(age at the date of return)

Milky Way Ski Area

Extensive skiing over five peaks and six resorts on the Italy-France border

It was the Turin Olympics in 2006 which really brought this area into focus, although Sauze d'Oulx, just an hour from Turin, and right at the beginning of the “Via Lattea” resort complex, had for some time been a fixture for British skiers. Hosting the Olympics meant the ski area was  significantly upgraded, with major improvements in snowmaking facilities underpinning an already reliable snow record, and several new high-speed lifts were constructed to streamline circulation around the area. There are wonderful long runs and really impressive views from the slopes on Mount Motta at 2823m, with wide open spaces above the tree-line as well as picturesque wooded runs below. The long chain of linked resorts, with 400km of pistes, gives skiers and boarders a wonderful opportunity to travel from resort to resort, ending up crossing the border with France and skiing into Montgenèvre (a return trip that takes all day – but it’s a great feeling of satisfaction to ski into another country!). En route you’ll pass through the Olympic hub of Sestriere-Cesana-Sansicario (which hosted all the Alpine events) – which you’ll no doubt want to explore before moving on to Claviere and into the French end of the system. Sestriere is arguably Europe’s first purpose-built resort – it was developed specifically for winter sports by Fiat’s Giovanni Agnelli in the 1930s. There’s a lot of skiing to explore in the vicinity, but if you’re continuing towards Montgenèvre, unless you are determined to have lunch in France, try stopping at Claviere just before you cross the border. It’s cheaper than France and worth the visit just for the "Bombardinos" (coffee with brandy and advocaat). Sestriere, at 2035m, is the highest resort in the Milky Way set-up. Sauze d'Oulx, with its charmingly rustic old mountain village centre, has a good variety of slopes, some attractively gladed, and an equally eclectic choice of pubs, bars and restaurants: the après-ski here is not dull!    

  • from£549pp
  • Area: 400km
  • Altitude: up to 2800m
Ski area

Sauze d'Oulx is a vibrant resort with a thriving après scene. The abundant tree-lined skiing and wide open, cruising is ideal for intermediate skiers; and with access to the wider Milky Way ski area, there is plenty to occupy the discerning skier. Away from the pistes, the charming, old mountain village at the resort centre is an attractive escape full of bustling pubs, bars and restaurants.

  • from£479pp
  • Area: 400km
  • Altitude: up to 2800m
Aerial view of the Milky Way Ski area, Sestriere

Sitting at the very heart of The Milky Way ski area in Italy, Sestriere and nearby Borgata is the perfect home base for those of us who truly love the mountains. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a seasoned expert, The Milky Way ski area truly has something for us all!

 

Skiing levels

Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
400km
Runs
  • 52
  • 111
  • 40
Longest run
7km
Lifts
Chairlifts 36 , Cable car 1 , Draglifts 45 , Gondolas 1
Slope direction
N,E,S,W
What We say
  • Recreate the Women's Downhill from the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics by linking the three black runs from the top of Mt Fraiteve down to Sansicario.

  • For good music and a good time in Sauze d'Oulx hit one of Miravallino's live music nights.

  • Want an audience for your slope style? The Sestriere snowpark is situated just above resort, overlooked by many of the bars.

What You say
  • A great resort – good and varied skiing.

    Sauze d'Oulx, Andrew Tremain, Feb 2018
  • Skiing area/runs and snow conditions excellent for me as an intermediate skier.

    Sestriere, Roderick Shaw, Feb 2018
  • Amazing holiday. Great price. Great hotel. Great people. Great food.

    Sauze d'Oulx, Keshav Parthasarathy, Dec 2017