Via Lattea Ski Region

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 Region

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Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Cesana Sansicario
Claviere
Montgenèvre
Sauze d'Oulx
Sestriere

    Vialattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350 – 2,823m (1,473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to late April
    9:00am - 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 Ski Resort Italy / France

Follow the Milky Way for a grand ski adventure in the Val di Susa near Turin Italy. The Via Lattea combines 5 ski resorts into the best value lift pass in Western Europe & possibly the world!

On the Italian side, the brash & visually challenging Sestriere, lovely old Oulx with its higher elevation (& tired looking!) ski resort village of Sauze d'Oulx, traditional & perfectly located Cesana links beautifully to the utilitarian Sansicario & beautiful, snow-sure Claviere, plus magnificent 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

Pros

  • Best value ski lift pass in western Europe (& potentially the world).
  • High elevation, snow-sure base villages (particularly Sestriere, Montgenevre & Claviere)
  • Long, Olympic standard piste trails throughout the ski area.
  • Massive terrain both on & off piste.
  • Heli-skiing, tree skiing & backcountry touring is exceptionally good.
  • Includes international 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.
  • Public transport access is fabulous via fast train to Oulx or car/bus from Turin.

Cons

  • Some old, outdated lift infrastructure.
  • Snow in some low elevation, south-facing areas can be poor.
  • Busy on weekends & during school holidays.
  • Snowboarders may not like the long traverses connecting different areas.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Many small, quiet villages of varying architectural styles – choose wisely.
  • Accommodation standard (in the Italian sector) is generally lower than similar sized ski resorts.
  • Après can be quiet during the week.

Skiing & Snowboarding Lifts & Terrain

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. 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 Sauze d'Oulx and Sansicario is amongst western Europe's best. The high alpine zones of Montgenèvre & Claviere provide excellent freeride & backcountry options amongst the Monti delle Luna (Mountains of the Moon) & deeper into France around Le Chalvet. Take some time to explore!

On the piste, with nearly half of the gargantuan 400km of ski trails rated red, the Vialattea is an intermediate’s paradise. Steeper pistes in Montgenevre & Sestriere provide challenge for the more advanced. Three Olympic event pistes, two in Sestriere and one super-long run into Sansicario, will test everyone's strength, speed & endurance. Beginners will find the best lifts, trails and facilities at the high-altitude ski resorts of Sestriere & Montgenevre and the long cruisy trails at Claviere.

See the Via Lattea ski trail map here.

All the ski resorts that make up the Via Lattea provide a different riding experience and a journey through them is indeed a pleasurable voyage of discovery. The resorts are fully lift AND piste trail linked except for a low elevation section in the valley near the village of Cesana Torinese, where a gondola or chairlift ride is the only option. If one can ignore or avoid the seriously pushy weekend lift queues & the few poorly designed lift & piste choke points in Sauze d'Oulx, all the skiing and snowboarding in the Via Lattea is great fun.

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 (TRN), Milan (MXP), Lyon (LYS) and surprisingly (because of the direct train to Oulx), Paris (CDG) & Geneva (GVA). Search & book private airport transfers direct to Oulx, Sestriere or other locations 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. Older 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 is looking worn), 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 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 lodgings in a ski area with great variety in its own right.

Search & book all Montgenevre ski accommodation here.

Until we complete a more detailed Accommodation Info page for the Via Lattea, see the individual resort pages for more information on the best places to stay.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available from our partners at Skiset in the Vialattea villages of Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere, Sansicario (Cesana Torinese) & Montgenevre. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Via Lattea ski or snowboard rentals page.

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 priced challenger. Enough said!

Review

The Powderhounds have visited the Via Lattea on numerous occasions, most recently in season 2020. We always have fun, safe in the knowledge that we have not had to re-mortgage the house to do it! Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read the latest inciteful & witty prose!

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Ski Tours in or near Via Lattea

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

La Grave-Sestriere Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, min group of 7 on an 8 day trip.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,229
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