MOUN­TAINS

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If your pas­sion is the moun­tains – ski­ing in win­ter, hik­ing in sum­mer and tak­ing part in the many out­door ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer – you’ll prob­a­bly grav­i­tate to­wards the Alps. After all, that’s where you’ll find Europe’s high­est moun­tain (Mont Blanc), the most fa­mous re­sorts (Cha­monix, Morzine, Les Gets, Courchevel, Tignes, Meri­bel, Val d’isère, Val Thorens…), the most chal­leng­ing pistes and the world’s largest linked ski area (Les Trois Val­lées). But prop­erty prices are also high – a whop­ping €345,500 av­er­age in the Haute-savoie depart­ment!

The Alps are not the only moun­tain play­ground in France, how­ever. The Pyrénées, Mas­sif Cen­tral, Jura and Vos­ges ranges all of­fer laid­back, fam­ily-friendly re­sorts, where the wel­come is warm and the prop­erty prices are wel­com­ing.

With an av­er­age house price of €129,000, the depart­ment of Hautes-pyrénées is home to the ski re­sorts of St-lary-soulan, Cauterets, Barèges, Luz-stSau­veur and mul­ti­ple smaller places. Th­ese vil­lages may not be world-fa­mous, but they’re pop­u­lar with French and Span­ish skiers, who know they’ll get value for money. That in­cludes ski passes and eat­ing and drink­ing out as well as prop­er­ties to buy and rent.

Mov­ing to the heart of France and the Mas­sif Cen­tral, you’ll find the ski re­sorts of Su­per-besse and Le Mont-dore in the Puy-de-dôme depart­ment (av­er­age €154,900), and Le Lio­ran in Can­tal (€78,000 – less than a quar­ter of the Haute-savoie av­er­age!).

With an av­er­age price of €125,000, Jura is an­other op­tion – ski re­sorts in­clude Les Rousses and Méta­bief – while Vos­ges is even cheaper (€97,000), home to the re­sorts of Gérard­mer and La Bresse Bra­bant. (You can find out more on the Vos­ges on p50.)

The Pyrénées, Mas­sif Cen­tral, Jura and Vos­ges all of­fer laid­back ski re­sorts, where the wel­come is warm and the prop­erty prices are wel­com­ing

An im­pres­sive view of the Pyre­nean ski slopes at Barèges

Fam­ily-friendly re­sorts like Gérard­mer are ideal for be­gin­ners

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