US vs EU Ski Property Investment

ski property investmentWhen thinking about investing in ski property, the US is probably not the first place that comes to mind. Most often, property investors think more towards the French Alps. However places such as Colorado offer equally good opportunities to those wishing to purchase a ski property investment.

One of the major attractions of purchasing a skiing property in the US rather than Europe is the cost. Since the global recession, US property has tanked and has yet to fully recover. This means that there are more opportunities for investors at both ends of the scale – budget ski properties and luxury skiing properties. Estate agents in Colorado have said that some properties have seen price drops of up to 35pc since their highest point and this has piqued the interest of increasing numbers of international property buyers.

Aside from the price, Colorado is an east place to get to. For skiers, it offers regular snow falls, slopes to suit any ability and it tends to be slightly quieter than the European ski resorts. During the off season, there are plenty of things to do in the area meaning there is no shortage for rental potential all year round.

Europe has also seen a price drop however the US still tends to win on a ‘bang for your buck’ basis – although Europe still remains an excellent proposition for those looking to invest in ski property.

The price reductions on European ski properties are not as great as those that have been seen in the US however they still offer great value for money, especially in the more popular ski resorts, as there will always be rental demand in the area.

Wherever you choose to purchase your ski property, the basic principles of buying remain the same:
– Altitude is not the most important factor; look for properties when it is ski in/ski out
– Infrastructure should be good
– Accessibility to the local ski areas should be excellent
– Good local amenities are a bonus
– Consider a leaseback scheme if you want to take some of the stress out of managing the property

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