100 Best Ski Resorts In Europe | Nov. 27, 2018Here at nidski, we are always on the lookout for thoughts and views on the best ski resorts for an alpine property purchase. With so many ski resorts to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. The big name resorts, such as Courchevel and Val d'Isere in France, Verbier in Switzerland and St Anton in Austria tend to hog the limelight – and it can be hard to compete with these super ski areas. Often though a smaller less well-known ski village can tick all the boxes for ..https://www.nidski.com/article/top_100_ski_resorts_in_europe5 Tips For Travel Hacking Your Trips To The Alps | Nov. 23, 2018Save Money on Your Next Ski Trip  This is a guest post from Take Me to The Points, a "Travel Hacking" Blog"Travel hacking" is the term often used for making the most of credit cards, accounts, memberships and promo codes to travel at a discounted rate (or sometimes even for nothing!). Once you have found your ideal ski property through nidski, you’re probably now considering your options for flights and extras, to and from your home in the mountains. There are a few "travel hacks" ou..https://www.nidski.com/article/5_tips_for_travel_hacking_your_trips_to_the_alpsThe Best Vegetarian (and Vegan) Friendly Restaurants in the Alps | Nov. 20, 2018Until recently, vegetarian and vegan food was an anomaly in a ski resort. Cheese and lardons, more typical mountain food, were the name of the game - and there wasn’t much else on offer. Over the past few years, in keeping with current trends, this has changed drastically and now even the Frenchest of French ski resort restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives. Although strictly vegetarian restaurants haven’t yet made it to the ski slopes just yet, we have listed a few of o..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_best_vegetarian_and_vegan_friendly_restaurants_in_the_alpsTravelling with your Cat or Dog between the UK and the EU after Brexit | Nov. 13, 2018Without a Brexit deal, it is likely that the UK will be treated as an unlisted country and UK pet passports will no longer be valid for travel into the EU. If this occurs, the UK Government has outlined some new rules for pet travel from the UK to the EU to make sure you have no problems when travelling across the border with your furry friends.  Going to the EU for the First Time Make sure you contact your vet at least 4 months prior to travelling to any EU country! Prior to travelling, y..https://www.nidski.com/article/travelling_with_your_cat_or_dog_between_the_uk_and_the_eu_after_brexitWill UK Driving Licences be Valid post-Brexit? | Nov. 05, 2018As the date for Brexit draws nearer, the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is gradually becoming more likely and ministers are preparing contingency plans in case this happens. The latest papers outlining the event of a no-deal Brexit discuss the driving situation between the UK and the EU. Post-Brexit, UK drivers may be required to get an international driving permit if they want to drive in a Europeancountry. The government has said that after March 2019 “your driving licence may ..https://www.nidski.com/article/will_uk_driving_licences_be_valid_post_brexitKnight Frank 2018 Alpine Property Report Overview: Ski Resort Investment | Oct. 29, 2018In recent years, the Knight Frank Alpine Property Reports have uncovered that the biggest indicator of property growth value in a resort is investment in both skiing, and non-skiing infrastructure. It is no longer enough for even the most famous ski resorts to rely on reputation or snow-fall. Visitors expect more, and ski-property owners (and potential owners) are more inclined to buy in resorts which show investment in lifts, town infrastructure and activities for non-skiers as it equates to gr..https://www.nidski.com/article/knight_frank_2018_alpine_property_report_overview:_ski_resort_investmentVoting Is Now Open In The nidski Alpine Property Awards 2018 | Oct. 22, 2018Voting is now open in the 2018 nidski Alpine Property Awards!Thank you to everyone who made a nomination in the Awards. Who has been nominated in the Alpine Property Awards 2018? To find out who has been nominated in the Alpine Property Awards 2018 - and to cast your vote - click here. Categories in the Alpine Property Awards There are 17 Categories in the Alpine Property Awards 2018:Best Alpine Real Estate Agency by Country (With An Overall Winner) including:  France  Switz..https://www.nidski.com/article/voting_is_now_open_in_the_nidski_alpine_property_awards_2018Knight Frank 2018/19 Ski Property Index Top Performing Resorts | Oct. 18, 2018Now in its tenth year, the Knight Frank Alpine Property Ski Index tracks the annual change in price of a 4-bed chalet across 16 French and Swiss ski resorts. In 2018, the average index dropped by 0.5%, which is an improvement on the 1.8% fall that occurred in 2017. What are the main trends we have seen over 2018 with regards to ski property prices?  The ski resorts showing the most growth in property value were in Switzerland. This year, the Swiss resorts of Villars and Verbier topped the p..https://www.nidski.com/article/knight_frank_201819_ski_property_index_top_performing_resortsHow will Brexit Affect Ski Home Owners in France? | Oct. 12, 2018Even though there is less than one year to go until the UK officially leaves the EU, there is still so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit and how it will impact UK nationals. Here we take a look at some of the core issues surrounding Brexit and what it means for those UK nationals who own homes or would like to buy homes in France.  Can UK nationals still buy houses in France? Absolutely! Citizens from all over the world purchase homes in France, however there are some slightly different p..https://www.nidski.com/article/how_will_brexit_affect_ski_home_owners_in_franceBuying a Ski Home in France? Then you need to Know About the DDT Surveys! | Oct. 08, 2018If you are buying a re-sale ski apartment or chalet, there are a couple of surveys that the seller must provide to you so you know your new chalet is safe, comfortable and ready for you to move into. All of these surveys are given to you in one report known as the DDT (Dossier de Diagnostic Technique) which is always attached to the Compromis de Vente. The surveys in a DDT include: Diagnostic Performance Energetique (DPE). This is a report into the energy efficiency of a home – it includes..https://www.nidski.com/article/buying_a_ski_home_in_france_then_you_need_to_know_about_the_ddt_surveysLaunch of the nidski Alpine Property Awards 2018 | Sep. 25, 2018The 2018 nidski Alpine Property Awards recognise excellence in the ski, mountain and alpine property real estate markets. Who can enter the Alpine Property Awards? Companies and individuals working in the alpine property market, worldwide. Categories in the Alpine Property Awards Best Alpine Real Estate Agency by Country (With An Overall Winner) including:  France  Switzerland Austria  Italy  Canada  The USA International (with coverage in..https://www.nidski.com/article/launch_of_the_nidski_alpine_property_awards_2018Moving Property Investments from the UK to the Alps: From Buy-To-Lets to Buy-To-Ski | Sep. 25, 2018Buy-to-lets have long been a go-to investment for UK nationals looking to expand their asset portfolio’s. Whether as a holiay home or business venture, property has always been a stable and steady source of income, though in April 2016 this changed. New stamp duty fees were introduced, significantly increasing the costs of owning a second home. Immediately, buy-to-let homes were hit with a 3% increase in stamp duty, and this only increased with property value. Stamp duty fees for second ho..https://www.nidski.com/article/moving_property_investments_from_the_uk_to_the_alps:_from_buy_to_lets_to_buy_to_ski10 Minutes with... Andy Butterworth, Director of Kaluma Travel, Bespoke Alpine Travel Specialists | Sep. 18, 2018 We talk life in the Austrian Alps, and helicoptering in caviar for clients, with Andy Butterworth, Director of Luxury Chalet Specialists, Kaluma Travel Do you live in (or near) a ski resort? Which one? Yes - I live right in St Anton am Arlberg, one the top 3 resorts in the world! Which is your favourite ski resort? Very biased, I'd have to say St Anton and the whole Arlberg region. An outside answer would be Baquiera Beret in the Spanish Pyrenees  for something truly d..https://www.nidski.com/article/10_minutes_with____andy_butterworth_director_of_kaluma_travel_bespoke_alpine_travel_specialistsBuying an Alpine Property in the Chamonix Valley | Sep. 12, 2018Visitors have flocked to Chamonix Mont Blanc, the infamous mountain town at the foot of Mont Blanc, in search of adventure before skiing was invented. Because of this, the ski industry has adapted to the town rather than the other way around making it unlike any other ski resort you might choose to buy in. Refreshingly laid back, Chamonix is the ideal resort for mountain lovers and its international year-round community make it ideal for those looking to relocate to the mountains permanently.&nb..https://www.nidski.com/article/buying_an_alpine_property_in_the_chamonix_valley5 Great Reasons to Buy A Ski Home | Sep. 06, 2018Guest post from UniBaggage.com, the international door-to-door luggage delivery service guaranteeing low rates, fast delivery and excellent customer service. UniBaggage are offering nidski.com readers a 5% discount on luggage shipping. Simply enter the code "UBNIDSKI" when you make your booking at UniBaggage.com.  If you are a keen skier, buying a ski holiday home could be an incredible investment for you and your family. Whatever your reason for purchasing a ski apartment or alpine chalet..https://www.nidski.com/article/5_great_reasons_to_buy_a_ski_homeConsiderations when Buying a Leaseback in a French Ski Resort | Aug. 17, 2018 What is a leaseback? A leaseback is the purchase of a fully-furnished freehold apartment in a serviced residential building. Upon purchase, the owner leases the apartment to a management company for at least 9 years, in exchange for several weeks use a year, a complete VAT (20%) rebate and a fixed annual return of around 2 – 5% of the property’s value. Typical in French holiday destinations to encourage investment in popular tourist areas, popular examples of leasebacks are properti..https://www.nidski.com/article/considerations_when_buying_a_leaseback_in_a_french_ski_resortThe Top 5 Thermal Spas in the Alps | Aug. 08, 2018The mountains have always been home to some of the best thermal spas in the world. The ultimate alpine retreat, there is nothing better than relaxing in a thermal spa after a long day adventuring in the mountains. For hundreds (and in some case thousands) of years, people have flocked to thermal spa towns in search of relaxation, wellness and a well-deserved break from the pressures of everyday life. Following the highly-anticipated reopening of Le Grand Spa Thermal in Brides les Bains, and the ..