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Property Prices in 100 Ski Stations across France

A new study shows average property prices for the main ski stations across France, which range from around €1,000/m² up to €17,000/m².

From the Pyrénées to the Alps, to the Massif Central and Jura or Vosges, France is blessed with several mountain ranges with skiing potential.

Not surprisingly, most international buyers head for the Northern Alps (Haute-Savoie), where there is a better guarantee of good powder and the best ski-ing stations are located. Inevitably they come with a price tag that matches the facilities they offer.

Topping the pile as the most expensive station is Val-d'Isère, where the average price for a chalet is €17K/m², whilst for an apartment they average over €11K/m², which is dearer than most property in the capital city Paris.

You would also need to pay double-digit figures per/m² for a chalet in Courchevel, Megève, Méribel, Avoriaz and Bessans Val d'Arc.

Last year, property prices in the Haute-Savoie rose by nearly 6%, buoyed by strong interest from wealthy Parisiens and (mainly British) international buyers.

Nevertheless, prices do not reach stratospheric heights in all stations in the Northern Alps, with prices in Gresse-en-Vercors averaging €1,600/m², and such variation in prices explains why, across the whole of the range, prices average €4,695/m².

We published a broad review of trends in the property market in Haute-Savoie in our 2018 article Property Prices in Haute-Savoie.

In the Southern Alps, the resort of Auron is at the top of the podium, with chalet prices averaging €6,171/m², whilst for apartments they average €3,979/m².

Overall, in the Southern Alps prices average €2,549/m², a fall of -2.5% in a year. The lower prices can be explained by the lack of accessibility of the resorts and their smaller average size than those in the Northern Alps. Properties here are mainly sought after by the inhabitants of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

The prices in Southern Alps are roughly similar to those in Jura, which average €2,484/m², both almost half those in the Northern Alps.

The Pyrénées is the cheapest of the six French massifs, where prices average €1,940/m², up by +1.7% on average last year. The most expensive resort is Cauterets with a price of €2,268/m² although you can pick up a chalet in La Mongie for around €1,423/m². The resorts here are favoured by French residents living in and around Toulouse and Bordeaux. International buyers are fewer in number, with the exception of Spanish skiers

If you are heading towards the Vosges in North Eastern France, the resort of Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle is the cheapest in France, with prices averageing €1,189/m².

In this massif, the property market is more local, as is the case in the Massif Central where prices average €2,083/m²

All ranges taken together, the proximity of the ski lifts has a noticeable effect on prices, the study reveals: properties within a few minutes of the lifts increase in price by 12.5% compared to properties located between 15 and 20 minutes' walk.

As we pointed out in our article Uncertain Future for Ski Stations in Pyrénées, if you are buying in smaller, low-lying stations in France you need to know what you are doing. A significant number of stations are in a precarious financial state, and there have been a number of closures.

More generally, investors need to be cautious about investing in off-plan investment schemes a large number of which are located in ski resorts, as many have failed to live up to the promises made and have been the subject of substantial controversy and litigation.


Average Prices Per for Ski Properties
Station
Area
Chalets
Apartments
Average
Val-d'Isère
Haute-Savoie
€17,026€11,517
€11,665
Courchevel
Haute-Savoie€11,290€10,049€10,242
Megève
Haute-Savoie€11,303
€8,333
€8,884

