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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 •
Villars is a smart town that has attracted tourists for 150 years. It has retained its authentic charm and has a strong family appeal with a chic twist. Home to four highly regarded international schools, it has a cosmopolitan air and offers some outstanding sporting facilities. Villars caters mainly for intermediate and beginner skiers on its peaceful slopes though advanced skiers can appreciate the back-country skiing. The shops, restaurants and bars offer a variety of cuisine and it is a thriving dual season resort.
What about property in Villars? A large amount of property was built in the 1970s and 1980s in exclusive Domaine de la Résidence above the resort and Domaine de Rochegrise catering to foreign demand. The year-round nature of the resort with its international schools and permanent population of 7500 ensures a healthy amount of foreign-owned resale property that can be sold on to foreigners. In order to absorb this supply, prices are adjusting. Villars is now enjoying a “second wind” of investment with, for example, the acquisition of long-empty Hotel Elite, as well as a new pool complex, Beau Soleil school extension and the new shops and apartments in Le Centre.