For lovers of both the mountains and the sea, what can be more exhilarating than a morning of skiing followed by an afternoon on the beach? Monaco is one of the few places where it is possible to combine a ski and beach holiday, with several ski resorts within easy reach.
Isola 2000 is probably the best-known, with 43 slopes to suit all levels. There’s also the chance to try paragliding, and a spa centre with swimming pool and solarium. Located 110km from Monaco, its altitude of over 2500 metres guarantees skiing and snowboarding throughout the season.
Auron is the skiing capital of the Alpes-Maritimes. Built around a traditional Alpine village, it offers wonderful family skiing on 43 different slopes, with a sizeable ski school and plenty of other activities, including a spa.
La Colmiane has an excellent international ski school, a snow kindergarten and 20 slopes. It also has the longest zip line in France, enabling the adventurous to zip-fly over the resort at great speed. For a gentler pace, horse-drawn carriage rides are also available.
On the edge of the Mercantour National Park are the resorts of Val d’Allos and La Foux d’Allos, together with the Pra Loup ski village. They offer a friendly, understated atmosphere, set against a wild, rugged landscape, with 78 slopes for all levels.
Valberg, dating from 1936, is one of France’s oldest ski resorts, and has over 52 slopes, many of which are suitable for beginners and intermediates. Snow golf can be played here, and it’s a lovely area for winter walks. Just an hour and a quarter’s drive from Monaco, it enjoys almost daily Riviera sunshine.
The smaller resort of Gréolières-les-Neiges is just an hour’s drive away, and is very family orientated, with 28 slopes for all levels, as well as cross-country skiing, sleighing and snowshoe trails. From the highest slopes you can see the Mediterranean, and on a clear day, the island of Corsica.
After a morning on the slopes, why not drive back to Monaco for a dip in the sea? With an average winter temperature of 13 degrees centigrade, the water is refreshing, but the sun still pleasantly warm. As the bars and restaurants on Larvotto Beach are open all year round, a drink by the beach in the setting sun could be the perfect way to end the day.
What can be more exhilarating than a morning on the slopes and an afternoon by the sea? If this inspires you to seek out a real estate broker, Monaco is a wonderful place to invest, and for a ski and beach holiday, it’s one of the most exciting destinations in the world.