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“World War 2 bunkers Isola”
Review of Isola 2000

Isola 2000
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Isola
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

A little history for anyone exploring the bunkers. In September 1944, a good friend was captured near the bunkers. He was part of the 509th PIB and was leading a patrol up the pass towards what is now Isola 2000. They were on the foot trail which is still there today. He was wounded and captured along with 4 other members of the 509th. Before we made our trip to Isola and find the place he was captured, he described the area to us in detail. They did not see the bunkers as they were camouflaged back in 1944. His patrol ran across a trip wire and just after they disarmed the trip wire, they noticed German troops down in the valley coming their way. At this time, the mountain erupted with German artillery. As he was running back down the path with tracers going by him, he noticed a small shallow cement ditch which he dove into for protection. The shallow cement ditch is still there, in the middle of nowhere and we found it. It was not very deep as he got shot in the rear lying in the cement ditch. The shallow cement pad is on the right side of the path as you are walking back down the path towards Isola. He jumped out of the cement ditch and into a deeper area next to the path. His group had ran out of ammunition and they were talking small arm and artillery fire. As he was lying there, he put his helmet out in front of him for protection and soon took a direct hit. When he came to, the Germans were taking his watch. Four of his men were hiding behind some bigger rocks just up the ridge from him and were eventually captured. Big rocks were still there. The rest of the patrol made it back to Isola and one member received a Silver Star. The German's also captured several French Soldiers along with the five 509ers. The German's lined everyone up and proceeded to shoot the French and brought the 5 Americans into the bunkers as POW's.

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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Returned to Isola after 39 years. The hotels and the major complex is still quite boring, not much going on. Skiing on the other hand is easy accessible and well connected even though there was a shortage of snow during our stay. Normally isola is known for very fine off post runs, a lot of snowfall and sun. Slopes are mainly easy to intermediate.
Apartments and ski passes were quite cheap, food and restaurants a bit expensive.
We combined our stay with the last night down in Nice which is highly recommended.

1  Thank Lars Å
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Isola 2000 it's good place for skiing. Good runs, nice location and best part is that the hotel have direct access to the slopes, lifts and lifts.

Thank Spasina
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We spent a week skiing week Jan 7-14 2017 and were really impressed. We were a group of five, ranging from good skiers to a complete beginner. So long as you do not want an enormous ski area, this resort offers enough for skiers of every level. The front-de-neige offers a long and easy green run, serviced by button lifts. The blues in the Lombarde sector are also a very gentle progression.
For intermediates and advanced skiers, the Saint Sauveur section is where to find the best pistes. The viewpoint from the top of the Sistron is absolutely breathtaking - though not for the faint hearted. The two-man chairlift up to the very top is a little heart-in-mouth and the red run down is not advisable for beginners.
We stayed in the Terrasses d'Azur which is very handily located at the top of the free furnicular, which you can access without a lift pass.
Getting to the resort couldn't have been easier (or more affordable). We flew to Nice and then took the 750 100% Neige bus service for 4 euros per person each way.
Despite it having not snowed for over a month by the time we arrived, the snow conditions were impeccable. Only a couple of runs were closed, and everything which was open was in very good condition - not icy on thin. Most of the pistes are wide, and quiet, and there was very little queuing for lifts.
The only negatives I could give are that the resort town itself is fairly small, with limited nightlife and no real 'high street'. There is however a well stocked supermarket and several good bars and restaurants, both in town and on the slopes.
Secondly, there are a quite a few long, steep button lifts, and a bit of a lack of chairlifts.

3  Thank Samuel L
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Good snow, free parking, drivable from Nice (2.5 hrs). Small but good skiing very achievable as a day visit from Nice.

Thank bekchops
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