Bardonecchia is set in a sunny valley right on the border with neighbouring France. This friendly resort is part of the Turin area which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics and thus will benefit from extensive investment.Two of its three ski areas are interlinked providing an enormous ski area with an amazing 110kms of marked piste with a variety of skiing. It has grown from an authentic Italian town with tree lined streets to a bustling ski resort and combines minimal weekday lift queuing with a lively weekend atmosphere.
Melezet and Campo Smith both have extensive beginners areas and with guidance from the friendly ski school, first time skiers are soon progressing to the higher long blue runs at Colomion and Melezet.
The ski areas of Melezet and Colomion are linked by a series of magnificent long red and blue runs with several blacks to get the blood racing. The Fisi 50 from Colomion is a World Cup race run and will also be an Olympic run in 2006! Take the free ski bus to the Jafferau area where a long double chairlift rises to 1922m and a spacious mountain restaurant provides excellent fare before the skier proceeds to the top station at 2750m.
Excellent off-piste skiing for the more advanced skier. High on Jafferau there are wide open bowls with bumps, jumps and gullies above the treeline. Heli skiing is available for off-piste skiing behind Melezet.
Freeriders will find the wide open terrain great for a cruise, however the many drag lifts might prove a challenge for complete beginners.
Approx Transfer Time Turin 1 hr 30 mins Village Height 1,312m (4,304ft) Highest Lift 2,750m (9,075ft)
Several bars are open early until late and a full après ski programme is arranged by your Crystal rep. The resort is lively at the weekends and there is plenty of activity in the disco. - Don¿t miss the well established Irish themed Bar Medail with Guinness and a charming rustic wine bar in the old town.
Indoor swimming pool with sauna and fitness room Sports Centre Cross country skiing Ice-skating Telemark ski school Cleared paths for pleasant walks Internet site shop with public internet access
Bardonecchia has many restaurants and pizzerie, so the visitor will find a very high standard of delicious Italian cuisine. Pizzas from Euro6, pasta from Euro5, 3-course meal with wine from Euro19. - La Baita for tasty pizzas, or La Filanda in the centre of town for delicious grills. Biovwey at Jafferau or L'Table in the village centre. Your Crystal rep organises a choice of meals at the best trattorie in town for the Club Hotels nights off.
Cinema Games hall Shops Twice weekly local market Wood carving shops Direct train to Turin for its cultural interest