Nestled in the sunny Spluga Valley is the beautiful Italian town of Madesimo. This traditional resort is small and friendly but enjoys a strong international reputation for fine snowsports among those in the know.
Now, thanks to fast routes from the UK and new luxury accommodation, you too can enjoy its hitherto hidden delights.
Madesimo shouldn’t disappoint snowsports fans. Its Valchiavenna Ski Area boasts 60km of exciting slopes and 20km of exhilarating cross-country trails.
Many slopes are served by state-of-the-art-lift facilities that can be easily reached on foot.
Those who prefer an adrenaline-filled challenge can head for Pizzo Groppera at 3000m and carve zigzagging designs along Val di lei or descend to the Canalone. This black descent is almost 3km long and a must to do if you like it wild on the slopes.
Madesimo’s recently remodelled snowpark has tripled in size to almost a kilometre long and is ideal for snowboarders. The pipe is said to be a masterpiece of snow engineering, designed for maximum entertainment.
Best of all, the pistes are wonderfully clear mid-week, meaning you can enjoy the fun and freedom of the Alpine mountains to the full.
Despite its small and compact size, Madesimo offers an impressive 1,000 guest beds in a surprisingly wide and varied range of accommodation of hotels, residence and guesthouses.
There are B&Bs and even the option to camp in the valley with new hotels scheduled to open next winter.
Hotels boast three and four stars, the highest Italian grading available. The leading hotels include the 4* Hotel Andossi, 4* Boscone Suite Hotel 4* Hotel Emet 4* Sport Hotel Alpina and the 3* Hotel La Meridiana 3*Hotel Ferrè 3*Hotel Capriolo 3* Hotel Arlecchino *3 Hotel Tambò 3* Hotel Europa.
Madesimo is also home to a one star Michelin star restaurant, Il rinomato Cantinone known for its fusion of local and international dishes presented by the chef Stefano Masanti.
Fabulous après ski
As well as the mountain refuges with bars and refreshment points there are pubs and restaurants galore. Popular spots include the Queen’s Club, Tender Disco Pub, while there’s live music in the Après Ski Bar Bollicine and Acquarela.
Madesimo has dozens of restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes. Culinary musts are the local pizzoccheri, polenta, Alpine cheeses, traditional cakes. And don’t forget the locally produced wine from the region.
Off the piste for a candle lit meal
New for this winter is an off piste snowmobile evening excursion up to the Swiss border, overlooking Black Lake, where a lovely candle lit meal can be enjoyed. For those who wish to sharpen their driving skills the 4km ice driving track is close by.
Easy to reach
The nearest airports to are at Milan (138km) and Bergamo (119km), with direct flights from the UK from a range of operators, including EasyJet and British Airways.
There are good bus and train connections and a taxi-share programme direct to the village.
Well-established links are made in the UK with holidays to Madesimo. Among them is Momentum ski which offers a tailor-made option with prices starting from £765 for seven nights at the 4* Hotel Andossi on HB with return scheduled flights from London to Milan and car hire.
Other providers include:
For more information visit: http://www.visitmadesimo.it.