Discover the best kept secret in Alpine skiing - The Modern Marvel of Madesimo
Monday 12, November 2012
Nestled in the sunny Spluga Valley is the beautiful Italian resort of Madesimo. This traditional resort is small and incredibly friendly but enjoys a strong international reputation for the finest snowsports among those in the know.
Madesimo will never 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 on every skiers list.
Madesimo’s recently remodelled snowpark has tripled in size to almost a kilometer long is a must for snowboarders. The pipe is 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 astonishing 1000 guest beds in a surprisingly wide and varied range of accommodation of hotels, residence and guesthouses, all waiting to welcome you. There are B&B’s 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
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 excellent bus and train connections and a taxi-share programme direct to the village. More information www.momentumski.com
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