Jan 10, 2022 / BUYING PROCESS

How to find a ski home that suits you

Searching for the perfect ski home can be a minefield and it is sometimes difficult to know where to start! We share our top tips on how to find a ski home that suits you perfectly.

What do you want to use your ski home for?

Establishing exactly how you want to use your ski home will help you to determine the type of property you’re looking for and where you want to buy. Giving this consideration at the very beginning will make your search a smoother process.

For example, are you looking to use your property for long weekend getaways as a couple, extended family holidays or both? Is skiing your main priority or would you like to also use your home as a base for sightseeing and travelling?

Alternatively, you may be looking to rent out your property. In this case, you’ll need to consider areas that have a decent rental yield and where rental properties are in demand.

Newly built, spacious alpine home at Arabba with easy access to Sella Ronda skiing area and Marmolada mountain in the Dolomites

When do you want to use your ski home?

A ski home isn’t just for winter! You may wish to use your home during the summer months also or ensure that you are able to rent it out at any time of year. If this is the case, it may be best to choose somewhere with dual season appeal. Perhaps you’ll go for a resort that offers brilliant summer activities such as mountain biking and hiking, or even somewhere near a major tourist attraction, such as the Italian lakes.

This fantastic four winds property, with unbeatable views of the Aran Valley, is located in the town of Montcorbau, just 10 minutes from Vielha.

Consider the pros and cons of different ski destinations

Deciding which ski destination and resort to choose can be a challenging task. Consider whether you’ll want somewhere that’s easy to travel to – does it need to be a short flight away and close to an airport? Alternatively, you may be prepared to travel a little further to get there. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that you can get the most out of your property after you purchase it.

The type of resort is also a consideration. If you have a family with young children, you may wish to choose somewhere with facilities to accommodate them. Alternatively, a more exclusive resort with high-end restaurants and spa facilitates may be suited to your needs. Après ski could be a big part of the ski experience for you, in which case, you’ll want to pick a resort that has lively bars and restaurants. 

3- ensuite bedroom chalet set over 3 floors, large south west balcony with views onto the mountains.

Think about additional requirements

Consider any additional features or requirements that you would like your ski home and resort to have. For example, is the environmental impact of a ski holiday important to you? If so, you may wish to choose an eco-friendly home in a resort that is dedicated to upholding environmental standards. Maybe a resort with brilliant healthcare facilities would be necessary for you, or a home with real character and style.

Once you consider all of these elements, you’ll find that your search is instantly narrowed down. Scrolling through thousands of ski properties will suddenly feel less daunting and considerably more manageable!

Start looking for your ski property today

To get the process of buying your ski property underway, why not take a look at our handy ski property buying guides? They lay out the buying journey step by step to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible.