The I Larici is a family-run, chalet-style hotel with a homely atmosphere built in an attractive Alpine style. The hotel bar with its open fire gives it a snug feel and the helpful staff will ensure a friendly welcome. The hotel is made up of a main building and an annexe and bedrooms can be allocated in either building.
- Located in the centre of town, 200m from the resort centre and 8 minutes’ walk (800m) to the Campo Smith ski lifts and ski school.
- The free local bus stops 100m away and takes you to the three Bardonecchia ski areas and there are bars and restaurants close by.
All rooms have twin or double beds, safe, TV, minibar, telephone and hairdryer. Rooms in the main building have shower, annexe rooms have shower or bath.
Continental buffet breakfast
- Sauna (pay locally)
- Whirlpool (pay locally)
- Fitness room
- Log fire in the bar
- Free Wi-Fi
- Ski storage room
- Lift in main building but no lift in annexe
Local Fees and Taxes
Tourist tax payable locally directly to hotel
Traditional Italian hospitality with great beginner and intermediate skiing
At a glance
- Vibrant resort made up of 3 ski areas
- 100km of pistes linked by free buses
- Plenty for non-skier: ice rink, cinema, swimming pool & sports centre
The small resort of Bardonecchia sits right on the border between France and Italy, making it Italy’s westernmost town at the heart of the Alps. In 2006 it hosted the Turin Winter Olympics snowboarding competitions, and still includes many features from the one-time-only event.
Made up of 3 areas- Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau, there is over 100km of piste to tackle in the area, all linked by free buses. The majority of the pistes in the area are a close mix of easy cruising blue runs, and some red runs that offer more of a challenge. The resort is quiet and relatively uncongested with other skiers and snowboarders so it is easy to enjoy your time on the snow uninterrupted.
There are only 5 black runs throughout the entire resort, but this is compensated for with an outstanding freestyle terrain park located on Melezets which includes the Olympic half pipe from 2006 as well as 80 rails and jibs, and 20 jumps. The park is suited to all abilities, regardless of their freestyle experience so take some time to ski past, or through the park itself.
Off the pistes, one of Bardonecchia's highlights is the excellent array of restaurants. Restaurants serve up delicious Italian comfort food that is not to be missed, and for a small resort there is a huge variety of venues on offer. Après-ski culture is on the quiet side, attracting smaller crowds who want to socialise and take it easy. But if you’re in the mood for some classic live music and dancing in your ski boots, then Chesal bar and restaurant at the top of the Melezet-Chesal chair lift hosts ‘Crazy Chesal’ après-ski from 14:30 onwards.
Ski and Snowboard Information
Thanks to its status as a quiet resort, Bardonecchia is an ideal location to learn to ski and snowboard. There are numerous nursery slopes, marked in green, dotted about the bottom of the mountains that are serviced by ‘Baby/Bambino’ lifts- notably around the base of Campo Smith because this is where ski schools gather.
Progressing onto slightly more difficult terrain is easy, and many of the blue runs are very gentle as well as empty and immaculately groomed. You can pre-book ski lessons for 5 days (2 hours per day) through Inghams when you arrange your holiday.
Bardonecchia is a fabulous resort for the intermediate skier with plenty of easy cruising blue and red runs all over the mountain. The resort is a very quiet one, and the pistes remain relatively unscathed throughout the day so you can avoid unexpected mogul fields. If you want to advance beyond the easy cruising on the blue pistes, you can tackle the red runs.
Bardonecchia is designed as an easy cruising resort for the quieter ski crowds. With this in mind, the options for the advanced skier are slightly limited in terms of black pistes in the resort (there are only 5 black pistes- located at the top of Melezet and Roccette- accessed by the Clos drag lift on Colomion). However, the Olympic snow park is not to be avoided and is covered in the next section…
Freestyle and terrain parks
For such a quiet resort, Bardonecchia attracts a big crowd of freestyle skiing and snowboarding lovers thanks to the fantastic snow park located around the base of Melezet. Bardonecchia resort are proud of their snow park, and rightfully so! You can enjoy the enormous Olympic half-pipe that was built in 2006 for the Turin Winter Olympics, as well as numerous features offered in the park. The park is divided into 5 different areas that are suited for different abilities.
- 3.5km of tracks dedicated to freestyle
- 5 snowpark areas
- 80 rails and jib features
- 20 jumps of various difficulties
- 1 half-pipe
- An area to relax in.