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Five top tips for first-time buyers in the French Alps in 2014

Thinking of purchasing your first family ski home this year? If so, here are five key considerations to get you started on your ski property hunt. -  Look for a ski-in ski-out property: Why is that? When getting ready with your little ones in the morning, you don't want to...

Posted on 04 November 2014

Courchevel most expensive luxury resort, in France dominated market

French ski resorts outnumber resorts in any other country in a recently published index that ranks luxury ski resorts around the world by property price growth this year, with Morzine scoring highest in seventh place. The Knight Frank Prime Property Index 2014 reports that the average price of a luxury...

Posted on 31 October 2014

British buyers in the French Alps increasingly choose leaseback

The popularity of leaseback ski properties in the French Alps has been fuelled by the growing numbers of British buyers who are turning their backs on outright purchase and opting instead for ownership of managed apartments in résidences de tourisme, which gives them both private use and a rental income....

Posted on 21 October 2014

Favourable rates and resort upgrades make ideal conditions for a French ski home purchase

Low mortgage rates, a strong pound and ongoing investment in resorts’ infrastructure mean conditions in the second half of 2014 are highly favourable to UK buyers of French ski homes, said skiing property specialist Skiingproperty.com in October. Growing awareness of dual seasonality is also helping to attract British and other...

Posted on 10 October 2014

Buyer interest in French ski homes snowballing before 2014-15 season

Decided to purchase a ski home in 2014-15? Well, you’re not alone! A leading developer in the Savoie region of the French Alps has reported it is ramping up its construction programme in a bid to keep pace with demand for its leaseback properties in ski resorts. By the middle...

Posted on 07 October 2014

The 2014-15 ski season approaches – so what’s new in the Alps?

Tignes-le-Lac has grabbed the headlines by being named France's most improved resort in the new edition of guidebook Where to Ski and Snowboard (WTSS), which has marked its 20th birthday by commending resorts for improving over the last two decades. WTSS noted that Tignes-le-Lac was “seriously inhospitable” 20 years ago...

Posted on 24 September 2014

Eurostar tickets from London to the French Alps now on sale for 2014/15

As of 31st July, ski fans and owners of homes in the Alps planning to travel to the slopes by rail this winter have been able to snap up their train tickets. Visitors to the Alps this coming season can travel on Eurostar’s day and night services direct to the French...

Posted on 29 August 2014

New lift and aqua centre make Chatel even more attractive

It’s a big year for the charming resort of Chatel in the French Alps, thanks to the opening in July of a smart new aqua centre and commencement of work on a new lift system that could be ready for this ski season. Part of the Portes du Soleil ski...

Posted on 05 August 2014

Wine-loving skiers toast Savoie’s new ‘appellation’ for sparkling wine

Winter sports and mountain pursuits are what the French Alpine region of Savoie are best known for, but visitors and homeowners there can now enjoy being in an area officially recognised for its sparkling wine. Previously, wine-making in Savoie has fallen under the radar of most foreigners, but things are...

Posted on 11 July 2014

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

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