The adage of swimming in Nice in the morning and swimming in Les Alpes Maritimes in the afternoon holds true. Isola is a purpose built resort created by an Englishman called Peter Boumphrey in 1971.
Isola 2000 is one and a half hours from Nice (coaches from Nice airport 1€ to 4€), sea level to 7000 feet! Unfortunately, the resort has quite unattractive concrete buildings, although recent 'Swiss-style' chalets are a welcome addition.The points in its favour are that it is perfect for families, intermediate skiers and those who do not search for a vibrant night life.The fact that the resort lies on the South West side of the valley give hours of sunshine and it also has been blessed with having a climate which supplies snow much later in the season and is recognised as being one of the highest ski resorts in Europe. The runs are mainly green, blue and red with a few black runs, however some are quite long and all have fantastic views with the joy of having the lifts very conveniently situated.
The restaurants are fairly expensive but there is one which one should not miss. When you ski from the top of the Mercantour run over to the Valette run, there is a restaurant (called 'The Valette') which is a Swiss style cabin which had BBQ food with an additional menu (although limited) great ambience on the side of the piste and good food but get there before 1pm as they run low on food -it's a long way down to replenish the larder!
Plenty of instructors and a familiar sight midweek is French school children snaking down behind their leader. It is busy at the weekends but during the week - no queuing.
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