Bardonecchia is a charming traditional Italian ski resort, situated on the border between France and Italy. The resort offers fantastic skiing, boasting 100km of pistes in the area, connected by a free bus service.
Off the piste, this hidden gem of a resort is fantastic. Bardonecchia contains many superb restaurants, considering its small size, serving delicious traditional Italian fayre. Après ski generally tends to be quieter than at other European resorts, with people choosing to socialise in a relaxed environment. This resort should not be overlooked; despite its size, Bardonecchia offers amazing skiing, great food and beautiful scenery.
Resort Altitude: 1,312m
Resort Skiing: 2,694m
Total Ski Area: 100km
Green Runs: 1km
Blue Runs: 50km
Red Runs: 45km
Black Runs: 4km
With 100km of slopes ranging from simple and gentle runs to numerous tree chutes, as well as 21 lifts to whisk you onto the mountain, it is no wonder that the Bardonecchia ski area is rated in Italy's top ten resorts. The resort is equipped with 38km of snow cannons and the highest point of is 2,400 metres, where guests can enjoy skiing above the tree line.
The resort is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers, offering many uncrowded blue and red runs. The resort does only contain five black runs, however, the fantastic snow park which contains the 2006 Winter Olympic halfpipe, 80 rails and jibs and more than 20 jumps, is a great place for talented skiers to test and refine their ability.
After hosting the snowboard competitions at the Turin Winter Olympics, Bardonecchia has become famous for boarders and has a lot to offer, especially those who love carving. Gentle slopes mean boarders can hit these runs with skill and speed. The snowpark offers freestylers a selection of Olympic-style features and jumps to hone their skills on. Beginners are also catered for with spacious nursery slopes.
With six different ski schools to chose from in the Bardonecchia area, there is definitely something for all ages and all abilities, whether you ski or snowboard. Choose between private or group lessons depending on what you're looking to improve or learn.
Bardonecchia caters well for children, with the Campo Smith area offering numerous children's lifts as well as a snow-style playground. Ski schools in the area offer lessons for young children and there's a daycare located here for those that aren't skiing.
Bardonecchia offers a range of brilliant restaurants serving delicious Italian food. Most are found in the centre, though some mountain restaurants located up on the slopes offer snowcat transfers to and from their restaurants. This means guests can enjoy good food with a beautiful night view of the village. In the town, Stella Alpina is known by locals for its delicious and authentic Italian cuisine.
Normally quiet during the week, the weekend brings a lively après and nightlife scene. The British-owned Colomion di Cipo at the base of the Campo Smith area proves popular for a well-deserved drink after a day on the slopes.
Non-skiers will be occupied with a range of activities on offer in Bardonecchia. The Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau lifts are available for pedestrians, meaning you can meet the skiers in your group for lunch on the slopes. There is also a local pool for visitors to use as well as an outdoor ice rink at the local sports centre. In addition, transport facilities are also on offer for a day trip to the nearby city of Turin.