The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Bardonecchia

Key facts

Resort1310 m
Slopes1290-2695 m
Lifts23
Pistes100 km
Price index85

Bardonecchia

Italy

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The upside

  • Good, varied intermediate terrain, and weekday queues are rare
  • Well placed to tour nearby resorts
  • Close to Turin for short breaks

The downside

  • Resort is a valley town, without a lot of ski resort atmosphere
  • Still lots of slow, old lifts

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News – 2019/20

We hear that a new quad chair is being installed on the upper slopes above Melezet in 2019, replacing both the Sellette double chair and the Seba drag. A sled-on-rails coaster opened in 2019 at Campo Smith, about 1km long.

News – 2017/18

At Jafferau, above the gondola from the base, the ancient double chair-lift at mid-mountain was replaced by a fast six-seater in 2017.

Summary

Bardonecchia is a sizeable railway town set in an attractive valley, near the entrance to the Fréjus road tunnel. What it lacks in classic mountain charm, it gains in a fairly extensive area of slopes on two separate mountains linked by free bus. The resort’s easy road and rail links mean it is popular with weekenders from Turin, but otherwise fairly quiet during the week with plenty of leisurely cruising on uncrowded pistes - worth considering as a base for touring other nearby French and Italian resorts too. Snow reliability isn’t particularly great though and, coupled with the large number of awkward draglifts, may deter some visitors.

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The slopes

  • Extent 2 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 2 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Bardonecchia

Key facts

Resort1310 m
Slopes1290-2695 m
Lifts23
Pistes100 km
Price index85