consultancy. Both viewings and transactions for skiing property in the Alps increased in 2013, while both were up again...

Posted on 19 April 2014

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

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

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