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_5_thermal_spas_in_the_alpsThe Top 5 Mountain Resorts to Visit if you Love Road Biking! | Aug. 03, 2018Each summer when the snow has melted and the skis are packed away, the European Alps become the ultimate playground for road cyclists. With stunning views, plenty of incline, beautiful descents and superb roads, it no wonder that thousands of visitors flock to the mountains every summer to get their road-biking fix. Here are our 5 favourite ski resorts or mountain destinations for road biking enthusiasts.  1. Cycling From Innsbruck The Austria Tirol region is an absolute paradise for road-b..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_5_mountain_resorts_to_visit_if_you_love_road_bikingBuying a Ski Chalet Before Christmas! Is There Still Time? | Jul. 30, 2018July is nearly over and winter is on its way! You might think that it’s too late to start searching for your dream ski property in time for Christmas, but with a bit of planning (and a lot of enthusiasm!) it is a lot easier than you may think. So, what is our advice for buying your ski home before Christmas?  1. Sort out your finances This might seem an obvious one, but there is little point in searching and finding your dream mountain property, and then not having your finance in pl..https://www.nidski.com/article/buying_a_ski_chalet_before_christmas_is_there_still_timeWhat are the Costs of Buying a Ski Property in France? | Jul. 20, 2018 Purchasing a ski home in France comes with some costs that we aren’t familiar with in the UK. From the notaires fees to inheritance taxes, we have made a short list of costs related to owning a ski home in France. Purchase Costs Notaires Fees A notary is a necessary part of buying a ski home in France, and the fees generally come in at 7%-8% of the purchase price. Representing both the buyer and the seller, the notary is responsible for drawing up the contracts and holding onto the deposi..https://www.nidski.com/article/what_are_the_costs_of_buying_a_ski_property_in_franceCOMPETITION TIME! Win a Ski-Board from Axiski and Make the Most of your Winter Après! | Jul. 20, 2018“ADVENTURE AND EXCITEMENT WHILE DISRUPTING THE SLEDGING WORLD” What is Axiski? Axiski is the ultimate toy for outdoor adventure lovers of all ages. Taking inspiration from the humble sledge, founder Darren and his team have created the world’s first truly multi-terrain, multi-position ski-board that the whole family can enjoy. From sand to snow, Axiski is perfect whatever the weather. How did Axiski come about?  In 2010, the UK had its snowiest winter for years with lots ..https://www.nidski.com/article/competition_time_win_a_ski_board_from_axiski_and_make_the_most_of_your_winter_apresThe Mountain Stages and Climbs of the Tour de France 2018 | Jul. 13, 2018It is often said that the Tour de France is won – or lost - in the mountains. No surprise when the climbs rise as high as 2,215m (at the top of the Col du Portet in the Pyrenees) and with gradients of up to 20%+. The mountains are a great place to watch the riders battle it out! The 2018 Tour de France will include 26 mountain climbs (or hills). As the Tour heads towards the first mountain stage – Stage 10, from Annecy on Tuesday 17th July - we take a look at the alpine stages in th..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_mountain_stages_and_climbs_of_the_tour_de_france_2018Planning To Drive To France This Summer? Be Aware Of New Speed Limits On Single Lane Roads | Jul. 05, 2018As of 1st July 2018, speed limits on some roads in France have been reduced – and there won’t be signs to remind you! To try to reduce fatal accidents on roads in France, the French government has reduced the speed limit on single lane roads without a central reservation to 80 km/h (or 50 mph). The move is expected to prevent 300-400 road deaths each year. The move should also reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The speed limit on roads with two lanes in one direction and..https://www.nidski.com/article/planning_to_drive_to_france_this_summer_be_aware_of_new_speed_limits_on_single_lane_roadsThe Top 20 things to do in the Alps this Summer | Jul. 03, 2018 The alpine summer season goes from strength to strength each year. As summer has officially started, here is the nidski guide to the Top 20 things to do in the European Alps in July and August. 1. Glacier Ski Missing your snowsports? Head to the glacier in Tignes, in the Grand Motte area, for some summer downhill or cross country skiing.   2. Book Your Winter Flights It’s never too early to plan your ski trip(s). Many airlines have released their routes and tickets dates for winter..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_20_things_to_do_in_the_alps_this_summerThe Best Michelin Restaurants in the French Alps | Jul. 02, 2018 Flocons de Sel, Megève The absolute peak of perfection when it comes to dining in the French Alps. Chef Emmanual Renaut who was awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in 2004, has created a beautifully imaginative menu with uniquely alpine touches in a charming setting. For a Michelin restaurant with 3 stars the set menus are fantastic value and the venture has also expanded to include accommodation, a spa, cooking lessons and a smaller sister restaurant in the centre of to..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_best_michelin_restaurants_in_the_alpsAnnecy, The Venice of the Alps | Jun. 26, 2018Perched on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it is easy to see why Annecy is frequently described as the "Prettiest City in France", the "Venice of the Alps" or the "Pearl of the French Alps". Canals wind their way through the medieval old town and the streets are host to fantastic restaurants, quaint cafes and sun-drenched terraces, perfect for enjoying an afternoon drink after a days exploring. So what is it about Annecy that draws so many expats looking..https://www.nidski.com/article/annecy_the_venice_of_the_alpsThe Top 5 Day Hikes in the European Alps | Jun. 19, 2018The Alps are home to some of the most beautiful and challenging mountain hikes in the world. Although we could easily spend days exploring what these beautiful mountains, sometimes one day is all you need! So here are 5 of the most beautiful day hikes the in the Alps, accessed from some of our favourite ski resorts.  1. Lac Blanc, Chamonix, France Altitude: 2352m Difficulty: Easy-Medium Time: 3-5 hours depending on route chosen Part of the iconic Tour de Mont Blanc walking trail, the Lac Bl..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_5_day_hikes_in_the_european_alpsPress Release - La Floria Immobilier, The Latest Estate Agent To Join nidski.com | Jun. 14, 2018nidski.com welcomes La Floria Immobilier, the latest Alpine Estate Agency to add their listings to the ski property listings website. La Floria Immobilier, property specialists in the Chamonix Valley since 2010, offer a customer-focused approach to their international clients. As well as ski property mandates they provide an alpine property search within the Chamonix Mont Blanc area ensuring clients have access to “off-market” property. nidski.com is the go-to website for buyers o..https://www.nidski.com/article/press_release_la_floria_immobilier_the_latest_estate_agent_to_join_nidski_comCHAMFEST 2018, a New Boutique Music Festival for Chamonix, by Chamonix! | Jun. 11, 2018  Kicking off the alpine summer in style, CHAMFEST 2018 is a new family-friendly festival of music, culture, sport and nature in world-famous Chamonix. From Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018, CHAMFEST 2018 will take over Les Planards, a short walk from Chamonix centre.  #welovechamonix CHAMFEST is the brainchild of local company Chamonix All Year whose mantra is “we love Chamonix”. Established in the valley for 15 years, co-director Jo Saw explained that they want to sha..https://www.nidski.com/article/chamfest_2018_a_new_boutique_music_festival_for_chamonix_by_chamonixHow to Make the Most of Your Ski Property over Summer | Jun. 07, 2018 Ski resorts are no longer strictly for skiing. In fact, recent years have seen a massive increase in the number of visitors to ski resorts in the summer, and why not?! Once the snow has gone, the mountains become a fantastic playground for everyone. Hiking holidays have become hugely popular and many ski resorts are home to some of the worlds most beautiful golf courses. Mountain (and road) biking are long-time alpine favourites and the beautiful alpine lakes mean watersports aren’t ..https://www.nidski.com/article/how_to_make_the_most_of_your_ski_property_over_summerFind Your nidski - How To Guide To Finding Your Dream Ski Property On nidski.com | May. 25, 2018nidski.com is a ski property listings and information website featuring ski property for sale around the world, in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps as well as Canada, the USA and Spain. But how do we help alpine agents promote their ski properties, and how can our website visitors get the most out of www.nidski.com ?First of all, let’s look at “Search”, the most important functionality of a property website. There are 2 different ways to find and view property on ww..https://www.nidski.com/article/find_your_nidski_how_to_guide_to_finding_your_dream_ski_property_on_nidski_comTop Tips to Secure your Dream Alpine Home this Summer! | May. 24, 2018Thinking of buying a mountain home in France this summer? The guys from International Private Finance have some excellent tips to help you nab that dream alpine home! Before you visit, check the market from the comfort of your sofa! Gone are the days of having to go directly to your favourite ski resort to find out what the property market is doing. Write a list down of everything you are looking for in your dream ski home, hop online and search! Going online is all you need to do these days to..https://www.nidski.com/article/top_tips_to_secure_your_dream_alpine_home_this_summer10 Minutes With... Fiona Dodsworth, Founder Of Mont Blanc Family Fun For Families In The French Alps | May. 17, 2018Do you live in (or near) a ski resort? I live in Sallanches, so the nearest ski stations are Combloux (part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area), Cordon and Passy Plaine-Joux. Which is your favourite ski resort? I have favourite ski resorts for different reasons... I love all of our most local ones, as they are so family-friendly, especially Plaine-Joux and Cordon for very little skiers (just drag-lifts!) - the kids become confident and independent quickly... for my own skiing, I would choose Les..https://www.nidski.com/article/10_minutes_with____fiona_dodsworth_founder_of_mont_blanc_family_fun_for_families_in_the_french_alpsBuying a Ski Home in France. A Simple Guide to the New IFI Tax | May. 10, 2018When it comes to tax, France doesn't have a reputation for efficiency. This is particularly true for wealthy residents whom were hit by the country’s wealth tax on world-wide assets known as the ISF (Impot de solidarité sur la fortune).  