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Ski property – for high rent returns look to The Three Valleys

19th October 2010 Print
Les Menuires

Dig out those snow boots, dust off those skis and practice those parallel turns - the 2010/2011 ski season is just around the corner. But with hundreds of resorts to choose from, where is the best place to buy a French ski property?

According to the latest data from leading holiday rental site, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, investors seeking high rental incomes should look at the Three Valleys which boasts the highest average weekly rental rate of £1,200 for a 2 bedroom chalet.

Despite ranking fourth most popular resort within the French Alps by number of enquiries, the Three Valleys, home to the prestigious ski resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Les Menuires, trumps neighbouring Tignes Sainte Foy, Les Arcs and Portes du Soleil where average rental incomes are only £1,130, £970 and £960 per week respectively.

Ed Scott, ski enthusiast and French Alps property expert at Experience International, comments, "It's not hard to see why chalets in Les Trois Vallées or Three Valleys are so popular. It's the largest ski area in the world with more than 600km of ski slopes, 120km for cross-country skiing and 183 ski lifts. With a top elevation of 3,230m, snowfall in the Three Valleys is very reliable but just in case there are 1,920 snow cannons in place."

The resort of Les Menuires, located in the Belleville valley of Les Trois Vallées, in particular offers French ski property owners strong rental incomes. Situated at an altitude of 1,850m, the vibrant resort enjoys a long ski season thus maximising rental potential. Most ski slopes start or finish close to the town creating a friendly and lively atmosphere in the piste-side bars and restaurants and the resort is very popular with the French as well as international visitors.

Les Chalets du Doron, with its picturesque riverside setting, has proved some of the most sought after French ski property for sale. Comprising two individual chalets, the charming architecture of these properties will reflect the traditions of the region and blend with the natural stunning Alpine landscape. The ski lift is located less than a 10 minute walk enabling easy access to the slopes.

Only two luxury chalets remain at Les Chalets du Doron from €780,000 for a 2/3 bed and €1,250,000 for a 3/4 bed. For more information about this superb French ski property, visit

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