Created by Margaret Tully.
This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy Isola in France. It is a fantastic ski location.
The most wondrous place on earth is within this area, known as the Mercantile National Park. It is here that you will see vast expanses of snow covered peaks and great ski runs. In the warmer months this park attracts many visitors who enjoy walking in nature, it boasts as having wonderful lakes and great flora and fauna.
On December the 6th the winter resort opens, and many people embark on their ski vacation in this location. It is only one hour away from wonderful Nice, with its many cafés and affluent visitors. Here in Isola, it is quieter but no less sophisticated. To mark the opening, the Rock On Snowboard Tour comes to town, with various skiing activities for the whole family and from 3pm -10pm on the Friday and Saturday, rock music from well known artists will boom out onto the resort and create a wonderful party atmosphere.
You will be able to enjoy warm, chestnuts – freshly roasted on the outside barbecues and enjoy mulled wine in the late evenings. In the winter months the altitude of the resort, being at nearly 900m, makes it an ideal location for great skiing snow – but the warmth from the Autumn sun is still there to enjoy. You can even sunbathe on deck chairs that are sitting in snow, it is quite wonderful.
If you need pampering on vacation, and why not? In Isola you can go to the Aquavallée center, which is a sports complex that houses a great swimming pool with a toboggan that is 30 meters long and a wellness area with a Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi for adults to enjoy some quiet time. There is nothing nicer than being able to enjoy a sauna after being on the ski slopes all day.
For the less than energetic in your party or just if you fancy being a little romantic, there are beautiful horse drawn carriages that journey around the resort, which gives you the time to see all the natural sights around you, great for photography and really getting to know the area. There are good amenities for buying fresh produce, as there is a general store and a fresh fruit shop. There are wonderful places where you can order a cooked breakfast, if you don´t feel like cooking one yourself back at your accommodation.
There are a few restaurants with basic food choices, which suits most tastes, however you are not far from Nice, and you can always travel to the other areas around to seek out a special place to dine. You can take part in all sorts of adrenalin fuelled activities here in Isola and one of the most exhilarating is the rally driving on snow – in January there is an event in which drivers compete, but you can have a go right throughout the winter months. At the weekends you can go ice-skating or go ski-paragliding – basically anything you can do normally, you can do it here on the snow. For action, adventure or just simple skiing – Isola in winter, has it all.