Despite the challenges we continue to face, there is always hope of brighter days ahead, In terms of returning to our beloved mountains we see see ski resorts reopening, with stringent safety measures, and a sense that we can be back in that clean clear air before too long. Moving forward, there is a distinct shift towards people seeking a ski property that offers a more permanent home; somewhere to work and live as well as ski. Increased capacity for remote working means that many can enjoy working from home, and where better to enjoy it than in the clean air and open space of some of the most beautiful surroundings in Europe.
Once you’ve decided where to make your new home, you’ll find tailored property alerts are a great way to be sure of seeing the best properties available for your needs or start making enquiries about properties that spark your interest.
What to look for when choosing a ski property that could be a permanent home
In many ways this is the same as choosing any ski property, so you’ll consider factors like location, accessibility and snow surety as a given. If you’re looking for a more permanent home then you’ll also need to pay close attention to the way the resort feels all year round and understand how it ticks when the swathes of seasonal visitors leave.
Considering your new ski property as a more permanent base also influence the type of home you’ll seek. Where you may have looked for a snappy lock up and leave apartment, you may find yourself drawn towards somewhere with more space, perhaps with a garden and somewhere for guests to stay.
For those with families there are practical things to take account of too - things like schooling and family facilities as well as community activities will be vital factors - you need to be sure this will be a move that enables each member of the family to thrive.
Last, but most certainly not least, you need to be sure of solid WiFi connectivity - a factor that is uppermost in the minds of many developers. Being able to work remotely means being able to be in contact, so be sure to understand the communication channels available to you before you plump for your dream ski property.
Which resorts could I choose?
A pretty mountain village close to lakes, stunning Salzburg and within two hours of the beaches of Liguria and Emilia Romagna, Verditz is a fantastic choice for a permanent mountain home. You’ll find substantial ski properties for sale like this five bedroom mountain chalet, or stylish apartments complete with hotel style facilities.
As well as being breathtakingly beautiful Verditz is a practical spot with facilities like schooling within easy reach, as well as being less than an hour from the airport, and minutes from the wonderful Gerlitzen ski area.
Part of the “best of the alps” group of resorts, Megeve fits the bill for anyone seeking to make a new home in the alps. Behind the mediaeval square, quaint streets and traditional alpine architecture is a vibrant working town, with excellent facilities for day to day life as well as superb skiing, and scenery that truly deserves the moniker “breathtaking”. You’ll find property like this superb nine bedroom villa as well as elegant apartments and chalets with ample space for family and friends.
Megeve offers a home with year round appeal courtesy of splendid golf, hiking and canyoning and a lively community in a pretty town. You’ll have the chance to indulge your creative side through numerous arts festivals, and the restaurant scene is second to none.
Morzine is another great choice for a long term alpine living. Home to summer cycling, tennis, waterparks and riding, as well as the legendary skiing of Portes du Soleil, it’s a great base for families and anyone seeking somewhere to enjoy the magic of the mountains all year round. You’ll find a good range of ski properties in Morzine, from one bedroom apartments through to fabulous stand alone villas.
Valais offers a great deal for anyone seeking an alpine home. Names like Zermatt and Verbier are world famous, but you’ll find lots of options in less well known areas too. Spots like Grimentz, tipped by Knight Frank as a resort to watch, or Crans Montana offer a choice of lifestyle from tranquil tucked away village to the latest hub for those seeking to make a new home in Switzerland.
If you’re tempted by properties like this four bedroom apartment in Grimentz or this ski in- ski out chalet in Crans Montana head to Valais4you to find a wealth of useful information about making a new life in the Swiss Alps.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Known as Queen of the Dolomites and home to stylish skiing since the 1950s, the cobbled streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo are threaded with cafe culture and superb shopping that are as much part of its fabric as the rugged peaks of the Dolomiti Superski. A true year round resort, Cortina d’Ampezzo offers an ideal place to make a new home with a friendly local community and lots of options for adventure including the odd trip to Venice which sits a mere hour and a half to the south.
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If you have any concerns about moving to France in 2021 take a look at this ‘How to live in France after Brexit’ guide from property guides.com to help you plot your way through the post-Brexit landscape and fulfil your alpine dreams.