Ski Holidays in Madesimo
Madesimo ski holidays are one of the gems in the Italian ski circuit. This charming resort is set in a traditional Italian village and is located near the Swiss border with a mix of authentic and modern buildings.
Although it offers over 60km of pistes, it has an international reputation, featuring modern lift systems and a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere, which is why skiers tend to return year on year.
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Skiing in Madesimo
The ski resort is best suited for intermediate skiers as it has a variety of blue and red runs. Notable reds include the Interpista and Vanoni which are both 3km long.
Families will also love the resort with a Baby Park that is a dedicated area for children up to the age of 10 where they can learn to ski and also have fun snow tubing.
The nursery slopes are located at the end of the village which also has long blue runs through the trees, ideal for beginners wanting to progress. Madesimo’s ski school, which was established back in 1934, was one of Italy’s first ski schools to offer regular lessons.
The resort won’t satisfy advanced skiers fully as there are only 5 blacks that cover only 9km. On Groppera above Madesimo village, skiing ascends to around 3000m offering slopes above and below treeline and from here the only way back down is by the Canalone black run which is almost 3km long, the longest of the 4 blacks in the area.
There is also off-piste terrain such as the 3km Canolone itinerary for experienced skiers. This trail is a beautiful one and once you get to the top of the Groppera lift at an altitude of 2884m, you need to put skins on and climb up to the start of the trail. A guide is highly recommended if you are looking to ski this trail.
Madesimo has one snowpark in Aquarela - MadePark. It is kitted out with a whole host of features such as a 130m half pipe, jumps, tables, boxes and rails.
There are a number of smaller ski areas around Madesimo that are worth a trip to if your at an intermediate level. The closest is Motta, skiable from Madesimo resort itself and is home to the 13m high gold-leaf statue of the Madonna d’Europa.
Lastly, Madesimo is great for night skiing. Take the gondola after dusk, have a meal at a restaurant on the mountain before skiing back down on the floodlit pistes. There are also 20km of cross country ski trails and heliskiing opportunities.
Snow conditions in Madesimo
The mountains offer snow-sure conditions with the resort based at 1550m and the highest lift just shy of 3000m. Its north westerly slopes retain excellent snow conditions throughout the season and all of its slopes benefit from snow machines.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Madesimo
Madesimo's mountain restaurants offer fantastic value and the après-ski is friendly and relaxed. Its streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants so it is easy to spend the afternoon exploring the resort. Popular apres spots are the Shamrock Pub and the Tender Disco Bar which both liven up significantly at the weekends.
The village boasts an exhilarating 69km panoramic skidoo trail as well as ice skating, ice climbing, fat biking, snow kiting, sledding, snowshoeing and winter hiking.
Transfer times to Madesimo
Milan (LIN) - 2 hrs 10 mins
Bergamo (BGY) - 2 hrs 20 mins
Friedrichshafen (FDH) - 2 hrs 25 mins
Verona (VRN) - 3 hrs 20 mins