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Isola 2000 Resort Reviews

Ski France

Isola 2000 Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Isola 2000 Ski Resort

Isola 2000 Ratings

Overall: 3.8. Based on 38 votes and 51 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.6

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Isola 2000.

Public Transport: 4.6

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Isola 2000, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 3.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.1

(1) No places to stay in/near Isola 2000, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.3

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 2.9

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Isola 2000.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.6

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Isola 2000, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.6

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Isola 2000 is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.3

(1) Isola 2000 relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.5

(1) There are no snow groomers at Isola 2000, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Isola 2000 are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.7

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Isola 2000 is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.8

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Isola 2000, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.7

(1) Isola 2000 usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.4

(1) The staff at Isola 2000 are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Isola 2000 are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.2

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.5

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.1

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Isola 2000 has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.5

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Isola 2000, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.0

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Isola 2000, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 3.6

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 2.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Isola 2000, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.4

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Isola 2000 has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.0

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.1

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.7

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.1

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.4

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.8

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.8

(1) Overall, Isola 2000 is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.7

(1) Overall, Isola 2000 is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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March 12, 2008
Shaun Wallace from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sorry editor, I disagree. I looked on your forecast the day I left for the trip and every day for 2 weeks prior to that. Before leaving, your site had not forecasted the 1st dump, or the 2nd dump, which made us feel that the snow would not be that good, this is why it came as a surprise when the hire car people told us to take snow chains as the resort had had 15cm of snow the day before (1st dump). I have also looked on your site every day since coming back as I am off again in 10 days, again your site missed the 15cm that fell over the last 36hrs. As I am not a full member I have no access to a "hindcast" but I still have friends in the resort. That said, I still think you have a great site.
March 10, 2008
Shaun Wallace from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from spending a few days in Isola. Interesting facts: I arrived on Wednesday 5th March, this website said the resort had not seen snow for a week and that there would be no snow for the following 5 days. It actually snowed 15cm on 4th March. It then snowed for a full 24 hrs laying down 30cm on the 7th. The whole resort was turned into 1 massive powder bowl. I ski this resort every year for 4 days with friends. The resort is not the prettiest or particularly friendly. However, I have skied a lot of French resorts and find them all the same in terms of there attitude to the English. This resort is good fun for a few days with some great food, however, if you just like eating up the miles (boring) rather than just enjoying your friends company and having some fun, this resort is not for you. I am back again in two weeks with a group of 17 mixed ability skiers and boarders. [Editors comments. Our snow reports for Isola come from Skiclub of Great Britain. Reports are only as reliable as whatever source is available and we encourage independent reporters wherever possible. Sorry if we were not reliable in this case. However, our forecasts for Isola over this period were very accurate. Members can verify this using our hindcast service in the historical snow section for Isola. You will see that our forecast predicted 12cm of snow on March 4th (Shaun reports 15cm fell) and 23cm total for 6th/7th (versus 30cm reported). Although we don't archive every single forecast, only the accurate short-range ones, in this case it certainly seems as if these were close to predicting what happened]
March 06, 2008
Jeny Braidy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What a disappointment! Went on the strength of some good reviews and wish I had gone somewhere bigger. Skied the mountain on day 1...the entire mountain...and still had time for a long lunch. Days 2-7 were frankly boring and dull. If you have never skied before it may keep your interest for 2-3 days at the most, which is probably why even the locals only use it at weekends. Unwelcoming...horrible accommodation...and dull! dull! dull!
