Our team of Alpine Agents live in France all year round and between us we have a diverse and interesting portfolio of properties for sale in Savoie 73, Haute-Savoie 74, Hautes-Alpes 05 and Isére 38.
We are passionate about our areas and what it offers us. Our passions include walking, skiing, boarding, mountaineering, mountain biking, road cycling, music, cooking and eating great food and lazing around!
We love living here and find real joy in being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and because we live here all year round, we are always on hand to find your perfect property. We really know the area, the schools, the shops, the doctors, the hairdressers . . . we visit every property; we know the locals and we're here to help.
- Andrew Morgan
Evasion Mont BlancSt Gervais les Bains, Les Contamines
St Gervais les Bains in the Haute Savoie is a well known French spa town since the end of the 19th century , full of charater with some fantastic turn of the century buildings around the main square where the bustling weekly market draws locals and holidaymakers alike. Pick a table on the terrace of one of the many bars and cafes , soak up the sun and enjoy the atmosphere of a real French town. From December to April St Gervais is at the heart of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, including Megeve and Les Contamines and creating the 3rd largest ski area in France with 445 km of pistes, great offpiste options and 5 snowparks. If this is not enough the Tramway du Mont Blanc, one of only 3 mountain railways left if France takes you to the Col de Voza, from where you can ski to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. There is of course plenty for those who do not want to hurtle down the mountains, with snowshoe walks, cross county ski trails, dog sleds, swimming pool and spas, or meet up with the rest of the group at one of the restaurants on the mountain. As all the locals will tell you, Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe at 4810m is in St Gervais and gives fantastic year round backdrops. It also sets the scene for the summer with a huge range of activities on offer. Summer walks in the alpine pasture, stop off at a goat farm, or gaze up to the Mont Blanc range whilst relaxing at the new pool complex. Get pampered at Les Bains du Mont Blanc a spa, located in a beautiful ‘thermal park' offering a full range of treatments. Tennis , mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, a 65 m bungy jump from the new bridge and of course standing on top of Mont Blanc are just some of the things you can do in and around St Gervais . Local lakes offer beaches and swimming, sailing and more. Ideally located, Annecy, Italy and Geneva are all within an hours drive.
- David Cowx
ParadiskiLa Plagne, Montchavin les Coches, Bourg Saint Maurice, Plagne Montalbert, Villaroger
La Plagne and Les Arcs form the incredible PARADISKI ski area; with some 425kms of piste this is one of the worldâ€™s largest ski areas. There is something for everyone, from ski in ski out apartments in the high altitude resorts to large and luxurious chalets in the more traditional villages such as Montchavin, Montalbert and Vallandry. This part of France is not just about skiing and winter sports, in the spring, summer and autumn, there are a whole host of activities on offer. Then, for a taste of different culture, why not drive over the mountain pass into Italy - FANTASTIC!
- Emma Horsfall
Three ValleysVallée de Belleville: Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens
Imagine making your dream a reality by owning a property in the Three Valleys ski area, the largest in the world with over 600km of ski slopes. If you are looking for an investment, a permanent home or a ski pad for family and friends, you have come to the right place. The stunning Belleville valley offers tremendous possibilities, from the traditional wooden and stone chalets in the numerous charming villages such as St Martin de Belleville, to the functional apartments and luxury residences in Val Thorens and Les Menuires. The Belleville valley is proud to have some of the best skiing and off piste skiing in the world along with its modern ski lift systems. The Valley is also home to the highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens, which is an excellent bet for good snow conditions even late in the season. Summer is not to be missed, with plenty of outdoor activities such as beautiful walks, great mountain bike trails, local goat farms and more.
