Ski Property Blog: News and Information from the region

Summer 2014

Another fun fuelled and prosperous winter season has flown by. Within the property market, the demand is up and prices are at their lowest since 2008 proving a great time to buy.

With snow melting in the approaching summer heat, the Alps dramatically change into a completely different world.

Buyers who are seeking all-season properties come to experience what this beautiful haven has to offer, whether it’s for the chilled out atmosphere at the lakes and beaches, the family friendly activities, or the more challenging adrenalin filled sports…


One sport in particular simply replaces skis for bikes! The resorts lifts re-open and become the transport link to 100’s of kms of biking terrain.

Here is an insight, put together by a specialist guide and friend of the Alps team in the Belleville Valley (Val Thorens, Saint Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires):

If you think that’s hairy, then get over to Alpe d’Huez to see the MEGA AVALANCHE event – the biggest open downhill bike race in the world:

Road biking is also very popular in the Alps with the challenging ascents and descents and dramatic backdrops. There are numerous races through the summer and of course the Tour de France. This year it will be passing through Jackson Collins’ home turf, les Hautes Alpes. Starting in Grenoble passing Bourg d’Oisans, La Grave, into Briancon les Hautes Alpes, then over the  Col d’Izoard, ending in Risoul.

Here are just some of the biking events to look out for this summer:

  • 27-29 June – Passport du Soleil: Day MTB Tour of France/Switzerland
  • 6 July – Three Valleys: Mountain Biking open to all
  • 17-20 July in Les Menuires : French MTB Championships
  • 3 August – La Bourgui: Road Biking Race
  • 21-24 August – Meribel : World MTB Championships
  • 7-13 July – Alpe d’Huez: Mega Avalanche
  • 19th July – Grenoble-Risoul : Tour de France