Bardonecchia Ski Holidays

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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.

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. 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.

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.

Bardonecchia is a peaceful and tranquil ski resort with little by way of rowdy nightlife. This, combined with easy rail links and broad intermediate-level terrain makes it well-suited to parents taking the kids to the slopes. 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 the kids need a change of scenery.

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!

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.

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.

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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


+39 0122 902071

Good for Family


Via G. F. Medail, 33


+39 0122 99862

Good for Family


Via Gen. Cantore, 2


+39 0122 999883

Good for Friends


Via G. F. Medail


+39 0122 907776


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


+39 0122 909233

Sports Centre


+39 0122 907776

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Getting around

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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. 

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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. 

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