And finally it came!
Since our early days together, my husband and I have had a tradition to go to Cervinia (Valle d’Aosta-IT) at the end of October for the start of the winter season.
The season arrived late this year due to a marriage, a broken ankle and a honey moon. But in the end it finally came!
Friday Afternoon, after packing snowboard equipment and about 3 hours by car, we were there! A full weekend at one of my favourite places for short snowboarding breaks.
A little village in the beautiful Valle di Susa (Piedmont), Bardonecchia acquired a brand new shape after the 2006 Winter Olympic: an expensive motorway, faster lifts, Olympic slopes, an amazing snowpark (provided with an olympic half pipe) and many new buildings (not all being used nowadays).
It was very cold but not really covered of snow as we had expected.
A very nice walk on the very little streets of the borgo vecchio (the oldest part of the village) before going to dinner at the homonymous restaurant:
Early wake up, breakfast, a quick look at the snow report and time to snowboard!
There are three main skiing areas: Colomion-Les Arnauds, Melezet and Jafferau. (There is a free ski bus that runs from town to Jafferau). The first two area are connected by slopes.
The total area has about 100km of runs (5 black, 18 red, 16 blue) and there are very different landscapes and views.
We normally start at the Melezet (about 1,5 km from the village) going mostly up to Sellette (2168 mt) and Cresta Seba (2217 mt)as there are more chairlifts in this area which are more comfortable for snowboarders. And the slopes there are very good: larges, longs and people are spread out enough. You can find queues at the lifts on peak season.
If you don’t want to go there, there are lots of other mountain huts on slopes where you can rest and eat.
After a day of snowboarding there’s nothing better than apres sky below the slopes. There are lots of bar and cafes in the village.
For dinner we tryed another very good restaurant:
Another snowboarding day on a sunny Sunday morning before the long trip back home!
Always worth it going to Bardonecchia, even when it hasn’t snowed enough.