On January 1st 2018, the ISF was changed into the IFI (Impot sur la fortune immobilière) so that now only real estate assets and shares of real estate companies (e.g. from an SCI) will be subject to an annual wealth tax. The thresholds a..https://www.nidski.com/article/buying_a_ski_home_in_france__a_simple_guide_to_the_new_ifi_taxThe Top 5 Ski Resorts for Nightlife in the Alps! | May. 10, 2018Looking to ski AND party hard? Then look no further, these are the resorts that you can’t miss!  St Anton St Anton might be famous for its off-piste descents & steep slopes, but if you are more into nightlife than anything else, then this is the ski resort for you. Dotted all over the mountain are igloos & ice bars ready to serve the keenest of those a shot or two, but the main attraction is the Galzig piste which is the main route back to town from some of the resorts most f..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_5_ski_resorts_for_nightlife_in_the_alpsMoving from the UK to the French Alps! | May. 07, 2018You’ve been on a few ski holidays. Maybe you even did a season or two back in the day. But now, the call of the mountains is just too strong and you are considering taking the plunge and moving to the mountains permanently. Thousands of people do it every year, so why can’t you? Well you can! Whilst there are a few small issues that may arise, the big move is a lot easier than it seems. Which Ski Resort Should You Choose?  Which resort do you love? Do you have any friends livin..https://www.nidski.com/article/moving_from_the_uk_to_the_french_alpsCompetition Time! Win a 630 Ski Resorts Of the Alps Marmota Map | May. 02, 2018 To celebrate the end of an EPIC winter season, we have teamed up with the talented team at Marmota Maps to give one lucky person the chance to win one of their iconic 630 Ski Resorts of the Alps Marmota Maps.   The team at Marmota Maps are passionate about skiing and the Alps. After moving to Hamburg (where sadly are there no mountains!) they wanted something to remind them of the slopes. Something we can all relate to! The 630 Ski Resorts map displays all ski resorts in the Alps wi..https://www.nidski.com/article/competition_time_win_a_630_ski_resorts_of_the_alps_marmota_mapTen Minutes With... Lewis Muir, Taking The Piste, And His Plans To Ski In All 7 Continents | Apr. 13, 2018Ten Minutes With… is part of a regular series of interviews with individuals and companies in various ski resorts around the world. They share their local alpine knowledge, insight into life in the mountains and how to live the alpine dream. 1. Do you live in (or near) a ski resort? Which would one you choose to live in if you don't? I live in Teesside, not much of a mountain range up there! If I had to choose one I'd pick Morzine, awesome in the winter and awesome in the summer - win win..https://www.nidski.com/article/ten_minutes_with____lewis_muir_taking_the_piste_and_his_plans_to_ski_in_all_7_continentsBringing Your Dog From the UK To France - And Back Again | Apr. 10, 2018Whether you are going on a holiday or biting the bullet and making the big mountain move to France, many people wonder what it takes to bring the beloved family pooch along too. Whilst there may be some logistics to work through, bringing your dog with you to the French Alps is actually a really easy process. So, what are the steps of making sure your four-legged family member has no issues when the time to cross borders comes? Make sure they are microchipped! This might be an obvious one, but ..https://www.nidski.com/article/bringing_your_dog_from_the_uk_to_france_and_back_againSki Properties for £150k or Less! | Mar. 29, 2018We would all love to have a cool million (or two) to spend on a ski chalet, but back in the real world, what does £150,000 get you and where?  A 2 Bed Ski Apartment in Flumet, Espace Diamant This 2-bedroom ski apartment is located on the pistes of Flumet, in the Espace Diamant ski area. A fantastic family resort, it is linked to the resorts of Praz sur Arly, Les Saisies, Crest Vorland and Notre Dame de Bellcombe. It is also a short 15-minute drive from the luxury French ski resort of..https://www.nidski.com/article/ski_properties_for_150k_or_lessHere's How to Get It Right When Showing Your Ski Chalet to a Prospective Buyer | Mar. 27, 2018Guest post from The Viewing, international luxury property specialists.  Just five minutes after stepping out of the car can be enough to fall in love with a wonderful mountain home and know you want to buy it!  That said, some preparation and planning is required to make the very best impression to prospective buyers. First, don't presume that the viewing will be a quick affair. As an indication, for an independent house with some outside space, be prepared that the visit could ..https://www.nidski.com/article/heres_how_to_get_it_right_when_showing_your_ski_chalet_to_a_prospective_buyerWelcome to Mountain Base, Knight Frank, Chamonix from nidski property | Mar. 22, 2018We, here at nidski, would like to welcome Mountain Base, Chamonix. Part of the prestigious Knight Frank network of estate agents worldwide, Mountain Base Property have been real estate agents in the Chamonix Valley since 2004.  With some of Chamonix’s most prestigious ski properties on offer, Mountain Base are the go-to estate agents for home buyers in Chamonix. Their expertise and in-depth knowledge makes the process of buying a ski home fast and stress-free. They will also assi..https://www.nidski.com/article/mountain_base_chamonix_have_joined_the_nidski_property_teamTen Minutes With...Lisa Murgatroyd, Director of Peppered Strawberry Creative Catering | Mar. 15, 2018Ten Minutes With… is part of a regular series of interviews  with individuals and companies in various ski resorts around the world. They share their local alpine knowledge, insight into life in the mountains and how to live the alpine dream. Lisa Murgatroyd is a chef based in Chamonix Mont Blanc. Combining her background in art with a passion for food, she creates visually stunning, delectable meals using fresh & local produce as a private chef and caterer. Which ski resort do ..https://www.nidski.com/article/ten_minutes_with___lisa_murgatroyd_director_of_peppered_strawberry_creative_cateringThe 2018 Knight Frank Prime Property Markets | Mar. 09, 2018International Property giants Knight Frank have released their Annual Wealth Report providing global perspective on prime property markets and wealth. Their Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100) looks at the performance of the world’s leading prime second home and city residential markets. This year, they have confirmed two trends – First, the slowdown of China’s top-tier cities; and Second, the positive growth in Europe after a decade of weak results. This is partic..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_2018_knight_frank_prime_property_marketsThe Aosta Valley: Italy’s Best Kept Secret | Mar. 01, 2018Guest post from The Viewing, international luxury property specialists. No one knows a property better than the home owner. The Viewing, the international luxury property specialists, have invited some of their home owners to write about what makes the location of their second-home so fantastic. This week read why the Italian Alps are such a fantastic destination for buying a ski home. The home owners of a ski property in Cervinia, offer the lowdown on the Aosta Valley, and why it..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_aosta_valley:_italys_best_kept_secretFrench Wealth Tax Change in 2018 | Feb. 27, 2018Article by Loic Raboteau, International Legal Advisor and French Property Law Expert, Francophile Law IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET GOOD LEGAL ADVICE WHEN BUYING A SKI PROPERTY IN FRANCE. As of January 1st 2018, the French Wealth Tax, or ISF (Impôt de solidarité sur la fortune) was replaced by a new Real Estate Wealth Tax, the IFI (Impôt sur la fortune Immobilière). What is the main difference? Where the ISF was applicable to ALL assets located in France for a ..https://www.nidski.com/article/wealth_tax_change_in_2018Make it pay! How to get Free Skiing Holidays and a Second Home in France with a French Mortgage | Feb. 23, 2018 Guest post from International Private Finance, mortgage specialists for the non-resident buyer in France You can’t fool us, you must admit the joy of discovering a new ski resort each year loses its appeal when kids come into the picture!  We’ve all been there, dragging what feels like the entire contents of your attic onto the airport bus, and off again; up to Departures, to find you’ve left the ski poles/Trunki/car seat in the car.  Add in the disbelief when you r..https://www.nidski.com/article/make_it_pay_how_to_get_free_skiing_holidays_and_a_second_home_in_france_with_a_french_mortgageThe Snow is Still Falling, But What About the French Mortgage Rates? | Feb. 15, 2018International Private Finance (IPF) is the UK’s leading French mortgage broker for non-residents. Here are their top 5 predictions for the 2018 Alpine property and mortgage market: 1. Alpine property purchases by British buyers will continue to rise in 2018 Despite the ongoing Brexit negotiations, IPF saw a bumper year in 2017 with more mortgages taken out plus a higher average loan size for British buyers. We predict that alpine property sales, with French mortgages, will continue to incr..