Moving to the alps.
Considering moving to the alps as i only have to commute once a month for work. Can anyone reccomend some good locations? Main priorities being location to airports for work and quality of riding. les arcs has most of my attention at the moment, but I’m staying open minded.Posted 2 years agonickjbSubscriber
Have you considered the Pyrenees? Tends to be a bit less busy (although the alps are huge and there are quiet bits). Still stunning and loads of possible off-the-beaten-track paths. Might be an option for some tax savings in Andorra too. For the alps samoens (or that valley) is a good option. Close to Geneva and striking distance of loads of good riding spots. Not too high either for winter.Posted 2 years agowallopSubscriber
I’d love to live in Bourg Saint Maurice but it’s a bloody long way from Geneva if you need to gets there regularly.
Morzine is very close… but very English. The suggestion of Samoëns is a good one – even closer than Morzine, a bit more French and still with access to MTB and skiing.
What sort of riding do you enjoy?
Where do you need to commute to?Posted 2 years agodafoxsterSubscriber
I live in Austria just 40 minutes from Ljubljana airport, which has cheap flights to Luton and Stansted all year round. Plenty of natural alpine biking and snowboarding to be had in Austria, Slovenia and Italy in this region. The snowboarding resorts are not the biggest but the season ticket is less than 500 euro for the whole of Carinthia and East Tirol.Posted 2 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Bourg St Maurice or Sospel for me.
Bourg you could get the train in the winter (no idea how long it takes, but there’s none of the faff of airports & transfers)
Sospel is about an hour’s drive from Nice airport, brilliant all year doorstep riding and you don’t have to go too far to find wintersports stuff if you want to do that too.Posted 2 years ago
i like the look of Samoens and bourg St Maurice. As long as I can get to London easily enough. The Eurostar runs directly to bourg also. I had considered sospel but I’ve never been so I’m planning a trip on the motorbike next month to visit some different towns. Hopefully it might help me decide.Posted 2 years agojambalayaSubscriber
There is an STWer who is a BA pilot and lives just outside Annecy (town called Alice – no Jam pun intended)
Samoens might be good shout too. Chamonix is busy (good thing) Summer and Winter.
I know a few pople whomlive in Verbier/Le Chable and love it (expensive vs France of course) but you have to adapt to some very quiet peiords of the year
You might want to think about living in an actual resort as that can be really dead out of season and you might go bonkers 😉
Plenty of places to live along the French side of Lake Genva with easy access to PdS
Get some advice on tax, much higher in France than you may expect
Good luck and keep us posted, it was always one of my dreams to do the same. Not given up entitely yet !!Posted 2 years agoStonerSubscriber
Currently part of Stoner family plan is to move out to France in the next two years for a year or so.
We own a small flat near Morzine but probably wouldn’t live here full time. I’d prefer to rent a house in a large town /small city and our research will probably centre on an area between annecy and the rhone Valley. We would still be able to drive to Morzine in a few hours, but also I could grab a flight to London from gva or lyon a couple of times per month as necessary.
Going to do some slow drive bys next week on the way back towards blighty from here in Morzine.Posted 2 years agob rMember
Considering moving to the alps as i only have to commute once a month for work. Can anyone reccomend some good locations? Main priorities being location to airports for work and quality of riding. les arcs has most of my attention at the moment, but I’m staying open minded.
If you only have to commute once a month, location of an airport would be well down my priorities.
What about Southern Spain, then you could ride all year?Posted 2 years agojambalayaSubscriber
OP with such a big lifestyle change I would suggest renting first particularly as you don’t have a specific favourite area you know well. Property prices in France are pretty static (even falling esp in Alps) so no rush. Year round rentals can be quite attractively pricedPosted 2 years ago
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