Cha­monix is prop­erty pin­na­cle of all the Alpine ski re­sorts

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Cha­monix is the best bet for buy­ers seek­ing a prop­erty in the French Alps, ac­cord­ing to new rank­ings. The iconic ski re­sort at the foot of Mont Blanc out­shone 20 oth­ers in an index taking into ac­count snow cov­er­age (and snow-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties), size, af­ford­abil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and year-round ap­peal. Close run­ners up were the re­sorts St-martin de Belleville, St-ger­vais, Les Gets and Morzine.

Sur­rounded by the tow­er­ing peaks of the Mont Blanc mas­sif, Cha­monix was a pop­u­lar climb­ing des­ti­na­tion long be­fore win­ter sports be­came fash­ion­able and ac­tu­ally at­tracts more tourists in sum­mer than win­ter. Ski­ing took off at the start of the 20th cen­tury and the in­au­gu­ral Win­ter Olympic Games were held here in 1924. Both Switzer­land and Italy are re­al­is­tic day trips, and with Geneva air­port only an hour’s drive away, the re­sort scores highly for ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Prop­erty prices in Cha­monix have risen by 10% over the past two years; apart­ments cost be­tween €6,500 and €9,500/m2 and chalet prices start around €10,000/m2. This rep­re­sents “ex­cel­lent value for money” given what the val­ley has to of­fer, ac­cord­ing to spe­cial­ist moun­tain agents Alpine Prop­erty Search, which com­piled the rank­ings.

“A re­sort with year-round ap­peal and on­go­ing in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment is a safe bet for po­ten­tial buy­ers,” said agency founder David Bha­gat. “The Com­pag­nie du Mont Blanc is com­mit­ting €477m over the next 10 years to up­grade the lift sys­tem. And with two mil­lion ac­cred­ited overnight stays each sum­mer this is a dual-sea­son re­sort par ex­cel­lence with vis­i­tors en­joy­ing the climb­ing, walk­ing, paras­cend­ing, canyon­ing, moun­tain-bik­ing, golf etc. There is very lit­tle ski-in ski-out prop­erty and of the five ski ar­eas only Brevent-flegere are lift­con­nected, mean­ing a com­pli­men­tary bus jour­ney up or down the val­ley is nec­es­sary should you wish to try them all. This does not ap­peal to ev­ery­one. Yet for those who rel­ish the idea of be­ing at the world cen­tre of moun­taineer­ing, at the foot of Mont Blanc and with to­tal ver­ti­cal of 2,000m avail­able to ski, Cha­monix’s breadth of piste and off-piste ski­ing makes it a strong draw.”

Alpine Prop­erty Search looked at 21 French Alpine ski re­sorts in five dif­fer­ent re­gions. Th­ese were the Three Val­leys (Courchevel, Meri­bel, La Ta­nia, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, St-martin-de-belleville), L’es­pace Killy (Val d’isère, Tignes), Cha­monix and Eva­sion Mont Blanc (Combloux, Megève, St Ger­vais, Les Con­tamines), Les Portes du Soleil (Les Gets, Morzine, Avo­riaz, Châ­tel) and Le Grand Mas­sif (Samoëns, Flaine).

The old cen­tre of Cha­monix

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