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New flights to Geneva add to signs for bumper Swiss season

The choice of flights to Geneva, which serves the French and Swiss Alps, will soon get easier when airline SWISS begins new direct flights there from London Gatwick on 14th December. The thrice weekly service will run on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays until 3rd March 2014, with free carriage for...

Posted on 30 October 2013

France dominates Europe’s top 50 ski resorts – ready to buy there?

Ski resorts in the French Alps accounted for nearly half of the 50 best European resorts in a list compiled by a group of experts in October and published in the UK Independent newspaper. Here are key French resorts included in the list, with comments about each. Méribel:  A charming family...

Posted on 22 October 2013

French Alps get more accessible for Welsh snowbirds with ski homes

Reaching your ski property in the Alps from Wales will be easier this season thanks to new flights out of Cardiff airport kicking off in December. Flybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline, has announced an expansion of its winter programme out of Cardiff Airport with four brand new ski routes...

Posted on 17 October 2013

Wealthy buyers bringing stability and price rises to Alpine property

After four years of price corrections or, at best, stable prices, the Alps are firmly back on the radar of second home buyers and investors, with evident upward pressure on prices, according to a report by a leading international property consultancy. According to the report released by Savills Alpine in...

Posted on 16 October 2013

Ski and Snowboad Show brings the slopes to London and Manchester!

Skiers and owners of ski homes who simply can’t wait to get out to the Alps should treat themselves to a visit to the Ski and Snowboard Show, which takes place at Earls Court 2 in London from 30th October to 3rd November and EventCity in Manchester from 25th to...

Posted on 12 October 2013

Skiing in Courchevel makes “World’s best ski runs” list

A red ski run in Courchevel has been included in the world’s top 10 ski runs, as chosen by the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, making the resort an even more appealing place to own a ski property. The three-kilometre run, called the Combe de La Saulire, runs down to...

Posted on 09 October 2013

Buying costs to edge higher – don’t delay buying a French ski home!

Anyone on the verge of buying a property in the French Alps could save a few euros by completing their purchase by the end of the year, as stamp duty in France is expected to rise at the end of 2013. The cap on tax levied on buyers when they...

Posted on 08 October 2013

France: world’s favourite place to ski and home to its biggest ski area

Did you know that the French Alps is home to the world’s largest ski area, namely the Les 3 Vallées in the Savoie department, and that recent figures show that France is the most popular place to ski in the world? It’s these kind of facts that make ski property ownership...

Posted on 04 October 2013

New CGT rules, but what other taxes can homeowners expect?

The year-long period during which vendors of property in France get a discount of 25 per cent on both capital gains tax (CGT) and the social charges kicked off in September, with hopes it will fuel sales in the property market, including in Alpine resorts. Also from 1st September, the...

Posted on 03 October 2013

Tempted by a more flexible form of leaseback ski home?

The growing popularity of year-round short breaks in the French Alps has prompted the region’s biggest developer to introduce greater flexibility in the way its leaseback apartments are let, in order to maximise rental income. Traditionally MGM has offered holiday home buyers, who also seek a guaranteed long-term investment, a...

Posted on 01 October 2013

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