March 06, 2008
Angus from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Save yourself some money and go to Tignes. As much as I thought Isola represented good value, when I got there it was a different story. Disappointing skiing and poor instructors...mine even fell over!! Even though I speak fluent French it was clear that the English are tolerated for their money...frankly, I would rather give mine where it is more welcome.
February 24, 2008
tim from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've recently been to Isola 2000 and was very disappointed. The snow was some of the worst Ive seen! I went in February and we were skiing in slush early in the morning. It wasn't even freezing at night! The resort is extremely small and doesn't usually have enough snow to open all the runs. It isn't a challenging resort with very poor red and black runs. It is only good if it's your first time on skis. Everything is over priced, you're looking at 5 Euros for a can of coke, if you can order in French as English is not spoken.
February 19, 2008
jon gilbert from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi, I have just been to Isola. Snow was great and I didn't want to leave. I went last year as well and some pistes were closed but this year there were none at all closed, it was brilliant. It was a really friendly resort and great for intermidiate skiers, like me, with a variation of different runs. There are not so many British tourists so it helps if you speak a bit of French. It's great and easy to get to with flights from the UK to Nice and you can even get a coach ride up the mountain from the airport which is really easy. So go to Isola.
February 01, 2008
Fraser from Ski Ireland Ireland
What can you say about Isola 2000. The skiing is first class for a resort that you've never heard of and won't if you ski through a tour operator - it does look like a throw back to the 70's big concrete square buildings though there is certainly an effort to cover the concrete but its not pretty. Accommodation we had was ok and fine for what we wanted. But the main thing was that the skiing is generally first class (that's my opinion) - runs are groomed and has everything you need as an intermediate skier - nice red runs, nice blues and a couple of black runs for when the adrenalin is really pumping and the bravery is at its best. The skiing is also divided into 3 sections - there is a section directly above the ski station, accessed by cable car, another behind the main station accessed by slow 2 man chair or fast 6 man chair, then the final and best section is accessed by cable car at the bottom of the beginners area. This has the best skiing and you could spend the day out there as lunch is available. Seemed to me if you go outside the main holiday season of Feb, then the slopes are empty aside of weekends, the downside is the nightlife if you are into that - as there is none ............ Access to the resort is easy - fly to Nice and drive, really nice drive through the mountains and it is spectacular if you dare look - we were lucky as no new snow had fallen for around 10 days but would say if the snow is falling then it would be a very interesting drive even with chains ........... practice your French as English is not widely spoken and go enjoy !!!! Overall rating - great skiing, great value - limited eating and drinking ......... therefore loads of sleep and plenty of energy for skiing ...........
January 18, 2008
Melanie Reed from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fabulous holiday in Isola 2000. EasyJet flights from the UK to Nice and easy drive up the mountain with stunning views. There's even a bus which you catch right outside the airport if you're on an economy holiday. Accommodation, 1st class. Booked through Resort Solutions in the UK at an unbelievable price. Snow is fantastic this year and everything right on your door step. Best beginners slopes I've ever seen and equally challenging black runs.
January 09, 2008
Cuba from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just read the other reviews of Isola2000 and have to say I agree and have been impressed with this resort year in year out. It is susceptible to thawing out pretty quick when there hasn't been much in the way of snow fall (i.e last year) but it's chilled out atmosphere has brought me back 3 years running. The snow looks ace this year and I'm back off there in a few weeks - doing a long weekend and staying in Nice. The run to Isola from Nice (avalanches permitting) is real quick and easy!
January 03, 2008
Rich from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Isola 22nd Dec to 29th Dec. Snowed 1st 2 days of the week then sunny for the rest. Perfect conditions really and nearly all the runs open. Bit rocky on one or two lower slopes and the blacks weren't open but other than that a great weeks ski due to the early winter falls. No media types jumping on the "global warming has caused bad ski conditions" bandwagon of last year. When will people learn global warming doesn't exist and it's all cyclical?!? The bar near the big Sherpa with music had great food and booze, service was ok from Lewis Hamilton, obviously spending his off-season working as a waiter in Isola. Nut-case bus driver on the 750 from Nice airport yet again and the bus like a fridge as per, funicular as 'fun' as ever. Pretty good really then, get into the other valley asap for empty slopes!! [editor: thanks for the review Rich. We see a lot of climate data here at snow-forecast HQ and we all have phd's in geophysics too. Despite the relatively good ski season, in our opinion, there is growing evidence to support global warming caused by humans. Enjoy the snow while it lasts and see you over on in a few years]