Via Lattea Ski Resorts

The Via Lattea (Milky Way) in Italy has some cream for everyone!
The ViaLattea fully connects Sestriere by gondola to other resorts.
Unique Sestriere, part of the Via Lattea.
Via Lattea is easily accessed by fast train to Oulx.
Great off piste powder in the Via Lattea.
A variety of terrain and resorts are in the Via Lattea - Montgenevre base.
The ski trail border crossing from France to Italy in the Via Lattea.
Claviere, one of the Via Lattea's villages.
Sansicario's massive terrain is part of the Via Lattea.
A huge area of high alpine terrain awaits in the Via Lattea.
Explore the local villages on the Giro (Tour) Della Via Lattea.
Challenge yourself on the off-piste steeps at Sestriere.
Snowboarders will find loads of fun terrain in the ViaLattea.
Village of Montgenevre in France, part of the Via Lattea.
Via Lattea easy powder lines in Oulx (Suaze d'Oulx).
Modern lifts connect the Via Lattea ski resorts of Cesana and Sansicario.
All trails lead to somewhere in the Via Lattea.
Claviere's high altitude base area.
Powder is untracked for days at the Via Lattea ski resorts.
It's not called the Milky Way for nothing!

Via Lattea Ski Resorts

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Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Sauze d'Oulx

    Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350 – 2823 (1473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary (Via Lattea)
    Runs – 400km
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 47%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Via Lattea (Italian Ski Resorts)
    Adult - €38
    Child – from €8.50

    Via Lattea International (incl. Montgenevre)
    Flat Rate- €49

Via Lattea (The Milky Way) Ski Resort Italy / France

Follow the Milky Way (or Vialattea) for a grand ski adventure in the Val di Susa near Turin. The Via Lattea in Italy combines 6 ski resorts into the best value lift pass in Western Europe & possibly the world!

On the Italian side, the brash, visually challenging Sestriere, the utilitarian Sansicario, lovely old Oulx with its higher elevation ski resort ski resort village of Sauze d'Oulx, traditional & beautiful Claviere & Cesana, plus the purposeful Montgenevre just across the border in France, combine for the wonderfully diverse, interlinked ski region called the Via Lattea, or in English, The Milky Way.

Pros & Cons for Vialattea Ski Area


  • Best value ski lift pass in Western Europe (& potentially the world);
  • Olympic standard piste trails throughout the ski area;
  • Massive terrain both on & off piste;
  • Heli-skiing, tree skiing & backcountry touring is very good;
  • Includes skiing at Montgenevre France (supplement on lift pass);
  • Quiet during the week;
  • Numerous après ski options;
  • Ski in ski out accommodation available;
  • Excellent mountain huts;
  • Access is excellent via fast train to Oulx or car/bus from Turin.


  • Some old outdated lift infrastructure;
  • Can get very busy on weekends & during holidays;
  • Snowboarders may not like the long traverses connecting different areas.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Many small, quiet villages;
  • Accommodation standard is generally lower than other major ski resorts;
  • Après can be quiet during the week.

Skiing & Snowboarding

The Via Lattea's bargain basement lift ticket provides Powderhounds with a plethora of sensational skiing & snowboarding. The off-piste is the tastiest cream in the Milky Way. The ViaLattea's vast freeride terrain, with powder stashes days after the last snowfall, includes fantastic larch forest tree skiing and quality high-altitude alpine bowls. The tree skiing in Oulx and Sansicario is perhaps Western Europe's best. Take some time to explore!

On the piste, with nearly half of the ski trails rated red, the Vialattea is generally an intermediates paradise. Steeper pistes in Montgenevre and Sestriere provide challenge for the more advanced. Three Olympic event pistes, two in Sestriere and one long run into Sansicario, will test everyone's strength speed and endurance. Beginners will find the best lifts and facilities at the high-altitude ski resorts of Sestriere and Montgenevre.

All the ski resorts that make up the Via Lattea provide a different ski experience and a journey through them is indeed a pleasurable voyage of discovery. The resorts are lift & piste linked except for a small section between Cesana & Sansicario where a gondola ride is the only option. If one can ignore or avoid the seriously pushy weekend lift queues and the few poorly designed lift & piste choke points in Oulx, all the skiing and snowboarding in the Via Lattea is great fun.

See the Via Lattea ski trail map here.

Where is the Via Lattea, Italy?

The Via Lattea is conveniently located in the Val di Susa, 79km west of Turin in Italy. Gateway international airports include Turin, Milan, Lyon and surprisingly, because of the direct train to Oulx, Paris and Geneva. Search & book private airport transfers direct to Oulx & Sestriere here.

The Vialattea gateway town is Oulx, only one hour by car from Turin via the E70 motorway. Oulx also has a major train and bus station with direct links to all parts of the ViaLattea ski region & nearby Briancon in France (part of the excellent Serre Chevalier ski resort).

Oulx is on the main TGV train line that runs between Paris and Turin (at least 3 trains per day). It is 1hr 12min by train from Turin's Porta Nuova station (trains every hour), around 5hr from Paris and less from Lyon.

See the Travel to Via Lattea page for more information.

Via Lattea Accommodation

If nothing else, the Vialattea is diverse and so is the accommodation. Old village areas like Oulx, Cesana and the high elevation border post town of Claviere ooze charm. The centrally located Cesana is the best place to explore the entire region.

Purpose built ski resort lodging & base areas at Sestriere, Sansicario & Sauze d’Oulx offer convenience & some good après ski sessions, but are generally charmless. Of the later three, Sauze d'Oulx is the least offensive, but Sestriere has the best services, accessibility plus variety of hotels & apartments.

The Via Lattea is generally lacking in high end (5 star) lodgings. If searching for such try Sestriere ski resort. A plethora of interesting little hamlets in the area offer more traditional guesthouse lodgings.

Search & book all Via Lattea ski accommodation here.

Across the border in France the high-altitude village of Montgenevre has the best combination of old village & new resort in a ski area with great diversity in its own right.

Search & book all Montgenevre ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available from our partners in the Vialattea villages of Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere, San Sicario (Cesana Torinese) & Montgenevre. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.

One BIG Reason to Ski the Via Lattea

A reiteration is perhaps required. The Via Lattea is far & away the best combination of size, terrain, snow & monetary value in the world. Yep we are calling it. We challenge anyone to throw up a reasonable challenger. Enough said!

Ski Tours in or near Via Lattea

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

La Grave-Sestriere Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Skiing between the French & Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
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USD 2,209
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Heli Skiing Tours

Heliski Val De Susa
2- 6 Days | 2 - 6 Nights | 5,000m vertical/day
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Heliski the powder laden Susa valley in Piedmont, Italy. Enjoy 4-5000m vertical a day with single descents of up to 1600m. Stay in beautiful accommodation at Sestriere ski resort. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,765
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