Bardonecchia

Italy

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Enjoying the view
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Snowboard freestyle
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View over Bardonecchia
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Powder descent
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Gondola above Bardonecchia
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Terrace dining
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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.

 

There are only 5 black runs throughout the entire resort, but this is compensated for with an outstanding freestyle terrain park located on Melezets which includes the Olympic half pipe from 2006 as well as 80 rails and jibs, and 20 jumps. The park is suited to all abilities, regardless of their freestyle experience so take some time to ski past, or through the park itself.

 

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.

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

Accommodation

Hotel I Larici

The I Larici is built in an attractive Alpine style and has a large and pleasant garden. The hotel bar with its open fire gives it a snug feel and the helpful staff will ensure a friendly welcome.

From
£ 579 per person
Hotel La Betulla

The La Betulla’s décor is in traditional mountain style and it offers warm hospitality and friendly service. In a great location, 100m to the resort centre and 8 minutes’ walks (800m) from the Campo Smith ski lifts and ski school.

From
£ 689 per person
Hotel Des Geneys

Family run since 1936, Hotel Des Geneys is a comfortable hotel with a welcoming atmosphere. Situated within easy reach of the resort centre and only 200m from the ski bus stop. Hotel operates a shuttle service in the mornings.

From
£ 699 per person
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