December 2008: This piece was in Country Life (original press clipping below transcript).

Super Chalets still sell in the Tarentaise

By Penny Churchill

Chris Harrop of French Mountain Property, which builds and restores traditional buildings in the unspoilt Tarentaise Valley between Val d'Isère and Moutiers, has seen a downturn in demand for their lower and medium-priced properties, although at the very top end demand for super chalets continues to outstrip supply.

Country Life

"For years, chalets were seen by ski fanatics as merely a place to rest one's weary limbs before setting off to the slopes as soon as possible the following morning. But a new generation of buyers, with budgets of Euros 2 million plus want their chalets to reflect their UK lifestyle. For them, we're creating super chalets with indoor swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, wi-fi broadband and state-of-the-art wiring."

FMP is currently building three detached chalets in traditional Savoyard style at Le Villard, near the mountain village of Sainte Foy, and five minutes drive from the ski station, at prices ranging from Euros 1.2 million to Euros 1.5 million. One chalet has been completed, but there's room to build a single super chalet on the rest of the site.

FMP is also building three three or four-bedroom chalets, again in the Savoyard style, in the village of la Côte d´Aime between Bourg St Maurice and Moutiers. Prices start at Euros 695,000 for the chalets, which have easy access to a range of ski areas and fantastic views of the Peisey Valley, Les Arcs and La Plagne.

For the budget conscious, FMP is offering two and three-bedroom apartments in a converted farmhouse in the village of Montorlin, close to La Plagne and Les Arcs, where prices start at Euros 311,150.