|height at summit:||2750m|
turin 1hr 10mins
Situated on the Italian side of the Frejus tunnel, Bardonecchia has been a ski resort since 1909 and was one of the early popular Italian destinations (visitors included the last Italian king, Umberto).
It is now enjoying a renaissance and hosted snowboarding events at the 2006 Winter Olympics. It rates as one of the top ten Italian resorts with an excellent snow record, most of its slopes are north/north-west facing so the snow tends to last longer (south-facing slopes get more sun).
The skiing is spread over three areas - Melezet, Jafferau and Campo Smith, the main area where the base facilities are located. The resort itself is at 1312m with the skiing extending up to 2800m at the top of Jafferau and a total of 100km (63 miles) of pistes, the majority of which are intermediate.
There are four airports within around 2 hours and a direct rail link so short breaks and long weekends are perfectly feasible, as well of course, as week stays or longer.
Winter activities include:
|Eating out:||a good variety of reasonably priced restaurants to choose from.|
|Apres ski:||bars range from cosy to more lively and popular, especially at weekends.|