Overview of Bardonecchia
An old Italian market town, Bardonecchia was established as a ski resort in the early 20th century playing host to the very first Italian ski championships in 1909. Bardonecchia is located in the Piedmont region of Italy and is interestingly, despite its status as a ski village in the Alps, also a recognised commune of Turin. Nestled in the Susa valley, it is considered Italy’s most westward ski resort, sitting just across the border from France. Bardonecchia is a small but fairly busy village with its centre having a cluster of shops, bars and restaurants frequented by both locals and visiting skiers. The resort has a brilliant atmospheric mix of a traditional Italian village and a snow sports enthusiasts haven; thanks in so small part to its role in hosting the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. Sitting at an altitude of 1,312 metres, Bardonecchia is divided into 4 ski areas, Colomion-Les Arnauds ( commonly referred to simply as Colomion ), Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau; all three of which have a combined total of 140 kilometres of pistes. The local ski pass grants you access to all three but you can upgrade to gain access to the Via Lattea (Milky Way) for more challenging pistes. The slopes here range between altitudes of 1300 and an impressive 2750. Here you can find a mix of beginner and intermediate level slopes with a few blacks and challenging reds offering a little bit of “oomph” for the visiting seasoned and advanced skiers. The resort is perfect, both on and off the pistes, for families visiting with young children in tow. The easy slopes are hardly ever crowded and perfect for kids looking to build some confidence, while the resort has a good number of off-piste entertainment specifically aimed towards them. It is also great for weekend visits and short ski breaks, thanks to its very easy connections to Turin.
Skiing in Bardonecchia
The ski terrain in Bardonecchia stretches over 140 kilometres of marked, snow-sure pistes. Apart from the weekend influx of skiers from Turin, the slopes here are generally, thus allowing for shorter lifts, queues short and more time on the slopes, in most cases. Access to all ski areas is made very easy via interlinking shuttle buses.
Advanced skiers will appreciate the off-piste opportunities in Bardonecchia in addition to its few black runs; however, as earlier mentioned, advanced skiers and professionals looking for tougher challenges may obtain the extended ski pass which includes parts of the Via Lattea.
Beginners and intermediate skiers will appreciate Bardonecchia as a skiers haven because its small size and quiet slopes make it the perfect place to learn and build confidence on the slopes. They can enjoy a variety of gentle tree-lined slopes and wide-open runs, mostly found at Campo Smith and Melezet. The nursery slopes are located just next to the lift at Campo Smith so once you have mastered your ploughs and first turns, you can jump on the lift and hit one of the many easy runs.
There is also a great variety of easy blues and reds on Melezet and Colomion which are perfect for intermediates and some of which were part of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics runs.
Snowboarding in Bardonecchia
Bardonecchia is internationally renowned as a snowboarding resort thanks to its recent history as a host of the snowboarding events at the Turin Winter Olympics and its fantastic facilities. It has great free-riding and off-piste opportunities as well as an excellent snow park in Melezet, sitting at about 2,200 metres. The snowpark is well equipped and looked after and includes a good number of obstacles suited for different skill levels. It also has a chill-out area with 2 bars, a school specifically for snowboarding. The park is split into 5 different areas, each area catering to a different skill ability. It has 3 and a half kilometres of freestyle tracks, 80 rails and jibs, a half-pipe, and over 20 different types of jumps ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Outside of the snowpark and on the pistes, carvers will feel most comfortable and at home at Bardonecchia with its easy, gentle and uncrowded slopes, there's hardly a better blank canvas anywhere else to carve a few lines. Beginner snowboarders will love it at Bardonecchia too with its wide-open gentle pistes perfect for honing in on their skills.
Snow Conditions in Bardonecchia
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Bardonecchia has a great reputation for reliable snow conditions. The majority of its upper slopes are north-facing, thus allowing for great conditions on the slopes. Over the past 10 years, the resort has averaged 283 centimetres of snow per annum, with the highest just over 600 centimetres and the lowest being 90 centimetres. Its average summit depth is 135 centimetres over the last 10 years. It also has adequate snow cover with snow making facilities in place to supplement any snow losses.
Apres Ski in Bardonecchia
During the week, Bardonecchia is not exactly known for having a wild and raucous apres-ski scene. It is a small ski village with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, so whilst you may find a number of bars to enjoy a few drinks in, you are not likely to come across a raving all-night party atmosphere. However, it has got a good selection of bars and lounges, a few of which stay open until the early hours of the morning, much to the delight of the sparse and often sporadic groups of party die-hards. The resort gets livelier at the weekends with a few more people visiting from Turin to party. On the slopes, however, Bardonecchia has quite a lively atmosphere. Live music and funky DJ sets kick off every day from 14:30 pm on the slopes. There is also food, drinks and dancing at Chesal 1805 also referred to as Crazy Chesal, a bar/restaurant located high up on the Melezet slopes.
Harald’s A traditional Alpine ski bar and restaurant, Haralds is a lively apres spot, which also plays host to live DJ sets, various music events and the occasional local live band. Open every day for food from breakfast up till dinner, it has a great menu that features Alpine classics and local delicacies. There is also an extensive drinks menu featuring quite an exotic cocktail menu. Sitting at the bottom of the Campo Smith beginner slopes, it is not very hard to locate. Haralds is definitely a stand out bar in Bardonecchia and a top apres hub if you were visiting the resort.
**Garage Bar ** One of the liveliest bars in the resort. Garage adopts a North American theme in some of its interior setup. A very lively spot with a great selection of drinks from tap beers and ales, whiskeys and gins, to proper cocktails. It is one of the resorts most popular among the younger crowd and one of the places to party until early hours on weekends.
