Ski Property Investments - Skiing Versus Global Warming

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Whether you are planning to invest in a new or second home in the UK, in the snowy realms of the Alps, or in the warm climes of the Seychelles, climate change has never been more front-of-mind.

And it's not as if the European experience was the only bad winter in living memory

Whether you are planning to invest in a new or second home in the UK, in the snowy realms of the Alps, or in the warm climes of the Seychelles, climate change has never been more front-of-mind.

Confronted with the opinions of countless organisations it is little wonder that messages are confusing but there is a clear certainty that the impact we have collectively made on our climate cannot be resolved overnight. As specialists in ski travel and ski property investment, Erna Low is frequently asked about where to ski or where to invest for the best long-term snow conditions although last year's European snow record should be put into perspective.

Although low-lying villages in the Alps did suffer from a difficult season, resorts on the other side of the continent were enjoying bestever winters. Whistler, in Canada, for example, reported over four metres of snow in November, and had clocked up a staggering 13.93m by the time the lifts shut on April 22.

"And it's not as if the European experience was the only bad winter in living memory," says Sean Newsom, Founding Editor of welove2ski.com. "There was a dreadful run of winters from 1987 to 90, and there have been three more bad seasons since then. The wonder is not that it should have happened again, but that people should forget this kind of thing is quite normal."

Nevertheless, we must all face the reality of a changing world climate.

"As a company and by way of reassurance to property investors we have advised our developer clients to offer investment packages that have a longer term appeal," says Bertie Sanderson, Director of PR and
Marketing, Erna Low Property. "Buying in a higher resort will help guarantee better snow conditions but we mustn't discount those villages at lower altitudes."

Many of these villages essentially link into higher resorts and are often, in fact, as busy in the summer months as they are in the winter season providing the benefit of all-year occupancy levels." Developers are certainly listening and are now incorporating spas, wellness centres, golf courses and other leisure facilities. Today's new resorts are gearing themselves to becoming true year-round destinations.

Build your own Chalet!

With the ever increasing popularity for UK homeowners to build their own property it is not surprising that this trend is now a real alternative for second home owners who are keen to consider this option - overseas. Demand is such that Erna Low can now offer a bespoke Plot Finder service as well as make introductions to reliable and renowned construction companies in France and Switzerland who will make the whole process as smooth and worry-free as possible.
A 'must-have' site has just become available in Le Fornet, just minutes from Val-d'Isère centre and 100m from the Le Fornet cable car, offering a unique opportunity to capture what will surely be the last site ever in this sought after location. It comes with planning permission for a stunning six bedroom bespoke chalet, designed and built to the owners specification, and at an estimated 8-9 million Euros. Another beautiful location in Nendaz, in the Four Valleys ski area of Switzerland, is also available with planning permission for a luxury six bedroom chalet that has every imaginable facility - pool, hammam and fitness centre, home cinema, fireplaces, spacious terrace and incredible views from every aspect.

Perhaps you have a particular passion for a resort where you've always imagined owning a chalet? Just talk to us about your dream location and our Plot Finder service will do the rest. Our dedicated team will search for the best plots, apply for planning permission and design and build your perfect chalet to your own specification. Alternatively, you could choose to build your own!

For more information on Ski Property/Properties or information on investments then Contact Erna Low Property today or visit our website. See below for contact details.

Ski Property
Erna Low Property
Contact: Bertie Sanderson / Louisa Barkla
1 Kendrick Mews
London
SW7 3HG
United Kingdom

Please phone our main enquiry line on:
+44 (0) 20 7590 1624

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