We stayed in the Campo Smith apartments the last week in January, 6 people, all different ski levels (2 advanced, 2 intermediate, and 2 beginners) travelling with Crystal all in our mid to late twenties.
The Apartments: They are clean and spacious. The staff at reception are very nice and helpful. The location is ideal as it looks out over the slopes. Ask for an apartment with a Balcony. As mentioned by others, there is no kettle, toaster, oven or microwave). You also have to store your ski’s/boots on your balcony. And the sofa beds aren’t the comfiest. But overall the apartment was perfect for us. Also, we did not have to wait for our room as it was ready on arrival at 12.30. We paid 12.50 to use the spa one evening; it was nice but I don't think you should have to pay.
Bardonecchia: The town is fine, but if you are looking for a picture perfect ski resort this is not it. It is a working town that happens to be close to the slopes, rather than a town built around the slopes. It is about a 30 minute walk or a free bus ride from Campo Smith. Everything in the town closes for a siesta between 1 and 3-ish. Restaurants don’t open for dinner until 7.30/8pm. Check out the biscuit/chocolate shop in the middle of via medial… it’s amazing!
The slopes: Our first two days were great. However the slopes then turned icy which was very dangerous. I really feel that the blue slopes are not blue. There are many parts which are red. If you are looking for a nice long wide blue to set you up for the day you won’t find one. The advanced people in our group also agreed. Also the runs are limited. By the end of the week we were sick of the same runs (especially the beginners who were limited to certain blues and reds). The ski instructors are fantastic though and they are pushing the council to try and level out some of the steep parts of the blues (in particular one part from melezet back to Campo Smith so that beginners can have a nice run home at the end of the day). During the week the slopes are incredibly quiet, with no queues and you can find yourself on a slope alone which is great. But on weekends it’s the complete opposite as the locals from Turin come up for the weekend and there are a lot of childrens weekend ski schools.
Eating/Drinking/Apres Ski: La Grangia at the top of Campo Smith chair lift did a fabulous meal for us one night and we then ski’d back down (this is not one of the Crystal events but I would recommend it as it’s cheaper than the event at Rachel’s and it’s an Italian dish rather than a British dish). The staff there are fantastic. We also ate in the restaurant across the road adjacent to the swimming pool. It was cheap and cheerful. Overall, everywhere is fairly cheap. Apres ski is limited. Cippos on a Friday night is about the liveliest. But you need to change before the après ski, so it is nothing like the real après Ski like that of Austria. You really just have to tag along with the Ski instructors and reps to see what’s going on. The instructors are better than the reps as they want the resort to expand and people to come back each year.
Overall the resort is good in comparison to the amount you pay. Personally I would prefer to pay the extra for a nicer resort with more going on and better slopes. So I won’t be returning. However if I was, I would again choose the Campo Smith apartments. For a budget ski holiday the resort is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Campo Smith Residence is located in Bardonecchia, a mountain town in the heart of the Val di Susa, a few kilometres outside the city of Turin. In the Campo Smith Residence, you, have the freedom of fully funtioning holiday apartment combined with the comfort and amenities of a hotel, thanks to the "Apart-Hotel" formula, you can also request half-board style treatment. The apartment complex has a lobby, reception, bag storage, baby club, ski storage, a restaurant on the slops with 200 seats and a terraced bar/pizzeria. With a dynamic club-like atmosphere and a central position in the Campo Smith Village, only a few steps away from the ski-lifts and the Bardonecchia Bike Park, you are guarantee'd a vacation with lots of sports and fun! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villaggio Campo Smith Hotel Bardonecchia