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_snow_is_still_falling_but_what_about_the_french_mortgage_ratesSpotlight on the French Ski Property Market with Cimalpes Real Estate | Feb. 05, 2018A long-time favourite for skiers from all over the world, France has been attracting millions of visitors since the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Changing times, climates and customer demographics mean that whilst the ski resorts of France are still attracting skiers from all over, they are having to adapt and evolve to keep up with new demands. In their report, French real estate agent Cimalpes have outlined how even the largest and most popular resorts are changing their long-us..https://www.nidski.com/article/spotlight_on_the_french_ski_property_market_with_cimalpes_real_estateMGM Properties to Build a New Development in Grand Bornand | Jan. 29, 2018 One of France’s largest developers, MGM Properties is building a new development in family-friendly ski area Grand Bornand Chinaillon, in the heart of the Aravis Mountains. The new development, Le Roc des Tours, will have 44 fully-furnished, stylishly decorated apartments each with a private cellar and ski locker. The development will also have an on-site restaurant and luxury spa facilities. The Development The 44-home development has been designed using the highest quality materials in ..https://www.nidski.com/article/mgm_properties_to_build_a_new_development_in_grand_bornandLooking for a New Ski Destination? Bulgaria is Europe’s New Favourite Place to Hit the Slopes! | Jan. 19, 2018The Brits love a ski holiday, and whilst the resorts of France, Italy, Austria & Switzerland will always draw the masses the smaller resorts of Eastern Europe are seeing a huge surge in popularity. Easy to access, family friendly AND incredibly affordable, British skiers are forgoing the traditional skiing destinations of Western Europe for the resorts of Bulgaria, and as such companies are heavily investing in infrastructure to develop lift systems and expand skiing areas.   Bansk..https://www.nidski.com/article/looking_for_a_new_ski_destination_bulgaria_is_europes_new_favourite_place_to_hit_the_slopesSavills 2018 Ski Report Overview | Jan. 08, 2018The ski industry as we know it is changing. Around a quarter of visitors to ski resorts are non-skiers, changing weather conditions mean even the highest resorts aren’t snow-sure and the key demographic of baby-boomers are leaving the slopes behind as they get older. So, what does this mean for the future of winter sports? Savills have recently released their 2018 Ski Report, and despite these challenges it shows that ski resorts are evolving and adapting to the changing needs of consumers..https://www.nidski.com/article/savills_2018_ski_report_overviewLooking to Buy a Ski Home? Look No Further than Borovets! | Dec. 28, 2017InTheSnow.com has recently touted Borovets as the go-to resort of the season, and we have to agree! With something for everyone, it can be as family-friendly or as party-hard as you want it to be. Nestled in the heart of the Rila mountains in Bulgaria, Borovets was frequented by the Bulgarian royal family in the late 1800’s and is home to Bulgaria’s highest mountain – Mount Musala. Why Borovets? The town itself is a sweet alpine-esque village based on the French village of Les..https://www.nidski.com/article/looking_to_buy_a_ski_home_look_no_further_than_borovetsSwiss Air are Flying to Sion this Winter! | Dec. 20, 2017Powdair may not be flying this winter, but SwissAir will be stepping in for holiday makers with flights to Sion in January and February 2018! What's Going On?  Ski specialist airline Powdair cancelled all their flights due to a key investor withdrawing financing in late November. Flying to Sion from 6 UK locations, Powdair would have made the commute to resorts such as Zermatt, Saas Fee and Verbier quick and easy, with some popular ski resorts located less than 30-minutes drive from Sion ai..https://www.nidski.com/article/swiss_air_are_flying_to_sion_this_winterWhat are the Costs of Buying a Ski Property in France? | Dec. 12, 2017Purchasing a ski home in France comes with some costs that we aren’t familiar with in the UK. From the notaires fees to inheritance taxes, we have made a short list of costs related to owning a ski home in France. Purchase Costs Notaires Fees A notary is a necessary part of buying a ski home in France, and the fees generally come in at 7%-8% of the purchase price. Representing both the buyer and the seller, the notary is responsible for drawing up the contracts and holding onto the deposit..https://www.nidski.com/article/what_are_the_costs_of_buying_a_ski_property_in_franceAustria’s Ski Property Market is Soaring | Dec. 09, 2017The mountains of Austria have long been one of Europe’s most popular destinations. The proximity to some of Austria’s most beautiful cities mean ski resorts are easily accessed in both summer and winter, making the Austrian Alps one of the most visited mountain areas in the world. In March this year, the Global Property Guide reported that just outside of Vienna and Salzburg house prices were soaring, whilst property values in the cities themselves were cooling off. Although the citi..https://www.nidski.com/article/austrias_ski_property_market_is_soaringKnight Frank Ski Property Report Overview 2017 | Dec. 05, 2017With the Alps covering more than 80,000 square miles containing hundreds of ski resorts, the decision about where to buy is never a straightforward one. For the past 9 years, property guru’s Knight Frank have released a ski property report hoping to give prospective ski home buyers a bit more clarity about where they might want to invest in their dream ski home. Key Findings Investment in Infrastructure is Key. The ski market as we have always known it is changing, and ski resorts must e..https://www.nidski.com/article/knight_frank_ski_property_report_overview_2017Airbnb is Taking off in the Swiss Mountains! | Nov. 24, 2017Over the past two years, Switzerland has become one of Airbnb’s fastest growing markets. With 80,000 beds available on the site, it has increased by 66% since June last year but its not the cities where we are finding the beds – it’s the Alps. Where are all the New Beds? The cantons of Valais, Bern & Graubünden, home to the majority of Switzerland’s famous ski resorts account for over half of all AirBnb beds in the country. As popular destinations for holiday mak..https://www.nidski.com/article/airbnb_is_taking_off_in_the_swiss_mountainsWhat’s New in Les Arcs this Winter?! | Nov. 17, 2017Paradiski are doing all they can to make this winter the best that anyone has seen in ages, and how are they doing that? Starting in Les Arcs, they have been investing in the pistes, chairs, snowmaking and even accommodation in an effort to continuously improve the popular resort.   An Improved Beginners Ski Area The Valley des Arcs has had a huge facelift to create a more beginner-friendly area. The pistes have been widened and sculpted to improve the gradient and there are several ne..https://www.nidski.com/article/whats_new_in_les_arcs_this_winterThe Top 5 Winter Ski Home Investments in France for 2017/18 | Nov. 09, 2017Despite the low exchange rate between the Euro and the Pound, ski property specialist Erna Low Property reports that historically low French mortgage rates mean French ski property is still a sound investment. With banks offering long-term fixed rates loan of around 1.5% or less, there is no time like the present to think about buying your dream ski home. So where should you put your money? Erna Low Property have picked their top 5 ski resorts to invest in this coming season. Samoëns Samo&e..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_top_5_winter_ski_home_investments_in_france_for_201718Easy Access, High Altitude Resorts are Still the Favourite for Property Buyers in France | Nov. 02, 2017There can be a thousand different reasons to fall in love with a particular ski resort, but according to Julian Walker from SkiingProperties.com, “Access, length of ski season and altitude” are the major drawcards for those looking to buy a ski home in France. And why is this? Ski resorts with shorter commute times mean weekend trips are easier and more appealing for visitors should you choose to rent it out. A higher altitude generally means better snow conditions for a longer perio..https://www.nidski.com/article/easy_access_high_altitude_resorts_are_still_the_favourite_for_property_buyers_in_franceFound your Dream Ski Home? Make Sure You Don’t get Caught Out by Bank Fees & Changing Exchange Rates | Oct. 27, 2017Buying a ski property is the dream of many, but there are a few extras which you must consider when buying a home abroad that you don’t have to think about when buying local. We've listed a few of them here: Overseas V UK Mortgages Since the financial crisis, UK banks have been hesitant to lend on foreign properties. If you do want a UK mortgage, the way forward is to remortgage your current home. The benefits of doing this are that you are covered by the FCA, and you are more likely to b..https://www.nidski.com/article/found_your_dream_ski_home_make_sure_you_dont_get_caught_out_by_bank_fees_and_changing_exchange_ratesAlways Wanted to Buy Your Own Ski Chalet? Here are some Commonly Asked Questions | Oct. 12, 2017 Can You Pay For Your Ski Property Purchase in Pounds? Switzerland will accept nothing but Francs, and whilst it is legally possible in France, it is not the normal thing to do. And even if it was, it’s much easier for everyone if you buy your ski home in the local currency. Are You Allowed to Buy Land and Build Your Own Ski Chalet? Strict property development restrictions in Switzerland mean that buying a re-sale or off-the-plan ski chalet or apartment is the only way to go. And if Switze..https://www.nidski.com/article/always_wanted_to_buy_your_own_ski_chalet_here_are_some_commonly_asked_questionsA New Ski Lift for Morzine! | Oct. 06, 2017For nearly 10 years the residents of Morzine have been hearing rumours about the construction of a new lift connecting Morzine to the cliff-top resort of Avoriaz. On April 21, 2017, the stories were confirmed and in 2019 the construction of the EMA (Express Morzine-Avoriaz) will begin. Due to be completed by 2021 at a cost of €35 million (plus nearly €12 million for surrounding infrastructure), the EMA will start at the top of Rue du Bourg, go over the rooftops to the existing Prodain..https://www.nidski.com/article/a_new_ski_lift_for_morzineTop Tips for Renting Out Your Ski Property | Oct. 03, 20171. Get the Price Right Research surrounding rental ski properties to see what other owners in your area are charging so that your own rates are competitive, and accurately reflect the quality, size, location and facitilities that your ski home offers. It is perfectly fine to charge a premium rate over peak times such as Christmas, New Year and Half-Term, though you should avoid too many variations. Always show rental prices when you advertise, and try and be as inclusive with the price as possi..https://www.nidski.com/article/top_tips_for_renting_out_your_ski_propertyUBS 2017 Alpine Property Guide Overview | Sep. 26, 2017 Autumn is here and the snow is on its way and it’s time for the 2017 alpine property reports! What does that mean? International property giants from around the world give their conclusions on the ski property market over the last 12 months and predictions for the year to come. First up in the Alpine Property Reports this year is UBS analysing the premium property markets in the Alpine region. So, what are the key points they have found?  