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Ski slopes and pasta in Turin

Sweeping mountain views, wide ski slopes and delicious Italian cuisine: skiing in the mountains around Turin offers a feast for all senses. Numerous large ski resorts lie within a short distance of the airport. Travellers can land in the morning and be skiing by afternoon.

Turin was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a skier's paradise with dozens of kilometres of uninterrupted ski terrain. Not only can you ski to your heart’s content, your gourmet needs will also be met. On the Italian slopes food is just as important as good snow conditions. Here you won’t find any wiener schnitzels or greasy sausages but fresh pasta and fine regional wines. Skiing in Italy offers truly the best of both worlds!

Skiing in Via Lattea
Skiing in Via Lattea

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Sestrière, nestled in the valley

Snowy Milky Way

Via Lattea is the largest ski area in the Turin region. Via Lattea, which means 'Milky Way', is a chain of villages in the mountains around Turin. In the centre of this vast area is the modern town of Sestrière in the Valle di Susa. Due to its location, the area is very sunny and snow is almost always guaranteed. The highest ski run lies at 2823 metres, and the area encompasses a total of 400 kilometres of runs for both beginners and advanced skiers. Sestrière is especially famous for its excellent shopping and lively après-ski. Those who prefer a more intimate destination with an authentic Italian ambiance will enjoy Sauze d'Oulx. You can literally ski to the front door of your hotel and then enjoy a lovely dinner in the historic centre. The other villages that connect to this large ski area include Sansicario, Cesana, Claviere and the French village Montgenevre.

Sweeping views in Via Lattea

Snow park for daredevils

Bardonecchia is a lesser known ski area, located near the Italian-French border. The area features around 100 kilometres of ski runs. Bardonecchia also hosted the snowboard competitions for the 2006 Olympic Games, and the half-pipe is still being used. Daredevils can ride to their heart’s content in the Bardonecchia Snowpark. This park is divided into 5 different areas, according to the difficulty of the obstacles and jumps. The area offers a reasonable snow guarantee. Due to its southern location, it’s rarely affected by the föhn, a strong warm wind that blows on the northern side of the Alps and increases the risk of avalanches.

The Bardonecchia landscape
The Mont Blanc massif

Unsurpassed views

The area around Turin also offers plenty of activities for those who don’t want to ski or board. Take a cable car to the summit of Monte Bianco (also known as Mont Blanc) to soak up unparalleled views. Cross-country skiers will enjoy themselves in Parco Naturale Val Troncea near Sestrière. The park offers a vast network of outstanding and diverse cross-country ski trails with fabulous vistas.