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Isola 2000 ski resort, southern French Alps, France

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This ski resort is in the southern French Alps and is in the village of Isola. It is part of a cooperative operated by the council of the Alpes-Maritimes. Located next to the Mercantour National Part, it is about 90km from Nice. In the late 1960s, British Army officer (retired) and Olympic skier Peter Boumphrey found this location on a map. He wanted to build a resort on land owned by the village of Isola. Located at 900m, citizens were moving away to the cities. The local mayor was happy to allow Boumphrey and some London-based contractors build a ski resort above the village.

The resort was finished in 1971 with a capacity of 6,000 beds. Isola 2000 has grown and been upgraded through the years and today has new 6-seat and 4-seat chair lifts and a new gondola. Many bars, restaurants, and shops have also been added. The 2000 Tour de France passed through this resort.

At the present time, Isola has 2 gondolas, 9 chair lifts, 10 button lifts and 1 funicular, all of which can accommodate 20,000 people per hour. It has over 120km of piste in two main ski areas. Runs: 7 green, 21 blue, 11 red, 4 black. Touted to be family-friendly, it is one of the highest in the Alps, assuring a favorable climate and reliable snow cover. There are snow cannons to make certain the conditions are skiable. Night life is not as lively as at some resorts, but there are bars and restaurants. A number of hotels in the area offer accommodations.


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