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If you thought all building work stops in the Alps in the winter (so all the tradesmen can go off to their second jobs as ski instructors), then think again. It is still the case on a small-scale but in general the tradesmen try to keep working all year around. The idea is to make a structure waterproof so work can carry on inside during the winter months. As an example have a look at this development of the Chalets des Cimes project, it has been continuing throughout this winter in sight of the pistes. The developer has just sent me these photos.
This is my favourite as you can see the piste and the ski lift in the background.
These chalets are excellent quality. Note the copper guttering, the granite faced first floor walls (this is an option for an extra cost), the charred and brushed Douglas Pine (this means you won’t need to varnish or treat the wood). I wrote an article where I mentioned the quality of chalets we see in the Alps and how it’s hard to compare with a cheap build in the UK. These chalets are a good example of this.
Don’t forget that these chalets are at the base of the piste at La Grande Terche (Espace Roc d’Enfer), they are in the Portes du Soleil and only 20 minutes drive from the skiing in Morzine or Avoriaz.
Out of the 9 that are being built, a couple of them are sold and another 2 more are “in negotiation” (as of 18/Feb/2014), we’ve listed the different types on our website here:
Les Chalets des Cîmes, No. 9
600 000 €uros, 5 bedrooms, 144m2
Les Chalets des Cîmes, No. 3
580 000 €uros, 4 bedrooms, 133m2
Les Chalets des Cîmes, No. 4
550 000 €uros, 4 bedrooms, 121m2
Les Chalets des Cîmes, No. 2
525 000 €uros, 4 bedrooms, 121m2