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Ski resorts of the Côte d’Azur

Ski resorts of the Côte d’Azur
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Fans of active recreation and skiing have long ago chosen the Southern Alps! After all, there are more than 15 ski stations with excellent ski trails (more than 700 kilometres of snow-covered picturesque slopes at altitudes of 1150 to 2800 meters above sea level are willing to accept the most demanding tourists-skiers).

Also, 147 ski lifts operate for the comfort of skiers, over 230 km of cross-country trails and 330 km of ski trails are at the tourists’ disposal. (So here you can get an excellent relax and ski starting from mid-December to mid-April). When planning such a trip it is advisable to exclude the weekends from the skiing days (a large number of residents and tourists from Nice and other cities come to the mountains on these days).

Yes, sometimes the weather can «fail» and it will not snow but in such cases there are 200 snow canons! (Although usually there is an abundance of snow because of the damp coastal winds). And familiar situation is according to the classical author: «Cold frost and sunshine: day of wonder!», because in fact there are 320 sunny days a year in the Southern Alps according to statistics!

You can get to the ski stations without any problems from Nice or Monaco in 20 minutes if using a helicopter. By car it is about an hour drive away, by bus – 2-2.5 hours.
In such resort villages as cozy family Valberg, sportive Auron or exquisite Isola 2000 you can practice ice climbing, not only ski – you are awaited by snowshoeing and funny dog sledding.
 
Valberg

Вальберг, Notre Provence Group

86 km from Nice (bus TAM № 770 - 2 hours).

This charming resort village is suitable for lovers of a varied and relaxing rest, the couples who have come for vacation with the children will be very much satisfied. There is a high level of service in Valberg and usually there is plenty of snow!

The resort is situated on a wide wooded plateau (at the altitude of 1670 m) and built up with the traditional «Savoyard» chalets. The skiing height is 1500-2011 m, 52 ski trails with a total length of 90 km (11 green, 13 blue, 22 red, 6 black) with more than 20 ski lifts.

Besides skiing you will be offered multiple routes for unforgettable snowshoeing. The kids have full freedom here, they will not be bored in the snow «Bear Cubs’ Park» («Parc des Oursons»). The kids age 3 up will be taught to ski, and there is a «Les P'tits Poucets» nursery for very tiny babies (with the childcare for the children aged 3 months to 6 years) and sliding trails for children.
 
Isola 2000

Isola 2000 NPG

90 km from Nice (bus TAM № 750 - 2.5 hours).

This station opened in 1972 is located on a small plateau (surrounded by 15 peaks up to 2980 m). Three ski regions at altitudes of 1800-2610 m, 42 trails with a total length of 120 km (7 green, 21 blue, 11 red and 3 black) 20 ski lifts. There are 3 ski schools for the beginners!

Many tourists who are attracted by a variety of routes, excellent snow conditions plus a large number of sunny days rush here. (Because the sea is nearby such a «neighborhood» provides abundant infrequent rainfall and the east wind brings cold dry air). Isola 2000 gathers many young people because they have a place to have a great time - skiing, skating and snowboarding, and at the end of the day – a fun party! For vacationers in early December the competitions in snowboarding and a ski cross are held here.

17 km below (in the picturesque village of Isola) an «Aquavallée», a large complex for recreation and sport, is built. There are a 30 m long water slide, sports pool of 25 m x 10 m, a swimming pool for children with warm water (30°) and a pool for the babies with waterfalls. Adults can visit the fitness studios and squash courts, hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, as well as a snack bar serving delicious cuisine and unrivalled ice cream.
 
Auron - Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée

Auron

90 km from Nice (bus TAM № 740 - 2.5 hours).

Auron is a charming village and a great place for those looking for peace and comfort inherent to traditional alpine house. The decision to spend the holidays with the family here will be very right! Because it has all the amenities including for the youngest fans of the ski holidays.

This ski station located at an altitude of 1600 m was created back in 1937 (the ski season lasts from mid-December to late April). The skiing height is 1600-2540 m, 42 ski trails of different levels of difficulty with a total length of 135 km (2 green, 16 blue, 15 red and 9 black), 20 ski lifts. Here is the biggest ski area in the Alpes-Maritimes, and guests will find a lot of entertainment programs!

Tourists are attracted here by the availability of the modern snowboard park, ice rink, fitness centre with sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool. Using the «lift» you can go down to the neighbouring medieval village of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée which is located 7 km from the Auron station at an altitude of 1140 m.
 
All guests of Auron are offered free skiing nights on the Riou track, figure-skaters’ performances, hockey, Christmas and New Year parties with fireworks, hot wine and chocolate!


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