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Why do we favour one ski resort over another? What makes us try a new place, and go back? It is a complicated question - is it the culture, the ambience, or are there other more tangible factors?
Does the skiing suit me? Are the pistes spacious or crowded, is it big enough, does it have lots of groomed runs, are the lifts efficient and comfortable, can I be sure of snow?
Alpine Property intelligence is proud to join with Montenius Consult to present a new way to answer these questions – which is factual, unbiased and unopinionated.
“A VALUABLE NEW TOOL FOR HOLIDAY DECISIONS AND PROPERTY INVESTORS”
• Skimiles® measures the size of every ski resort by 10 specific factors •
• Ski Area Comfort is determined by the efficiency of the lifts, the comfort of the lifts and how much ‘elbow room’ there is on the piste •
• Snow Reliability considers the altitude, snowfall data and snowmaking coverage •
• Ski Area Value combines all these factors for one easy to recognise overall result •
Les Trois Vallées needs no introduction, it is the ski area by which standards are set. There is truly something for everyone in the four main sections, from glamour and Michelin star restaurants to Alpine village. Few ski resorts have their own airstrip. The immediate ski area is extensive and varied, piste grooming is impressive. Trips over the hill to Meribel, Val Thorens, and charming St Martin for lunch, are all options to explore the diversity of the domain. The full range of accommodation is on offer, notably a considerable choice of chalet rentals. The superb Aquamotion in Courchevel offers plenty for non-skiers and skiers alike.
What about Property in Les Trois Vallées? Such a large well joined-up and snow-sure ski area is a huge advantage for property owners; these are primary criteria in our view. Most properties in Courchevel 1850 have easy piste access. Moriond and Village are less expensive and more unassuming, while maintaining proximity to the slopes. The village ambience of Le Praz is an enticing alternative. There is continual new and re-development going on in the whole area and usually a good choice on the market. Méribels property sector is rather spread out. Some new developments in the centre suit those who like convenience, chalets to the rich and famous are above the centre, some with piste access. The hamlets offer seclusion and better value, at the expense of convenience. Méribel Village is an agreeable compromise. Les Allues is significantly less expensive, although you may have to take the lift down if the snow is patchy. Meanwhile over in St-Martin, properties are clustered in and around the village, planning is strictly in the Alpine vernacular, older farm buildings have been renovated and new developments are in keeping. With prices in the same bracket as Meribel Village, St-Martin is a worthy alternative value proposition to ownership in the 3V.