Dreaming of your own place for the start of this year's ski season? Snapping up one of these luxe homes in the Alps could make it a reality.

  • By

  • Got your heart set on a charming chalet tucked away in the mountains? Then head for the Swiss alpine resorts of Villars and Verbier, where annual property prices have soared by 6% and 3.4% respectively.

    The pair have topped Knight Frank’s 2018 ski property index, which tracks the annual change in the price of a four-bedroom chalet across 16 French and Swiss alpine resorts.

    It marks a break from the past. Just last year, it was French ski resorts that topped Knight Frank's annual index.

    At the other end of the spectrum, year-on-year property prices in the Swiss resorts of St Moritz, Klosters and Davos have dropped by 11.1%, 10.7% and 9% respectively.

    Overall, the index has dipped by 0.5%. But it’s a more moderate drop than the 1.8% fall seen in 2017.

    Why is this happening?

    Investment in ski lifts, luxury hotels, beginner areas and non-ski activities have all helped support tourist numbers in Villars, which has in turn driven buyer demand and chalet pricing.

    But elsewhere in Switzerland, the strength of the Franc has put off some buyers, with many looking further afield to Austria or France for better value.

    Meanwhile, an improving economy, strengthening consumer sentiment and growing interest from northern Europeans have all helped sales - and pricing - in France.


    Fancy investing in the French or Swiss Alps? Here’s a taster of what’s for sale:

    1. 12-bedroom chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, price on application 

    Think big here! Located off the Chemin de Clambin in the heart of Verbier, this spacious ski-in, ski-out interlinked double chalet boasts panoramic mountain views. 

    Perks include a lift to all floors, hammam, fitted ski room, wine cellar as well as a games room, staff quarters and underground garage.

    Available via Knight Frank and Sphere Estates 

    Verbier facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,530m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva Airport 1 hr 51

    Total pistes: 412

    Price of a weekly ski pass: CHF345

    Season length: 25 weeks

    2. Seven-bedroom chalet for sale in Val D'Isere, France, for €17m

    Expect attention to detail at this traditional Savoyard-style chalet. It features reclaimed wood from Mongolia and intricately carved furnishings.

    There's a wrap-around balcony with a Storvatt hot tub, plus a spa that includes a 7x5m indoor swimming pool, gym and a steam room.

    Available via Free Spirit Alpine

    Val D'Isere facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,850m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva 2 hrs 44 

    Total pistes: 300

    Price of a weekly ski pass: €294

    Season length: 23 weeks

    3. Four-bedroom apartment in Chamonix, France, for €9m

    If the idea of a chalet in a secluded spot doesn't quite fit the bill, then try this apartment for size. It occupies the top floors of Pas de Chevre, one of the most historic buildings in Chamonix centre. Originally built in 1928, it's now been fully restored and modernised.

    Available via Mountain Base and Knight Frank

    Chamonix facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,035m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva 1 hr 8

    Total pistes: 593

    Price of a weekly ski pass: €306

    Season length: 20 weeks

    4. Six-bedroom villa in Courchevel 1850, France, price on application

    Located in a quiet spot in Courchevel 1850, this four-storey chalet boasts stunning mountain views. It's not short on luxury either.

    The master bedroom has a bathroom, dressing room, fireplace and a home cinema, while the spa features a pool, hammam, outside jacuzzi, lift and garages. 

    Available via Unique Living

    Courchevel 1850 facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,850m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva 2 hrs 7

    Total pistes: 600

    Price of a weekly ski pass: €275

    Season length: 21 weeks

    5. Six-bedroom chalet in Megève, France, price on application


    Built in 2013, this modern chalet has highly sought-after direct access to the ski slopes and the heart of Megève. And the property itself ticks all the (luxurious) boxes, including a steam room, jacuzzi, cinema room, gym and two garages.

    Available via CREST Real Estate 

    Megève facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,110m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva 1 hr 8

    Total pistes: 445

    Price of a weekly ski pass: €186.5

    Season length: 18 weeks

    6. Six-bedroom chalet in Méribel, France, for €6.4m


    The chalet’s south-facing aspect provides panoramic views across the Méribel Valley and the option to ski to the front door. 

    It's also full of indulgent features: think spa, sauna and bar, as well as a massage room, cinema and games room, an office, wine cellar, a fully-equipped ski room and underground parking. You'll never want to leave!

    Available via Free Spirit Alpine 

    Méribel facts and figures 

    Resort height: 1,450m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva 2 hrs

    Total pistes: 600

    Price of a weekly ski pass: €275

    Season length: 21 weeks

    7. Seven-bedroom chalet in Crans Montana, Switzerland, price on application


    Built in the 1960s, this picturesque ski-in, ski-out chalet comprises two apartments available for sale separately or together. 

    There is also a second smaller two-storey chalet, which includes a garage, located by the entrance to the property. Three world-famous golf courses are a short drive away too. 

    Available via Keystar Properties 

    Crans Montana facts and figures

    Resort height: 1,500m

    Drive time to nearest major airport: Geneva  2 hrs 4

    Total pistes: 140

    Price of a weekly ski pass: CHF 332

    Season length: 23

    Which alpine ski resort would you invest in? Tell us by posting a comment below... 

    * DISQUS *
    comments powered by Disqus