Bardonecchia restaurants, food and drink
One of Bardonecchia’s secret delights is the impeccable quality of the food and mountain restaurants on offer in the resort. Delicious Italian cuisine, the food on offer in Bardonecchia is excellent and you can expect some hearty regional classics.
Chesal restaurant is marked on the map at the Melezet mid-station and is notably very tasty, as is Ristorante Pizzeria Waikiki at the base of Melezet, overlooking the snow park.
Bardonecchia après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Bardonecchia celebrates a much more relaxed and quieter après ski lifestyle compared to some of the other resorts in Italy and just over the border in France. There is still live music and dancing (on or off the table - up to you!) to be had at Chesal at the end of the day, hence the après ski hour being dubbed ‘Crazy Chesal’!
Off the pistes, the bars are a perfect place to make friends with the small ski crowds that gravitate towards Bardonecchia. It may please some people to know that there are no nightclubs in Bardonecchia, and the resort goes to bed quietly at the end of the day.
In Bardonecchia there are some classic sportswear stores lined up along the high street selling clothes, equipment and accessories. There are also a few local craft stores, supermarkets and deli’s selling food and drink (very handy to have if you are opting for a self-catered apartment for your stay). The town is small and most of the people who live there are locals so you can expect to find some wonderful local specialties.
Bardonecchia spas and relaxation
If you stay the Campo Smith Apartments or Hotel Rivè you can enjoy the indoor pool, gym, spa and sauna area available (payable locally for Apartment guests). Elsewhere, there is a public swimming pool and gym at the local sports centre, Piscina Comunale di Bardonecchia.
Bardonecchia arts, culture and events
Despite Bardonecchia being a somewhat quiet resort, it celebrates an action-packed events calendar throughout both the summer and winter seasons. The local Ski Games 2016 takes place at the end of January and is a fun event for spectators, and there is also Born to Ride snowboard weekends taking place throughout the season. Most events are participated by local athletes, but also attract an international crowd. All around, they are great fun to watch and be part of.
A fun activity for everyone of all ages, Bardonecchia has an exclusive area near Campo Smith that is solely dedicated to snow tubing. A magic carpet lift will take pedestrians from the base to the top of the snow tubing track that is lit up at night so it can be enjoyed even at the end of the day. You will need a lift pass to use the magic carpet lifts and you will not be allowed to use the track without a helmet.
There is ice skating fun to be had at the frozen pond by the Piscina Comunale di Bardonecchia (public swimming pool at the sports centre) in the centre of Bardonecchia. You can hire skates locally.
Bardonecchia sports centre and public pool (Piscina Comunale di Bardonecchia) boasts of a large indoor public swimming pool with wonderful scenic views through its large glass windows. Close to the ski slopes, this a great place to unwind. There is also a gym and new sauna on site, with yoga and fitness classes being organised.
Olympic half pipe in Melezet
As mentioned previously, Bardonecchia was home to a few of the 2006 Winter Olympic events that were hosted in Turin. Resulting in an enormous Olympic Half-Pipe being the highlight of the large freestyle terrain snow park in Bardonecchia, based just above the Melezet base station. 130m long, 18m wide and 6m high, if you don’t fancy having a shot at the half-pipe yourself, you can always watch the freestyle skiers and snowboarders do their tricks there from afar.
A special treat for the little ones, the Animal Track is an area on Colomion that is dotted with life-size animal sculptures that kids can take off their skis and climb on, play with and enjoy.