Bardonecchia.  A small ski resort in the Italian Alps.

Home to some of the winter Olympic events of 2006.

This resort is fabulous if you are an intermediate skier looking to further progress your skiing and practice your technique.

The Italians here take great pride in the area and really look after the slopes very well.

Its not expensive to stay here and the prices while you are here are very reasonable.

On the first mornings coffee break I bought to Cafe Latte’s.  I took out two 5 Euro notes and the girl behind the counter gave me one back and 2 Euros change.  I couldn’t believe it.  3 Euros for two Latte’s!

Lunch was the same.  On average 20 Euros buys two meals, two drinks and a bottle of water!  And this is the same all over the mountain.

We stayed at,  “Hotel Ca Fiore” which is only a short walk to the lifts at,  “Campo Smith”

There are two nursery slopes.  One has a travelator and the other a button lift.  These are ideal for total beginners.

From here there is a chair lift which takes you to a central area where there are two restaurants and two more chair lifts.

If you stay on the Blue run this will take you down to the bottom of the chair lift again.  Or if you take the second chair lift this takes you up to about 2000 m.  From here you can take Red run no 7 which is called,  “Sole”  or Red run no 2 which is called,  “Bucaneve”  These are great runs.

There are also great views from here and you can see Bardonecchia down in the valley below.

Over on the right hand side of the area you will find Red run no 23 called,  “Olimpica”  Yes you’ve guessed it.  This is the Olympic down hill run which was used in the 2006 Olympics.  And it is fabulous!

It starts at an altitude of 2230 m. Again which are great views to take in before you start your descent.

At the bottom you come to an area called,  “Melezet”  This area houses a snow park to play in and a half pipe.

To sum up this is a great resort for intermediate skiers.  I would not recommend it for total beginners because the Blue runs in places are too steep.  There is nothing in between the nursery slopes and the steep bits of the Blue runs.

It is a fantastic ski area which is very quiet and great for practicing without the fear of traffic all around you.

Bardonecchia.  A small ski resort in the Italian Alps.