Dec 20, 2018 / FRANCE

Cordon Property Investment Guide

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Cordon nestles near the Aravis mountain range and boasts spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Described as a village whose rhythm is preserved by the seasons, living in Cordon gives an experience of traditional alpine village life. You can ski and walk between pine trees and classic chalets and then, of course, there's the incredible view. As soon as you drink in the crisp, cool surroundings, you’ll understand why Cordon is known as “the balcony of Mont Blanc”. Buying property in Cordon is a sound investment and a feast for the senses.

The village itself has a population of 985 and is situated 580m above sea level, near the town of Sallanches and the ski resorts of Chamonix and Megève. The area around Cordon is enjoying something of an alpine renaissance, with a multi-million-pound investment regularly being injected into the area's infrastructure, allowing the construction of the TK Les Luteins rope lift in 2005. This lift is ideal for beginners, and cements Cordon's reputation as a family resort.

Living in Cordon and things to do

Cordon’s ski area sits at an elevation of 1000m and enjoys around 550 of snow. It’s an ideal family ski resort, with 11 km of trails. These are made up of 6 km of red routes, 4 of blue, and a beginner’s green route of approximately 1 kilometre. A regular shuttle bus to the slopes and seven ski lifts means access is easy, and the three altitude restaurants mean there’s no danger of going hungry. It’s a superb spot if you or your family are new to the wonders of skiing, offering a ski school and dedicated beginner’s area.

Whilst Cordon itself doesn’t offer runs for expert skiers, with its great connections to neighbouring resort there are challenging black runs within easy reach at the Evasion Mont-Blanc Ski area. Cross country skiers will also be in seventh heaven, enjoying 240km of trails through exquisite alpine scenes.

Cordon and culture

You’ll find cultural attractions dotted around the area of Cordon, such as the picturesque Cordon Castle, which dates back to the 11th century. There is also an abundance of natural beauty as well as magnificent, such as Cascade d’Arpenez, one of the tallest waterfalls in France – that makes a lovely spot for a relaxed picnic full of local delicacies.

Living in Cordon means you can immerse yourself in the local community, and experience traditional festivals. Music lovers will adore the Baroque festival each July, brimming with prestigious ensembles and fascinating workshops. For a more rambunctious affair, there’s Feast Miou, that celebrates local pastries and fondue each August.

Most of all, buying property in Cordon means you can enjoy the calm and tranquillity of a traditional alpine village, as well as the pleasure of a family friendly ski resort.

Cordon snow and weather reports

Property investment in Cordon means knowing you’ll have a good chance of snow and our resort guide has an up to date snow report in Cordon, which you can find here.

As a guide, the 2017 ski season saw 360cm total snowfall, with a maximum base depth of 85cm and a maximum summit depth of 230 cm. The average base depth was 48 cm, whilst average summit dept was 172 cm. There was also a total of twenty snowfall days spread throughout the season, ensuring a constant supply of fresh snow across the runs.

Cordon enjoys a typical alpine climate, with temperatures ranging between -6 in winter and 22 degrees in summer. Summers are pleasantly warm and as you’d expect, winters are cold. Rainfall is always a possibility, because of the mountains, but with the right gear you’ll be ready for anything. You’ll find the latest weather report in Cordon on our resort page here.

Transport to Cordon

The nearest airport can be found around an hour’s drive away at Genève, and the nearest train station is at Sallanches, with links to Haute Savoie, Auvergne and Rhône Alps. Cordon is near the motorway and driving in the area is pleasant. Your own transport will make sure you can really explore the area outside ski season. A quick glance at a Cordon area guide will help you plan your adventures, so you can maximise your investment in Cordon.

The stunning location combined with authentic alpine charm makes Cordon a great place for a family break or a cosy getaway. Add in excellent skiing, easy transport links and all that fabulous French cuisine and you may find you never want to leave.

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