What started as a traditional mountainous farming village, Combloux slowly transformed into the world-famous ski resort that we all know and love today.
Combloux, France, is part of the French Alps’ Haute-Savoie area, with excellent connections to the nearby Megève just across the valley, and Chamonix Mont Blanc just 30km away. In fact, it is often lovingly nicknamed ‘le perle du Mont Blanc’ (the pearl of Mont Blanc), thanks to its breathtaking panorama of the Mont-Blanc.
If Combloux is on your hitlist for your next investment property or as the destination for your next winter jaunt, it’s probably because you’ve heard about the amazing skiing facilities within the area.
If you’re eyeing up the resort as a holiday destination, or you want to invest in property in Combloux, this guide will hopefully give you all the information you need to know before your visit. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what Combloux ski resort has to offer.
Combloux Ski Resort
Combloux is a resort that is full of fun regardless of your skiing ability, whether you’re a beginner, taking your family for their first ski holiday or heading to the slopes with a group of pros, you’re not going to be bored in Combloux.
Combloux Skiing Overview:
- 65 runs, totalling 100km
- 11 beginner (green), 17 intermediate (blue), 29 advanced (red) & 8 expert runs (black)
- 1km of night skiing
- Part of Les Portes du Mont Blanc; connecting Combloux, Megève and La Giettaz
- Resort altitude is 1200m
- 32 ski resort lifts (Combloux)
- 105 ski domain lifts (Portes du Mont-Blanc)
Map of Combloux Ski Resort
Whether you’re an avid planner or you like to play it by ear, being slightly clued up on the ski resort or ski domain that you are visiting will help you to make the most out of your time in the French Alps - especially if you want to venture out of the resort and inspect the wider domain area.
If you want to stay local in Combloux, you can find the Combloux piste map here. Or, if you prefer to explore Combloux, Megève and La Giettaz, check out the trail map of the Les Portes du Mont-Blanc domain
Combloux Ski Passes
Combloux ski passes are available on a single day basis, a two-day pass or as a six-day pass, the six-day pass usually being the most popular option amongst holidaymakers:
- Ages 5 - 14: €27.50
- Ages 15 - 64: €34
- Ages 65 - 79: €31
Single Day Pass:
- Ages 5 - 14: €30.50
- Ages 15 - 64: €37.50
- Ages 65 - 79: €34
- Ages 5 - 14: €58.50
- Ages 15 - 64: €73
- Ages 65 - 79: €65.50
- Ages 5 - 14: €155.50
- Ages 15 - 64: €194
- Ages 65 - 79: €174.50
Best Time to Visit Combloux
The best time to visit the Combloux solely depends on what you are looking for in a holiday; are you a keen skier, or are you looking for a beautiful mountain hiking destination?
If it's the former, you won’t have much luck in Combloux during the summer, and if it's the latter, you might want to avoid Combloux in the winter when the mountains are covered by a blanket of snow.
Combloux Weather and Snow Report
For the best skiing conditions in Combloux, December and January are the coldest months on average at -0.7°C and -1.7°C respectively.
The average weekly snowfall in Combloux is:
- December: 25 cm across 2.7 days per week
- January: 34 cm across 3.1 days per week
- February: 25 cm across 3.6 days per week
- March: 25 cm across 3.0 days per week
- April: 10 cm across 1.6 days per week
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the best cycling, hiking and walking conditions, the average temperature shoots up to 11°C in May, with highs of 17°C. The hottest months in Combloux are July and August with an average temperature of 16°C and highs of 23°C and 22°C respectively.
Combloux Ski Seasons and Opening Dates
Much like any French Alps ski resort, the opening dates and Combloux ski season will vary each year depending on the weather and snowfall conditions.
Typically, a Combloux ski season would run from mid-December to the mid to end of April. However, this was not feasible in 2020 due to Covid19, so this year's projected opening for the ski season is 20th February 2021 until the 28th March 2021. Of course, the expected opening date is in-line with government guidelines and restrictions and will change accordingly.
Property in Combloux, France
If Combloux is a ski resort that you frequent for a prolonged or multiple times during the ski season, it might be high time for you to purchase your own little slice of the French Alps that you can call home.
Owing to its beginnings as a French farming village, Combloux is brimming with traditional stone and wooden chalets, that are not only open for the town's 2000 permanent residents, but for its tourists and foreign investors, too.
Luxury Property Developments in Combloux
Les Roches Blanches
Les Roches Blanches is one of Terresens newest luxury property developments in Combloux. The views from Les Roches Blanches are like no other, with an exquisite panorama vista of the Month Blanc that towers the exclusive residence.
Owners of property in the development can take advantage of the indoor and heated outdoor swimming pools, or practice some self-care after a long day in the slopes in the on-site spa, hammam, sauna and jacuzzi or the massage room.
The ski-in ski-out residence has everything from one-bed cabins to four-bed apartments, and the 30 minute drive to Geneva airport means that Les Roches Blanches is easily accessible from your home country - as well as the ski slopes.
How to Buy a Property in Combloux
Buying in a property requires a lot of attention, patience with the lengthy purchase process and a lot of back and forth with solicitors, agents and documentation… and that’s just in the UK. So, how do you go about buying property in France?
The Purchase Process
Buying a property in Combloux has a multi-step process that can be completed in as little as two months or as long as two years. If you’re purchasing a luxury French Alps property in a development, one of the biggest time factors is down to what stage in development the property is at.
The first step of buying a property in Combloux is paying your deposit. The typical deposit rates in France are much higher than in the UK, with a typical lender or developer asking for anywhere between 20% and 30% of the property’s value. However, if it’s a home you just can’t walk away from, it's common for buyers to place a 2% deposit to secure the property before signing a contract.
After this, you will be asked to sign a VFEA contract. A VFEA contract, also known as a Contract of Reservation, is to be signed before securing a mortgage approval or funding, and then you can proceed to the next step of signing your Signature of the Deed of Sale.
If you’re buying a new-build property in the French Alps, you will be asked to pay any taxes and fees at different stages of completion. Following full payment of these additional fees, the property will be ‘delivered’ by the agents, and you will be the rightful owner of your own Alpine dream.
Funding Your Alpine Property
Paying a Property Deposit
The amount of deposit required on a property in Combloux depends on how you are funding the purchase. If you are self-funding the investment or if you are a cash buyer, the typical deposit required will be between 2% and 5% of the property’s asking price.
For those of you looking to be accepted on a mortgage from a French bank or mortgage broker, it’s possible that you will need between 20% and 30% of the property price.
Do You Need a Mortgage or are You Self-Funding?
French banks typically encourage investment from foreigners, and therefore offer fantastic interest rates. But, the process to be accepted is more difficult than in the UK and far more documentation will be required from you.
If you choose to buy your luxury French Alps property with Terresens, you will benefit from reduced transfer rates whether you are buying with a mortgage or cash!