- Jackson Collins
Les Hautes AlpesSerre Chevalier, Briancon, Montgenevre, Puy St Vincent, Risoul, Vars, Devoluy, Pelvoux
Covering the geographical area south west of Grenoble all the way over to the Italian frontier and everything south, lies the southern Alps. Within them are a treasure trove of ski resorts, Alpe D'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier and Montgenevre. The Serre Chevalier Valley is made up of many villages and hamlets as well as the town of Briancon, the highest town in France and the vast Ecrin national park. The high tree line coupled with amazing off piste make it an all-round ski paradise. Transport to Serre Chevalier is much easier than before with regular flights to Grenoble and Turin
- Lenka Koutnakova
The Pays de Gex comprises 27 municipalities and has a population of over 80,000. It is located in the Franco-Geneva cross-border urban area known as “Greater Geneva” with almost 920,000 inhabitants. Located on the right bank of Lake Geneva, the Pays de Gex has the advantage of its close proximity to Geneva and its superb infrastructure: Geneva International Airport (13 million passengers in 2012), CERN (the biggest nuclear research laboratories in Europe), PALEXPO (congress and exhibition center best known for the famous annual Geneva Car EXPO), as well as Geneva's international district with many UN agencies, international organizations, and more then 250 NGOs. It is also a favorite destination for tourists as the Pays de Gex offers an exceptional quality of life and environment within a major urban area. It offers a wide range of sporting activities (magnificent cross-country and downhill skiing resorts in the Jura mountain range as well as the Alps, water activities, golf courses, horseback riding, paragliding, etc.). There are also many cultural and musical events, such as summer festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and traditional historical events. The Pays de Gex opens the door to Europe at large, situated only a day's drive away to many other countries. It is one of the biggest international and cosmopolitan regions in Europe, characterized by its beautiful natural landscapes of vineyards, Lake Geneva and the beautiful panorama of the Alps and the Jura. Besides the beautiful landscape one can enjoy the many delicacies of the region representing the unique cultural backgrounds of the people. Start with the famous Swiss cheese and chocolate, then continue with French estragon and asparagus, finishing off with Italian truffle. What makes this region so special is the white wine. The vineyards spread across the steep slopes above the lake and complete the fantastic view with the panorama of the Alps. The wine from this region cannot be found anywhere in the shops. (This wine is typically not exported) The local winemakers keep the production relatively small in order to keep the quality superior and selling only from their farms or during frequents winetasting events, or to the local restaurants. One cannot miss to taste the white wine which is the local specialty. There is not need to add that Geneva offers the most luxurious shops mostly with watches, continue with famous Christies' s and Sotheby's auctions. The Pays de Gex is a slice of Paradise, offering something for everybody.
- Max Ashton
Massif des BaugesAillons-Margeriaz, Semnoz, La Sambuy
Lake Annecy is one of the most sought after and beautiful areas of France. What is little known is that much of the lake falls within the Massif des Bauges, a well kept French secret, protected national park and an International Geopark. The Bauges is a hidden treasure stretching from Annecy to Aix-les-Bains and over to Chambery. From the centre of the Bauges you are within 25kms of any of these major tourist centres, just 55 minutes from Geneva airport and 30 kms from Chambery airport. The Bauges offers a wealth of sporting and cultural activities in a location that's hard to beat. With 3 family friendly ski areas including Aillons-Margeriaz; Le Semnoz and Savoie Grand Revard (the largest cross-country ski resort in France) there are some outstanding winter sports opportunities. In 2013 the Bauges hit the world stage as the venue for the final deciding stage of the Tour de France. Starting in Annecy, touring through the Bauges to an exciting first tour victory for Chris Froome on Mount Semnoz. Multiple cols and quiet roads make it truly heaven for cyclists. Whether you like swimming in the lakes, walking in the mountains, or any other outdoor activity, you'll find it here in the Massif des Bauges. Of course, there's always the option to just enjoy the tranquility of the area, marvel at the views and relax. To find an area of outstanding natural beauty in close proximity to major towns and airports is rare. And yet, incredibly, it is still possible to find characterful property to renovate and barns to convert at a more than reasonable price. At the other end of the spectrum you can find prestige properties with views over mountains and lakes. The Massif des Bauges region has something for everyone and something for every budget. But whatever home you choose, you'll be guaranteed an unrivalled environment and a lifestyle to lift your spirit.
- Michele Jones
Three ValleysCourchevel, La Tania, Bozel, Brides les Bains; La Vanoise: Pralognan, Champagny
Courchevel and the Three Valleys speak for themselves. There is so much more to this area than the world's largest ski resort with guaranteed snow! Spring, summer & autumn are also amazing times to spend here in these mountains. If you love the great outdoors and fresh air then come explore this area hiking, mountain biking or flying over the valleys while paragliding. The ever changing colours and scenery, the fragrance of the forest & mountain meadows leave you intoxicated!
- Niven Dyer
Les Deux AlpesMont de Lans, Venosc; Alpe d'Huez: Bourg d'Oisans, Venosc, Vaujany, Oz, Ornon, Villard Reuclas
Located in the Southern Alps I cover the geographical area to the east of Grenoble, reaching as far as the world famous big mountain off-piste ski resort of La Grave. There are many small ski resorts located in this area such as Ornon, Oz, Vaujnay and Venosc. Many of these smaller resorts are linked to the two largest and better known resorts of Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes which has one of the largest skiable glaciers in Europe. This diversity in mountain locations provides a great variety of properties encompassing different styles and materials for those wishing to experience the alpine lifestyle either on a permanent basis or purely on vacation. From magnificent stone built eighteenth century conversions to ultra modern wooden chalets or just a small studio apartment there is something to suit everyone.
- Stephanie Donoghue
Aravis/AnnecyLa Clusaz, Grand Bornand, Manigod, Thones; La Giettaz
Lake Annecy, the purest lake in Europe, is ideal for summer and winter holidays offering picturesque Savoyard and lakeside medieval villages, colourful outdoor markets, a hive of water activities all within the idyllic setting of a beautiful lake and the mountains. Just a stone's throw from Annecy, is the 'Massif des Aravis' with the ski resorts La Clusaz, Grand Bornand and Manigod. If you have never skied through a forest of fir trees whilst listening to the rustling of the fresh snow beneath you, come and experience this, along with many other magical sensations.
