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Property on the piste: top 10 ski chalets for sale

The skiing season is almost upon us. Thousands of people will head off for family fun on the slopes over the coming months. For those who have been bitten by the bug, a log cabin in Méribel, Courchevel or Les Allues is an attractive option. Who could resist the fresh air, snow covered chalets and an active lifestyle? Here is our selection of luxury ski retreats on the slopes for your winter powder paradise.

Le Plantin, Méribel, France £835,500

Méribel is at the very heart of the Trois Vallees, the world’s biggest ski area. It has 183 lifts and 600km of manicured pistes. Le Plantin, a tiny hamlet, boasts a famous restaurant, which you can ski to for lunch. In the evening, it’s perfect for locals, and this apartment is very local. Set over three floors, it offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms with balconies and private parking. You have to drive to the slopes – about three minutes away by car – but you can ski back.

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Méribel, France £3.2m

Right in the centre of buzzing Méribel, this seven-bedroom chalet has a south-facing terrace and stunning views over the mountains. There’s a ski room and a playroom on the ground floor, as well as two garages. Six bedrooms can be found on the first floor, but the master suite is on the top floor. In between, on the second floor, is the main entrance and the open-plan living space. It would make a perfect winter getaway.

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Le Praz, Courchevel, France £4.2m

Le Praz is the lowest settlement in the area of Courchevel, linked to the rest of the valley’s resorts by a fast and efficient bus service. It’s thought to be the most French and rustic of the valley’s villages. There are many good restaurants here and an atmospheric wine bar that serves tapas-style snacks. This newly-built chalet has five bedrooms over four levels and comes with its own lift. There’s a spa area with a swimming pools and a wine cellar. Here is a home that would make an ideal winter or summer retreat.

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Les Allues, France £3.8m

This traditional village is 7km below the centre of Méribel and is well connected by the gondola service that takes 15 minutes. You can also head in the other direction towards Val Thorens via the high speed chairlift or the telecabine. This luxury chalet blends Savoyard wood finishes with contemporary style and facilities. It has a wellness area and gym, as well as four en-suite bedrooms.

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Avoriaz, France £4.4m

Just a few kilometres from Morzine, Avoriaz is a purpose-built resort perched high above a dramatic cliff face. It’s a sunny, car-free zone and largely made up of apartment buildings and attractive log cabins. Here’s a chance to design your own interior. This new chalet has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The finer details can be made to measure.

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Moriond, France £1.35m

This area has always been known as Courchevel 1650. Lower down the slopes than Courchevel 1850, but still well connected to the ski areas, it has plenty going for it. There are shops, restaurants and walkways to get you off the road. This luxury triple-aspect apartment has four bedrooms and two private covered parking spaces.

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Courchevel 1850, France £8.9m

This glamorous resort is known for its five-star hotels, Michelin star restaurants and the shops cater for those in search of the best things in life. This super-cool chalet fits right in with the luxury lifestyle with its five bedrooms, blond wood and tactile finishes. The stylish kitchen might suit a celebrity chef, while the chic interior would make the perfect location to retire after a day’s skiing. There are bunkbeds for the kids, too.

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Méribel, France £390,000

Back in Méribel, this new apartment is part of a smart new development close to the centre and the slopes. The residence has its own restaurant, bar and tea room with a terrace, as well as spa facilities and an indoor pool. The apartment has one bedroom with an open-plan living area and a balcony. There’s one indoor car parking space, too.

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Méribel, France £153,600

This value for money option gives you a studio apartment near to the shops and the slopes. It has a modern-living area with an open-kitchen and a shower room. There’s also a storage area and a ski locker in the building. It’s not much more than a hotel room, but it’s all yours for £153,600. If you are looking for your first ski property, this is a great option.

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Les Allues, France £2.9m

Here is a spacious chalet on a wooded plot with fabulous, far-reaching views at this traditional resort. A cosy, rustic interior offers vaulted ceilings and rough-hewn timber, two large living areas and six bedrooms. There are two cellars, two garages and a terrace with a spa bath perfect for relaxing after a day on the slopes with your family or friends.

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