Ski Resorts in Switzerland - Where to Buy Luxury Ski Property
A Guide to Swiss Ski Resorts
Switzerland is becoming more popular with investors as the property market opens up. Foreign buyers (without Swiss permit B or C) are able to buy properties in most ski resorts in the Swiss cantons of Vaud. A recent moratorium prevents foreign buyers buying properties during 2007 in seven areas in the Valais Canton - namely Grimentz, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, Bagnes (Verbier), Hérémence, Riddes and Val d’Illiez.
Canton of Valais
Verbier's excellent skiing and infamous nightlife is popular internationally as well as with residents of Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne.The off-piste is as extensive as the pisted ski area and as a winter destination it is Switzerland's No. 1. Summers in Verbier are increasingly busy.
Properties in Verbier: As the most popular ski resort in the Valais canton, properties in the resort centre are highly sought-after. New developments in Savoleyres and Patiers are of good quality and geared to the luxury end of the property market. Opportunities also exist in the nearby villages of Le Chable and Bruson. During 2007 property can only be sold to purchasers with a Swiss permit B or C.
The car-free ski resort of Saas Fee is the perfect location for the enthusiastic skier - skiing is possible year-round on the glacier above the village. The resort centre charms both skiers and non-skiers and the scenic surroundings attract as many visitors in the summer as in the winter.
Properties in Saas Fee: Foreign buyers have only recently been allowed to buy in this charming ski resort in Switzerland and the new opportunity has seen a rush of investors. Apartments are more readily available to purchase than free-standing chalets.
Crans Montana is as well known for its golf courses (it is the venue of the Omega European Masters) as it is for wintersports, making the mountain village an ideal choice for fans of both sports. The skiing with its spectacular views and sunny reputation is best suited to intermediates.
Properties in Crans Montana: Properties in Crans Montana are generally upmarket and built to a high standard. The ski resorts in Switzerland have long appealed to purchasers looking for a permanent base in the Swiss Alps, though a recent moratorium on new developments will limit future property investment opportunities.
Linked into the same ski area as Verbier, Switzerland's extensive "Four Valleys", Nendaz is a newer ski resort suitable for young families or those looking for a quieter village centre. The village is 30 minutes from Sion airport as well as an easy motorway drive from Geneva.
Properties in Nendaz: Most chalets for sale in Nendaz are new chalet developments built in wood. It is one of the few Swiss ski resorts where there is still opportunity for purchasing plots of land for building. Investors benefit from the same ski area as Verbier without paying the same high property prices. During 2007 property can only be sold to purchasers with a Swiss permit B or C.
Canton of Vaud
One of the most traditional ski resorts in the European Alps, Gstaad attracts a wealthy, chic crowd both winter and summer. Activities are not restricted to wintersports and non-skiers will enjoy the luxury shopping, excellent restaurants and other leisure facilities in this attractive resort.
Properties in Gstaad: Gstaad's reputation as a ski resort for the rich and famous has led to high property prices. The nearby villages of Chateaux d'Oex (famous for its annual balloon festival) and Rougemont offer quieter, more affordable alternatives.
As one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva airport the charming village of Villars is the perfect weekend destination with excellent motorway access and a regular train service. For skiers snow is guaranteed, as Villars' ski pistes link to the high altitude Diablerets Glacier 3000.
Properties in Villars: Buyers wishing to purchase chalets or apartments in Villars benefit from the more relaxed rules for foreign property investment in the Vaud canton. There is a wide choice of real estate available and the lack of re-sale restrictions makes the Swiss ski resort a good choice.
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