- Steve Pangli
Three ValleysVallée de Belleville: Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens
In the heart of the stunning Savoie region is the beautiful Belleville Valley, which makes up part of the world's largest linked ski resort, the Three Valleys. Whilst some of the resort has a purpose-built feel, this valley in general is (in my opinion) the most authentic and traditional-feeling of the whole Three Valleys, especially in and around the lovely year-round town of St Martin de Belleville. Higher up the valley is the multi award-winning resort of Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe – based at 2300m. Equally picturesque in the powder-filled winters as during the lush, green summer, this idyllic mountain spot is perfect as a base for skiing and for relaxing breaks throughout the year. Obviously there is always demand for properties here for rental, so you also have the potential to generate some income whilst owning a property in the area. To surmise – it is a wonderful location for a ski base, an investment opportunity or as a permanent home.
- Theo Camfferman
Three ValleysMeribel, Les Allues
Meribel is the central valley of the largest ski domain in the world, Les 3 Vallées. The strict architectural codes of alpine sloping rooflines, timber and stone cladding compliment the setting and make it one of the most attractive high altitude French ski resorts. It is however, much more than winter ski resort and an extended stay in summer or during the colours of autumn are needed to appreciate this. Méribel continues to become increasingly popular with the big spenders of the world and the strong capital growth over the years is likely to continue.
- Zoe Swiderski
ParadiskiLes Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry, Bourg St Maurice
Paradiski is the second largest linked skiable domain in the world with 425km of pistes, two glaciers over 3000m high and 70% of the skiable domain higher than 2000m. We cover the Les Arcs area which includes Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the valley along with the ski resorts of Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000; and the Peisey-Vallandry area which includes Landry in the valley, Peisey-Nancroix villages, and Vallandry / Plan Peisey resorts. Although it is a world-renowned ski area, you can get excellent value for money when purchasing property here, whether you are looking at a small studio as a first investment, a village house, or a luxury chalet to start your own business. It is also one of the few resorts that can be reached entirely by public transport, with no need for expensive transfers. The Eurostar stops in Landry and terminates in the vibrant valley town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the funicular will take you directly up to Arc 1600 in just 7 minutes. In addition to all the winter activities available, Paradiski is a superb summer destination with walking, mountain bike trails, paragliding and even a golf course. In the valley you can find shops, a lovely cycle path alongside the river, white water rafting and some terrific destinations for a day out - the Petit Saint Bernard pass is just 40 minutes away and takes you over the border into Italy where you can sample some of the best pizzas and icecream!
- Lucilia Desjeunes
Three ValleysVallée de Belleville: Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens
The Belleville Valley is located in the heart of The Three Valley resort, the largest ski area in the world and benefits an easy access. Life here is magical! Peaceful year round with plenty of nature and interesting walks. There are many different activities on top of Alpine and Mountain and Road biking. What makes this region so charming is its authenticity, especially the Belleville Valley, with its quaint villages. With Les Menuires, the best family ski resort, Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the world and the small, welcoming Savoie villages, there is something for everyone. Winter, being the most established season assures 24 weeks of full-on sporting activity with its guaranteed snow. This area is ideal if you're purchasing as an investment, a holiday home or a year-round family home.
- Nick Jones
Portes du SoleilChatel, Abondance, Bernex, Morzine, Thollon les Memises
Welcome to Chatel, Evian-les-Bains and the Abondance Valley - 2 of the most beautiful mountain and lakeside destinations in the French Alps - and the lush alpine valley in between that sweeps south from the shores of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) to the snow capped peaks of the high alps. This small part of the Haute Savoie is without doubt one of the most beautiful and exciting areas to live, work and play in the world, all year round - and yet remains relatively undiscovered by many. Just 75 minutes by car from the bustling city of Geneva and its international airport and 30 minutes from the closest French autoroute, Chatel, Evian and the Abondance Valley are all easily accessed from major UK and European cities - great for home owners and property investors, and ideal for weekend, week or longer winter ski and summer breaks. Chatel sits at the head of the valley, a charming and very traditional alpine village at the heart of the massive Portes Du Soleil - the worlds largest interconnected ski area - offering 650 km of pistes for all abilities that traverse the border country between France and Switzerland in winter - and transform into the worlds leading collection of mountain bike trails during the summer. The very chic lakeside resort of Evian-les-Bains sits in an idyllic location at the foot of the valley, on the shores of Lake Leman, opposite the lakeside towns of the Swiss Riviera - Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux. Famed for the quality and healing capabilities of its water, Evian also offers a rich and diverse mix of cultural, art and sporting activities - playing host to regular concerts and art exhibitions as well as major sporting events, including the the Annual Ladies Masters Golf Tournament at the Evian Royal Golf club. The world famous Montreux Jazz Festival takes place close by for three weeks in July each year. In between Evian and Chatel, the Abondance Valley offers peace, quiet and stunning views and vistas from a host of small Savoyard hamlets and villages located along the valley. Whether your interests are mountain, lake or a combination of both - including skiing, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, beaches, swimming, sailing, music, art, theatre, gastronomy, wine and more, this wonderfully diverse region undoubtedly has something for you.
