Bardonecchia is one of the most fashionable winter tourism locations in the High Val di Susa, in Piedmont.
At only 90 km from Turin, this Alpine station started to become a winter tourism destination after the Second World War, due to the proliferation of high class hotels and guest accommodation and the acquisition of second homes by the inhabitants of the Piedmont capital and the surrounding valleys.
However, the city of Bardonecchia as it appears today to those coming off Autostrada A32, or stepping from the train at the railway station situated directly in the centre a short walk from the slopes, is the result of the tremendous success of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Indeed in that year it was named Olympic Village, hosting the biggest international snowboard competitions and, from then, it has become a genuine landmark in the winter sports panorama.
The skiing areas of the locality, specifically, are 2: Le Jafferau, smaller but with more demanding slopes, for those who like to constantly test themselves, and Colomion-Les Arnauds-Melezet. The latter, ideal for families with children, connects several villages and numbers among the descents black, red, green pistes, a baby skilift and a moving walkway.
But Bardonecchia is also particularly renowned in regard to snowboarding, thanks to a particularly well equipped Snowpark and the Olympic Half Pipe, periodically illuminated even at night.
Neither does it lack in cross-country ski routes, over 22 km of tracks, and nature walks, as well as more recreational structures, like Snowtubing and skating rinks.
An Alpine location then well able to satisfy the demands of any skier, snowboarder or mountain lover, which marries both sporting offers and numerous entertainment opportunities. Thanks to the competitions which take place during the year in this skiing resort so near to Turin, Bardonecchia boasts in fact a very interesting events calendar: torchlight processions, concerts, shows on and off the snow, are a staple of every weekend, above all in the winter period.