Alpine adventure

pamFor Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle, the perfect holiday involves clean mountain air, stunning views and lots of snow.

She says: “I love Isola, a small French ski resort in the Alps-Maritimes. It’s not a very well-known destination, which is one of the reasons we love it! There’s no queueing for lifts…so why am I telling you about it? It is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Nice. At times that’s very challenging and at times scary winding up the mountains, especially the last 20 miles to the 2,000 metres-high resort. There is little in the way of nightlife, so we make our own entertainment in one of the bars or restaurants or back at our apartment. It’s the location of the accommodation which sells it to us year after year. We usually stay in an apartment right on the slopes. It belongs to a French man who has become a good friend over the years. We can ski/board right from the front door. And the view from the balcony is fabulous.  Also, if you fancy a day out you can drive to the sister resort of Aurora half an hour away.”

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