Madesimo, Italy | Welove2ski
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Madesimo, Italy

Madesimo, Italy | Welove2ski
Photo: © Turismo Madesimo.


The Stats

Altitude: 1550m

Top Lift: 3000m

Ski area: 60km of piste

Adult lift pass: 135-166€ for six days

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In a Nutshell

The small family-friendly resort has 60km of skiing on well-maintained pistes and one of the most modern lift systems in Europe.

Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip

The attractive old village with its narrows streets and scattering of converted farmhouses has a considerable following among Italian families who want a quiet resort offering plenty of snow-sure intermediate skiing.

It lies close to the Swiss border, north of Lake Como, and a two-hour drive from Bergamo. Once you reach the lovely old town of Chiavenna, it’s either 45 minutes drive to St Moritz or 45 minutes to Madesimo. In fact, it is perfectly possible to take a day-trip from here to St Moritz.

During the week the slopes are blissfully uncrowded and there is a distinct lack of lift queues, although it gets busier at weekends when visitors arrive from Milan. The skiing is mostly of intermediate level and takes place on the slopes of the Pizzo Groppera, with long trails leading into the neighbouring Valle di Lei with its mainly red runs and some challenging blacks, including the famous Canalone itinerary.

The compact village means that you can be up the mountain quickly from wherever you are staying. The village has a good range of restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, bars and shopping opportunities.

The Loveometer

Where to Ski Loveometer 69% | Welove2ski

We Love

We Hate

tick The low prices.
tick The unspoilt village centre, not yet discovered by the masses.
tick The uncrowded slopes.
tick The high altitude, east-facing slopes which allow for a long ski season.
tick The modern lift system.
cross The tricky mountain access road.
cross The lack of luxury hotels.

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About the author

Felice Hardy

Felice was one of the founders of Welove2ski and regularly contributes, as well writing for a range of other publications including The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harpers Bazaar, Country Life, BA Highlife and House & Garden. She started skiing at the age of three. She also enjoys hiking with her dogs and mountain biking in the Alps.


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