Thursday, 21 March 2013


Snow, spectacular scenery, sunny slopes….say no more!

Kids are always welcome, Italians love their bambini.  Children under 7 ski for free.

International cross-border skiing,Bardonecchia to France is just a peak or two away.


Inexpensive on and off the slopes in comparison to elsewhere in Europe.
Transfer times are the shortest in the Alps.  Turin to Bardonecchia is just 1 hour’s motorway driving….and no hairpin bends!
Alpine restaurants serving regional dishes – enjoy snacks and lunch on the slopes or take an evening ride in a snowcat for dinner on the mountain top.
La Dolce Vita - Forget après ski and happy hours, the Italian custom of a pre-dinner prosecco and accompanying free aperitivi in local bars is so much sweeter! 
Year-round resorts cater for skiers and non-skiers alike. Real life goes on beyond the slopes offering something for everyone.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


We've just been looking back at our original blog on  It's amazing to reflect on the past three years and realise how much has changed since those early days. Now we feel like veteran entrepreneurs on our way to our fourth successful summer season. No longer just newly weds with a common vision but parents to our beautiful Sofia too. What a lot we've accomplished and what a future we have ahead of us.

Monday, 4 March 2013


We’ve recently been browsing through wintersports websites for reviews on Bardonecchia and have been surprised to find how scantily researched some of the articles are. We like the fact that Bardonecchia “flies under the radar” of more publicised resorts such as Sauze d’Oulx, Montgenevre and Sestriere. Being the preferred resort of the Turinese gives the resort both its character and authenticity. The slopes are busier at the weekends but this is what makes the town buzz. Shops, cafés and restaurants thrive and prices are genuinely Italian and not simply inflated for the tourist market. Bardonecchia is fortunate to have four separate lift systems transporting skiers and boarders to different sectors of the ski area so at peak times avoid Campo Smith and head instead to Les Arnauds, Melezet or Jafferau. Apart from one quirky 2 man chair at Jafferau which is due for modernisation, the rest of the pistes are well served with 8 man cabins, 4 or 2 man chair lifts and button lifts. Ascending through the most scenic areas of the mountain we love our drag lifts. They are great for natural selection too, those who struggle to make it up are probably not sufficiently expert to be skiing down! So you can rest assured that your descent will not be blighted by over-ambitious skiers and snowboarders out of their depth and out of control!
March 4th 2013

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Living in Italy with close families in England and Ireland we have to be very flexible and inventive with our travel plans. We are fortunate in Bardonecchia to be well-served with air, rail and motorway links so we can be quickly on our way homeward bound. Our favourite route to Ireland involves strolling down the road to catch the morning high speed train from Bardonecchia to Lyon St Exupery airport. If booked in advance with Rail Europe we can keep the cost down to £18pp return. Arriving in the actual airport complex we have time for a relaxed lunch before boarding our Aer Lingus flight to Dublin. With five flights per week it affords us a bit more flexibility than the Saturday only RyanAir flight from Turin, though there’s nothing to stop us from mixing and matching airlines to suit our plans. If we really want the train to take the strain when visiting our London and Kent relatives then we travel all the way to St Pancras. Again by taking advantage of the best Rail Europe deals we can travel for as little as £73 single and the total journey time of under 9 hours even allows for lunch in Paris….. formidable!
Use the SnowCarbon journey planner for detailed information on rail travel from London to Bardonecchia.
February 20th 2013


Here in Bardo the fun doesn’t have to stop with the closure of the ski lifts at the end of the day. We are fortunate to have several mountain restaurants offering evening meals with a difference. In collaboration with the ski lift company the restaurants have arranged transport up and down the mountain in Snowcats, the piste bashers which keep our slopes so well groomed. With seating for up to twenty in their cabins the Snowcats give their passengers a thrilling ride as they wend their way methodically around the steep gradients lighting up the night slopes as they go. Our favourite port of call for a great evening out is Bar Punta Colomion at the very summit of the mountain above Campo Smith. Run by Aldo and Rachel you can be assured of the warmest of welcomes, the heartiest food and convivial dining. Fuelled with antipasti, polenta, pasta, roast meats and dolci we choose to forego the Snowcat descent. Instead we strap on our head torches and take to our skis for the journey down on perfectly groomed pistes under starlit skies. A magical end to a magical evening.
February 12th 2013


This weekend Bardonecchia is preparing to celebrate four days of Italian Carnevale frivolity to mark the start of Lent. Originating in Venice in the mid 13th century to dispel the gloom of winter the spirit of carnival has spread throughout the world. The party kicks off on Saturday evening with a parade of floats around the streets with festive music and a profusion of coriandoli confetti setting the scene. The fun continues until Martedi Grasso Mardi Gras with masked balls, fancy dress ski races and street stalls serving cakes and warm drinks. The town and slopes will be at their busiest as Italians flood in to indulge their love of tradition at the same time as British families arrive for a half-term break. Fortunately a new dump of snow will mean that the pistes will be at their very best and the local cafés and restaurants will do their utmost to meet demand. Our guests will enjoy the best of both worlds by soaking up the atmosphere during the day whilst avoiding too much of the hubbub and mayhem as they relax over their meal in the calm of the chalet during the evening.
For more information on local events take a look at the town’s two websites and
February 5th 2013


Skiing has always been a family affair for us when as youngsters we took to the nursery slopes from three years old. But what are you to do with young babies and toddlers before they develop their ski legs? No parent can enjoy their own holiday unless their offspring are happily settled and entertained. With Sofia now over a year old she loves the company of other children and so we take her to the local nursery just a short stroll from our chalet. Located on the same site as the Primary School il Nido (the Nest) is beautifully equipped and staffed by well-trained, sympathetic nursery nurses. A perfect solution for us with a flexible 30 hours of childcare for €225 to use as and when we wish, it’s proving to be a very popular option for our guests with younger children too. So instead of leaving your kids at home or hanging up your boots to gather dust for a couple of years, you can head out onto the slopes with a happy heart.
January 30th 2013


Thumbs up to the Bardonecchia Comune for bringing a new and exciting event to our pistes next weekend. The second stage of the Paraski Europacup 2013 will take place at Melezet from Friday 25th-Sunday 27th January. Competitors take part in two distinct disciplines, with six parachute descents from a helicopter landing on a small target zone coupled with two giant slalom races. With teams from Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland it will be a truly international event and the town will be buzzing. To follow the results to date go to
January 20th 2013


So we are four weeks into our ski season and Christmas and New Year seem far behind us. Our season began back in early November putting the finishing touches to the chalet and testing out new recipes as we finalised our dinner menus with Pete the chef. Then we held our breath and waited for the snow and guests, hopefully in that order! Fortunately, both arrived in spades and since then Graeme has been putting his new toy, a snow blower, to the test clearing the drive and pathways leading from the chalet. Although it means an early start to the day and over an hour of hard labour before heading to the kitchen to cook full English breakfasts all round, it’s strange that he won’t relinquish the task despite several offers of help. There is obviously much satisfaction to be gained from tinkering with a temperamental engine and spraying snow into neat sculpted banks with his multi-directional chute. Now I’m not sure when we have a new dump of the white stuff whether his excitement is for a day’s boarding on the slopes or his dawn snow-clearing duties!
January 16th 2013