How many times have you been on a snow holiday and thought a ski chalet in the French Alps would be a great investment? It’s bound to have crossed your mind, especially as currency fluctuations can render vacations - particularly during the school holidays - extremely pricey.
The snow clad French Alps with its year round activities is the perfect place to buy investment property
If the seasonality of resorts in The French Alps - especially in the Savoie region - have been holding you back from buying a property for sale in France, it is time to rethink. It’s only natural for die-hard skiers or boarders to lose enthusiasm for a resort once the snow starts to melt but, the green shoots underneath are actually the beginnings of a brand new season for other holidaymakers, all looking for a French Alps property in which to stay.
The snow-clad ski chalets in the French Alps do not close - they merely pause for breath before they welcome a new wave of visitors. There’s a huge summer economy in the Savoie region, with specialist tour operators, websites and holiday brochures reaching out to those eagerly waiting for the white stuff to cease.
Cycling is one of several outdoor activities enjoyed by visitors to this scenic region and French Alps property owners
It’s very easy to swap two planks for two wheels when in The French Alps. The red and black runs become the ultimate challenge for thrill-seeking mountain bikers, with the lift system especially adapted to take cycles to the jagged peaks. Cycle trails in the Portes du Soleil area - think Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets - are among the best in the world, with over 50 trails and five internationally renowned bike parks to explore.
Les Trois Vallées - another ski area rivalling that of Portes du Soleil in terms of vastness and variety of runs - is a favourite for Summer and Autumn vacations. You’re just as likely to find hikers as bikers in the resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, attracted by the ‘Sound of Music’ scenery and undulating terrain.
Both ski regions also play to the family crowd once the ski season is over, with fun-filled activities and programmes of child-centric events. Open all summer in Courchevel Moriond (1650) is Aquamotion - a swimming pool and wellness complex unveiled in 2015. A number of different pools, hammams, saunas, whirlpools, rides and slides provide a perfect foil for the mountains. Similarly in Avoriaz, Aquariaz draws the crowds on an annual basis, with an indoor water park, lazy river, half pipe ‘side winder’ and climbing wall. Even in the small but super-cute village of La Tania - midway between Courchevel and Meribel - the ESF kid’s village is turned into an outdoor pool for the summer months.
"When you think ‘French Alps property’ it’s easy to picture rooflines covered in snow and a sledge outside but a chalet has a year-round life cycle with accommodation that’s easy to fill” comments David King at Winkworth International. "As well as mountain biking and walking tours, The French Alps offer kayaking, wild swimming, wakeboarding, paragliding and quad biking, among many other outdoor pursuits. These activities are increasingly being packaged up by resort managers to sell the Savoie region as an adrenalin junkie’s summer playground. With short transfers from Chambery, Grenoble and Geneva airports, it is easy to mix business with pleasure in The French Alps, and this adds an extra layer of desirability” says David King.
Choosing the right resort in the Savoie region is crucial when it comes to year-round appeal and our French Alps property experts, who have been working in France for over 25 years, can advise you on where’s best for constant demand. Winkworth International can also help create a rental programme for maximum returns, factoring in time for the owner to occupy the property and enjoy the seasonal activities.
Opening a conversation with Winkworth’s French Alps specialists is a good place to start your search for luxury French Alps property for sale. Our access to an extensive network of French legal professionals and banks goes a long way in making the process of purchasing a property for sale in France simple and straightforward.