Ski holidays in Bardonecchia

Traditional Italian hospitality with great beginner and intermediate skiing

The small resort of Bardonecchia sits right on the border between France and Italy, making it Italy’s westernmost town at the heart of the Alps. In 2006 it hosted the Turin Winter Olympics snowboarding competitions, and still includes many features from the one-time-only event.

Made up of 3 areas- Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau, there is over 100km of piste to tackle in the area, all linked by free buses. The majority of the pistes in the area are a close mix of easy cruising blue runs, and some red runs that offer more of a challenge. The resort is quiet and relatively uncongested with other skiers and snowboarders so it is easy to enjoy your time on the snow uninterrupted.

For adrenaline seeking skiers, Bardonecchia has 5 black runs to take on. For flair filled flips and tricks, the Melezet area has a fun freestyle snow park, featuring an Olympic half pipe from 2006 (open when snow levels allow), 80 rails and jibs and 20 jumps. You don't have to be Shaun White to enjoy the park, it is fun for first time flippers as well as snow park pro's.  

Off the pistes, one of Bardonecchia's highlights is the excellent array of restaurants. Restaurants serve up delicious Italian comfort food that is not to be missed, and for a small resort there is a huge variety of venues on offer. Après-ski culture is on the quiet side, attracting smaller crowds who want to socialise and take it easy. But if you’re in the mood for some classic live music and dancing in your ski boots, then Chesal bar and restaurant at the top of the Melezet-Chesal chair lift hosts ‘Crazy Chesal’ après-ski from 14:30 onwards. Also enjoy a visit to Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar at Campo Smith, great food, drinks and easy to walk to rather than taking lifts. 

For a smoother in resort experience, we recommend pre-booking the following before you travel; Lift passes, ski equipment hire and/or tuition.

  • from£699pp
  • 52 rooms

This hotel is family run with a friendly atmosphere and close to the slopes. There's a traditional decor throughout and fantastic local cuisine in the restaurant. 

  • from£718pp
  • 75 rooms

Next to the slopes and lifts and with and skiing back to the door, Hotel Rive is wonderful for Bardonecchia holidays with Inghams. There's a great wellness area for you to use after a day on the slopes and the delicious food will give you all the energy you need for your busy days.

  • from£709pp
  • 34 rooms
Hotel Cà Fiore, Exterior

The Hotel Cà Fiore is a popular hotel given its great location near to the lifts and access to the main ski area. Guests are treated each day to a hot and cold buffet breakfast so you are ready to tackle the slopes. A generous four course meal awaits every evening but not before you take advantage of the sauna and whirlpools or a drink from the bar. A great traditional hotel who's staff are always on hand to help. 

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

For beginners

Thanks to its status as a quiet resort, Bardonecchia is an ideal location to learn to ski and snowboard. There are numerous nursery slopes, marked in green, dotted about the bottom of the mountains that are serviced by ‘Baby/Bambino’ lifts- notably around the base of Campo Smith because this is where ski schools gather.

Progressing onto slightly more difficult terrain is easy, and many of the blue runs are very gentle as well as empty and immaculately groomed. You can pre-book ski lessons for 5 days (2 hours per day) through Inghams when you arrange your holiday. 


For intermediates 

Bardonecchia is a fabulous resort for the intermediate skier with plenty of easy cruising blue and red runs all over the mountain. The resort is a very quiet one, and the pistes remain relatively unscathed throughout the day so you can avoid unexpected mogul fields. If you want to advance beyond the easy cruising on the blue pistes, you can tackle the red runs.


For advanced 

Bardonecchia is designed as an easy cruising resort for the quieter ski crowds. With this in mind, the options for the advanced skier are slightly limited in terms of black pistes in the resort (there are only 5 black pistes- located at the top of Melezet and Roccette- accessed by the Clos drag lift on Colomion). However, the Olympic snow park is not to be avoided and is covered in the next section…


Freestyle and terrain parks 

For such a quiet resort, Bardonecchia attracts a big crowd of freestyle skiing and snowboarding lovers thanks to the fantastic snow park located around the base of Melezet. Bardonecchia resort are proud of their snow park, and rightfully so! You can enjoy the enormous Olympic half-pipe that was built in 2006 (snow levels alllowing) for the Turin Winter Olympics, as well as numerous features offered in the park. The park is divided into 5 different areas that are suited for different abilities. 

  • 3.5km of tracks dedicated to freestyle
  • 5 snowpark areas
  • 80 rails and jib features
  • 20 jumps of various difficulties 
  • 1 half-pipe 
  • An area to relax in

Mountain facts
Area 100 km
Resort Altitude 1312m
Ski Alt. From 1312m
Ski Alt. To 2800m
Longest run 6 Km
Lifts Chairlifts 9, Draglifts 13, Gondolas 1
Lift Ski LockersNo
Local Pass Lifts23
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Snow Cannon Coverage38%
Off-piste OptionsNo
Snowpark Info

Bardonecchia snowpark is located in the Melezet area. The park is divided into 5 different zones based on the difficulty of features and jumps

Things To Do

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. Try the excellent Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar located at Campo Smith, great food and drinks, enjoy as long and late as you like as you can walk here and not rely on lifts to get back down. 


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’! There is also Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar as mentioned above, great for drinks as well as food. 

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.


Bardonecchia shopping

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 Born to Ride snowboard weekends take 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.

The Bardonecchia Alpine Coaster is open all year to enjoy near the Campo Smith area. Whizz, wind and swoosh round the track over 1km in length. Each ride costs €6pp and block tickets are available. For Winter opening days and times please enquire locally, times and prices will always be subject to weather and change.

Activity Information

Snow Tubing

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.


Ice skating

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.

Sports centre

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.


Animal track

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.

Ski Extras

Winter 2020/21 Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £62 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we'll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Lift Passes Days Season


Local Pass 6 L £147 £116 £116
H £173 £138 £138

L (12 Dec - 19 Dec), M (10 Dec - 30 Jan & 21 Mar - end of season), H (20 Dec - 9 Jan & 31 Jan - 20 Mar)

Equipment (6 days) Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £64 £97 £155
Skis & Boots £89 £123 £179
Snowboard & Boots - £91 -
Youth (6-12yrs) Skis & Boots - £52 -
Snowboard & Boots - £91 -
Child (3-5yrs) Skis/Boots - £52 -
Helmet - Free* -

* Free helmets for children up to 12yrs when ski/board are pre-booked

Please see here for a description of hire categories.

Tuition Days Times Adult Child 5-12yrs
Ski 5 2 hrs per day £123 £123

Lessons start at 10am on Mondays*

*Lessons start at 9am for Christmas and New Year weeks 

Please note: Group ski lessons need a minimum number of guests to take place. Very occasionally these numbers aren’t reached. If you have pre-booked lessons and this happens, the ski-school will do their best to offer private lessons to the value of the lessons you had originally booked. Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Bardonecchia
Resort Code ITBN
Languages spoken Italian
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.0833
Longitude 6.7000
Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Turin






Leeds Bradford


Transfer 1½ hr by coach

Flight supplements may apply.
Private transfers and Self drive are available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • Vibrant resort made up of 3 ski areas
  • 100km of pistes linked by free buses
  • Plenty for non-skiers: ice rink, cinema, swimming pool & sports centre
Feefo badge