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Posted on Thursday 26th May 2016 | Lesley Thomas

What’s important to you, when looking for a 2nd home in the Alps.?

Considering where to base yourself when looking for a 2nd home in the Alps, can vary from person to person.

The features that you’re looking for in a ski chalet or apartment might not have much in common with what is important in a day-to-day home, so just what are the most important elements to you.


If your ski property is to be a second home, it’s crucial to make sure that it’s somewhere relatively easy to access. If you live in Europe for most of the year then many Alpine ski resorts are within driving distance - anywhere west of Verbier is convenient for the UK - if you live elsewhere you’ll want to look for somewhere with a well-connected airport nearby.

Chatel offers four airports within a two hour radius, making it a good hub for those who need to fly; onward connections are available to more or less anywhere in the world.

You may also find it easier to rent out a property that’s easily accessible when you aren’t spending time there, if that’s on your agenda.

Family Friendly

It may seem like an obvious statement, but children don’t stay small forever, so when  considering where in the Alps you want to be, it is important to consider the growing and ever changing needs of your family.

Will you want somewhere that offers a relaxed and gentler approach to Apres Ski, or somewhere where teenage and older children, will want to visit independently, as it has more of a buzz and nightlife that appeals to them.

Are you happy to drive to more challenging slopes, if easier more relaxed slopes are on your doorstep ?

It’s useful to sit down and write a list of what is important to you and your family and what you want in your ideal location

Dual Season

For some, reliably good snow is the most important factor and to ensure that, high altitude resorts are the best bet. But if you’re looking to get the most out of your property all year round, it may well be more sensible to opt for a property that’s at a lower altitude These tend to offer more beautiful scenery and better activities in the summer months, making them a year round option and provides additional rental income, if you are choosing to rent out your property.

If a holiday home in the Alps is what you’re after, then get in touch today to discuss your needs; our knowledgeable staff can talk about what the best resorts for you.

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