Bardonecchia is a charming traditional Italian ski resort, situated on the border between France and Italy. The ski 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 ski resort is fantastic. Bardonecchia ski resort contains many superb restaurants, considering its small size, serving delicious traditional Italian fayre. Après ski generally tends to be quieter than at other European ski resorts, with people choosing to socialise in a relaxed environment. This ski resort should not be overlooked; despite its size, Bardonecchia ski resort offers amazing skiing, great food and beautiful scenery.
The terrain park has Olympic-level features because it hosted freestyle snowboard events in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. Expect to see many freestylers flock to the Italian ski resort to try their best tricks on the world-class facilities.
The village itself is mostly quiet during the week but is more lively during the weekends. Local Italians enjoy weekend getaways to the ski resort, which makes the bar atmosphere more of a party. There is a great selection of restaurants too.
You can fly to Chambery or Turin to get to Bardonecchia. Chambery is the closest airport with an hour and a half transfer. Turin has a slightly longer transfer time of just under two hours.
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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 resort is rated in Italy's top ten ski 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.
Bardonecchia ski resort has some great beginner and intermediate skiing, offering many uncrowded blue and red runs. The ski 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 ski resort 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.
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Bardonecchia ski resort 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 ski resort 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 in Bardonecchia. The British-owned Colomion di Cipo at the base of the Campo Smith area proves popular for a well-deserved drink after a day skiing on the slopes.
Non-skiers will be occupied with a range of activities on offer in Bardonecchia ski resort. 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.