Quick access to the piste in the winter, first class hikes and unparalleled views in the summer – it’s easy to be drawn in by the allure of chalet life. The truth is, these joys don't have to be limited to just a few weeks a year. Whether it serves as a holiday home or is rented out for some extra income, investing in ski property is a smart idea.
Below, we run through the benefits of owning a ski chalet, as well as a few tips for how to decorate it.
A year-round getaway
The benefits of owning a chalet in the winter months are clear. A private ski chalet gives you easy access to the season's best snow, combined with the home comforts of having your own place.
What many people don’t realise is that ski property is equally charming outside of the ski season. When spring arrives and the snow begins to melt, two things happen. First, the landscape transforms into a paradise of green. Second, the crowds of tourists disappear.
Considerable rental return
When the snow begins to fall, demand for ski property skyrockets. Higher demand means that those keen to rent are generally willing to pay larger sums to stay in your charming chalet. This means owning a chalet home can prove incredibly lucrative if you're willing to let it out during the winter.
Choosing the right home decor
The key to getting the most of your property in all seasons lies in intelligent interior design, finding a style that complements the warmth and the cold.
One option is a versatile rustic interior. While commonly associated with the feel of a cosy ski chalet in winter, the simplicity of this style works well in summer too, when a neutral colour palette maximises the sunlight entering your chalet. The natural materials commonly associated with a rustic look – woods and leather – allow for natural heat retention in winter, and loss in summer.
Mastering the rustic look
Rustic home decor begins with wood. Where you can, expose wood flooring to show off its natural charm. You could also add wood panelling to a bathroom, or a wooden table and countertops to your kitchen.
In the living room, add contrasting textures with chunky faux fur throws and cushions – perfect for snuggling into after a day on the ski slopes. Throughout the property, employ a natural palette, employing white, shades of creams and browns, and the occasional accent of black. If you're planning on spending a lot of time at the ski property, consider introducing some house plants to maximise the natural feel.
If you’re looking for more tips on buying a ski resort condo or chalet, visit the Engel & Völkers website today. Whether it’s in the Rockies or the Alps, our experienced property experts are well placed to help you in your search for the perfect chalet.