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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.

Show all 35 ratings

October 29, 2003
Nick Russill from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A fantastic little resort situated just under an hours' drive away from Nice and the sea making connections with UK airports (e.g. Easyjet) very straightforward. Isola's position in relation to the Alps means that it is the first range of mountains to get any storms off the Atlantic which dump heavy snow and there is minimal blocking effect from other mountains. The resort is a little dated, but this adds to its charm in a strange 1970's kind of way. The runs are all very scenic and the southern extent of the resort has some very nice off piste powder runs through trees. There are no toilets on this side of the resort which makes it an excellent place to be after lunch as many people seem to migrate back to the main centre. Recommend the Crocodile Bar for a cold beer and good atmosphere. Parking in the resort can be difficult so recommend a 4x4 with bullbars!
December 30, 2003
Jane Trowhurst from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from Isola . It's a great resort, no tour operators here, and hardly any but French voices. Plenty of snow and sun early season. You have to make your own way there, and the mountain roads are hairy. The resort is charming , but definitley for families and couples.
April 07, 2004
Campbell McCaughrain from Ski Ireland Ireland
Isola 2000 is a beautiful resort with more sunshine than we have ever found elsewhere. Very convenient, only 60 miles from Nice and now direct flights from Belfast, so only one lot of airport taxes. It is however a bit short of night life. Don't stay in the Hameau area because they close the Funicular at 8.00pm weeknights and 10.00p.m. week-ends (although we found it closed at 9.30p.m.) and it is a very long and tiring walk from the bars back up the hill to the Hameau. Les Adret apartments are quite good and very central.
February 23, 2006
JK from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent location, 1.5 hrs from Nice, straight road bar the last 1/2 hr. Recommend stay in Font de Neige as this is on the slopes. Excellent beginners/intermediate area, hardly any English.
February 09, 2007
TRISTA THOMPSON from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great purpose built resort, especially if travelling with younger children. Doddle of a drive from Nice, stunning scenery. Although dated, and a little lacking in luxury stay on the Font De Neige as this has immediate access to the slopes, and easy walk to shops and restaurants. A quiet resort, even during French/British school holidays. Precious little night life...a few of good and reasonable priced restaurants, otherwise its self catering at its best!! Plenty of lunchtime eateries..in the sun...and not too expensive. Price wise it is much cheaper than better known french resorts, you'll probably spend a third less than elsewhere. We love it and return year after year...partly because there are sooo few Brits!!!
March 05, 2007
jamie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Isola 2000 is a great ski resort. It's easy to get to from Nice and I recommend you stay in the Font de Neige or Le Pas du Loup becuse they are on the slopes and you can ski right too the step of your hotel. It's a fairly quiet resort with runs for all kinds of levels of skiing. It is also boarder friendly with its snow park and halfpipe. The main part of the ski resort buildings is a long building on the front of the slopes. This has plenty of shops, bars, restaraunts and a supermarket. Other than skiing there is plenty on offer such as heli-sking, ski-doing and ice-skating on a natural ice rink, driving on ice and many other activities. There is a fully qualified team of instructors. If you self-cater you will find it will work out cheaper but after 10:30 you will have to walk all the way up and for youngsters that could be a problem. Overall, Isola is a very good resort. I'm just getting ready to go there again on Sunday.
March 16, 2007
josski from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Isola 2000 is a fantastic ski resort in an ideal location; only 1h30 from Nice Airport. The local taxi service Taxi Thome is much cheaper than other taxi companies (more info at www.isola2000.com/acces.asp.) The newly built (2006) Chalets du Mercantour come highly recommended, with stunning views over the whole Chastillon valley and equipped to a very high standard. If you would like more information have a look at www.chaletisola.com. Great for skiing in winter and mountain walks in the summer!
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 slush-forecast.com in a few years]
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 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.