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Bardonecchia Ski Resort Guide

Bardonecchia, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length87 miles
Highest Lift9,022ft
Resort Height4,298ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Chambery
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Situated at the Italian entrance to the Frejus tunnel, this 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. The rail link is also a major attraction for environmentally-conscious skiers. There are two bus-linked main ski areas - below Mt Jafferau (2807m) and a second area accessed from outside the town.


The Italian ski resort of Bardonecchia is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 4,298ft, with 87 miles of marked runs.

Bardonecchia has direct access to 87 miles of downhill skiing, with 49 marked pistes, served by a total of 21 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 9,022ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bardonecchia?

The next notable snow forecast is 1in, expected on 3 October.

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Snow Forecast by day for Bardonecchia

Ski Area Stats

Bardonecchia Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1531 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
17 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Bardonecchia Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift9,022ft
Lowest Trail4,298ft
Resort Altitude (Bardonecchia)4,298ft
Max Vertical4,724ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bardonecchia
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Bardonecchia Overview

Bardonecchia is a traditional border town in the sunny Susa Valley of Italy's Piedmont region. Near to the French border, on the Italian side of the Frejus Tunnel, Bardonecchia has grown from a typical mountain town into a cosmopolitan holiday resort where visitors can still wander along ancient cobbled streets and enjoy the weekly market that's been going on since medieval times.

The Piedmont Valley is steeped in history and tradition, in the Middle Ages the main travellers in this area were pilgrims, soldiers, wine merchants, cattle dealers and artists en route to western Europe. Frescoes painted by travelling artists from the 15th and 16th century are well preserved in the chapels around the area - some of which can only be reached on skis in the winter.

The nearby Mont Cenis Alpine Pass 2082m/6831ft was one of the great invasion routes and it was Napoleon's troops who built the first road through the Pass in 1810. When the Frejus Tunnel was built in 1871 it was the first rock tunnel of its kind, pioneering many techniques and representing a landmark in engineering. At 13km/8 miles it is still one of the world's longest railroad tunnels.

Italy's skiing originated in Piedmont which translates as foot of the mountain, and Bardonecchia was one of the country's first ski resorts. Established in 1934, it was two Norwegian brothers, the Smiths who came here and built there first ski jump at Campo Smith (Smith's Field) which explains how the area got its name. The area is spread over three areas; Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau together providing 140km of pistes. Campo Smith, in the middle is considered the main area and is fully lift linked to neighbouring Melezet. Jafferau is a five minute bus ride away and a free bus pass is provided with the lift ticket.

Rated by many in the top ten of Italian ski resorts, it was host to snowboarding events at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Bardonecchia is 4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Vallon Cros', which is 4 miles in length.


Skiing in Italy originated in the Piedmont region and Bardonecchia was one of the country's first ski areas. It now 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.

The main beginner slopes are on the lower slopes of Campo Smith and Melezet which are fully lift linked. Snow cannons ensure good snow cover both at the beginning and end of the season. These areas have a good variety of terrain ranging from wide open clearings to treelined forest trails and cruisers will find plenty to enjoy on the long, wide motorway runs. The Jafferau area is also included on the lift pass, its skiing is varied with a good mix of terrain ideally suited to those who enjoy cruising with some great open motorway runs.

For freestylers the Olympic Park at Melezet has plenty of challenges to enjoy.

There is a free skier bus service around the area which takes around five minutes from Campo Smith to Jafferau where the pistes are slightly more difficult. It has a treeless bowl with bumps and good off-piste as well as wide trails and narrower runs through the trees.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


There's plenty of long, wide cruising runs on Colomion and Melezet while if you're into steeps and bumps then Jafferau is the area to head for. A 130m long Olympic Pipe opened for the 2006 Turin Olympics. The Olympic Snowpark has 14 rails, a box, 12 jumps and two boardercross courses. There's also a beginners area with kicker, big air and DJ music.

Location and Map

Where is Bardonecchia?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Turin, Piedmont.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bardonecchia is Turin Caselle, 75 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Annecy, Turin Cuneo, Geneva, Grenoble, Genoa, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron and Milan Linate airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 23,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 25 miles of ski runs,.

Season Dates

When is Bardonecchia open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Bardonecchia Trail Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bardonecchia, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bardonecchia Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Bardonecchia

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Aprés Ski

Excellent choice of restaurants serving delicious pasta dishes and local specialities. Nightlife in the local bars is friendly and relaxed becoming more lively at the weekends.