- Marco Chiaudano
Chamonix Mont BlancChamonix
I was born in Turin, Italy, where i have lived for almost 40 years. Beautiful town surrounded by hills and mountains. I got to know the Chamonix valley thanks to my great passions: mountains and trail running. And the first time i came here it’s been love at first sight! And finally, after almost 14 years of banking job i decided to move and live in the mountains. That has been my dream come true, and my aim with Leggett is to help those who, like me, dream of a mountain life in the stunning French Alps.
- Honor Poole
I first came here with my husband in 2005, we bought and renovated a house to become a catered ski chalet in the French Pyrenees. Having moved on from this activity, with a small family, we do still live locally to our first adventure! This area is magnetic..........We have loved France from the moment we arrived and don't regret a thing! We enjoy the vast ski area up in the Pyrenees Orientales and neighbouring Spanish and Andorran resorts, the beautiful mountain hikes for all levels and the summer is just spectacular with a multitude of lakes to picnic alongside!Previously I have worked as a yachtmaster sailing instructor and area manager, so I truly enjoy helping and working with a variety of people in different places.Working as an agent for Leggett is an exciting job for me, as I get to visit some amazing and interesting properties in this fabulous place and truly enjoy helping people find their dream here in France.
- Carole Cavet
Portes du SoleilLes Gets
10 reasons to choose Portes du Soleil - Morzine, Les Gets. The closest Alpine area to the Channel ports and just a 75 minute easy transfer from Geneva international airport. The huge Portes du Soleil ski area with 650kms of interlinked ski pistes, for all levels of ability, + 7 snow parks, spanning 13 resorts in 2 countries (France and Switzerland), all on one lift pass. Constant investment in infrastructure that makes sure the ski area is always at the top of its game. Internationally renowned resorts of Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz offering everything visitors need - restaurants, bars, mountain cafés, après ski activities, nightlife, and a comprehensive programme of special events such as the hugely popular ‘Rock the Pistes’... Fantastic choice of property for buyers depending on their search criteria, from modern, luxury apartments in the main resorts to a traditional farm in one of the charming Savoyard villages close by. Strongly sought after rental area (if you’re thinking of renting some weeks). Or imagine Home Exchange possibilities worldwide! Dynamic summer season with hugely increasing popularity of mountain biking and road biking. Both Morzine and Les Gets are firmly on the mountain/road biking calendar with internationally recognised events such as the Tour de France and Crankworx.... Loads of activities for a fantastic summer holiday - MTB, mountain walks, sunbathing by the lakes, water sports, white water rafting, paragliding, tennis, golf Easy access to resorts of Evian, Thonon, Yvoire, on Lake Geneva, with their cobbled streets and pavement cafés, sailing centres and outdoor water parks. Spring and Autumn - the secret seasons of homeowners, when the tourists have gone - with amazing Spring flowers, Autumn colours to rival New England, typical Savoyard events and traditions like the Autumn wine fair and the procession of cattle up to Alpine pasture in the Spring and back down in the Autumn.
- Patrick Graham
Three Valleys, Meribel, Les AlluesMéribel
We here are all thankful for the fortuitous discovery of the valley of Méribel by the original handful of British ski pioneers and for their vision which led to the birth of skiing in this valley and its development, and ultimately the development of the world renowned Three Valleys ski domain which surrounds it. Known locally as the heart of the three valleys Méribel has retained a unique charm and character born of a sensitive approach to architecture and town planning throughout those early years. Today Méribel resort is a beautiful example of harmony between well-appointed and beautifully designed chalets and apartments and a modern, sophisticated ski-lift system. This legacy extends today throughout the entire valley. The delightful village of Les Allues and the hamlets scattered along the valley have become home to many seeking an outdoor lifestyle with break taking views and magnificent scenery all year long. The Méribel valley is now a thriving international community with year round amenities and services. The perfect place for a change of life for a while, or perhaps even a little longer.
