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Madesimo

Madesimo

To non-skiers, this might sound like an Italian pasta dish. To avid skiers it conjures up thoughts of one of the best slopes in Europe; a thousand metre run that is one of the most challenging and scenic that can be found. Being served by just one cable car tells you that this part of the Italian Alps is not as frequented as it might be.

In the last few years, Madesimo has performed well as a resort managing good snow fall at the lower level and over five metres on the higher slopes. That led to many more visitors last season and – if the snow forecasts are good – even more this season.

But like all resorts, Madesimo has to come up with temptations to make us chose it rather than all of the other resorts. And most of us only take one skiing holiday per season. So is the offer from this Italian resort enough? Judge for yourself.

With a resort altitude of 1550m and with ski slopes from 3000m, the ski season is guaranteed to be a long one in Madesimo and the modern lift system, well-groomed slopes, spectacular back-country, family friendly facilities, delicious Italian food and fantastic value make this a resort worth singing about. Well, that’s what the tourist board says!

To encourage us to go in less busy periods of the season, Madesimo has a deal that offers a substantial saving. Book a hotel, B&B or apartment for more than two nights before the 27th December 2014 or after the 22nd March 2015 (and that does include Easter) and bookers will receive their ski pass (worth up to £139 for six days) free.

If you visit there after the 22nd of March you will be still in time to catch up with the Madesimo Freeride Festival which runs from the 27th until the 29th of March. The festival is packed with activities and events to exhilarate and inspire including expert clinics with instructors and guides, photo competitions, telemark and split boarding courses, transceiver training and equipment testing.

The nearest airports are those in Milan so many regional airports will have direct links. Once at the airport, there is a coach transfer called the Madesimo Express that will get you to the slopes but it leaves at only 04 .00 and 15.00 hours from each of the three Milan airports. It’s fine if your flights are within an hour or so of those leaving times but otherwise… And it only runs on Saturdays and Sundays up until the 12th of April. Usually it will cost you £31 person, one-way but during December and January, the charge is waived to encourage tourist to visit.

As with all resorts, there have to be other goodies to tempt the holidaymaker for, at some stage, you will want a break from skiing There are 60km of skidoo tracks up the Spluga Pass to the Swiss border and you can tour by skidoo at night stopping at a mountain refuge for a drink and a mountain lodge for dinner. Visitors to the resort can also learn to ice drive at a dedicated ice driving school.

For more about Madesimo, click here.

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