Swiss Ski Resorts are still the Pricies..https://www.nidski.com/article/ubs_2017_alpine_property_guide_overviewLocation, Location, Location! Ski Resorts you can be Reach in Less than Half a Day from the UK! | Sep. 12, 2017 Thinking of buying a ski home in the French, Swiss or Austrian Alps? As one of the best lifestyle and financial investments you can make, the opportunity to own a piece of the mountains as well as earn rental income makes choosing ski property as an investment a no-brainer. But what is the most important thing to consider when buying your dream ski home? Location! Ski resorts with shorter commute times mean weekend trips are easier for you, and more appealing for visitors should you choose..https://www.nidski.com/article/location_location_location_ski_resorts_you_can_be_reach_in_less_than_half_a_day_from_the_ukLooking for an Investment Ski Property? Then Bulgaria Might be the Place for You | Aug. 17, 2017Bulgaria’s housing market is booming! And nowhere is that more evident than in its ski resorts. Since 2016, the Global Property Guide has seen house prices rise sharply in the capitol of Sofia, and in the ski resorts surrounding it. A strong & stable economy, falling interest rates and increasing international demand mean that Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are attracting buyers that would once have flocked to the more traditional ski resorts in France, Switzerland, Italy & Au..https://www.nidski.com/article/looking_for_an_investment_ski_property_then_bulgaria_might_be_the_place_for_youFavourite Ski Resorts of the Rich & Famous | Aug. 09, 2017From its earliest days, skiing has attracted some of the most well-known faces in the world. Hollywood stars, European royalty, business dynasties and rock gods have all flocked to the mountains at one point or another. Here, we take a look at a few of the ski resorts around the world where seeing a famour face on the slopes is the norm, rather than the exception! Courchevel 1850, France Who? The Beckhams, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Roman Abramavitch Why?  The "Playground of the ..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_favourite_ski_resorts_of_the_rich__famousThe Ski Resorts of the Tour de France 2017 | Jul. 24, 2017The world's most famous bike race, Le Tour de France 2017 finished up in Paris this weekend.  Over the past 2 weeks, the participants of Le Tour cycled over 3,500km through some of France’s most stunning villages and cities. Last year, the mountain stages took place around the Mont Blanc Massif, home to the world famous ski resorts of Chamonix, Morzine and Megève. This year the cyclists are winding their way through some of the smaller ski resorts of the Alps and the Pyrenees &..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_ski_resorts_of_the_tour_de_france_2017Stepping into the Future with Chamrousse Mountain Park | Jul. 20, 2017Chamrousse, the quaint ski village famous for its role in the 1968 Winter Olympics which took place in Grenoble is set for a complete revamp. In conjunction with Aktis Architecture, Chamrousse will take a huge step forward into the future with a long-term plan to become France’s first full ‘Smart Station’. Whilst we have seen similar plans in resorts such as Avoriaz and La Clusaz, Chamrousse is completely challenging perceptions of what a ski resort is. Rather than focusing onl..https://www.nidski.com/article/stepping_into_the_future_with_chamrousse_mountain_parkIs a Hard Brexit Keeping You Awake at Night? Buying a European Ski Home Might be the Way Forward! | Jul. 12, 2017Data from the French consulate in London has shown the number of UK citizens applying for French citizenship is soaring. In fact, the number of applicants in January, Febuary and March of 2017 was double the amount for the whole of 2016. Spain also saw a 500% increase in expats seeking citizenship in 2017. Whilst getting citizenship can be quite the waiting game, owning a home in an EU country can help the process along.  Most Brits who own homes in EU countries can make their residency of..https://www.nidski.com/article/is_a_hard_brexit_keeping_you_awake_at_night_buying_a_european_ski_home_might_be_the_way_forwardHow Macron is Putting French Property Back on the Map | Jul. 06, 2017Uncertainty over Brexit and a weak pound lead to a lull in property investment by UK buyers. Following the French election, the key French property markets of Paris and the Cote d’Azur are seeing a boom in sales since Macron came into power, and the Alps are certain to follow suit.   Property Prices & Transactions Prices in Paris, the Riviera and the Alps have always come at a premium – and although they might slightly drop in response to political and economic pressures, th..https://www.nidski.com/article/how_macron_is_putting_french_property_back_on_the_mapThe Best Ski Resorts in Europe | Jun. 29, 2017Home to over 3500 ski resorts, there is something for everyone in Europe. Whether you are into steep terrain, deep powder, family fun or crazy après, you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Of the thousands there are to explore, its tough to try and narrow it down to a few of the best, but there are some which stand out from the crowd, and we have listed what we think are the 10 Best Ski Resorts in Europe – not because there are only 10, but because it’s a start..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_best_ski_resorts_in_europeOwn a Ski Property in France? What Tax Changes can we Expect from Macron? | Jun. 23, 2017Unlike Hollande who saw taxes increase, the campaign promises of Macron were all about tax reductions for individuals and businesses in France. What does this mean for those of us with ski property and businesses in France? Let’s find out. Wealth Tax The Impôt de Solidarité Sur La Fortune (ISF) is incredibly unpopular in France, leading many wealthy French individuals to leave the country. Macron, keen to stop taxing forms of wealth that contribute to the French economy, want..https://www.nidski.com/article/own_a_ski_property_in_france_what_tax_changes_can_we_expect_from_macronIs Val d'Isere Set to Become Europe's Best Ski Resort? | Jun. 15, 2017Already one of the favourite ski resorts in Europe for both winter visitors and ski property owners, recent investment into the infrastructure of the pistes, chairs and village in Val d'Isere shows that the infamous Espace Killy ski resort is doing everything it can to keep up with the demands of skiers and move into the future. What has Val d’Isere done so far? In the past 2 years, €16 million has been invested to update the Solaise area of the Espace Killy ensuring skiers are ..https://www.nidski.com/article/is_val_disere_set_to_become_europes_best_ski_resort10 Peaks Gloves are offering an Epic 30% Off Gloves until June 30th! | Jun. 13, 2017Made by mountain lovers for mountain lovers, 10 Peaks have developed gloves which meet the needs of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor adventurers of all abilities.  For a limited time, the guys at 10 Peaks are offering you the chance to grab yourself a pair of their finest for 30% off the RRP until June 30th 2017.  Technically brilliant and damn good looking, 10 Peaks Gloves ensure optimal protection and comfort via moisture management and temperature control. The C-Zip, a world first ..https://www.nidski.com/article/10_peaks_gloves_are_offering_an_epic_30_off_gloves_until_june_30thDo you already use an XML feed to upload your ski properties to a portal? | Jun. 02, 2017Then upload your ski properties to nidski.com for FREE* using your current Rightmove, XML2U, Apimo or Ubiflow XML feed. We here at nidski would love the chance to show you how we can help you reach more buyers. It’s quick, easy and you also have the added benefit of free advertising on our social media networks. What do we need from you? We need: - your XML feed  (which looks like this: www.xml2u.com/files/342_32342_YFFFC.xml  or  https://api.apimo.com/api/call?provider=12..https://www.nidski.com/article/do_you_already_use_an_xml_feed_to_upload_your_ski_properties_to_a_portalSkiing in the Swiss Alps just got a Whole Lot Easier | May. 31, 2017Do you own a ski property in the Swiss Alps? Or simply love skiing in one of the great ski areas in Vaud or Valais? Well winter just got a whole lot simpler. New airline on the block PowdAir are starting direct flights between 6 UK destinations and the Rhone valley airport of Sion, the capital of the Valais region. Whilst Geneva has always been the main port-of-call for skiers in Switzerland, most resorts in the Western Swiss Alps are over 2 hours drive away. Flying to Sion significantly cu..https://www.nidski.com/article/skiing_in_the_swiss_alps_just_got_a_whole_lot_easierBuying Old v New...How do you Choose your Ski Home? | May. 18, 2017 When deciding to buy your own ski home, how do you decide between old and new? The appeal of buying an old ski chalet or alpine farmhosue and restoring it to its grandeur with modern touches is a dream for many. For other buyers the lock-up-and-leave appeal of a new-build ski apartment with modern fixtures and fittings is the only way to go. Whilst it comes down to personal preference, here's a handy summary of the benefits of buying new, and buying ‘old’. Benefits of Buying a New-B..https://www.nidski.com/article/buying_old_v_new___how_do_you_choose_your_ski_homeThe Ski Area Which Makes More Money in the Summer than Winter | May. 02, 2017 Following a few years of little snow fall and green rather than white Christmases, Swiss ski resorts are noticing a new phenomenon – they are making more money during the summer than the winter – and owners are loving it. Thanks to a strong Swiss Franc, tighter visa restrictions on Chinese visitors and less consistent snow-fall than any period previously, ski resorts in Switzerland have seen visitor numbers drop and revenues plummet during what used to be their most profitable time..