Bardonecchia Ski Holidays
Italy

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Description

The Italian ski resort of Bardonecchia sits in the western part of the Susa Valley, at an altitude of 1,310 metres above sea level with pistes running up to 2,695m. One of Italy’s original Alpine resorts, Bardonecchia has been a ski destination since the early 20th century. Today, with good travel links to Turin and plenty of diverse terrain, it’s a thriving hub from which visitors can explore other nearby French and Italian resorts.


Away from the pistes, the town of Bardonecchia doesn’t offer quite the same Alpine charm as many Italian ski resorts — perhaps because of its roots as a rail-transport town. 


Getting There

Reaching Bardonecchia is easy by air, with Turin Airport a mere 1 hour’s drive away. For rail travellers, the resort sits at one end of both the Fréjus Road Tunnel and the Fréjus Rail Tunnel, which forms a part of the TGV line to Paris and London.


When to Go

Bardonecchia is easily accessible by train from the UK and a short transfer from Turin airport so it makes a good choice for a weekend break.


Where to Stay

On the
accommodation front, Bardonecchia is home to a superb array of
traditional Italian hotels, all set at different price-points from 2* up
to 4* or 5* and offering accommodation to suit a wide range of budgets.
A good number of these hotels are also available with flights and
transfers included from key UK departure points such as Birmingham,
Bristol, Glasgow, Gatwick and Manchester. Self-catered suites are also
popular in Bardonecchia, with travel plans available similar to the
packaged hotels.



Getting around

The resort is relatively small so it is easy to get about on foot.


Apres

Bardonecchia’s après ski scene is friendly and welcoming, but not particularly lively. The Crazy Chesal sits up the mountainside and is the best bet for vibrant après ski, but down in town it’s a fair bit quieter. If you’re in resort and in search of a beer, check out Colomion da Cipo, L’Alimentari Multicafé and the White and Green Bar.


Eating out

Visitors to Bardonecchia will find a small but welcoming selection of traditional and modern restaurants and eateries, with fine Italian cuisine and menus to match a wide range of budgets and requirements.


Good for Couples

Rifugio Il Alpini

Valle Stretta - Nevache

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 902071

Good for Family

Bardosteria

Via G. F. Medail, 33

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 99862

Good for Family

Biovey

Via Gen. Cantore, 2

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 999883

Good for Friends

SottaSopra

Via G. F. Medail

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 907776


Activities

Away from the slopes, visitors to Bardonecchia can enjoy snow tubing — a highlight for many of the resort’s younger guests. There’s also a public swimming pool in the Campo Smith area perfect for a little gentle exercise or a change of scenery away from the snow. There are indoor tennis courts to play on, and an outdoor ice rink at the resort’s well-equipped sport centre. For a little r’n’r, there’s a spa and massage centre at the Hotel Rive in Campo Smith. Lastly, if you have any non-skiers in your group looking for entertainment, you can visit Turin easily for a great day out.


Spa and wellness facilities

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 909233

Sports Centre

Bardonecchia

+39 0122 907776


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Bardonecchia who offer both group and private lessons. Make sure that you book your lessons in advance, and if you are unsure of which level you require then most schools will be happy to chat through your requirements in advance to determine which lesson is most suitable. Group lessons will generally be cheaper but will be less intense than one to one tuition.

Ski School Bardonecchia
offer both single lessons or group courses

Ski School 04 are passionate about the mountains and provide a complete, personalised service to its customers.

Liberi Tutti Ski School offer ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities.


Getting around

The resort is relatively small so it is easy to get about on foot.


Family ski

Bardonecchia sits in Italy’s beautiful Piedmont region, with varied terrain best-suited to beginner and intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders. During the week, queues at the lifts are refreshingly short, and visitors are ideally located to explore the surrounding towns and ski resorts. 

The ski area is limited in scale, though, with a total of 23 lifts offering uplift to only 100 kilometers of skiable terrain – diminutive when compared to those in France or Switzerland, but of course, for families with children this isn’t typically a problem. 

During the winter ski season, Bardonecchia’s numerous ski schools lay on a diverse programme of activities and entertainments aimed at families with young children. You’ll find a kids’ play area to the side of the Baby lift in Campo Smith, and the resort’s ski schools welcome toddlers eager to experience their first gently descents on the snow. For younger infants, there’s a great kindergarten in the Villaggio Campo Smith, and for families in search of alpine adventure away from the groomed runs, there’s a snow-tubing track to enjoy which is illuminated in the evenings.  

For families in search of adventure away from the snowy slopes, activities and entertainments in Bardonnechia include heated outdoor swimming pool, ice rink and bowling alley. There’s also a broad range of beautiful walking trails leading into the Alpine wilderness. 


Group Ski

Bardonecchia isn’t a particularly attractive alpine town, but it does have a lot going for it in other ways. This is a peaceful and tranquil ski resort with little by way of rowdy nightlife, which can be a big plus point for groups of families with young children. 

