Four Reasons You Should Consider Madesimo For Your Next Ski Holiday

29 November 2014
Comments: 5
Category: Ski Resorts
29 November 2014, Comments: 5

Have you ever heard of Madesimo?

The handful of the skiers I asked whilst researching this post responded by saying: “Oh yes, I went with my school back in the 1970s!”

Everyone else seemed to have heard of it, but had never actually been – including the great Arnie Wilson (who has clocked 701 resorts on his travels).

The only exception? My business partner Loredana, who has actually done a few seasons in the resort and had nothing but positive things to say about it.

To me, that meant it was high time to widen the Momentum encyclopedia of ski resorts and introduce the British ski media to Madesimo.

Without further ado, here are four reasons why I think this place merits a ski holiday…


1. It’s an Easy Journey

Madesimo is two and a half hours north of Milan, so there are plenty of flights into Linate or Malpensa to choose from, including regional flights. The drive up is beautiful, passing George Clooney’s pad on Lake Como on the way.

Tip: A great lunch spot en route is the Seven Park Hotel at Colico on Lake Como

As the crow flies, Madesimo is almost on the Swiss border – very close to St Moritz. So once you reach Chiavenna in Valtellina, it’s either 45 minutes to St Moritz or 45 minutes to Madesimo.


2. It’s Italy, So the Food is Great

The Dogana Vegia Restaurant in Madesimo | Welove2ski

This is where the bresaola comes from, so expect to be impressed. For the big foodies, there’s the Cantinone in Madesimo – which has a Michelin star. But my favourite restaurant of the year was actually the Dogana Vegia, situated in the old customs house. The ambiance was simply amazing, with lots of little cosy corners equipped with fire places and tables and full of antique objects.


3. There Are 60km of Snowmobile Tracks

Madesimo Snowmobiling | Welove2ski

This is very rare. With the exception of Scandinavia, I don’t think there’s anywhere in Europe where you (yes, you) can drive a snowmobile for so long. There are stops at various refuges along the way, so if you’re in the mood for a vin brulle or coffee, you’re in luck. Better yet, you can drive your snowmobile under the night sky to have dinner at a mountain refuge. That, my friends, is a truly unique experience – I assure you.

And if all that snowmobiling has got you in the mood for driving in winter conditions, Madesimo also plays host to an ice driving school. Lessons are available for those who want to polish their skills and confidence for driving on snow.


4. Oh, and the Skiing

The Canalone Run in Madesimo | Welove2ski

Thought I forgotten about that, didn’t you? With skiing from 3000m, all the way down to the town at 1500m, there’s plenty of it. And since nearly all the slopes have an east-facing aspect, you can ski on great snow well into April.

The bottom part of the mountain has some excellent fast-cruising terrain combined with a healthy dose of beginner slopes, whilst the lift system is modern and easily accessible from the majority of the hotels in town.

And then, there’s the Canalone. Not cannelloni, you understand, but Canalone – which means large couloir. This is a 1000m vertical, ungroomed itinerary run served by a lone cable car. Believe me, it’s something. My group for the trip, which included the mafia of the British travel press, all agreed that this was one of the top ten runs in Europe that ought to feature on every skiers’ to-do list.

Madesimo is also a great spot for night skiing. Now normally, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea (although if you have kids, I’m sure they’ll be delighted). But humour me for a second, and try to look at it this way:

Get the gondola shortly after dusk, and go and have a lovely meal on the mountain at the Larici restaurant. Good so far, right? This is typically the point where it all goes wrong. But don’t worry – you won’t have to ski down a dark slope afterwards, following a ski instructor whilst a burning torch singes your perfect ski jacket.


So What Are You Waiting For?

Instead, the slopes are floodlit all the way down to Madesimo as you return to resort. Which means you can ski down at your pace – which may be rather measured – if your dining experience at the Larici was half as good as mine was.

To think, just a few moments ago you’d never really thought about going to Madesimo. Je rest ma valis (I rest my case) – you have to go.

If you’re interested in a trip to Madesimo, contact us today about a tailor-made ski trip.

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5 responses on “Four Reasons You Should Consider Madesimo For Your Next Ski Holiday

  1. Claire Weldon says:

    Happy New Year.

    With this in mind I’m looking for a ski holiday to suit 3 adults and 3 children ages 6 & 7 (a family of 4 and 1 adult and 1 child). We would like to ski over New year 2015/16 and would love to do so in Italy. I am aware of San Cassiano? We don’t want to go too mad budget wise but would like a lovely cosy family friendly place to be. We’d like to be able to walk into a village or town to sample whats on offer without a huge trek and the same applies to the local ski school. Most of us are new to ski-ing. We live in Ireland so need to be able to fly from Dublin.

    Kind Regards

    • Richard says:

      Hi, just read your post, I recommend Madesimo, have been several times with my family and are away again in feb this year. We have 3 young kids, the place is superb, highly recommended, go once and i bet you will return. We travel independently but i am sure Momentum will be able to assist and show you the ropes, good luck and have fun.

  2. Alan Bailey says:

    Hi – we are interested in a Madesimo ski holiday for Easter 2016. There are 9 definate people plus one 4 yr old. Potentially 13/14 adults. We were in Madonna de Campiglio Easter 2015.

    There is a a desire for good sking for a mixed/levels group including beginners/intermediate/advanced (1) and some good town/shopping for the girls.

    Would Medisimo be the place? Preffer hotel accommodation 3/4 * close to lifts and walk into town.

    Can you help?

    Alan Bailey

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