Bardonecchia is located in the western part of the Susa Valley in the province of Turin. It is situated on the Italian side of the Frejus Tunnel which separates France and Italy and is a picturesque resort consisting of six villages: Rochemolles, Melezet, Fregiusia, Les Arnaus, Millaures, and Pian del Sole.
There are 90 miles of slopes and three different skiing areas. Two of these areas are interlinked and it is also possible to reach the Milky Way and Trois Vallées ski areas from the resort. This means that the total skiing area available at Bardonecchia is massive and this is one of its main attractions. The resort is also popular with snowboarders. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, it hosted the snowboarding events.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Bardonecchia is to fly to Caselle airport in Turin. Located just 60 miles away, this is the closest international airport to the resort and Bardonecchia is an easy drive or train journey away. However, you could also choose to fly to Chambery in France, which is 90 miles away, or Milan Linate, which is about 138 miles away.
Bardonecchia has its own station, making travelling by train a particularly convenient option. From Turin, take the TGV train on the Torino–Bussoleno–Bardonecchia line. The journey should take less than one hour. The station is located next to a bus stop, from which you can take a bus to any of the three main ski areas.
Bardonecchia is easy to reach as a result of its proximity to the Frejus tunnel linking France and Italy. From Turin, the journey is 60 miles and will take about an hour. Simply take the A-32 towards the Frejus tunnel and then follow signs for the resort.
From Lyon, take the A-43 towards Turin. This route will take you through Chambery and then on to the Frejus tunnel. As soon as you are through the tunnel you will find yourself in the town.
Who The Resort Caters For
It is a good resort for skiers of all ages and abilities, with a great mix of families and young skiers. Snowboarders are well-catered for and the best conditions can be found at the top of Jafferau immediately after fresh snow has fallen. The resort is generally quiet during the week but at the weekend the visitor population swells as it welcomes a young and lively crowd from Turin.
Après ski is generally lively in Bardonecchia. There are 3 nightclubs, as well as a few good bars and restaurants which serve pizza and other local dishes. During the week the resort is most popular with visitors from the UK whilst Italians visit at the weekends. If you want to enjoy good nightlife during the week, you should head to the Sauze d’Oulx resort, located just 30 minutes away.
There are numerous activities available off the slopes, including horse riding, hiking, ice hockey, visiting the games hall, catching a movie at the cinema, swimming, a trip to the sauna, and hiking with snowshoes. For those who enjoy culture and scenery, there are some stunning views to be enjoyed in the Valle Stretta.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
There are numerous hotels, apartments, pensions, and chalets on offer in Bardonecchia. Good hotels include Hotel la Betulla in Campo Smith which is basic but good and Hotel Europa in the town centre which is simple but popular. Many families choose to stay in the basic apartments instead, which are of reasonable quality.
Bardonecchia has a large skiing area with slopes suitable for all ability levels. It is divided into four areas: Les Arnoud, Melezet, Jaffreau and Campo Smith. Les Arnoud, Melezet, and Campo Smith are all well-connected via lifts, but for a one-day trip Jaffreau is the recommended place to visit. This is a higher altitude ski area and is particularly good for intermediate skiers and advanced skiers. Campo Smith is at a lower altitude and is therefore more suitable for beginners.
There are lots of opportunities for off-piste skiing and there are also many challenging slopes on offer for advanced skiers, including a number of red and blue slopes and six black slopes.
- Resort altitude: 1,300m
- Highest lift: 2,750m
- Number of lifts: 23
- Total runs: 43
- Advanced runs: 6
- Intermediate runs: 33
- Beginner runs: 17
- Longest run: 4
- Vertical drop: 1,500m
- Cross country: 10 miles
- Chairlifts: 9