Via Lattea in short
With nearly 400km of runs in the Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area, it goes without saying that the ski slopes are extremely varied. The most popular ski resort in this area is Sestrières, which gained international renown in 1997 when it hosted the World Cup Ski Races and was then selected to host the 2006 Winter Olympics! There is, however, a great choice of ski resorts in this area with something for everyone from the quiet village atmosphere in San Sicario to the rather rowdy nightlife in Sauze d'Oulx. Altitudes vary enormously too with the lowest resort at 1350m and Sestriere which is at an amazing 2035m!
The Via Lattea (or Milky Way) ski area which includes Sestrière, Sauze d'Oulx, Cesana, Claviere and Sansicario, is the largest in Italy and among the largest in Europe and offer something for everyone from beginners to expert skiers and from snowboarders to the younger members of the family. It must be said, however, that with over half of the slopes being red runs, intermediate skiers are the kings of the mountain here. The ski lifts interconnect all ski slopes so perfectly that the shuttle service is never full! From November to May snow cover is assured thanks to both the high altitudes and one of the world's most extensive and efficient snow making systems which includes 900 snow cannons!
- Blue 95 km
- Red 220 km
- Black 85 km
Mountain: 225 cm
Valley: 110 cm
- Drag Lifts 21
- Chair Lifts 35
- Gondolas 6
- Trains 0
- Glacier No
- Speed 11300 p/hour
Cesana is a quiet town in the Milky Way ski area. A 15 minute walk brings you to the edge of the village near the lift. There is no ski bus. The chairlift Pariol goes to San Sicario, where you can quickly reach Sauze d' Oulx and Sestriere. The...
Claviere is a quiet village in the Milky Way ski area unlike Cesana on the other side of the Colle Bercia. From Claviere it is possible to ski to the French ski resort of Montgenevre. The ski area between Cesana and Claviere is called the Monti d...
Centrally located at the crossroads of ski lifts in the Milky Way ski area is the modern ski resort of San Sicario. The hotel and apartment complexes are quite low and the center is pedestrianized. The hotels on the outskirts of the town are easil...
Sauze d'Oulx is one of the 5 ski resorts in the Via Lattea, or Milky Way ski area, as it is more commonly known. British skiers have been coming to Sauze d'Oulx for years and return many times to enjoy the superb skiing, long hours of suns...