Bardonecchia Ski Resort

With 100km of pistes and a raft of improvements for the 2006 Winter Olympics – it hosted the freestyle events – Bardonecchia is a great alternative to the nearby Milky Way.

Two mountains extend up from either side of the valley town of Bardonecchia. Jafferau is higher and more snowsure, with most of the best terrain well above 2000m – terrain suited best to intermediates. The Colomion side of the valley was the hill that hosted the freestyle events at the 2006 Turin Olympics and you can still ride the Olympic halfpipe at Melezet. This area of varied slopes has better variety as it is home to the best beginner zones, as well as some steeper challenges and some very accessible off piste towards the summit.

Bardonecchia is a decent sized town that does lack a little bit of ski resort atmosphere. That being said, access from Turin is very easy (there is a direct train from the centre to the resort), accommodation is very reasonably priced and there is a good range of restaurant serving good Piedmont food.

Our Bardonecchia Resort Ratings

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  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Pros

Two varied mountains and a lot of wood-lined trails

Chance to ride the Olympic halfpipe and stay in the Olympic Village accommodation

Usually very nice and quiet during the week

Cons

However, it can get busy with weekend skiers from Turin

Bus trip required to switch between the two ski areas

Snow is not that reliable here, despite decent snowmaking

Bardonecchia Skiing and Snowboarding

Much of the resort’s terrain lies on the Colomion sector. At the base there is a good learning area, whilst lying above this is a network of pretty, tree-lined slopes that are well covered by snowmaking to make up for their relatively low altitude. By continuing to skiers left you will find the freestyle zone used in the Winter Olympics – if you’re brave enough the halfpipe is well worth giving a go!

The smaller Jafferau ski area extends to the resort’s high point of 2694m, although a short hike can get you right up to the summit. This area is suited to intermediate skiers, who will certainly enjoy the long reds and blues above the treeline – just watch out as the return run can be tricky at the end of the day.

  • Total Pistes: 100km
  • Blue: 54%
  • Red: 38%
  • Black: 8%
  • Lifts: 21
  • Altitude: 1312m – 2694m

Bardonecchia Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Bardonecchia Resort

There are plenty of hotels to choose from, many of which offer great value rooms – especially during the week. Many are centred around the town centre and train station, but the old Olympic Village or the hotels at the foot of the halfpipe in Melezet provide good alternatives.

Food in the valley and up on the hill is of a good standard, with Italian specialities dominating menus across the resort, all for reasonable prices. Away from the slopes, there are over 20km of groomed cross country trails to explore, 12km of marked and prepared shoeshoeing routes and an ice rink.

How to get to Bardonecchia

Bardonecchia is very accessible and can be reached in a little over an hour from Turin airport by car, or via a direct train from central Turin that takes an hour longer. Milan’s two airports offer other good options.

  • Turin airport: 1.5 hour (driving) or 2.5 hours (by train)
  • Milan airport: 2.5 hours (driving)

Bardonecchia Contact Details

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