In the UK, it may mean another thing but the Milky Way is fast becoming a pull for skiers from all over Europe. Many holidaymakers look at individual resorts without realising that they offer access to a much broader ski area.
Sauze D’Oulx and Sestriere are definitely the big attractions in this ski area but the Milky Way also the less-known San Sicario, Cesana, Pragelato, Claviere and the French Montgenèvre, representing a mouth-watering 212 pistes (7 green, 67 blue, 97 red and 41 black) and 69 ski lifts. Those who only think of going to the Dolomites should really reconsider!
The ski in the Milky Way area is characterized by wide open spaces, panoramic and sunny slopes that connect traditional villages with modern amenities. From the peaks and slopes you have magnificent views in all centres. The vastness and variety of the area can satisfy both the more demanding skier, thanks to the variety of long and difficult slopes, and those who are dipping their toes into the world of skiing for the very first time. Snowboarders are also well catered for in the Milky Way with a fantastic new snowboard fun park available in Sestriere as well as mini parks available in each of the resorts themselves.
As a destination it's much more laid back than its rivals in France, Switzerland and Austria, so expect a great all-round holiday experience.
For families, there are a myriad of activities available to children; fun parks with inflatable structures, great ski schools and plenty of off-piste activities. Families with young children are welcomed even in the most chic hotels and restaurants.
Lovers of Italian cuisine will be completely satisfied by the Milky Way: there are over 30 mountain huts comforting skiers who prefer to stay on the slopes all day – prices are great in comparison to other resorts and neighbouring France. You will find plenty of pasta and Lasagna on offer but also more traditional mountain stews served with flavoursome and wholesome polenta, which is famous from the north of Italy.
How to get there
The Milky Way skiing area is located in Piemonte and is within easy reach thanks to its privileged geographic position and to the proximity to Turin airport. Most resorts can be reached within an hour of the airport, making them an ideal ski weekend or week’s holiday destination. Other connections are also available from Geneva, Nice and Milan. For those contemplating to attire by train, high speed trains stop daily at Oulx from Rome, Turin, Lyon and Paris.
Holiday Homes in Italy offers a great range of affordable ski accommodation from quaint Italian bed and breakfasts to self-catering ski apartments suitable for both families and larger ski groups.
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