Not all of your friends have heard of La Toussuire, and that’s a good thing. It’s an unsung, up-and-coming winter destination. Early birds who buy a property in La Toussuire soon will benefit from good value for money in a very large, high-altitude ski area which doesn’t experience the same crowds as its more well-known neighbours.
Sitting on a sunny plateau at 1,750m with stunning 360-degree views, snowsure La Toussuire has a long ski season that runs from the beginning of December to the end of April.
At the heart of Les Sybelles and just an hour’s drive from Grenoble Airport, its convenient location makes properties in La Toussuire especially attractive for those seeking a base for weekend or last-minute ski breaks as well as extended stays.
A sporty escape awaits
Alongside Le Corbier, Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, Saint-Jean-d’Arves, Les Bottières and Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, La Toussuire forms part of Les Sybelles. Its name a playful nod to its six resorts, Les Sybelles is one of the newest ski domains in the world and the fourth-largest interconnected ski area in France with 310km of groomed pistes. A sporty resort, come snow or shine, La Toussuire is just as delightful in the summer and is a great destination for cycling enthusiasts as it regularly welcomes the Tour de France,
“With access to a large, varied ski domain, panoramic views, snow surety and attractive prices, La Toussuire is a smart investment for those who want a larger ski-in ski-out property for their budget.”
Camille Letuve, Partner & Adviser, French Alps
Local property experts
Our local property experts have scoured the property market to find the best properties and projects for sale in La Toussuire, each carefully chosen for its investment potential, lifestyle appeal and easy access.
Opportunities to own a property in La Toussuire are quite hard to come by and at the moment there are currently only a couple of new-build developments on the open market. The majority of properties for sale in La Toussuire are apartments, however, if you want that quintessential chalet-style interior, you might want to consider a penthouse as many of these have inviting alpine living areas with cathedral ceilings and fireplaces - perfect for cosy evenings in with family and friends.
Adviser Insights - truth you can't normally find online
With 20 years of experience in the French Alps, it's safe to say we know all of the resorts like the back of our hand.
What makes each one unique, what each one is best for, worst for, and why each project is a wise investment (or not).
Below you can find key points on La Toussuire as a resort so you can understand the pros and cons before you visit.
- La Toussuire is an up-and-coming resort - modernisation work is ongoing - it will only get better.
- The primary focus here is skiing - minimal fuss, simple, affordable, family holidays.
- Other neighbouring resorts are more well-known and have more commerce, but you won't find comparative prices per square metre in the likes of Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d'Huez…
- La Toussuire: €6,000 to €9,000 per sqm
- Alpe d’Huez: exceeding €17,000 per sqm
- Now is the time to invest in La Toussuire - it's likely the prices will go up as the resort improves and expands in the next few years.
- What La Toussuire’s village centre lacks in charm, it makes up for with views, skiing accessibility, snow surety, and value for money.
- It's a small resort, but connected to 310kms of piste and part of the 4th largest ski area in France.
- Without exaggeration, the position of our exclusive project in La Toussuire (coming soon) is one of the best, if not the best, in the village - the views and sun exposure are second to none. The 60s concrete buildings of the village centre are not in full view from this privileged position.
These considerations help to paint an honest picture of the resort's potential, look, and feel. Read on to find out more...
Why is La Toussuire a good resort?
La Toussuire is a superb resort for families seeking a home away from home in the heart of Les Sybelles. Skiers are spoiled for choice with 310km of varied slopes as well as 21 fun areas, such as the recently added Snowpy Mountain area. Non-skiers are well catered for too as the resort has an ice skating rink, spas and a bowling alley.
Though many would be hardpressed to locate La Toussuire on a map, this up-and-coming, high-altitude destination is something of a hidden gem as it offers excellent value for money as well as snow surety and access to a vast ski domain.
Just over two hours from the iconic Alpe d’Huez by car, La Toussuire has numerous similarities with its famous cousin such as a high altitude of around 1,800m, excellent sun exposure, good proximity to Grenoble Airport, a ski area of a similar size and a variety of summer activities.
While the resorts have a lot in common, La Toussuire offers significantly more value when it comes to property prices with new-build properties ranging from €6,000 to €9,000 per sqm. In comparison, new properties in Alpe d’Huez can exceed €17,000 per sqm. This makes La Toussuire an attractive option for those who love Alpe d’Huez but want to get more for their budget.
La Toussuire is perfect for exploring on foot and in the town centre you’ll find a good selection of restaurants serving up a mix of traditional Savoyard favourites and international cuisine. If gooey raclette is what you crave, check out L’Ancolie, or if you are looking for something more familiar grab a pizza at La Boule de Neige. There are a couple of supermarkets around the town centre for picking up the essentials as well as two boulangeries, a butcher and a fromagerie.
Why is a property in La Toussuire a good investment?
La Toussuire real estate not only represents great value for money when compared to its famous neighbour Alpe d’Huez, but there is also strong potential appreciation as there are plans in discussion to connect Les Sybelles with neighbouring Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes to form the largest ski domain in the world with almost 800km of pistes.
What’s the skiing like in La Toussuire?
An excellent choice for mixed ability groups, La Toussuire caters to all abilities as it has direct access to the 124 varied slopes of Le Sybelles. The resort itself is very family-friendly and has two ski schools, ESF and ESI, as well as several dedicated ski areas for children to enjoy.
Though most of the slopes here are graded red or blue, seasoned skiers will be challenged. There are some great black pistes, such as the must-ski ‘J.N. Augbert’ slope. What’s more, the advanced slopes are only groomed once a week, allowing time for moguls to form.
If you fancy a break from skiing but still want to have fun in the snow, you can go dog sledging or even take a horse and cart ride.
What can you do in La Toussuire during the summer?
If you dream of a summer escape in the fresh mountain air, La Toussuire will not disappoint. Ranging from six-hour hikes to relatively flat 90-minute loops, there are hiking and walking routes for all abilities, and each one offers unforgettable panoramas.
Featured in some of the most famous routes of the Tour de France, La Toussuire is a great destination for cyclists as you can try your hand at the resort’s famous climb and create your own route through the breathtaking landscape. La Toussuire’s ‘cow mountain’ is a great spot for biking too as it is accessible for all levels - perfect for a family day out.
La Toussuire also has a lively roster of activities throughout the summer such as craft workshops for children and weekly dance and fitness classes.
Infrastructure development in La Toussuire
There are plans in discussion to link Les Sybelles with Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes to create the largest ski domain in the world. As well as increasing the number of slopes that La Toussuire has access to, this ambitious project would also facilitate easy, car-free access between the resorts. This project is set to have a positive impact on the local property market, increasing the demand for properties for sale in La Toussuire and the rental appeal of properties here.
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