Madesimo - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Madesimo - Ski Resort in Italian Alps - 48km of Piste (1340m to 2880m)
A friendly traditional resort located in a sunny valley on the Swiss border. For a comparatively small resort it has a strong international reputation, including the famous 3km 'Canalone' black descent. An underground funicular railway lifts skiers from Campodolcino (1096m) to Motta Alp (1720m) in just three minutes.
Key Facts for Madesimo
|5||Black Pistes (11km)|
|13||Red Pistes (24km)|
|12||Blue Pistes (15km)|
|2||Green Pistes (2km)|
|20km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Italian ski resort of Madesimo has direct access to 48km of downhill skiing, with 29 individual pistes, served by 18 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Madesimo is able to augment natural snow, on 13km of ski runs, with 60 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 18 Ski Lifts of Madesimo are able to uplift 22,620 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Madesimo are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Madesimo
Madesimo's skiing on Groppera above the village ascends to almost 3000m, the lower runs cut through the larch, the higher on wide open sunny slopes above the treeline. There are half a dozen access points, but the Cima Sole and Groppera cable cars offer the fastest ascent of 1350 vertical metres.
From here the only way back down is the Canalone black, two and three-quarter kilometre (one and three-quarter mile) long and described as the most beautiful slope in the Alps …a work of art, by Dino Buzzati.
It's the longest of four marked blacks although there are longer runs including the Vanoni and Interpista intermediate standard reds, both three kilometres (just under two miles) long.
Or you can hike further up from the top of the lifts to the peak of Pizzo Groppera at 3000m and carve your own trails through the powder down.
Beginners are not forgotten of course, there are nursery slopes at one end of the village and longer blues cut down through the trees from the tops of chairs and drag lifts that run up from the valley. The ski school, established in 1934, was one of the first in Italy to offer regular courses. Its past directors include Italian ski legend Zeno Colo, winner of the first Alpine Ski world Championships in 1946.
There are several small ski areas near to Madsesimo that are worth a visit. Closest is Motta, actually skiable from Madsesimo by taking a right at the top of the Serrenissima chair at the edge of the village. The skiing here is not especially spectacular but the 13m (45 feet) high gold-leaf covered stature of the Madonna d'Europa that towers above, is.
There's another cross country loop along from the ski lifts and several others in the area.
Snowboarding in Madesimo
Madesimo's snowpark is located at 1800m on Aquerela. There are three jumps, rainbow rail, box and four additional rails. The pipe is 130m long, 20m wide and 4.5m high.
Boarders too can enjoy the high altitude powder fields below Pizzo Groppera or have fun on the natural hits along the trail edges as they descend below the treeline.
For more information, go to www.madepark.it
Madesimo Aprés Ski
Make sure you imbibe some of the local beer from Valchiavenna which will be from one of the local micro-breweries. These were established recently after a fifty year break between the closure of the Sluga brewery in 1957, the last of nine that were set from the 1820s and once provided a fifth of Italian beer production, employing hundreds of locals in the industry.
Popular spots after the lifts close include the Shamrock Pub, Tender disco bar the Extreme Centre Videobar on Via degli Argini. These and the other half dozen bars in the resort tend to be quiet during the week but buzzing at the weekends when the crowds descend from Milan.
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Madesimo in brief
Madesimo Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.
Madesimo Season Dates
Opened : November 30, 2013.
Closes : April 13, 2014.
Usual opening - Early Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Madesimo.