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_ski_area_which_makes_more_money_in_the_summer_than_winterAirBnB Automatic Tourist Tax Collection to Come to Ski Resorts | Apr. 20, 2017In 2016, AirBnB France began automatically collecting tourist taxes from hosts letting their properties via the website. Taxes collected from the 19 most popular French destinations on AirBnB (such as Paris, Nice and Toulouse) generated €7.3 million in revenue for the cities. By the end of Spring 2017, AirBnB will extend this tax inititative to include a further 31 popular French destinations, including some of the most popular French ski resorts. The ski resorts to be affected by this are:..https://www.nidski.com/article/airbnb_automatic_tourist_tax_collection_to_come_to_ski_resortsThink Twice About Taking Kids Out of School for a Ski Holiday! | Apr. 19, 2017Want to take your child out of school for a ski holiday? Don’t. Jon Platt, the dad who took his daughter out of school in April 2015 for a holiday to Disneyland has had his court case overturned by the Supreme Court, despite winning at every level up until then. The judges of the Supreme Court ruled that regular attendance of students had to be in keeping with school rules. Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Malcolm Trobe, has said that it is vital ..https://www.nidski.com/article/think_twice_about_taking_kids_out_of_school_for_a_ski_holidaySki Property Agent Alpine Homes to Form Partnership with Chestertons | Apr. 11, 2017Ski property real estate agents, Alpine Homes, have announced that they will be ending their 10-year relationship with Savills to form a new partnership with Chestertons. Established in 2005, Alpine Homes has been an exclusive associate of Savills for 10 years, becoming one of its most successful partners, growing their business from Switzerland to include Austria, France and Italy. Alpine Homes now plans to expand operations into new areas, both in Europe and abroad, and felt the expansion woul..https://www.nidski.com/article/ski_property_agent_alpine_homes_to_form_partnership_with_chestertonsBarnes Realty Has Opened Two New Offices in the French Alps | Apr. 05, 2017 International luxury estate agent Barnes has recently opened two new offices in the French Alps – one in Lake Annecy and the other in Chamonix, the Alpine capital of the world.Close to its office in Megeve, the decision to open an office in Chamonix was a natural choice. With easy access from Geneva, the Chamonix real estate market is one of the most dynamic in the Alps. Chamonix has an incredibly international year-round population, high visitor rates in summer and winter and recent..https://www.nidski.com/article/barnes_realty_has_opened_two_new_offices_in_the_french_alpsAnnual Notaires Report Overview for French Ski Property | Mar. 29, 2017The 2016/17 winter season is coming to its end, with the snow melting and the green shoots of spring making it the ideal time to reflect on the performance of the alpine property market. We’ve already had a review of the ski property market in 2016 from international estate agents Savills and Knight Frank; now it’s the turn of the Notaires de France. Their report focuses specifically on the Savoie and Haute Savoie regions of the French Alps, drawing their conclusions from sales with ..https://www.nidski.com/article/annual_notaires_report_overview_for_french_ski_propertyEver thought about Moving to Italy? The New Flat Tax Makes it more Attractive than Ever | Mar. 28, 2017At the start 2017, the Italian government introduced a new flat rate tax to attract high net worth international investors. Following a few years of economic downturn, the government have made several changes to lighten the tax burden on buying and owning property in Italy. Anyone deciding to become tax resident in Italy - which means living in the country for more than 183 days - is entitled to pay a fixed tax rate of €100,000 on their worldwide income regardless of the amount. To get re..https://www.nidski.com/article/ever_thought_about_moving_to_italy_the_new_flat_tax_makes_it_more_attractive_than_everRenting out a French Ski Property through AirBnB? This Information is for You | Mar. 23, 2017In December 2016, new legislation came into effect for those who earn an income renting out their French property via AirBnB. Here’s a summary of the changes: Income Taxes Now all income derived from furnished rentals, whether ‘occasional’ or ‘usual’ falls into “Industrial and Commercial Profits”. For rental incomes between €305 and €33 100, a 50% tax reduction applies. This is known as the Micro-BIC scheme and it is applied from the 2016 finan..https://www.nidski.com/article/renting_out_a_french_ski_property_through_airbnb_this_information_is_for_you_Notaires of France Overview Of The French Alpine Property Market in 2016 | Mar. 17, 2017The Notaires of France date from 2016 conclude that it's a mixed market for the Haute Savoie and the Savoie, the main alpine property regions in the French Alps. The charming ski village of Megeve, only 1 hour from Geneva airport, boasts the highest property price increases, at 16.4%. Actual prices vary widely within the valley, with some of the most expensive ski chalets in the Alps near to the Rochebrune ski area.The Portes du Soleil ski resort of Chatel is close behind with an incredible 13.4..https://www.nidski.com/article/notaires_of_france_overview_of_the_french_alpine_property_market_in_2016Where are Property Investors Putting their Money in 2017? | Mar. 14, 2017The mountains, that’s where! And whilst cities, as always, are a major drawcard for property investment, the ski resorts of the world are where the rest of the money is going. With property prices quite weak at the end of 2016 thanks to political volatility and a falling Pound, there was a sense of opportunism despite market uncertainties.  As a lifestyle investment, Alpine resorts will always draw buyers from all over the world, and at the moment, Switzerland in particular is benefit..https://www.nidski.com/article/where_are_property_investors_putting_their_money_in_2017Predictions for the Ski Property Market in 2017? | Mar. 07, 2017 Halfway through the 2017 ski season, snow falling in the Alps and where are we?  Haute Savoie ski property specialists, France Property Angels, take a look at the ski property market in 2017.After the unpredictable events of 2016, it’s probably safer not to make too many predictions for 2017, especially with a Trump in the White House and the start of Brexit is just around the corner. So what is most likely to happen to the ski property market this year? The only way is up for inte..https://www.nidski.com/article/predictions_for_the_ski_property_market_in_2017French Property Sales To Continue to Grow in 2017? Yes Says Ski Property Market Experts | Feb. 28, 2017Brexit has been the talking point of the European real estate world since June last year, and the political and economic uncertainty following the EU referendum brought a hiatus to the property market as people waited to see what the outcome would be. Seven months down the track, at the halfway point of the 2017 ski season, buyers are back. France’s lifestyle appeal continues to remain strong, and those in the know predict a strong period of growth thanks to growing interest from non-Europ..https://www.nidski.com/article/french_property_sales_to_continue_to_grow_in_2017_yes_says_ski_property_market_expertsWhat's New for Les Carroz? | Feb. 24, 2017Sitting in the centre of the world famous Grand Massif ski area, the traditional mountain village of Les Carroz recently announced bold plans to push the resort into the future. Whilst already a popular village, most skiers recognise it as the place they pass through on the way to better-known Flaine. This is set to change with the proposed developments. L’Oasis – The Cool Zone For those who have skied Avoriaz, The Stash – the amazing snow park designed by Jake Burton – w..https://www.nidski.com/article/whats_new_for_les_carrozCompetition Time! Win a Pair of Gloves from 10Peaks | Feb. 20, 2017 THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED We have teamed up with our friends at 10Peaks gloves to give one lucky person the chance to win a pair of Mt Bowlen Ski & Board gloves. As skiers we understand the need to take off your glove sometimes, whether you are on the lift, in the middle of the slope, simply want to take a photo, use a touch phone to call/check your messages. For these and a zillion other reasons 10 Peaks solves all with its patent pending solution, C-ZIP. A zipper runs across the ..https://www.nidski.com/article/competition_time_win_a_pair_of_gloves_from_10peaksbeyondBeanie - Rock a Beanie Change a Life | Feb. 16, 2017beyondBeanie is a clothing company with a conscience. Founded by Tito Alvarez and Patricia Lucero in 2014, beyondBeanie sells the beautiful creations of local female artisans in La Paz, Bolivia. Committed to providing sustainable employment for the local women and supporting the orphans of the Salomon Klein orphanage in Cochabamba, beyondBeanie sells handmade beanies, ponchos, handbags and bracelets. Each of the items is personally signed by the woman who made it, and you can read all of their s..https://www.nidski.com/article/beyondbeanie_rock_a_beanie_change_a_lifeIs New Zealand THE place to Buy Ski Property? | Feb. 15, 2017New Zealand, the adventure playground of the southern hemisphere has always attracted keen travellers looking to push their expeditions to the end of the world. At a 24-hour flight from London, the undertaking isn’t for the faint-hearted, and on arrival you are more likely to be confronted by a horde of sheep than any of the friendly locals we hear so much about. So why do we think this tiny-pocket of the world is the place to get your ski home?  With the most stunning scenery (think ..https://www.nidski.com/article/is_new_zealand_the_place_to_buy_ski_propertyConserving the Mountains - How much more can our Winter Playgrounds take? | Feb. 09, 2017In years gone by, the mountains were home to a lucky few. Whilst there were some passionate sportsmen who had taken up residence, and perhaps a few businessmen keen to make the most of the visiting tourists as ski holidays took off, the majority of ski resorts were populated by locals whose families had been there for generations before them.   