Bardonecchia is a friendly, historical town with lots of facilities for families and easy access to nearby resorts...
The ski area closest to Bardonecchia is made up of two mountains, one on either side of the town.
The skiing available is quite substantial, with 140km of pistes. But you'll have to take a bus to get to the slopes.
Once there, you will find two nursery areas for beginners, as well as numerous fairly steep red and blue runs that are great for intermediates but could prove a bit scary for near-beginners looking to move on.
Resort height: 1,300m
Skiers and boarders of all levels will appreciate the lack of queues in Bardonecchia (apart from at the weekends when visitors from Turin can make the ski area a lot more crowded). And more advanced boarders will enjoy the Melezet snowpark in Jafferau - site of all the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic snowboarding events.
However, there is limited skiing here for advanced level skiers and boarders, who would be better off heading to a bigger Alpine resort such as Chamonix.
This is especially true for those hoping for powder, which is by no means guaranteed in this part of the Alps and can be unreliable even on the groomed slopes.
The good news for experts, though, is that you can extend your lift pass to cover the huge Milky Way ski area, which stretches from Sauze d'Oulx to Montgenevre and offers more challenges than you will find locally.
From Turin airport, you can get to Bardonecchia by car or bus within one and a half hours at most...
For those who prefer to travel by train, meanwhile, Bardonecchia station is just a few hundred metres from the slopes.
Most of the pistes in Bardonecchia are best suited to skiers and snowboarders of an intermediate level...
Beginners are also pretty well catered for - as long as there's enough snow. But experts will find the local ski area limiting.
Cheap and cheerful Bardonecchia is a great ski destination for travellers on a budget, as well as groups that include non-skiers...
Quiet and relaxed during the week, Bardonecchia takes on a different personality at the weekends, when hoards of Italians arrive from nearby towns such as Turin. So if you want to do some partying, Fridays and Saturdays are the best time. Try Bar Feba or Bar degli Artisti, which also serves simple but tasty food.
There is plenty for non-skiers to do in Bardonecchia, which boasts indoor and heated outdoor pools, an ice-rink and a bowling alley. Other options include exploring the numerous scenic walking trails around the resort and taking a daytrip to Turin.
Cost of living 8/10
Bardonecchia is home to a range of cheap accommodation and reasonably priced restaurants, so you can enjoy a ski holiday here without breaking the budget.
Attractiveness of the resort 6/10
Bardonecchia is a large, market town with a mix of traditional and modern buildings. Friendly and traditional as it is, it therefore lacks a classic ski resort atmosphere. The scenery is lovely, though.