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Sitting at the heart of the Milky Way with 400km of piste at its doorstep, Sansicario is the ideal base for skiers wanting to explore the network of slopes making up the Italian Via Lattea. A laid-back piste, relaxed après and friendly atmosphere means everyone can relax and enjoy the snow at this family-friendly resort.





At a glance: • Heart of the Milky Way • Featured in 2006 Olympics • 400km ski area • Quiet, relaxed atmosphere

Great for: • Large ski area • Intermediates • Families • Couples

Sitting at the heart of the Milky Way with 400km of piste at its doorstep, Sansicario is the ideal base for skiers wanting to explore the network of slopes making up the Italian Via Lattea. A laid-back piste, relaxed après and friendly atmosphere means everyone can relax and enjoy the snow at this family-friendly resort.


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Sansicario Resort

Sitting right at the heart of the Milky Way, this quiet town is best suited to a quiet retreat for those focussed on getting straight out on the piste for the world-class Snowsports opportunity of the area.

A blend of traditional architecture and purpose built properties surrounded by some lovely woodland, Sansicario is a two hour transfer from Turin airport and can also be reached by the train to Oulx from which it’s a short transfer.

While this isn’t as big and thriving as other resorts, what atmosphere is lacking in the town is more than made up for on the mountain. The lift and snowmaking systems were recently improved when Sansicario hosted various events in the 2006 Winter Olympics including the women’s downhill – which illustrates the world class skiing that can be enjoyed here.

Sansicario’s main attraction is its excellent ski links to the rest of the Milky Way with its 400km of skiable runs for every level of skier and snowboarder. The Milky Way ski pass gives you the freedom to venture to the neighbouring resorts of Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Claviere and you can ski or take the bubble directly over to these. Good road connections mean you can easily venture out to explore these resorts to sample their charming culture and cuisine.

As well as being ideal for the keen skiers, non-skiers will always find something to do. The Olympic bobsleigh is a must for an unforgettable thrill and you can explore further afield on a snowshoe excursion.

The relaxed atmosphere and quiet nightlife here makes it perfect for those wanting laid-back evenings in cosy accommodation to prepare them for long days on the piste. You can’t miss out on sampling the mouth-watering Italian cuisine while you’re here which can be enjoyed in restaurants in the town and on the mountain.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Italian Alps.

Established: 1930’s

Open: December-April

Downhill: 400km

View our detailed Sansicario snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Sansicario snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Turin90 km, 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 95km 24%

  • 218km 55%

  • 87km 22%

Top Altitude:2424m(Milky Way 2823m)
Bottom Altitude:1700m
Resort Altitude:1700m
Longest run:8km
Slope Orientation:South
Vertical Drop:795m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No

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Downhill Runs:400km
Beginner slopes:24%
Advanced slopes:22%
Lift Pass Price: € 180,00 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Milky Way, Claviere, Montgenevre, Pragelato, Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Sansicario

Surrounded by 400km of the legendary Italian Milky way, skiers and snowboarders from beginners to pro’s have all kinds of terrain to explore here.

Highly rated ski schools and a number of gentle blues means that the area caters well for beginners. After gaining confidence, beginners can enjoy some steady runs sweeping through the trees and the leisurely pace of the slopes makes this an ideal place for those just finding their feet.

With seemingly endless red pistes, the slopes are an intermediates white haven. Red runs connect skiers directly to the neighbouring resorts - from Mount Fraiteve take the red 80 for a thrilling ride into Sestriere where you’ll find a host of challenging piste or take the red 35 to join gentle blue 37 descending in to Sauze.

Around the resort, there are a number of long windy reds and short steeper descents to enjoy. Conditions are good for snowboarders who can enjoy the variety of terrain throughout the neighbouring resorts and some good carving snow on the wide red runs.

Advanced skiers can test their abilities on more challenging tracks like the Olympic runs. Take the women’s downhill from Mount Fraiteve back to the resort or ski the black 82 over to Sestriere to find the Kandahar Olympic runs and the men’s alpine track along with some more challenging terrain.

The enormous terrain means there is some exciting off-piste to be found, head to the southern ridge of Sansicario to explore the freeriding tracks through the forest and to the top of Mount Banchetta for some more untouched snow.

For freestyling, seek out some natural hits, jumps and banks or head over to the nearest snow park at Sestriere where you’ll find rails, jumps and a fun box.

Sansicario Apres Ski

The quiet, laid back après ski here caters perfectly for those wanting relaxed evenings to wind down ready for an early start to a day on the piste. You’ll find most of evenings entertainments centred around laid-back evenings in cosy lounge areas with drinks at your hotel bar. For families with young children, some hotels have excellent childcare services and kids clubs, allowing you to enjoy a few quiet evening drinks whilst the younger ones are supervised and entertained.

The town has a very traditional Italian atmosphere and you can soak up this charming culture by indulging in some delicious delicacies of the mountain. On the piste, Soleil Boeuf is the perfect lunch spot to warm up with a chocolatta and fuel the rest of your day on some hearty Italian food. In the resort centre, Enoteca is one of the best restaurants for traditional Italian cuisine alongside a delicious wine menu. Taste more of the Italian mountains at Da Serafina which can be found on the pass between Cesana and Sansicario.