Those times have changed. Now, ski resorts are becoming more and more accessible. With greater tourism and more people making a permanent move to wh..https://www.nidski.com/article/conserving_the_mountains_how_much_more_can_our_winter_playgrounds_takeNew Tax Hike in Paris to Affect non-Resident Property Owners | Feb. 03, 2017 Brits who own homes in Paris, yet are not residents there are set to be hit with a huge tax increase in an effort by the city council to resolve the severe housing shortage. The new increase in the annual Taxe d’Habitation is set to rise from 20% to 60%, and it is due to be adopted on Monday Feb 6 2017. Intended to push non-residents who own homes in the city to either sell or put up their flats for long term rental, this tax increase is being put in place to ensure the working and middle..https://www.nidski.com/article/new_tax_hike_in_paris_to_affect_non_resident_property_owneOur Favourite New Hotels this Winter | Feb. 01, 2017The newest ski hotels in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps not only somewhere new to stay on your ski holiday or viewing trip but also offer design and style inspiration for your own ski property project.Here's the nidski round-up of the most exciting new ski hotels in the Alps for winter 2017. Vaya Sölden, Sölden, Austria  The newly built Hotel Vaya in Sölden is an impressive site sitting in the centre of the ski resort Sölden. Modern, yet simple and elegant it blend..https://www.nidski.com/article/our_favourite_new_hotels_this_winterSkiing Inspiration - Chamonix Local Boys take on the Grands Envers after a January Dump | Jan. 26, 2017Joel Evans, Ben Briggs and Jesper Petersson on the first powder weekend of 2017 skiing in their backyard - the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix.  Also See: Guide to Buying a Ski Property in France French Ski Resort Guides Ski Chalet Inspiration  ..https://www.nidski.com/article/skiing_inspiration_chamonix_local_boys_take_on_the_grands_envers_after_a_january_dumpCluttons Launches in the French Alps | Jan. 26, 2017 International property consultants Cluttons have recently opened a new office in Courchevel, making their launch in the French Alps official. With a strong local market, huge interest from British buyers and a growing appetite for alpine property from the Middle East, the move into the French Alps is a natural progression as it has always been the go-to second-home region for buyers looking in the mountains. Targeting the ski resorts of Courchevel, Chamonix, Megeve, Meribel, Val Morel and Ann..https://www.nidski.com/article/cluttons_launches_in_the_french_alpsCelebrating 50 years of Avoriaz | Jan. 25, 2017 Perched high atop the cliffs of Morzine in the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is a vision straight out of a sci-fi novel. From afar the angular modernist buildings could be carved into the rock and appear to blend into the surrounding mountains. The car-free streets are actually pistes, and the only mode of transport other than skis are the horse pulled carriages that roam the village. In 2017, 50 years on from its original development, the effect is still as striking as it was when it opened in 196..https://www.nidski.com/article/celebrating_50_years_of_avoriazThe Evolution of Architecture in the French Alps | Jan. 17, 2017Unless they have been purpose built, French ski resorts have their roots in farming and agriculture. Large wooden barns which used to house food and animals dominated the mountain side, and small stone houses huddled together to protect from the cold made up the central village. Influences from nearby Switzerland saw the introduction of the chocolate-box style chalets that have become synonymous with skiing, and the style of architecture remained unchanged for many years.  Over time, as alp..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_evolution_of_architecture_in_the_french_alpsThe 2017 French Budget Draft | Jan. 06, 2017Article by Loic Raboteau, International Legal Advisor and French Property Law Expert, Francophile Law IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET GOOD LEGAL ADVICE WHEN BUYING A SKI PROPERTY IN FRANCE. In September 2016, the French government submitted its draft budget for 2017. While it must be discussed and has scope to be amended, the main points are summarised below. Corporation Tax Currently set at 33.33%, the rate is set to be decreased to 28% progressively over the coming 4 years as follows: 1 Jan ..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_2017_french_budget_draftNew Year, New Chalet - Some Decorating ideas to Freshen up your Ski Home for 2017 | Dec. 30, 2016The new year is just around the corner, and there is no better time to freshen up your ski home to get 2017 started. Whether it’s a few pieces of art for the walls, or inspiring books for the coffee table, it’s the small touches that make a house a home. Here are some of our mountain favourites. Charlie AdamIn Chamonix it’s hard to miss the work of French artist Charlie Adam. With galleries in Chamonix and Annecy, his old school retro style graphics depict an often tongu..https://www.nidski.com/article/new_year_new_chalet_some_decorating_ideas_to_freshen_up_your_ski_home_for_2017The Best Apps for Boarders and Skiers | Dec. 15, 2016 With so many apps out there to make every aspect of our lives easier and more manageable, we thought we would round up some of our favourite ski-related apps on the market. With everything from pre-ski training to snow reports, cheap lift passes to avalanche awareness, these are the best apps to maximise your time spent on the mountain. OFFGRID, Free with in-app purchases Have trouble switching off when it’s time to relax? Offgrid is the app for you.  With just one push, all incomin..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_best_apps_for_boarders_and_skiersForward Currency Contracts And Rate Alerts - What are they? How can you benefit? | Dec. 09, 2016As Sterling continues its rollercoaster ride, with another week of ups and downs, what’s the best way to hedge against currency risk when buying a ski property?Moving large sums of money between currencies when buying a ski property can be stressful. Economic uncertainties and fluctuating exchange rates mean exposing your cash to the risk of rates moving against you. When you’re buying a ski property, the wrong move can cost £1000s due to the high values. If your budget only ju..https://www.nidski.com/article/forward_currency_contracts_and_rate_alerts_what_are_they_how_can_you_benefitThe survival of alpine ski resorts? Increase their density says PhD student, Fiona Pià | Nov. 21, 2016Winter resorts in the mountains will need to increase their density to prevent their decline, according to a PhD thesis in architecture. PhD student Fiona Pià offers concrete and innovative solutions for Verbier, a typical example of the problems that winter resorts face today (including Crans Montana and Zermatt).Some Swiss ski resorts are reaching a point of saturation, with peak-time traffic jams, new buildings popping up in avalanche zones, and general encroachment upon the ..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_survival_of_alpine_ski_resorts_increase_their_density_says_phd_student_fiona_piaChalet Inspiration | Nov. 17, 2016Some of our current favourite chalet and ski property interiors Dreamy views in Jackson Hole, USA Aufberg 113 near Zell am See...Andreas Meck...we like you a lot Keeping it Modern in Jackson Hole - an amazing Larry Pearson design     Big and Bold in Colorado   Ultra modern at Whitefish ski resort, Montana Gaudi-esque in the Iranian Mountains - Barin Ski Resort Splitview Mountain Lodge in Norway are all our modern design dreams come true Chalet Anzere in Switzerland is..https://www.nidski.com/article/chalet_inspirationSavills and Knight Frank - How their Alpine Property Reports Compare | Nov. 10, 2016In recent weeks, both Savills and Knight Frank released their 2016 Alpine Property Reports looking at premium resorts across Europe and North America with the aim to inform prospective buyers about resort performance. With each report touching on slightly different points, we have combined the key points to make sure you have all the information you need when looking to buy your ski home! Both reports have spoken about the increase in value of exclusive, established Swiss resorts. Savills has l..https://www.nidski.com/article/savills_and_knight_frank_how_their_alpine_property_reports_compareDon't want to wait until Winter to Ski? Check out these Early-Opening Resorts | Nov. 03, 2016 That glorious summer sun is still shining in the Alps, and while it may seem like a crime to wish it away, we just can’t stop dreaming about putting some planks on to our feet and speeding down a mountainside. Whilst most resorts have their official openings mid-December, many are letting the keenest riders get their fill as early as October. We’ve got the info on some of our favourite early season resorts, as well as early opening dates for more major resorts around the alps. A lot..https://www.nidski.com/article/dont_want_to_wait_until_winter_to_ski_check_out_there_early_opening_resorts80% off your season lift pass in Saas Fee | Oct. 28, 2016The Swiss ski resort of Saas Fee has the ultimate ski pass offer for anybody planning there this winter. The ski resort is offering their WinterCard season pass for only CHF222 (instead of CHF1,050) – if 99,999 people reserve a season ski lift pass for Saas Fee by 27 November 2016. Tapping into the idea of crowdfunding, one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders a significant discount on a season pass for winter 2016/2017. Able to plan ahead..https://www.nidski.com/article/80_off_your_season_lift_pass_in_saas_feeKnight Frank 2016 Alpine Property Report Re-Cap | Oct. 10, 2016Autumn leaves and alpine property reports… In the ski property calendar, it’s the time of year for conclusions on the ski property market over the last 12 months and predictions for the year to come. International property giants Knight Frank are first up with their annual Alpine Property Report looking at the premium ski resorts across Europe and North America. So what has Knight Frank seen in the ski property market in 2016? Despite economic uncertainties, Knight Frank concludes s..https://www.nidski.com/article/knight_frank_2016_alpine_property_report_re_capLove to Ski? Why not Rent a Place for the Season? | Oct. 05, 2016Winter is coming and the 2016/17 season is meant to be a cracker. If you’re planning on visiting the Alps a couple of times over the winter, why not invest in a seasonal rental rather than staying at a hotel or an expensive chalet?  