A second home in the Alps will revolutionise your life. But only if you make frequent use of it. Ski trips, summer holidays, off-the-cuff weekend escapes: you need to pack as many of them into your year as possible – and to do that, you should pick a property close to an airport. Geneva is the obvious choice.
Not only is the Swiss hub served by flights from every corner of the UK, as well as all six London airports. It can also be reached direct from Dubai, New York and Moscow. Then, once you’ve landed, you’ll find a mouthwatering array of resorts within easy reach. Chamonix is the big-name option. Only 70 minutes’ drive from Geneva, the Alpine capital of extreme skiing is the obvious choice for experts, mountaineers and anyone who loves their scenery raw and wild.
With Mont Blanc on the doorstep, you’ll never tire of looking up. For those who prefer their slopes a little less steep, and their summer landscapes green and gentle, Combloux, Megève, La Clusaz and Les Carroz d’Arâches beckon. Each is part of a giant network of intermediate friendly pistes, and offers a gorgeous landscape of pine forests and Alpine meadows once the snow’s gone.
Meanwhile, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains has a laid-back, spa-town atmosphere, and historic Samoëns one of the prettiest village centres in the Alps. Most are only an hour’s drive away. So you’ll barely have time to settle into the journey, and decide which slopes you’ll ski/hike/bike first, before you’ve pulled up outside the front door of your résidence. With the mountains on your doorstep, and the keys to your own property jangling in your pocket, it’s a moment you’ll never grow tired of.
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