Bar Seba A very friendly little bar and cafe located on the main street in Bardonecchia. Serves a wide array of tasty meals and snacks. The perfect spot for a stopover if you’re looking for a quiet place for a chat and a drink whether it’s a hot or regular drink. Great place if you want to feel welcome.
Al Crotin Al Crotin is a cosy, traditional bar that sits in the heart of Bardonecchia, on the resort’s main street. Well known for its friendly staff, fabulous hosting and awesome wine selection, Al Crotin offers a great rustic night out of tasty food and an amazing wine selection. When you are done, you can write your name on the ceiling; along with hundreds who have visited the restaurant and had a great time.
Medail - Birreria Gastronomica Formerly known as Cafe Medial, this fantastic restaurant and bar have been renamed to translate as “Medail Gastronomical Brewery”. As the name suggests, visitors here can look forward to an amazing gastronomic experience with its food menu featuring tasty pub classics like gourmet burgers, steaks, wraps, burritos and sandwiches. The drinks menu features a large wine and champagne selection as well as a great list of bottled and tap served beer and ales.
Facilities in Bardonecchia
For its modest size, Bardonecchia has an efficient selection of facilities that are very capable of accommodating all its visitors all season through. We have highlighted a few which may be of interest to you.
Ski Hire in Bardonecchia
There are few Bardonecchia ski shops which also offer ski equipment hire services and will have gear for the whole family. However, if you intend to visit any time soon, why not book and secure ski equipment with us directly as part of your overall holiday booking. It is very easy and straightforward to do; it also saves you a lot of stress and money by hiring your ski equipment online. For any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
Ski Passes in Bardonecchia
You can secure your ski and lift passes from the ski elevators, the ticket machines or the ticket/tourist offices on the resort. However, we would also strongly recommend that you secure your Bardonecchia ski passes with us directly as part of the overall ski holiday booking. Securing your ski pass with us online is quick, easy and arguably the most convenient way to obtain your ski pass. It saves you time and hassle upon arrival at the ski resort as you will not need to worry about queuing for long periods of time to get your pass as it has already been secured and waiting for you to pick it up upon arrival.
Spa and Swimming Pools in Bardonecchi
There are fewer better ways to recover and recharge from the long hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun and excitement on the slopes, than a satisfying spa session. There are a few spas and swimming pools dotted around Bardonecchia where skiers can visit for an evening of self-care and relaxation. The Villagi Olympico is a sports village located only metres away from the Campo Smith lifts in Bardonecchia. Built for the sole purpose of providing additional infrastructure for the Turin Winter Olympic sports competitions back in 2006, it has impressive wellness facilities including a swimming pool and modern spa which are open to the public. It comes complete with a Turkish bath, whirlpool, Finnish sauna, emotional showers and heated swimming pools ideal for a spell of relaxation. Other swimming pool options are available in the Municipal Swimming Pool of Bardonecchia which is a large swimming pool complex that is open for public use. There are a few other options available for spas and wellness centres; most of which can be found as part of hotels and chalets. For example, the Hotel Rive has a very modern indoor heated swimming pool with counter-current swimming. It also has excellent spa facilities featuring Finnish spa’s, Hammams, steam baths, reaction tubs and whirlpools. Hotel Europa, also in the village, has indoor swimming facilities and access to a spa located only 1 kilometre away.
Shops in Bardonecchia
Bardonecchia has a very good selection of shops for visitors to browse through; whether they want to do some window shopping or stock up on some necessities like groceries and personal hygiene products. There are also a good amount of cafes and small bakeries to grab a coffee and a few bites. You can also find souvenir shops for memorabilia; grocery shops come in handy for visitors staying in self-catered accommodation; sports shops that sell all types of ski equipment and local pharmacists. Keep an eye out for the wine shops and cellars, as well as a number of shops selling local delicacies.
Facilities for Children in Bardonecchia
Bardonecchia is well equipped with facilities catered towards children's care, entertainment and general wellbeing.
Ski schools in Bardonecchia
There are a number of good Bardonecchia ski schools and independent instructors that specialise in providing children's ski lessons. However, if you are interested in enrolling your children in any ski school, you can book their lessons directly with us as part of your ski holiday package. We partner with some of the very best ski schools in the Alps with multilingual instructors offering ski lessons in English.
Children entertainment in Bardonecchia
If you’re visiting Bardonecchia with the kids over the winter ski season, you will find quite a number of entertainment options for children ranging across both indoor and outdoor activities. In the beginner’s area, there is a children's play area located next to the baby lift in Campo Smith. It has a swing, slide and a climbing frame and it's suitable for the under 5’s. For the turbocharged kids, the Bardonecchia Alpine Coaster will certainly be a huge hit with them. It's a 2 seater, 1,000-metre coaster that weaves through the Campo Smith woods on speedy descent complete with bumps, sharp turns, parabolic curves and a lot of slope changes. Great for children and adults.
Childcare in Bardonecchia
There is no shortage of child care services and nannies in Bardonecchia and they range from established businesses to independent experienced childminders. For information or inquiries into arranging any childcare, speak to the tourist offices for any recommendations.
Bardonecchia sits at a resort level of 1312 metres with the ski terrain between 1300 and 2750 metres. Its ski area is split up into 4 different areas with the different piste difficulties evenly spread between them. Campo Smith, Melezet and Colomion all have beginner and intermediate slopes with Jafferau having the more difficult terrain including some great off-piste opportunities.