Buying Ski Property: Visits

24 May, 2016 by Investors In Property
One of the best litmus tests for whether or not you like a ski resort is to go on a visit. That’s true even if you’ve been going to the resort every year since you were a child. Going skiing in a resort, and living in a resort is entirely different and even the most familiar resort can look different when you’re looking to buy a ski property there.

Now, if you’re looking at buying somewhere you’ve spent entire seasons rather than a collection of peak week visits, you might as well stop reading now. This isn’t the blog post for you.

You can tell a lot about a ski resort from what they’re like during the quieter periods. I’m not necessarily talking about June and October here either (the very depths of off-season), although those are always interesting times to visit a ski resort. I’m talking about mid-January, late April, November, the summer season (if there is one). Times when the resort is open, but no longer filled with the annual flood of school holiday travellers.

Every resort is busy during peak season, so if you’ve only ever visited during those times you’re likely to have a skewed view of what the resort is really like. It’s the quieter periods when you’ll find out what the locals are like, whether the town still has the sort of atmosphere you’re looking for when the crowds are no longer there, if the supermarket and the nice restaurants are still open late in the season.

Whether you’re visiting one resort or several (at which point, a luxury rental car becomes a good investment if you don’t fancy spending long hours sitting on a train) it’s easy to get distracted by the properties themselves, and fail to fully consider what the resort is really like. A lovely chalet with the perfect kitchen and a lovely open plan living area is one thing, but if it’s in a resort you don’t want to keep coming back to year after year, it’s a bust.

Whichever resort has caught your fancy, whether in France, Austria or Switzerland, we can help organise a visit that suit you. And if you let us know what you’re looking for in a ski resort and a ski property, we can try to find the perfect ski property.
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