Over 400km of blanketed piste means there is something for every level of skier and snowboarder here. Having hosted the 2006 winter Olympics, the ski area benefitted from improved lifts and grooming systems so you can be sure of first-class skiing in the tracks of some of the world’s best athletes.
The ski areas are well suited to beginners with easy nursery slopes for first timers and there are some excellent ski schools where you can be sure of an exciting and fun introduction to the mountains. Special facilities for children are available and Sestriere and Montgenevre have kindergarten slopes dedicated to children’s learning. After gaining confidence, beginners can enjoy gentle blues to cruise with a number of wide open runs to practise those turns. From Montgenevre, beginners can enjoy a steady ride over to Claviere with the Monti della Luna pass.
Intermediates will find themselves in a playground of terrain as over 50% of the ski area is taken up by intermediate runs with reds being the main link between resorts. Scenic tree-lined runs make for an exciting ride sweeping in and out the trees and there is a good deal of more challenging terrain to try.
Those more confident can attempt the Olympic Kandahar and slalom runs at Sestriere or the women’s downhill at Sansicario. The opportunity is extended even further by the vast amount of off-piste with loads of untouched snow to explore and there is also a chance for the experts to try some heli-skiing.
Snow parks can be found at Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Montgenevre and Sansicario. At Sauze d’Oulx there is a basic park in the Sportinia area. The best and biggest are arguably at Sestriere - fully kitted with kickers, boxes, wall-rides and twist jumps and Montgenevre sporting a quarter pipe, projump and ropetow.