Méribel, Courchevel and the changing face of French Alps property

The French Alps ski-season is in full swing with snow conditions around the legendary Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) resorts of Courchevel and Méribel at their finest. So, if you’d like 600km of pistes - linking Courchevel, Méribel and other Three Valleys resorts - on your doorstep, read on.

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You’ll be as charmed by a luxury French Alps chalet as you are impressed by its mod-cons

Every buyer should think of their property investment’s future prospects and Winkworth International have been selling property in the French Alps long enough to know the secret to longevity. Ski-chalets for sale in Courchevel and Méribel are perennial favourites with luxury-seekers, families and black run enthusiasts alike due to an array of green, blue, red and black runs slaloming the mountains; a reminder of what made this ski-destination a hit in the first place.

Crucially, both resorts continue to meet the demand of a new generation of buyers who expect their property investment to work hard. Speedy wi-fi - at home and on the slopes - ski-in/out properties, SMART kitchens and first rate accessibility are standard expectations. Modernisation has been made accordingly with, for example, child-proofed gondoliers and remote-controlled technology in new-build chalets. Ski-wise, Courchevel has further enhanced its offering with a daily changing piste du jour of freshly groomed snow and an Indian village for children at Courchevel Moriond.

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Skiers enjoy the view and a break from the pistes at one of Courchevel’s mountain restaurants

Courchevel is a resort synonymous with luxury. Traditionally, the price tag per square metre of property has reflected this. View properties for sale in the Courchevel neighbourhood today however, and you’ll observe old and new, deluxe and functional styles all available at a range of prices. The cost of living is similarly varied, with Michelin-starred restaurants and sublime hotels in Courchevel 1850 offset by affordable pizzerias and relaxed bars one stop along in Courchevel Moriond (formerly Courchevel 1650).

Meanwhile in Méribel, along with the luxury new builds, older French Alps chalets for resale are still available to buy. This mix of property types brings with it a refreshing mix of budgets too. In addition to its designer clothes boutiques, Méribel’s bakeries, newsagents and weekly market are welcome signs of everyday life. This charming village-like resort is also home to a welcoming expat community.

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Alpine scenery makes a spectacular setting all year round

Dual-seasonality is a term that could have been invented with French Alps property for sale in mind. The summer months offer endless activity with hiking and mountain-bike trails set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. In Méribel, The Olympic centre is open daily, featuring an indoor pool, children’s pool, fitness centre, climbing wall, spa and indoor ice-rink. In Courchevel Moriond, you’ll find Aquamotion, an extensive all-weather water sports centre. Between June and November, golfers can spend a day at the eighteen hole Golf de Méribel, set amidst the mountains at Les Allues. A summer day trip to the spa-town of Brides-les-Bains at the foot of the Three Valleys also adds to the variety.

Are you seeing Courchevel and Meribel in a new light? Why not contact our Winkworth France office for more information? We’d love to answer your questions.

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