Making the decision to buy a ski property in the Alps can prove to be a great investment providing you consider some important points

First decide on the country – and if it’s France, where the Alps are close enough for weekend ski breaks and spring jaunts – the choice will be much easier if you follow this 10-point checklist.

Produced by MGM French Properties, the French Alpine developer which is developing the scheme pictured above in Chamonix, it aims to help individual buyers and families to define their priorities and make the right choice much easier.

ACCESS – would I prefer to drive less or more than 90 minutes from the airport nearest to the ski resort, or would I want to be sure of good public transport links?
STYLE – does a purpose-built ski resort appeal to me or would I rather buy in an authentic Alpine village?
SKIING – do I want a ski-in/ski-out property or is it more important to be close to the shops and facilities of a town or village?
SLOPES – do I want easy access to daring black runs for my grandchildren, gentler slopes for me and my partner, or both?
ALTITUDE – is it important that I stay in a high altitude location with ‘guaranteed’ snow during the season or, being an older person, would I feel more comfortable at a lower altitude?
FUN – do I want to enjoy other winter sports activities such as cross country skiing and snow shoeing, and non-ski activities such as swimming?
SUMMER – if I stay in the summer, will I want good hiking, biking or climbing on the doorstep, or fishing, golf, tennis within easy reach?
CHILDREN – will I require childcare and activities for rental guests or when the family come to visit and local facilities geared to the needs of teenagers?
EVENINGS – would I like a lively après ski scene on the doorstep and/or easy access to attractive bars and restaurants?
BUDGET – what I can I afford to spend on buying a property?

Armed with these criteria you can give a very specific brief on your ideal ski properties, helping the firm selling them to suggest which ones most closely match your requirements.

MGM’s UK office in London’s West End has properties available to buy in around 20 French ski resorts at prices ranging from €190,000 to more than €4.5 million. For details visit www.mgmfrenchproperties.com /0207 4940706, or email london@mgm-groupe.com