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-
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 (http://www.hotelandossi.com/
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. Well-established links are made in the UK with holidays to Madesimo. Among them is Momentum ski www.momentumski.com020 7371 9111 who offer 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: www.bellaskiitalia.com, www.co-operativetravel.co.uk,www.igluski.com, www.ifyouski.com For more information visit: www.visitmadesimo.it