The small resort of Bardonecchia in Italy is perhaps not as well known as the big name resorts of Sestriere or Sauze d’Oulx.
But did you know that this resort was host to the boarder-cross and half pipe events during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games?
Crystal Ski customer, Ralph, recently returned from a week-long ski holiday to Bardonecchia, and here’s his experience…
“We’ve just got back from a week in Bardonecchia in Italy. Myself and two friends had an unbelievably brilliant time there. This place is brilliant for families, much like most of Italy, but this place is especially so. Turin is only an hour away, which also makes for easy transfers from Turin Airport.
Where to stay in Bardonecchia
We stayed in the Campo Smith Apartments, which are part of the Campo Smith complex, ideally located beside the main ski school at the bottom of the main lift.
This complex is great, by far the best I have come across. Its got a hotel, apartments, shops and the Mezzaluna bar/restaurant and I Due Merli bar.
The latter two mean that you do not have to go anywhere outside the complex for a good drink or meal. The fillet steak in green pepper sauce or the mixed grill, at the Mezzaluna, are a meat eaters paradise. Marco Stepone, Vittorio Monticone, Orlando Procopio and their team treated us almost like family. If you are not a great fan of blond beer (lager), ask Orlando to try the Il Rosso beer, it is much closer to British beer and great for an evening’s drinking.
For other great places to eat, try the Restaurant Tabor in town, or the La Grangia bar/restaurant at the top of the main lift. The sausage panini there are just what you need for lunch and we also had a wonderfully rustic meal there before the torchlight descent on Thursday evening.
Skiing in Bardonecchia
Bardonecchia is a relatively small resort, so expert skiers will not find enough there to keep them interested all week. However beginners and intermediates will have a great time.
The ski school is first class, the best I have come across. My groups instructress, Cinzia Tortarolo, as well as being a totally lovely lady, was by far the best instructor I have ever had. I had not been skiing for eight years, but within a couple of days she had me skiing better than I have ever skied before. It also helped that the group was generally a laugh a minute with no egos at all.
My friend Gav, who had a bit of a crisis of confidence after ten years of not skiing, was quickly put right by two one hour private lessons with his instructor, Andrea. The whole ski school is definitely very good value for money.
Aprés ski activities
If you are a football fan, book your holiday for a week when either Juventus or Torino are playing at home in Turin, and Bob or Debbie, the Crystal Reps, can arrange for you to see them play.
Last but not least I must thoroughly commend our Crystal reps, Bob and Debbie Jarrett, who made the whole thing run like clockwork, even if Debbie had to remind Bob of the right question order in the pub quiz on Tuesday night! Even when my friends and I managed to foul up, Bob and Debbie couldn’t do enough to put us back on the right track.
I am already looking at booking our return trip for next year.”
Last minute deals to Bardonecchia
If you’re looking to go and explore Bardonecchia for yourself, then there are some great discounted ski holidays available for this season, with prices from just £293 per person.
Price is based on 4 adults sharing a 1 one-bedroom apartments at the Campo Smith complex on a self catering basis, departing from Gatwick on 26 February 2012. Prices are subject to demand and availability, please see the Crystal ski website for the latest prices.
For more information on ski holidays to Bardonecchia, visit the Crystal Ski website.