- Carole Lobertreau
Portes du SoleilMorzine, St Jean d'Aulps, Le Biot, Abondance
This area is amazing, and I fell in love with it at first sight. The mountain landscape is fabulous in every season and the skiing in the winter is amazing. It is also a community where people live all year and not just a ski resort. It provides such a lovely and friendly atmosphere. There are activities for everyone and life all year round. Whatever attracts you to the mountains you will find: Skiing, boarding, down hill biking, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, as well as swimming, chilling and relaxing, always surrounded by superb panorama. We are also so close to Lake Léman, it is just a half an hour drive away down to the lovely lakeside town Thonon- les-Bains. There are so many other amazing places like Evian-les-Bains, Geneva, Montreux, Lausanne, Annecy, Saint Gervais-les-Bains, Megève, Chamonix Mont Blanc, I couldn’t dream of any better location between lake and mountains. On top of this there is the amazingly practical closeness and access to Geneva Airport permitting to travel so easily all over the world. So many things to do, so many things to see, so much to appreciate. If you’re not convinced, just come for a visit and I will pass on to you my love of this area and properties. See you soon
- Andrea Bevan
Evasion Mont BlancLes Contamines, Combloux, Megève, La Giettaz
I live in the beautiful spa town of Saint Gervais les Bains and work across all of the resorts that make up the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. Whether you're here in the winter or summer, you can enjoy the natural beauty and alpine charm that this area offers. The whole area enjoys spectacular views of the Mont Blanc Massif and benefits from very easy access to Geneva airport (1 hour). There is also now the option of taking a direct train from Geneva to St Gervais-Le Fayet with the new Léman Express. The resort towns of Saint Gervais, Les Contamines, Combloux, Megève and La Giettaz offer 450km of pistes and make up the third largest ski area in France. We're spoilt for choice when it comes to winter sports activities with everything right on our doorstep. The downhill skiing spans from lovely wide green pistes for beginners to off-piste and everything in between. The resorts also offer a great selection of cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing or just relaxing in one of the many bars, cafes or excellent restaurants. We are also very lucky to have the Parc Thermal in Saint Gervais les Bains which houses the historic Thermal Baths. They have recently been completely refurbished and are a great option for resting tired muscles after a day's skiing! The historic Tramway de Mont Blanc (the highest railway in France) runs from the town of Saint Gervais and gives direct access to the neighbouring resort of Les Houches which sits in the Chamonix valley. In the summer months, you can take a leisurely stroll through the towns, stopping for a pain au chocolat and café au lait or be slightly more adventurous taking one of the many lifts up to the hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, via ferrata or even paragliding on offer at the top. Back down in the valley you can cool off white-water rafting or swimming in one of the beautiful (and often very fresh!) mountain lakes. St Gervais and Megève also both have fantastic swimming pool complexes open year-round with indoor and outdoor pools, perfect for topping-up your tan. This area offers amazing activities and facilities coupled with historic charm and natural beauty. Whether you're looking for a small studio in town or a chalet on the piste, I'd love to help you find your dream property!
- Sophie LeBarcq
Three ValleysCourchevel, La Tania, Bozel, Brides les Bains; La Vanoise: Pralognan, Champagny
Alps are my home for 18 years and I’m based in Courchevel for 10 years now. My experience in tourism and ski industry are skills that I'll be happy to share with you.
- Maxwell Aitken
Espace KillyTarentaise, Espace Killy, Tignes, Val d'Isère and Ste Foye en Tarentaise
Ste Foy is often described as a hidden jewel centred in an area recognised as being possibly one of the very best winter and summer alpine regions. With an impressive total of seven world class ski resorts, including Val d'sere and Tignes all within easy reach, and excellent year round attractions, the choice of location and activities is exciting. Ste Foy is a relatively new resort, dating back to 1990, and the development has been carefully planned with great respect to the history and culture of the area. The resort offers great family skiing, but is also famous with access to outstanding off piste powder trails. By the end of your holiday you'll be on first name terms with many locals, making you feel quite special about this beautiful village.
- Jill Steward
Haute-SavoieSamoëns, Morillon, Verchaix et Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval
The picture-perfect villages of Samoëns, Morillon, Verchaix and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval sit in the stunning Vallée du Giffre, nestled between the Morzine and Chamonix valleys. Samoëns was described as one of France's best ski resorts by an article in the Telegraph back in 2012. From Samoëns, and the surrounding villages, the whole of the Grand Massif ski area and its 265 km of pistes – the fifth largest in Europe as it includes Flaine and Les Carroz – can be explored. The valley is just a 50 minute drive from Geneva, making it one of the most accessible snow-sure resorts in the French Alps. In summer, the Vallée du Giffre is just as popular with families and adventure seekers alike. They are drawn to the fabulous hiking opportunities and mountain biking – using the chairlifts for access. There’s an outdoor pool in Samoëns, a swimming lake in Morillon, whitewater rafting on the Giffre, plus tennis, pony trekking, adventure parks, weekly markets and numerous summer festivals. At the top of the valley is the quintessential mountain village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. Surrounded by towering peaks, thundering waterfalls, and, crucially, no through road, it offers a peace and tranquility unrivalled in the Haute-Savoie. Samoëns itself is a ‘monument historique’ famed for its stonemasons and traditional Savoyard ambience and architecture. The village has a fabulous botanical garden, created in 1906, and the only one of its kind in the Alps, with more than 5,000 plants. While the locals do well to preserve their history, it would be unfair to say they aren’t looking to the future. In the last few years, several ski-lifts have either been upgraded or added in the Grand Massif. This is a resort on the up with year-round appeal and endless charm. For an overview of the area, search for ‘Samoëns Office de Tourisme’ on You Tube.
