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Let the ski season begin!

Isola 2000 has had the best snowfall in the region and is opening a week earlier than expected!Following almost a metre’s dump of snow last weekend, the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur has announced that some of the local ski resorts will be opening a whole week earlier than anticipated… And that means next weekend!

More than 70cm of snow fell on Isola 2000 in less than 24 hours on Sunday 12th November, making the resort the ‘sixth snowiest in France’. The station was already planning on opening its 120km of slopes on Saturday 2nd December – one of the earliest launches of the ski season in the country – but has now brought that date forward by a week to Saturday 25th November. Throughout this first weekend, tariffs have been reduced to 20€ a day.

Nearby in Auron, 40cm of snowfall was recorded last weekend. The resort, which has the largest skiable domain in the Alpes-Maritimes and is the oldest in the region, having opened in 1937, will open on Saturday 9th December. The resort is known for its authentic and family-friendly atmosphere as well as its extensive 135km of pistes.

Another of the region’s great skiing destinations, Valberg, is yet to announce its official opening dates for the pistes, but rest assured that they will be open in time for the Christmas holidays. In the meantime, the town’s swimming pool, which has a retractable roof, will be open every day from Saturday 16th December from 2pm to 8pm.

Valberg has also launched a new VIP Ski Pass that allows card holders to access the slopes without having to queue at the desks. For 25€ a year for adults (75€ for two adults and two children), users have priority access to the pistes and full insurance cover as well as various discounts around the resort. Days skied are debited from the accounts of users at the end of each month.