There are so many benefits to a seasonal rental: Living like a local – You will know where to find all the best off-piste, how to avoid the crowds during the dreaded half-term and explore places on your skis you couldn’t have even dreamed abou..https://www.nidski.com/article/love_to_ski_why_not_rent_a_place_for_the_seasonSki Pass Time! | Sep. 27, 2016 The summer has left, autumn has arrived and winter is on its way. All winter pros know that if you’re going to put in any serious mountain time, buying your ski pass before the season starts can save you thousands of Euros (or Dollars, Levs, or Yens depending on where you want to ski). We have rounded up a couple of the Northern Hemisphere’s best value lift passes for the 2016/17 winter season. First up is the Mountain Collective Pass. Get in quick because this one is nearly sold ou..https://www.nidski.com/article/ski_pass_timeWhat’s New in Chamonix this Winter? | Sep. 19, 2016Winter is coming, and Chamonix is gearing up for a good one! The team here at nidski are checking out what’s new in the valley this winter, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.Chalet Hotel Le CastelAlready open, the 11 room Chalet Hotel Le Castel, is the latest venture from the team who run the Cap Horn (amazing sushi!), the Caleche and the Cabane. Offering fresh interiors, a far cry from the usual chalet chic, the hotel's location can't be beaten for golfers in the summ..https://www.nidski.com/article/whats_new_in_chamonix_this_winterMarried and Have Property in the France? New Marriage Laws Are Coming into Play | Sep. 12, 2016Article by Loic Raboteau, International Legal Advisor and French Property Law Expert, Francophile Law IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET GOOD LEGAL ADVICE WHEN BUYING A SKI PROPERTY IN FRANCE Unlike the UK, French marriages are performed under ‘matrimonial regimes’ which defines ownership of the property between the couple during marriage, or after divorce or death. Regardless of where you were married, if you live in France, your assets and liabilities will be subject to one of these regimes.Wi..https://www.nidski.com/article/married_and_have_property_in_the_eu_new_marriage_laws_are_coming_into_playLa Rentrée: the end of summer and a new school term - it’s the ideal time to buy a ski property! | Sep. 06, 2016La Rentrée! In France, this signals the return to school after the long summer holiday - with a mix of relief and sadness. There’s no last minute rush for new school uniforms (they don’t wear them in French schools); instead a trip to the doctor’s for a medical certificate for sports (yes really!). It’s also the perfect time to look forward to the upcoming ski season. Still over 3 months away - but the time will fly - and still time enough to buy a ski chalet or ..https://www.nidski.com/article/la_rentree:_the_end_of_summer_and_a_new_school_term_its_the_ideal_time_to_buy_a_ski_propertyChamonix's most Iconic Home is For Sale | Sep. 05, 2016Walk along Rue des Pecles, and you will find some of Chamonix’s oldest, most luxurious chalets. Huge farmhouses containing the history of Chamonix’s first families are dotted along the road leading up to the most exclusive (and sunniest) part of the valley – Les Moussoux. These historical buildings are usually held onto by the very families that built them, though now one of Chamonix’s most iconic chalets is up for grabs – Chalet Butterfly.   Built in 1911 unde..https://www.nidski.com/article/chamonixs_most_iconic_home_is_up_for_saleThe Rise of the Contemporary Ski Home | Aug. 25, 2016The Swiss-style wooden chalets with their gently sloping gabled roofs and colourful shutters are synonymous with all things winter. A ski holiday in Europe wouldn’t’ be complete if these iconic buildings weren’t scattered across the backdrop of the mountains you were racing down. Even now, most newly built ski homes retain the aesthetic qualities of these traditional alpine structures – that is lots of wood, stone accents and big fireplaces. Whilst this traditional archit..https://www.nidski.com/article/the_rise_of_the_contemporary_ski_homeLe Tour de France comes to the Alps! | Jul. 13, 2016 Summer has finally arrived and the mountains are heating up. The excitement in the Alps is palpable as the world famous Tour de France 2016 prepares to wind its way through the Swiss and French Alps later this month. Home to some of the most famous ski resorts in the world, stages 17-20 will take the cyclists through some of the most stunning scenery under the shadow of Western Europe’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc. Passing within an hour of the winter capital of the world – ..https://www.nidski.com/article/le_tour_de_france_comes_to_the_alpsInitial Reaction to Brexit from the Ski Property Industry | Jun. 28, 2016Ski property professionals in the French and Italian Alps share their predictions and views on the likely impact on the alpine property market of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. Matthieu Cany at Sextant Properties, specialists in French property, comments, “if the Brexit is confirmed it won’t affect the French Alps property market because customers who buy ski properties do it as they love skiing. They want a pied-a-terre in their favourite ski spot. The holiday homes market in..https://www.nidski.com/article/initial_reaction_to_brexit_from_the_ski_property_industryOwn a ski property in the EU? What would a Brexit mean for you? | Jun. 16, 2016Britain’s ease of access to mainland Europe means that rather than just holidaying on the beaches of Spain, the ski resorts of France or the vineyards of Italy, UK nationals have bought homes there, ever since the UK first joined the EU. Brits are one of the largest markets for property purchases of all kinds in Europe, and the impending June 23 vote has EU home owners wondering what Brexit means for them. With the terms of a “Brexit” currently unknown, the best we can do is sp..https://www.nidski.com/article/own_a_ski_property_in_the_eu_what_would_a_brexit_mean_for_youBrexit And Buying Ski Property In The French Alps | Jun. 14, 2016What will it mean? Does it matter?This article originally appeared on France Property Angels. Specialising in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps as estate agents and property finders, France Property Angels help buyers find their dream ski chalet or apartment. Dare we mention the “B” word? For any Brit thinking of buying a property in the French Alps, the EU Referendum or potential “Brexit” later this month may feel like an invisible brake, bringin..https://www.nidski.com/article/brexit_and_buying_ski_property_in_the_french_alpsAre you a French Tax Resident? Then is information is for you! | May. 26, 2016Article by Loic Raboteau, International Legal Advisor and French Property Law Expert, Francophile Law IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET GOOD LEGAL ADVICE WHEN BUYING A SKI PROPERTY IN FRANCEFrench inheritance taxes are known for being difficult at the best of times, though this bit of information supplied by Francophile Legal Consulting may help you limit the fiscal cost of transfer of your assets to loved ones. Since 2006, donors have been able to gift their descendents (children and grandchildr..https://www.nidski.com/article/are_you_a_french_tax_resident_then_is_information_is_for_younidski in the news | Jan. 27, 2016Our predictions for the Ski Property Market in 2016 were picked up by well-respected property magazine, French Property News. You can read more about them in the "Au Courant" section of their February 2016 issue or here.In a nutshell our thoughts for 2016 are:- confidence will continue to return as more new-build projects in the French and Austrian Alps come onto the market;- Buy-To-Ski will benefit from the attacks on Buy-To-Let owernship in the UK. Ski property purchase costs will no longer se..https://www.nidski.com/article/nidski_in_the_newsNavigating Your Way Through French Agency Mandates | Jan. 20, 2016 You’re fulfilling the mountain lovers dream and buying a ski home in the French Alps. Though this is an exciting and fulfilling time, there are some things you may not be familiar with when it comes to buying or selling French real estate. Choosing a Suitable Agency In France, sellers can select two or more estate agents to market their property - or opt to sell the property privately. If you want to reach as many potential buyers as possible, it can make sense to list your French propert..https://www.nidski.com/article/navigating_your_way_through_french_agency_mandatesResort Spotlight: Megève | Jan. 15, 2016The stunning resort of Megève was built as France's answer to the glamorous St Moritz in Switzerland. Founded by the famous Rothschild family, on the site of a medieval village, Megève has always been synonymous with the best of everything. With its cobbled streets, chic hotels, exclusive boutiques and Michelin restaurants, Megève is the perfect destination for those looking for a bit of luxury. Skiing in Megève Megève’s ski area has 300km of slopes and ..https://www.nidski.com/article/resort_spotlight:_megeveFound Your Dream Ski Property in the French or Swiss Alps? What about Insurance Requirements? | Jan. 08, 2016France You’ve chosen your dream ski home in France, you’re on your way to securing a mortgage – what’s next? Insurance. Two types of insurance are needed when you buy your ski apartment or chalet in France: Building and Contents Insurance (“Assurance Habitation”) which covers the property itself AND Mortgage Protection/Life Assurance (“Assurance Emprunteur”) which is much like life insurance, and covers the borrowed amount of the loan in the event..https://www.nidski.com/article/found_your_dream_ski_property_in_the_french_or_swiss_alps_what_about_insurance_requirementsResort Spotlight: Méribel | Dec. 07, 2015There are infinite reasons Méribel is the first choice for those looking to fulfill their dream of owning a ski home in the French Alps such as the traditional alpine architecture, world famous après bars and skiing for all abilities.  The main attraction for mountain enthusiasts is its central location in France's largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées. Nestled in between the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania and Val Thorens, Les Trois Vallées boasts over ..https://www.nidski.com/article/resort_spotlight:_meribel