- Belinda Bateson
Portes du SoleilMorzine, Avoriaz, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Montriond and Les Gets
The Vallee D’Aulps is a stunning area of the Alps, stretching from Thonon-Les-Bains to Morzine. As part of the Portes du Soleil area we boast more than 650km of marked pistes and around 200 ski lifts, linking most of the resorts. Covering over 1,000 square kilometres this special area has something for everyone. Winter sports including skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and skinning. The Portes du Soleil also has a vibrant summer season with mountain biking, hiking,climbing, trail running, road cycling and open water swimming, to name just a few of the abundance of activities available. Stretching from Morzine to Thonon-Les-Bains the towns of my area are Morzine, Avoriaz, Saint Jean d”Aulps, Montriond and Les Gets. The beautiful villages of La Baume, Le Biot, Seytroux and Essert Romand.
- Dennis Disfors
Serre Chevalier, Via Lattea, La Forêt Blanche, Les Orres, Puy Saint Vincent, La Grave, PelvouxBriançon, Saint Chaffrey, Chantemerle, Villeneuve-la-Salle, La-Salle-Les-Alpes, Monêtier-les-Bains, Montgenèvre, Risoul, Les Orres, Puy Saint Vincent, La Grave, Vallouise, Vars
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN ALPS covering the geographical area south west of Grenoble all the way over to the Italian frontier and then everything south, lies the southern Alps. Within them are a treasure trove of ski resorts, some well known like Serre Chevalier and Montgenèvre. This great diversity in mountain resorts gives us a fabulous choice when it comes to buying property in the Alps. Whether you are looking for foot of piste access or a remote hide-away, this vast yet relatively unknown area has something for everyone. SERRE CHEVALIER This “jewel in the crown” is one of the best kept secrets in the southern alps. Here the high tree line coupled with amazing off piste make it an all-round ski paradise. Unlike many other mountain resorts, The Serre Chevalier Valley is made up of many villages and hamlets as well as the town of Briancon, the highest town in France. Monêtier-les-Bains, the highest of the villages ,has a typical alpine atmosphere as well as having the beautiful open air spa baths. Here you can relax after a hard day's ski and enjoy the magnificent views of the hanging glacier and snow capped peaks. Serre Chevalier isn't a purpose built resort and as such is an ideal place to consider having an alpine home with all of the facilities associated with normal living – transport, education and shops. At the same time this amazing resort is only a few kms away from hidden valleys, high mountain pastures and the vast Ecrin national park. Transport to Serre Chevalier is much easier than before with regular flights to both Grenoble and Turin airports. Montgenèvre, as part of the Voie Lactee (milky way) ski domain, Montgenèvre sits on the edge of the 3rd largest ski area in the world. Built in 1907, it is said to be one of the first ever purpose built resorts in france. Montgenèvre is a popular family resort with easy piste access and beginner/toddler slopes in the heart of the town. In summer the lower slopes transform into a 9 hole golf course, whilst the higher slopes become part of the very challenging Montgenèvre Downhill Mountain Bike Park. Access to Montgenèvre is easy with daily flights to Turin airport, only 1 hour away
- Nicola Ashmore
Paradkiski, Espace KillyBourg Saint Maurice,Les Arcs, La plagne, Tignes, Val d'Isere, Villaroger
I'm based in the heart of the Tarentaise valley. Surrounded by world class ski resorts and right on the border with Italy, Bourg St Maurice is an Alpine hub. Access to the area is unparalleled, just 2 hours from Geneva or Lyon airport and the terminus for the Eurostar, it couldn’t be easier to get here. The funicular links the town to Les Arcs and the Paradiski domain and the world class resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère, La Rosière and Ste Foy Tarentaise are all within a half hour drive. Whether you’re looking for a year-round home in a bustling valley town, a chalet d’alpage tucked away in the hills, a modern ski apartment in resort or a cosy chalet in a traditional Alpine village, the Tarentaise valley has something for everyone! And it’s not only the winter that makes this place special; summer in the valley offers endless sunshine, trips over the border to Italy, daring mountain bike trails, stunning hikes and beautiful lakes for sunbathing, swimming or wakeboarding. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be sure to find something just right for you!
- Céline Bardone
Le Grand DomaineValmorel , Aigueblanche
Valmorel – Le Grand Domaine and Aigueblanche valleys are located at the Tarentaise doorsteps, which makes Valmorel « The first Tarentaise resort » (30 min. from Albertville / 1h30 from Geneva). Nestled in magnificient landscapes, surrounded by iconics peaks, Valmorel is a family and really authentic resort (small buildings made of traditionnal materials, small squares, underground car parks...). The main street is pedestrian and covered with snow during the winter. The relief is gentle and offers a huge range of activities, both winter and summer : 165km ski slopes with easily accessible ski lifts, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, paragliding, dog sledding, mountain and down hill biking, road cycling with the famous Col de la Madeleine, nordic walking and trails, and also thermal baths in La Léchère. The hamlets are typical and the quality of life unsurpassed, connected to nature. Whether it is for an investment, holidays or to live there year-round, you will find here your ideal property in a preserved environment!