Haute-Savoie€12,862€7,623
€8,445
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Haute-Savoie€8,879€6,567€7,119
La Clusaz
Haute-Savoie€8,154€6,658€6,978
La Tania
Haute-Savoie€7,290€6,524
€6,828
Les Gets
Haute-Savoie€6,629
€6,261
€6,376
Avoriaz
Haute-Savoie€12,519€5,203
€6,345
Morzine
Haute-Savoie€6,786€5,417
€5,638
Les Saisies
Haute-Savoie€7,180€5,172
€5,565
Combloux
Haute-Savoie€7,093€4,527
€5,418
Val Thorens
Haute-Savoie€7,132€5,107
€5,390
Peisey-Vallandry
Haute-Savoie€8,698€3,595
€5,368
Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Haute-Savoie€5,608€4,486
€5,133
Les Houches
Haute-Savoie€5,694€4,618
€5,034
Le Grand-Bornand
Haute-Savoie€5,863€4,680
€4,915
Bessans Val d'Arc
Haute-Savoie€10,674€2,853
€4,894
Vaujany
Haute-Savoie€4,859€4,602
€4,682
Areches-Beaufort
Haute-Savoie€5,430€3,862
€4,623
Les Menuires
Haute-Savoie€7,132€4,127
€4,547
Samoens
Haute-Savoie€5,569€3,953
€4,468
Les Carroz d'Araches
Haute-Savoie€6,823€3,966
€4,459
Chatel
Haute-Savoie€5,007€4,233
€4,377
Alpe d'Huez
Haute-Savoie€5,199€4,309
€4,374
Auron
Savoie€6,171€3,979
€4,316
Praz-sur-Arly
Haute-Savoie€5,852€3,968
€4,262
Tignes
Haute-Savoie€5,706€4,208
€4,258
Crest-Voland-Cohennoz
Haute-Savoie€4,285€3,966
€4,089
Champagny-en-Vanoise
Haute-Savoie €4,220€3,865
€3,989
Flaine
Haute-Savoie€4,699€3,799
€3,952
Cordon
Haute-Savoie€4,370€3,563
€3,928
Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Haute-Savoie€4,574€3,520
€3,884
Valloire
Haute-Savoie€3,872€3,883
€3,881
Montgenèvre
Savoie€3,547€3,825
€3,795
Les Contamines-Montjoie
Haute-Savoie€4,444€3,534
€3,735
Val Cenis
Haute-Savoie€6,056€3,349
€3,644
Notre-Dame de-Bellecombe
Haute-Savoie€3,963€3,521
€3,623
La Rosière 1850
Haute-Savoie€5,472€3,227
€3,583
Valmorel
Haute-Savoie€4,372€3,372
€3,538
Pralognan-la-Vanoise
Haute-Savoie€3,559€3,528
€3,535
Isola 2000
Savoie€4,088€3,403
€3,463
La Plagne
Haute-Savoie€5,107€3,100
€3,455
Les Arcs Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Haute-Savoie€3,871€3,357
€3,418
Serre Chevalier
Savoie€5,123€2,887
€3,333
Morillon
Haute-Savoie€3,664€3,203
€3,277
Les Deux Alpes
Haute-Savoie€3,591€3,125
€3,171
La Giettaz
Haute-Savoie€3,935€2,665
€3,157
Vars
Savoie€3,745€3,003
€3,103
Valberg
Savoie€4,176€2,736
€3,023
Flumet
Haute-Savoie€3,010€2,913
€2,945
Aussois
Haute-Savoie€3,241€2,889
€2,943
Le Collet D'Allevard
Haute-Savoie€5,136€1,406
€2,921
Montchavin Les Coches
Haute-Savoie€2,631€2,916
€2,865
Praz de Lys - Sommand
Haute-Savoie€2,881€2,715
€2,829
La Toussuire
Haute-Savoie€3,575€2,586
€2,748
Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves
Haute-Savoie€3,525€2,580
€2,742
Thollon-les-Mémises
Haute-Savoie€2,965€2,388
€2,570
Métabief
Jura
€2,814€2,428
€2,567
Risoul
Savoie€2,692€2,546
€2,560
Saint-Francois-Longchamp
Haute-Savoie€2,227€2,561
€2,534
Les Rousses
Jura
€3,068€2,301
€2,511
Gérardmer
Vosges
€2,753€2,267
€2,478
Villard-de-Lans
Haute-Savoie€2,980€2,330
€2,461
Autrans-Meaudre
Haute-Savoie€2,675€2,013
€2,425
Beuil les Launes
Savoie€2,551€2,337
€2,420
Valmeinier
Haute-Savoie€2,755€2,365
€2,411
La Norma
Haute-Savoie€2,727€2,226
€2,349
Super-Besse
Massif Central
€2,889€2,023
€2,330
Albiez-Montrond
Haute-Savoie€2,028€2,368
€2,269
Cauterets
Pyrénées
€2,317€2,258
€2,268
Les Orres
Savoie€2,823€2,193
€2,262
Les Sept Laux
Haute-Savoie€2,693€2,142
€2,250
La Colmaine
Savoie€2,322€2,133
€2,224
Ax-les-Thermes
Pyrénées
€2,125€2,238
€2,211
Luz-Ardiden
Pyrénées
€2,162€2,193
€2,183
Vall d'Allos - La Foux
Savoie€4,161€1,768
€2,171
Les Angles
Pyrénées
€2,609€1,914
€2,136
Pra Loup
Savoie€1,911€2,145
€2,119
Monts Jura
Jura
€3,472€1,794
€2,065
Alpe du Grand-Serre
Haute-Savoie€2,190€1,971
€2,063
Le Lioran
Massif Central
€1,278€2,313
€1,981
Le Devoluy
Savoie€2,406€1,873
€1,970
Gréolières-les-Neiges
Savoie€2,341€1,527
€1,951
Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse
Haute-Savoie€2,143€1,527
€1,893
Luchon Superbagneres
Pyrénées
€2,025€1,842
€1,886
Le Sauze
Savoie€1,782€1,888
€1,867
Orcières Merlette
Savoie€2,551€1,713
€1,844
Val d'Allos - Le Seignus
Savoie€2,427€1,754
€1,840
Le Mont-Dore
Massif Central
€1,883€1,817
€1,836
Puy-Saint-Vincent
Savoie€2,621€1,729
€1,833
Valfréjus
Haute-Savoie€1,597€1,883
€1,831
Font-Romeu
Pyrénées
€2,321€1,743
€1,827
Le Corbier
Haute-Savoie€2,977€1,705
€1,762
Chamrousse
Haute-Savoie€2,832€1,700
€1,761
Gourette
Pyrénées
€1,661€1,785
€1,749
Montclar
Savoie€1,815€1,659
€1,723
Chabanon
Savoie€1,854€1,565
€1,705
La Bresse-Hohneck
Vosges
€1,677€1,565
€1,705
La Mongie
Pyrénées€1,423€1,701
€1,613
Gresse-en-Vercors
Haute-Savoie€2,011€1,369
€1,594
Ventron
Vosges
€1,533€1,638
€1,565
Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle
Vosges
€1,308€934
€1,189

Source: Meilleur Agents

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