Isola 2000 – France
The idea for the construction of the resort came from a British Army officer who obtained permission from the old town of Isola to develop a resort in the baron wasteland above. The biggest engineering task was the upgrading of the access road to serve Isola 2000 and the planned resort of Azur 2000 that to this day has never been built. Isola 2000 opened to skiers in 1971 and nowadays offers 120km of pistes in a snowsure area, and yet accessible in just 90 minutes from Nice Airport.
The 1970’s accommodation blocks look a bit tired today and off-slope facilities in resort are very limited. However, the old village of Isola still charms and must be one of the few places where a morning ski followed by an afternoon of water skiing is a distinct possibility. Families will enjoy Isola 2000 but party animals will probably get a sense of cabin fever.
- Try the Ice Rink in the centre of town. This is a great place to take the children for some fun on ice.
- Le Cow Club - Located on the slopes just above the centre of town. This is an interesting restaurant, serving a range of different dishes: ostrich; snails; and goat et al.
- Take in some local cuisine with one of the many savoyard restaurants.
- There is a car ice circuit where you can either rent a buggy or race your hire car (really!!).
- Take a scenic tour of the resort in a horse drawn carriage.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||2000 m|
|Highest lift||2610 m|
|Lowest lift||1840 m|
|km of piste||120|
|Number of lifts||24|
|Lift pass price||€150 / 6 days|
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