- Didier Moranval
Southern AlpsSerre-Chevalier, Montgenèvre, Puy Saint Vincent, Vars Risoul, La Grave, La Meije
I am lucky to be surrounded by the most beautiful ski resorts in the Southern Alps. Serre-Chevalier, Montgenèvre, Puy Saint Vincent, Vars Risoul, and of course the mecca of freeride skiing - La Grave La Meije. The mountains here are a well kept secret preserving their natural beauty and somehow escaping mass tourism. The larch trees which cover these mountains have the particularity of “blushing” in Autumn for a spectacular display. Briançon, the highest city in Europe at 1326 m, is a city of 15,000 inhabitants with a flourishing commercial centre, innovative companies and optical fiber coming soon. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site is a pleasure to explore with its gargoyles, fortifications, and ramparts.
- Jules Frost
Three ValleysMeribel Valley
Say Méribel to most people and they know where you’re talking about. Part of the Three Valleys ski area, the largest linked ski area in the world, together with Courchevel and the Belleville Valley, the wooded mountain scenery is beautiful year-round. Known primarily for its skiing and extensive number of well-groomed pistes, summer and autumn bring a colourful beauty to the valley that is also not to be missed. And you’re never far from a ski-lift in winter or a hiking trail year-round, wherever your home is situated. Villages dot the route between the principal town of Les Allues and Méribel centre, all maintaining that traditional Savoyard look to blend in seamlessly. They have each taken on a unique character; Meribel Village and Meribel Centre have a mix of beautiful chalets and discreet apartment buildings, Le Raffort is becoming an upmarket enclave of designer chalets while Les Allues and neighbouring small villages mostly maintain their original Savoyard character chalets and village houses. Further up the mountain is the newer resort of Meribel-Mottaret, which offers ski-in ski-out apartments. There’s also the opportunity to purchase old barns for renovation to your taste. If you’re looking for a Three Valleys property, Méribel is definitely the place to explore.
- Anna Hjalmsson
Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Domaine Evasion Mont BlancChamonix, Argentiere, Les Houches
Chamonix is known by mountain lovers all over the world. Located at the foot of the Mont Blanc and only an hour away from Geneva Airport, this vibrant mountain village offers something that few other resorts can - a combination of everything.The accessibility and the year-round activity makes Chamonix a fantastic place to own a property, whether it is for primary or secondary use. It also makes it advantageous in terms of investments from a rental potential.Chamonix is an all-year round village and even in low-season between winter and summer, it is just a fabulous place to be at. The different villages within the valley all have their different charm and you will quickly find your own favorite, depending on your preferences.There are plenty of restaurants for every price range, from take-out streetfood to Michelin starred. There are also local buses and a train taking you around the valley if you prefer to leave your car at home. From Chamonix there are also several other fantastic areas within less than half an hour’s reach: Switzerland, Courmayeur Italy, Saint Gervais and Megève just to mention a few.
- Sian Maher
Three ValleysCourchevel, La Tania, Bozel, Champagny, Pralognan
The Courchevel valley really does have it all: The ski resort of Courchevel has 5 main villages each with their own identities. There is the high end luxury village of Courchevel 1850, the pretty, original village of Le Praz, as well as Moriond/1650 with its shops, restaurants and gentle ski area, Courchevel Village /1550 with its easy access to 1850 and the impressive new Aquamotion sports and swimming pool complex and then at 1300m there is the fantastic family resort of La Tania. Each village has direct access to the 600M of ski runs of the 3 Valleys with 339 Alpine ski pistes,163 ski lifts and more than 2100 snow canons. There are also multiple cross country tracks and ski randonee pistes as well as lakes and forests to enjoy on foot. There are numerous other small hamlets in the area, and at the foot of the valley is the year round larger village of Bozel with its shops, bars, swimming lake and mountain views. Two other ski resorts are also in this area, Champagny with direct access via skilift to the Paradiski and Pralognon tucked up at the end of the valley. The property options are so varied here and include apartments, luxurious chalets with swimming pools and spa areas, new build chalets and apartments as well as traditional stone and wooden village homes and uninhabited barns ready for conversion. The area is fantastic for summer and winter holidays or year round living. Life can be as active with outdoor activities as you want it to be, or you can just sit back and admire the stunning views wherever you look.
