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by: Andrew - 24th February 2017

  • 2
  • 1Beginner
  • 1Intermediate
  • 1Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • 2Overall Value
Cheaper food than in France, locals speak english
Poor grooming of slopes, surface lifts to the top, no atmosphere

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To start this review I have to make one thing clear - there is Jaffreau - which is a proper Alpine mountain and then there's Campo Smith/Melezet/Les Arnauds which is much lower and below tree line. While Jaffreau will offer great skiing the other less so. When you get up to Ban on Jaffreau you will have a great choice of blues and reds, but with good snow cover you can ride anywhere on the ondulating slope, it's brilliant. The only gripe would be the really old chairlift from the gondola. Now with the Campo Smith area - firstly the Smith chairlift will most likely be always crowded so get up there and then keep avoiding it for the rest of the day. Aim for Les Arnauds/Mezelet areas. The weird thing is that if you want to go to the top of that hill you will have to use surface lifts - if you're on a snowboard or with kids - this might prove really hard, even though I'm a confident rider I found them really hairy in places. It's a shame because the views from the top and the routes are quite scenic. Oh btw - some of the surface lifts might not be working at all. Another problem with this area is the grooming of the slopes - it's terrible - the cord is so shallow the slopes turn into a moguls by noon, some are icy, one was even brown. Black runs aren't maintained at all, and I swear some reds aren't either. Some reds were closed, not sure why as there was plenty of snow. The blues are nice although some are really flat in places and the one going from Chesal to Plan de sol will require you to unstrap around Clos. Some blues also have pretty red bits. The snowpark on the piste map doesn't exist - the halfpipe isn't maintained. If you want to do some freestyle you need to go up Sellette the Snowpark will be on your left when going down. Can't miss it unless it's foggy. The Seba lift gives you an opportunity to freeride in the powder if you let go before the top. They serve pretty good doughnuts at Chesal, pretty good pizza at Harald's next to Campo Smith, and you can often get a voucher for free coffee at the bar at the top of Les Arnauds - they give them out at the bottom of Smith. There are quite a few shops and there's a market on Saturdays but they are quite remote from Campo Smith. The prices are ok, cheaper than French resorts. The town is basically just this - a town. It might sound weird but the purpose built French resorts have more character and better atmosphere. If you want to get to Jaffreau and don't live in Jaffreau hotel you can use the free shuttle. Takes 10 mins from Campo Smith and comes every 30 mins. Unless you have your own car which you want to use every day don't get accommodation on the Jaffreau mountain. The shuttle there doesn't come that often and stops too early, plus there are no shops there. So yeah, unless someone else is paying it's probably not worth your time and money - oh did I mention that although it's easily reachable by motorway you have to go through Tunel du Frejus which will cost you around 50 euros both ways (if you are going for a week get an alle-retour you have full 7 days to return).

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  • plog108 (28th February 2019)

    Lovely little town accessible by train from kings cross. Very friendly and relatively quiet. Good food in the area Well kept pistes...

  • Phil O (23rd February 2019)

    A smaller resort best suited to new intermediate skiers (1 -3 weeks experience). The resort lacks any long greens for novice skiers...

  • Aaron (23rd March 2018)

    Several reviewers have pointed out that the resort is primarily for intermediates, but there are plenty of off-piste opportunities for experts that...

  • Andrew (24th February 2017)

    To start this review I have to make one thing clear - there is Jaffreau - which is a proper Alpine mountain...

  • Tonygilly (23rd February 2017)

    Love Bardo. Great little town friendly people. Perfect piste.

  • Martin's iphone5s (17th January 2017)

    Perfect for families and most experienced skiers. Advanced may be better suited elsewhere if not with family / friends of lesser experience....

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