With the curtain rising on the new ski season, there’s a flurry of anticipation among fleece-clad winter-sports fans. Last year’s picture was mixed, with superb snowfalls recorded across North America, but patchier conditions in Europe. As the lifts whirr into action once more, which locations should property buyers single out?
When considering where to buy for the ski season, most wish lists focus on areas with reliable snow, authentic mountain experiences and excellent resort infrastructure, says Jeremy Rollason, head of Savills Ski. His top tips this year include the French resorts of Chamonix and Val d’Isère, fast-developing Andermatt, in Switzerland, and big hitters Aspen and Vail, both in Colorado.
The Savills Ski Resilience Index, an annual ranking of 62 resorts worldwide, is a data-led comparison of the quality of conditions across these locations. Examining five key metrics – snowfall, reliability, season length, altitude and temperature – the index is a perennial barometer that reveals which resorts are proving most resilient when it comes to climate change.
“This year’s index recorded more changes than we have seen for several years, reflecting climate volatility,” says Rollason. “Aspen and Vail took top billing, pushing Zermatt, a frequent number one, into third place. These American resorts also performed strongly in the Savills Ski Prime Price League, which compares property asking prices. Aspen led the way, with an average price of €36,200 a square metre, while Vail was fourth with €26,700.”