The ski area sits across two separate mountain peaks, linked by a free shuttle bus, which can sometimes feel a little inconvenient – but access to the slopes is pretty simple. With easy rail links and broad intermediate-level terrain makes it well-suited to parents taking the kids to the slopes. With that said, due to its close proximity to Turin, the resort does get crowded at the weekend. 

There is a good range of restaurants throughout the resort as well as a selection of bars and clubs, but overall Bardonecchia’s après ski scene is relaxed and pretty low-key. Ski schools offer all the diverse classes you’d expect of a modern Alpine ski resort, and there’s a decent range of non-ski activities to engage in if any members of your group are looking for a change of scenery. 

Up on the slopes, Bardonecchia is best suited to beginner and especially intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders. Although expert skiers have limited terrain to explore in the local area, Bardonecchia is a good base from which to explore French and Italian ski resorts nearby. 

Groups of friends in search of an accommodation option they can book out on an exclusive use basis can turn to chalets like the welcoming Bianca 1. This property accommodates 12-18 guests in a mixture of twins and family bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. 


Childcare

The Italian resort of Bardonecchia is regularly ranked among the best-value ski resorts for families in the Alps. This valley town may lack a certain alpine charm, but with good beginner and intermediate level slopes and easy access to neighbouring resorts for variety, it’s a great resort choice for parents taking their kids to the snow. The après ski scene is quiet and there’s a good range of welcoming and traditional restaurants to choose from. It’s also worth noting that during the week, the slopes are surprisingly quiet. 

Childcare options in Bardonecchia are limited, but you can find services and facilities tailored to parents in need. The resort’s main ski schools all offer kids’ programmes, and the crèche welcomes little ones from 1 to 5 years of age.
  
Away from the snowy slopes, there are a few excellent ways for parents to keep the kids amused and entertained. There’s a local sports centre with swimming pool and tennis courts (heated in the winter months), and at the Sole track in the Colomion ski area, families can spot deer and chamois in their natural habitat. 


The Piste

The skiable domain is made up of 3 small areas - Colomion Les Arnauds, Melezet and Jafferau. These combine to make a ski area best suited to learner and intermediate skiers, with slopes spread across two separate peaks linked by a free bus. Typically pleasantly quiet during the week in winter, Bardonecchia sees visitor numbers spike each weekend as locals come up from Turin and surrounds.

Up on the slopes, skiers have access to 100 kilometres of groomed pistes dominated by rolling blue and red-gradient. There are one or two green runs for complete beginners and a smattering of black runs, but Bardonecchia is really an intermediate skier’s haven. Nervous improvers can stick to the resort’s strong selection of blue pistes, which cover both peaks from top to bottom. As confidence grows, steeper reds are never far away. Lifts are, on the whole, on the slow side. Tricky drag lifts link the pistes together, with gondolas in place for larger ascents. Whilst the slow lifts might typically be a big problem, Bardonecchia is quiet in the week so there are rarely any long queues. 

A freestyle skier or snowboarder’s haven, Bardonecchia is home to a dazzling array of snow-parks with hits and kickers for all levels. The Bardonecchia Snowpark can be found in the Melezet Area, with its own dedicated hi-speed quad chairlift and plenty of surrounding forest for protection from the elements. With a vertical drop of 1100 metres and different zones catering to different freestyle pursuits, there’s something for everybody here. Five different sectors make up the terrain park as a whole — the Eagle park, the Grizzly park, the Lynx park, the Wood park and the Baby park. All the different sectors are geared differently, with a total of 20 jumps and 80 rails and jib features across the entire park. At the bottom of the Eagle park, you’ll find the mighty half-pipe made famous during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. At 130 metres long, 6 metres high and 18 metres wide, it’s up there with the finest half pipes in the Alps!


Ski School

There are a few ski schools in Bardonecchia who offer both group and private lessons. Make sure that you book your lessons in advance, and if you are unsure of which level you require then most schools will be happy to chat through your requirements in advance to determine which lesson is most suitable. Group lessons will generally be cheaper but will be less intense than one to one tuition.

Ski School Bardonecchia
offer both single lessons or group courses

Ski School 04 are passionate about the mountains and provide a complete, personalised service to its customers.

Liberi Tutti Ski School offer ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities.


Equipment Hire

There are a few ski hire stores in Bardonecchia who offer a good range of ski equipment from top brands. It is recommended that you book hire in advance as the majority of stores will offer online discounts

Ski Sport Dain, Ski Set and Skimium all offer the latest range of equipment.


Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking

Lift Pass   Child (6-19yrs)    Adult (19-64yrs)    Senior (65+)
1 Day        €30                    €36                       €36
6 Days      €145                   €180                     €145

Lift passes are free for children under 6 years.

You can buy your lift pass through the lift pass office in resort or you can pre-book it through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive.


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 12 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 34 people & over



Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    1312m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    6km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2750m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    23

  • TOTAL PISTE

    110km






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