A Nice al­ter­na­tive

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I have just re­ceived my De­cem­ber is­sue of FRANCE Mag­a­zine and im­me­di­ately turned to James Ramp­ton’s ar­ti­cle on Nice and Isola (De­cem­ber 2018, is­sue 243). His first com­ment “Sun­shine on beaches and ski­ing down moun­tains - these are two of my favourite things” match my feel­ings ex­actly. Where bet­ter to do both than Nice and Isola? How­ever, just a mere 30km fur­ther on, is the re­sort of La Foux d’al­los which, linked with Pra Loup, is con­sid­ered the big­gest ski area in the south­ern Alps, with 180 km of pistes which to­gether are known as l’es­pace Lu­mière. I of­ten won­der why it is that Isola is well known, but La Foux d’al­los, its close neigh­bour, con­sid­er­ably less so. We are very lucky to have a small house just out­side the walled town of Col­mars les Alpes and when we bought our prop­erty 16 years ago, were amazed to find this gem of a re­sort on our doorstep. Out­side of the main sea­son, we have miles of piste vir­tu­ally to our­selves and ski passes are very rea­son­ably priced. It takes just two hours to drive from Nice and the re­sort sits right on the bound­ary of the Mer­can­tour Na­tional Park, so the views are stun­ning. If stay­ing in the val­ley

and wish­ing to do a day trip to Nice, the most per­fect way to do this is to catch the lit­tle Train des Pignes from Tho­rameHaute, which me­an­ders through the moun­tains, stop­ping at small vil­lages and towns on the way and fi­nally trun­dles into Nice af­ter a de­light­fully scenic jour­ney. Oh, the whole area is pretty amaz­ing in the sum­mer too! Jane Smyth, Red­ditch, Worcs

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