Off skiing for Easter? Higher isn’t always better

Off skiing for Easter? Higher isn’t always better

Everyone knows that buying a decent property in the best ski resorts requires a healthy bank account and probably equally healthy friendships and insider contacts, if you follow our drift.

That’s why, those in search of a practical base for their mountain leisure pursuits should definitely consider looking just outside their desired location or resort.”
Julian Walker, Director,

By moving slightly down the mountain, buyers in France’s famously glitzy Courchevel for instance, can save nearly two thirds on a home in La Tania, which at 1400 metres is on the valley’s lower slopes compared to its glamourous cousin at 1850 metres.

Close to Courchevel, there are several other villages, which enjoy access to the westerly section of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest ski area, which Courchevel is the star of.

The villages are in varying levels of development and charisma, but ultimately each location benefits from the recent investment in the Three Valleys facilities and the resort is well equipped to cope with new seasonal residents. For example, Courchevel’s new fast lifts have considerably reduced queueing times and a full day’s skiing can now be compressed into half the time thanks to improved efficiency.

There are enough activities outside of skiing too. Aquamotion is an indoor water park with a range of pools, saunas, steam rooms and even an artificial wave pool.
Activities like paragliding, mountain biking, zip lining and trekking are focal points for many visitors all year round.

There is a brand new 3km toboggan run which is guaranteed to give a hair-raising experience and is served by a new gondola which was also opened last year.  Both can be accessed from Courchevel 1650.

Courchevel 1850 is France’s most prestigious and expensive resort with property prices closer matching some of the world’s capital cities.

Savvy buyers who have done their research will know that less than 10 minutes away lies the much more relaxed and authentic Courchevel Moriond 1650, where you can make a comparatively affordable house purchase.

Further downhill is the slightly larger Le Praz, at 1,300m. The lively resort offers a great base for exploring the region whilst the glamour of Courchevel 1850 can be easily accessed via a gondola.

Nearby, and only slightly higher is the small resort of La Tania, which is easily navigated on foot and enjoys all the benefits of the Three Valleys without the jet-setting price tag.

On the market:

4-bedroom Ski Chalets for sale in La Tania


  • 4 spacious bedrooms, 121-128 sqm
  • High quality features
  • Ski-in ski-out location
  • 30 metres from the ski lift
  • Underground parking

Selection of luxurious Ski Apartments for sale in Courchevel Le Praz


  • 14 new build apartments, 60 to 122 sqm
  • Two, three & four bedrooms
  • Spectacular views
  • Close to town centre
  • 400 metres from ski lifts
  • Close to shops
  • Parking, ski locker
  • 2 hours from Geneva airport

Ski Apartments for sale in Courchevel 1650


  • Two & three bedrooms
  • Parking included
  • Close to ski lifts & slopes
  • Restaurant & shop on-site
  • Wellness area
  • Near Aquamotion water park

For further information contact
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8339 6036