The ski season is now upon us but skiing in 2020 may look a little different. So, if you’re planning to buy a ski property in France, is now a good time to do so?
Can you go skiing in France this year?
France has recently gone into their second national lockdown of this year. Daily death tolls are at their highest since March and the government hope that new restrictions will cause these numbers to drop dramatically.
Many ski resorts have recently closed or delayed their reopening as a result of the national lockdown. Some resorts had opened in October, only to shut again a couple of weeks later. Despite this, resorts continue to prepare for the winter season in the hope that they can reopen when lockdown ends, which will hopefully happen at the beginning of December.
Anyone with a second home in France will not be able to travel there during this period of lockdown. However, it is hoped that ski holidays can resume in December and in 2021.
What does this mean for the property market?
Due to the restrictions on skiing, this could be a good time to buy a ski property in France. A lack of tourism from abroad and ski resorts contributing to the spread of coronavirus in Europe caused property prices to dip slightly earlier this year.
There are still some bargains to be had, especially with new builds. Interest from abroad has continued due to ski homes having a year-round appeal and being the perfect place for a lockdown bolthole. With wide open spaces, clean air and year-round appeal, there’s arguably no better place to escape the pandemic.
Which resorts should you consider?
There are many great resorts all over France, with the French Alps proving to be the most popular area. Dual season ski resorts such as Megève and Tignes would be great places to buy a ski home, which could be used by you all year round or rented out when you’re not there. These resorts offer activities such as mountain biking and hiking in the summer months.
Chamonix is also a firm favourite due to its year-round appeal and beautiful scenery in the spring, summer and winter. The lesser known ski resort of Ax-les-Thermes is also ideal if you’re looking to buy an apartment or chalet on a budget.
So, if you’ve been dreaming of buying a ski home for a while, now could be the perfect time to do it. You might not be able to use your new home straight away, but it’s sure to bring years of enjoyment and could be a great investment.
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