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Why Buy Property In Chamonix

Why Buy Property In Chamonix

March 27, 2014 in Blog, French Property News by

Chamonix Property

The Chamonix Valley covers an area from stretching from Servoz to Barberine on the French-Swiss border. The region’s main towns are Chamonix, Les Praz, Les Bossons, Les Houches, Argentiere, Vallorcine and Mont Roc / Le Tour. Rather than being a purpose-built ski resort, Chamoix is a town with a long history, which over the years became known as a world capital for mountaineering. As the popularity of skiing increased, ski enthusiasts realised the potential of the surrounding peaks, and the town developed naturally into the world-renowned ski resort it is today. Today, ski tourists can enjoy access to the ski areas of the Chamonix Vallée, Courmayeur and Verbier with the Unlimited ski pass.

Chamonix has one of the longest histories of any Alpine resort. Home to Mont Blanc, it first became a hub for mountaineering enthusiasts back in 1760 when a Genevois scientist offered a prize to the first person who could ascend to the summit of this, the tallest peak in Europe. The popularity of the region grew, and in 1924, it hosted the first Winter Olympics. It is where all professional ski instructors and mountain guides go to qualify, and ‘Le Grande Ski’ features high on the bucket list of any dedicated skier or snowboarder. Contrary to popular myth, you do not have to be an expert to enjoy what the area has to offer – and vast numbers of ski tourists at all levels of ability flock to Chamonix every winter. For property investors with a taste for adventure – Chamonix has huge potential.

With the resort itself is situated at 1035m meters and the top lift reaching a staggering 3842m, Chamonix has a long snowy season, reaching well into April. It is also the only Alpine resort to remain open all year round, with its popularity actually increasing in summer. The permanent population of Chamoix is around 10,000, but this increases to 30,000 during winter months and an incredible 80,000 in summer. Investors can expect a minimum of 15 weeks occupancy every year, with many of the most luxurious properties being booked solid through both seasons.

Despite assertions to the contrary, Chamonix has a lot to offer novice skiers and snowboarders; you do not have to be an expert to make the most of its pistes. At the foot of the main lifts, there is a comprehensive beginners area for those completely new to the sport. The ski area also incorporates plenty of long relaxed blues and reds for skiers and snowboarders at intermediate levels to cruise down.

During the summer, the area opens up to adventure seekers with all manner of skills and interests. Some of the activities that can be enjoyed include climbing, canyoning and mountaineering, mountain biking, road biking, horse riding and white-water rafting. For members of the family with tamer tastes, there is a wealth of leisure activities such as golf and tennis on offer, and even instructional courses in French cooking or language to try your hand at.

After a long day spent conquering the peaks or mastering some tricky verb conjugations, the vibrant Chamonix nightlife provides the perfect way to unwind. The town is full of chic wine bars, nightclubs, live music venues that will keep the party animals going all night – while the more family orientated can enjoy spending time in traditional French cafes, gourmet restaurants, the bowling alley, pool hall, or cinema. Chamonix also plays host to a great number of exciting sporting events and Cosmojazz jazz festival every year. The resort town can be easily accessed by the motorway from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble or Lyon airports, as well as by train.

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