The world is about to be reminded of the thrill of skiing, as well as simply spending time in a mountain resort, when the Winter Olympics kicks off in Russia this week, an event that will reinforce why investment in ski property has never gone out of favour.

Richard Way, Editor at The Overseas Guides Company said:

"While the large majority of France's property market remains flat, a leading property consultancy reported price increases of eight per cent in two key resorts in the Alps in 2013, thanks to growing demand from overseas buyers and infrastructure upgrades.

"Things are set to improve further this year, as one of the leading developers in the Savoie and Haute Savoie regions reported a huge hike interest in January compared with January last year.

"Conditions are favourable for purchasing in the French Alps too – with mortgage rates in France still at historic lows and the euro showing no signs of strengthening, it makes financial sense for some UK and other foreign currency buyers to purchase with a French euro-mortgage."

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