There are loads of other activities for evenings and non-skiers such as swimming at the heated pool, skating at the ice rink or heading to the shops. The spa facilities offer that touch of luxury where you can allow yourself some pampering and lounge in the sauna to relieve those aching muscles. Adrenaline junkies can try out the Olympic bobsleigh, a thrilling ride not to be missed and those looking for an adventure can take a snowshoe excursion through the woods.

Sansicario’s prime location at the centre of the Milky Way means it’s also really easy to explore the neighbouring resorts. Take a trip over the border to Montgenevre or the historic walled town of Briancon, or soak up some of the lively après at Sauze D’Oulx.

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Best time to ski Sansicario

When is the best time to ski Sansicario?

High altitude skiing means that conditions are good throughout the season, offering some perfectly groomed terrain to explore. As a popular family resort, the ski area is busier during holiday times such as Christmas, February half term and Easter but queues are still minimal, especially at half-term when Italians don’t get a school holiday so the piste is a little quieter. High snow-fall during the winter period means an enormous amount of fresh snow and high altitudes at Sansicario and its neighbours Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere means Easter also has great skiing conditions.

Peak Dates

Christmas at an Italian ski resort means amazing food, friendly atmosphere and warming Bombardino’s and Christmas in Sansicario means just that on a stunning backdrop of the Italian Alps. Browse Sansicario Christmas ski holidays ‣

See in the New Year in Sansicario by getting straight out on the piste on New Year’s Day. Enjoy feasting at a cosy hotel and drinking with friends and family for a completely relaxed start to the year. Browse Sansicario New Year ski holidays ‣

An unhurried pace on the slopes and minimal lift queues can be enjoyed during February Half Term in Sansicario. Beginners can enjoy the steady blues whilst the keener skiers can venture further afield on the Milky Way. Browse Sansicario Half Term ski holidays ‣

Excellent childcare and a friendly, peaceful atmosphere makes Easter in Sansicario ideal for a family getaway to the mountain. With loads of variety on and off the piste it is great for the whole family. Browse Sansicario Easter ski holidays ‣

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Families in Sansicario

Families are really well catered for at this friendly resort both on and off the snow. The highly rated ski school offer an excellent introduction to the slopes for the younger ones and nursery slopes give beginners a peaceful atmosphere to learn in. Whilst the younger ones are finding their feet at ski school, the keener skiers can take off to explore more of the Milky Way which is connected by intermediate runs for more perfectly groomed terrain to explore. For a leisurely family ski, there are a number of gentle blue runs to cruise down winding in and out of the trees as well as are some wide open runs to brush up on those parallel turns. Any non-skiers in the family can spend the day at the shops in the pool or stay in one of our luxury hotels for a day of pampering. The Olympic bobsleigh experience shouldn’t be missed and is a thrilling ride for the adrenaline junkie. There are loads of activities such as swimming and ice skating for the whole family to get involved in when the ski’s come off.

Accommodation is well suited to a family holiday, with children’s clubs available and catered accommodation for easy meal times - ask us about the best hotels with childcare. Busses run regularly from the accommodation to the ski lifts so it is really easy for everyone to get out on the snow in the morning. As soon as the ski’s are off you can relax in the comfortable lounge areas, take a swim if you book a hotel with a pool and enjoy some wonderful food put on by the hotel. The relaxed après-scene mostly takes place in the hotels so parents can be nearby sleeping children while enjoying some quiet drinks.

All our deals are below so you can find the best option to suit you. Our holidays come with flights and transfers included giving you an easy journey to the slopes. If you have a different travel preference you can have a look at our self drive and accommodation only options - give us a call to do all the hard work for you.

GroupsGroup Holidays Sansicario

Our accommodation in large properties like Hotel Majestic is well suited to groups who may have stragglers booking at later dates. Enjoy the opportunity to spend your evenings swimming in heated pools or relaxing at wellness facilities if you pick one of our luxury hotels. The après-scene in the resort is very laid-back and most takes place at in the hotels which makes our hotels with on-site bars ideal for keen skiers wanting to spend their evenings winding down with quiet drinks before they’re straight out on the slopes in the morning.

Browse all our group packages below or call us with your preferences to do all the hard work for you. Our best packages come with flights and transfers or channel crossings included. If members are travelling from different locations or have different travel preferences you can browse our accommodation-only options.

With 400km off terrain to explore throughout the Milky Way, groups of skiers and snowboarders will have an amazing retreat to the slopes. Any beginners can steady their skis with the help of one of the ski schools and get the Sansicario lift to enjoy some more gentle blue runs. Intermediate and advanced skiers of the group have a never-ending playground of red runs to venture to. Before brushing up on technique at the main ski area, venture up to Mount Fraiteve where you can take the red 80 over to Sestriere for more Olympic runs and challenging terrain, skiing the red Cresta or black Canale Cono toward Sauze d’Oulx to head down towards a mountain bar to fuel up on Bombardino’s and hot chocolates laced with Grappa.

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