Bardonecchia in Italy Resort Guide
Set high in the northern corner of the Susa valley, handy for the Italian entrance to the Frejus tunnel the market town of Bardonecchia is enjoying something of a new lease of life - not just with Italian weekend skiers from Turin who are just over an hour away by road or rail, but also by the British who appreciate the queue free midweek skiing on a good array of over 140kms of different, mainly intermediate terrain, and some pleasant motorway cruising. A record for good deep snow has been established with excellent conditions over the past couple of years, in keeping with much of Italy, adds fuel to the new found popularity.
The town has an old traditional quarter tucked away, while the town centre revolves around the railway station which lies on the main Paris to Rome line, and which gives a sometimes noisy bustle to the surroundings. Round here the central piazza and its environs provide a cluster of bars, cafes and restaurants which, for what is essentially a residential town, suffice as after skiing entertainment, although it does liven up when the weekending Italians flock in.
There are 35 restaurants serving everything from fast food, to pasta and pizzas, to up market local cuisine.
There are four main base stations - Campo Smith, near the edge of the town, Les Arnauds and Melezet further down the road, and Jafferau. Campo Smith takes the lions share of the weekend crowds, while some areas of the Jafferau sector are noticeably quieter at the weekend with some excellent uncrowded skiing. All need the use of the free ski bus to link the bottom stations. The Campo Smith (Colomion) and Melzet (Cresta Sebba 2263m and P.ta Della Mullatiera 2406m) areas may not enjoy the elevation of Jafferau's narrower runs and bowls, but they offer plenty of width on north-facing almost woodland glade skiing. Beginners have readily accessed lower slopes at both Melezet and Campo Smith, while progression to the higher easy terrain runs on the Colomion and Melezet sectors can be made quickly. For intermediates all the areas offer good scope, with an abundance of reds and blues.Attacking the Fisi 50, a World Cup race run on the Colmion which is the longer red right down to Campo Smith will keep the pulse rate up, so too the Jafferau sector is enjoyed by those who seek to build up a mileage under the skis with few hindrances. All runs lead back to base station level, so when the snow conditions are good and it is quiet there is no problem skiing the full 1450m vertical - or thereabouts depending on the top stations, with regular ease. Expert skiers will still enjoy the cruising, but there are a couple of short bumpy entrances on the upper runs in the Cresta Seba and Pra Magnan that are steeper and more challenging. Off piste skiing is reported to be excellent when the conditions are good, and there is the opportunity to go heli-skiing on the off piste over the back of Melezet, so also there are a number of off piste runs from the Jafferau summits, but a guide is recommended. Off piste conditions have been something of well kept secret in the best part of the last seasons - especially when the resort is quiet. Generally the Jafferau pistes are less well marked than the Melezet sector, but piste preparation is generally good.
The breakdown of piste grading is 6 more difficult runs, 33 intermediate, and 10 easy runs.
Accomodation & Après Ski
|RESORT HEIGHT||1350||VERTICAL DESCENT||1402||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2750||DRAG LIFTS||15||EXPERT RATING||6|
|BOTTOM STATION||1348||CHAIR LIFTS||7||INTERMEDIATE RATING||8|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : 30 Euros
- Adult Six Day Pass : 133 Euros
- Child One Day Pass : 15 Euros
- Child Six Day Pass : free with