Ski Property Blog: News and Information from the region

Critérium de Dauphine comes to Saint Gervais

Andrew Morgan, our star agent in Saint Gervais took this winning shot of Chris Froome seconds before the finish line in Bettex, Saint Gervais les Bains. Well done Andrew and well done Chris Froome! :

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“Chris Froome leading the way, ahead of his rival to win the penultimate stage of the Criterium de Dauphine here is St Gervais on Saturday , before doing it again yesterday to be crowned overall race winner in Val Frejus !”

007 takes his favourite method of transport to the top of Mont Jovet

Last month, Yann, our secret agent of the Alps team in the 3 Valleys, took his bike “up the hill” before changing to skis for the season….

Yanns bike

And here was the reward at the top:

http://tours.frenchestateagents.com.s3.amazonaws.com/montjovet/montjovet.html

Views over Mont Blanc, the Vanoise, the Cervin, the Ecrins.

La fête du lac

Fete du lac

The summer has arrived! Daytimes spent hiking and biking in the mountains, followed by a swim in the local pristine lakes, then BBQ filled evenings with a bottle of rosé and sunset lit Mont Blanc. Does summer get better than this?

Yes it does! All through summer are various events, one of which many of the lakes host a “Fête du Lac”.  Beginning with activities, displays, concerts, food and drink, then the main event, a spectacular firework display where mountains echo whistles and explosions and lakes reflect illuminations.

For a more pampered experience, you can pre-book a dinner cruise on the main lakes where the biggest fêtes take place: Lac Leman (Geneva), Lac Annecy or Lac du Bourget (Aix les Bains):

Better still, you can have your very own private viewing spot – in one of these divine lake view properties for sale:

Lake Geneva:

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Lake Annecy:

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Lake Bourget:

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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…

Bike

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):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6zdscWHJt8

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQF_oD4Ts0c

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

Rumour has it….

Alpe d'Huez

There will be a “super” lift linking the two resorts of Alp d’Huez with les 2 Alpes! There has been speculation of this project for years but our sources reveal that the project is to go ahead in 2018.

The link will be between the top of Signal de l’homme in the Auris sector of Alpe d’Huez and Le Cret in les Deux Alpes. The estimated transit time 17 minutes.

If the link goes ahead, here is how the area will sit among the 10 largest linked areas in Europe:

  1. 3 Valleys (France): 600kms
  2. Les Portes du Soleil (France/Swizterland): 650kms
  3. Les Deux Alpes/Alpe d’Huez (France): 474kms
  4. Paradiski (France): 425kms
  5. 4 Valleys (Switzerland): 412kms
  6. Milky Way (France/Italy): 400kms
  7. Matterhorn (Switzerland): 360kms
  8. Evasion Mont Blanc (France): 445kms
  9. Espace Killy (France): 300kms
  10. Grand Massif (France): 265kms

With property prices here remaining modest compared to other large resorts, perhaps now is the time to be looking to invest!

To see properties for sale in Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez, please visit:

http://www.skifrenchproperty.com/skiProperties/agent/12837

Lac du Bourget, Aix-les-Bains and Chambery attracting buyers

Lac du Bourget’s neighbour, the renowned lac d’Annecy with its beautiful city located on one end of the second largest lakes in France is chic, expensive and bustling with energy and fun –  and has long attracted foreign property buyers.

However, if you want a more relaxed, green experience then the larger Lac du Bourget is a great option. The nearby city of Chambery is both historic and beautiful, while Aix-les-Bains offers splendid mountain views, lakeside beaches, thermal baths and a relaxed and very French atmosphere.

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Many British and foreign buyer are showing interest in Lac du Bourget, already very popular with the French, and it looks set to be one of the next major areas for property price growth in Savoie and indeed the Rhône Alpes.  Thierry Barry our agent based in Aix les Bain has some fantastic properties for sale in Aix-les-Bains  and around the lac.

 

 

Winter vs Summer

We are nearing the end of a spectacular ski season in the Alps with copious amounts of snow, powdery on and off-piste and endless slopes. It’s always sad hanging up the skis and saying goodbye to the winter… but on a positive note, summers on its way!

Always a hot topic amongst the team, summer or winter, which do you prefer?
Winter vs Summer
• Shorts and shades or staloppettes and goggles?
• Evening al-fresco dining or lunch times on the sunny slopes?
• Beautiful walks in the mountains or a snow shoe through the forest?
• Bbqs at the beach or a hearty fondue in a cosy Alpine setting?
• Sunbathing at the lake or relaxing in the hot tub?
• A crisp glass of rosé or a warming vin chaud?
• A leisurely bike ride in the green Alpine hills or a day skiing/riding down powdery, white mountains?
• An outdoor festival or an après ski concert/gig?

Bon Appetit

You may associate dining in the Alps with its hearty Raclettes, Fondues and Tartiflettes fulfilling the skiers appetite – but, there is more to the Alps than meets the stomach!

Last month saw one of the world’s largest and most prestigious culinary competitions in Lyon, where 24 finalist chefs gathered from 3 continents to compete for the title of, “Le Bocuse d’Or”.

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French Chef, “Paul Bocuse” created the event in 1987 which takes place over 5 days every 2 years in the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon. The event entices foodies from across the globe coming to get a first glimpse of the newest trends in the world of gastronomy.

There are all kinds of demonstrations and exhibits, including the “Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie”, the National Cheese making contest and best Winemaker, however the awaited event is the contest between the 24 best chefs in the world competing for Gold in “Le Bocuse d’Or”.

This year, not only did the UK make history with their best result to date coming 4th in the competition, it saw local French chef, Thibaut Ruggeri win the title, who trained in the Michelin Star restaurant, Le Flocon de Sel in Megeve, Haute Savoie. Le Flocon de Sel is just  one of 75 Michelin Starred restaurants in the Rhone Alpes.

So… next time you are in the area and fancy a taste of something a little more special and unique, take a look to see if you are near any of these award winning restaurants – make sure you book in advance:

http://www.restoclub.fr/restaurants-guide-michelin-2013/selection-michelin-2013-restaurant-rhone-alpes.html

Bon Appetite!

SKI FORCE WINTER TOUR

VAL THORENS

24th and 25th November

 

 

 

 

 

A chance to test the new models of more than 16 top ski manufacturers for free and benefit from professional advice. (Black Crows, Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Ficher, Head, K2, Kastle, Line, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Völkl, White Doctor) Details at http://www.valthorens.com/fiche_evenement.php?Rub=372&idEvt=8

 

London, France’s sixth biggest city By Lucy Ash BBC News

Interesting post on the BBC web site about the 300,000 to 400,000 French people living in London.