- Jill Christer
Meribel is ideally located at the heart of the Three Valleys, alongside the Courchevel and Belleville valleys, together making up the largest interlinked ski area in the world. Meribel still retains a wonderful Alpine charm and offers everything from cosy ski apartments, quaint village houses, to extensive luxury chalets. Meribel is the ideal place to buy your next property whether you are looking for an investment, a permanent home or a holiday getaway for your family and friends. The Meribel valley not only has a fantastic winter destination, but is also just as beautiful in the summer months for hiking, mountain biking or relaxing.
- Phill Ingle
Hautes-AlpesEmbrun, Châteauroux les Alpes, Vars, Risoul, Les Orres, Le Sauze du Lac, Guillestre
The area around Embrun is special because of the multitude of outdoor activities that it caters to. The Ecrins mountains are an amazing alpine playground, bolder and more remote than the Mont Blanc massif. The mountain biking in this area is outstanding with miles of single track winding through the mountains. The Durance river basin is the primary destination in Europe for kayaking and other white water activities. The ski resorts of Les Orres, Vars and Risoul are excellent, and less well known, and less busy than those further north. Smaller intimate stations like Crevoux and Reallon provide great days out. And then there is the lake, Serre Poncon, one of the largest in Western Europe, and only 15 minutes drive from four ski resorts, there are few places where you have a ski resort and a lake in such close proximity.
- Benjamin Shinn
Savoie - Maurienne ValleyLa Norma, Orelle, Saint Sorlin d’Arves - Sybelles
Welcome to the Maurienne valley. The lesser known valley of Savoie that has a real punch when it comes to outstanding opportunities/variety for snowsports activity, mountain sports and outright inspiring scenery. We (and I say "we", as this is my home) can ski any kind of terrain we want through all the normal months of the winter, with access to the 3vallees ski area for high altitude but also access to the 10+ Maurienne resorts each having unique charm and thrill seeking terrain...but also the traditional village "chocolate box" setting. By summer we are known for our unspoilt mountain access and altitude activities. If you're a cyclist... it's a dream... be it accessing the bucket list cols or mountain biking the tree lined descents. There's a real family attitude too.. something to inspire every generation. Down mountain we have beautiful savoyard villages with traditional hearts and community spirit. The real French touch and year round. The autoroute du Maurienne means we are well connected. From the valley bottom we are only just over 1 hr from Grenoble/ Lyon/ Geneva airports so access to Paris and London is in very reasonable time, meaning for those who need to keep connected but escape at the same time and quickly disconnect... this area is a high contender.
- Sophie Treadwell
Haute-SavoieAnnecy, Villy le Peloux
Welcome to The Haute Savoie, one of the many wonders of France and my home for the last 31 years. Haute-Savoie is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France, bordering both Switzerland and Italy.Annecy is the prefecture and largest city of the Haute-Savoie region. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometres south of Geneva. Nicknamed the “Venice of the Alps”, it is a true gem. Surrounded by the Aravis and Semnoz mountains, access to all local resorts makes for great winter sports. The lakes Leman, Annecy and Le Bourget provide a wonderful choice of summer activities, great for family and friends. There are plenty of biking and walking trails to be found around the lakes and into the surrounding hills, and for the not so faint hearted, parapenting enthusiasts fill the skies. The Château de Menthon, Chateau d’Annecy and Chateau Montrottier are just a few of many interesting medieval castles nearby. Colorful markets in Annecy old town, and the smaller villages, sell great produce from local farms in the area.
- Ruth Gibbons
Grand MassifFlaine, les Carroz
Located in the Haute-Savoie and facing Mont Blanc, the Grand Massif ski area is well known to snow sports enthusiasts all over Europe. It is home to 62 lifts and 139 runs, including the 14km Cascade run, the longest blue run in Europe, and is quickly developing into the nearest large ski resort to Geneva. Here you can find skiing for all abilities and many people return year on year to enjoy a winter visit. However, the area is not just a winter destination and offers summer visitors a wealth of activities, including paragliding, white water rafting, walking, mountain biking, road biking, fatbiking and of course a wealth of stunning scenery to enjoy. Whatever your reasons for purchasing, your budget or your taste, you will undoubtedly be able to find a property to suit your needs. From the predominantly pedestrian village of Flaine, with its selection of modern chalets and apartments, many of which are ski-in-ski-out and ideal as investment properties, to the range of picturesque alpine chalets in Les Carroz, ideal for primary or secondary residences, or indeed business opportunities, to rural properties ripe for renovation found in and around the small villages of the Grand Massif, there is something for everyone. The area is within easy reach of Geneva airport (1-1.25 hours drive) and close to the motorway network, making it an equally good location for either a holiday home, an investment property or indeed for a permanent residence.
MUCH MORE THAN JUST SKI PROPERTYWhen you think of the French Alps, you would be forgiven for thinking "SKI" but there is so much more. We have soaring mountain ranges, lush valleys, rushing water, still lakes and farmland plains. We also have great weather to top it off, and the four seasons are very clearly and wonderfully defined.
Undoubtedly this is a stunning region all year round.
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