Ski holidays in the Milky Way

A ski holiday to the Milky Way includes over 400km of pisted runs to explore alongside a fantastic blend of Italian and French cuisine and culture. The ski area is full of character and with a huge variety on and off the piste including freestyle terrain, there’s something here to suit every snow lover at any budget on any type of holiday.

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The Milky Way at a glance
400km ski area 2 countries 8 resorts

Great for
Intermediates Families Groups

The Milky Way

The Milky Way or Via Lattea ski area sits on the Franco-Italian border offering skiers and snowboarders over 400km of rolling white piste with a backdrop of stunning panoramas. The high altitude of the peaks and varying slope orientation usually provide amazing conditions throughout the season.

The Milky Way lift pass gives you the freedom to roam the area so wherever you’re based you can easily explore neighbouring resorts. Every town exudes a different atmosphere making this the ideal base for any type of ski holiday. With the peak sitting at 2823m, Sestriere offers the highest altitude skiing for great snow through the season and some challenging Olympic runs. You can burn the candle at both ends at Sauze d’Oulx and explore the old cobbled streets for a taste of traditional Italy. Enjoy a charming mix of France and Italy at Claviere, find the best link to the entire ski area from Sansicario and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere on and off the piste alongside traditional alpine charm across the border in French resort, Montgenevre.

Turin airport is an easy 1-2 hour transfer to all the resorts and makes for a smooth journey to the piste. They are also accessible by train, change at Paris for the High speed to Oulx which is just a short transfer.

Whilst the Italian resorts may not exude the same alpine charm as their French and Austrian counterparts, they are full of character and rich in culture and what they lack off they make up for on the piste. With Italian resorts as a favourite among foodie’s this ski area lives up to high dining expectations. You can taste some of piedmonts finest Italian cuisine from traditional stone baked pizzas to cheesy fondues and creamy Panna cottas at the many restaurants scattered across the mountain.

stats & faq

Where:Franco-Italian border, Alps.
Ski Season: December to April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 95km 24%

  • 218km 55%

  • 87km 22%

No. Lifts:66
No. Runs:163
Cross country runs:50km
Highest Altitude:2823m
Lowest Altitude:1509m
Downhill Ski Runs:400km
Slope Orientation:NSEW
Beginner slopes:24%
Intermediate:55%
Advanced slopes:22%
Longest run:8km
Skiable Vertical:1466m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No
Ski pass:€180 (adult 6 day)
Resorts: Claviere, Montgenevre, Pragelato, Sansicario, Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere

Skiing in the Milky Way

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.

Après ski

The liveliest après scene can be found at Sauze d’Oulx, where there is a mix of old and new entertainment. The modern resort centre is abound with popular bars - ski straight in to Capanna Mulino for drinks before dancing the night away at Cotton Club. Sestriere is also popular for its dynamic yet laid-back nightlife for evenings spent in stylish cocktail bars - start at Pinky’s pizzeria as you come of the slopes and spend an evening with some delicious drinks at Bar Abba.

Italy is famous for its mouth-watering cuisine and The Milky Way ski area will not disappoint in this department. Try some local mountain delicacies such as cheesy fondues, stone grilled meats and traditional pizzas. You can’t miss the true Italian speciality- the Bombardino- a blend of hot brandy and advocaat as well as the traditional Italian chocolatta laced with grappa for that extra kick. A variety of restaurants from casual pizzerias to fine dining establishments are on offer to suit every group and every palate.

Claviere exudes a charming mix of France and Italy with the chance to taste some delicious cuisine. Pizzeria Kilt is known for having the best pizza in the area whilst on the mountain you can stop of at Chalet Monsoleil which is a favourite among foodies! Montgenevre offers a peaceful, family friendly après scene for casual pizza nights and laid-back evenings in cosy lounge areas and Sansicario is more suited to those focussed on the skiing aspect of their holiday for quiet nights winding down before long days on the slopes.

Alongside fine food and lively bars there are loads of non-ski activities to get involved in. Go on a snow-shoe excursion through the forest, try the Olympic Bobsleigh experience, ice skate and indulge in some luxury at one of the spa facilities.

When is best to ski Milky Way?

The high altitude and varying slope orientation makes for great skiing conditions throughout the season, which begins in December and usually runs through to April. The erratic snowfall of the Italian Alps is catered for with a number of snow making machines which provide extra coverage if mother nature is in short supply. As a popular area with families, holidays like Christmas, New Year, Half term and Easter are the busiest times – see below to find out what’s on during these weeks. The ski area fills up at the weekends with local Italians on their weekend breaks but in spite of this, the slopes are rarely overcrowded and even at peak times, lift queues are usually minimal.

Peak dates

Enjoy Christmas in the Milky Way skiing some fresh powder before spending festive evenings feasting on some exquisite French and Italian cuisine. With cosy accommodation for an intimate family Christmas and ski-in ski-out accommodation in the centre of the town, the Milky Way has everything to ensure a magical Christmas break. Browse the Milky Way Christmas ski holidays ‣

Toast in the New Year in the Milky Way surrounded by friends and family, with drinks in hand watching the sky alight with fireworks. Spend long days on the piste and long nights partying with central accommodation for doorstep skiing and après. Browse the Milky Way New Year ski holidays ‣

Soak in a lively atmosphere with loads to do on and off the piste at February Half Term in the Milky Way. Italians don’t have a half term so the Italian resorts are likely to be less crowded than their French counterparts with minimal lift queues. Great childcare facilities and a variety of après activities make the Milky Way perfect for every February getaway. Browse the Milky Way Half Term ski holidays ‣

Easter in the Milky Way means fantastic skiing conditions and a varied après scene for every type of holiday. Families can make the most of some excellent childcare facilities and accommodation on the doorstep of the slopes whilst groups can enjoy a varied après scene with accommodation to suit any group size. Browse the Milky Way Easter ski holidays ‣

Milky Way ski holidays
Clotes Apartments
Clotes Apartments
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £295
Hotel Derby
Hotel Derby
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £319
Hotel La Terrazza
Hotel La Terrazza
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £332
Hotel Sport
Hotel Sport
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £362
Hotel Villa Cary
Hotel Villa Cary
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £369
Chalet Rocher de L'Aigle
Chalet Rocher de L'Aigle
16 Dec 2016
Gatwick £415
Milky Way chalets
Chalet Rocher de L'Aigle
Chalet Rocher de L'Aigle
16 Dec 2016
Gatwick £415
Chalet Chaberton
Chalet Chaberton
02 Jan 2017
Gatwick £449
Chalet Le Valentin
Chalet Le Valentin
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £529
Chalet Genepy
Chalet Genepy
25 Mar 2017
Gatwick £559
Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea
Club Med Pragelato Via ...
26 Mar 2017
Without Flights £1055
Milky Way hotels
Hotel Derby
Hotel Derby
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £319
Hotel La Terrazza
Hotel La Terrazza
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £332
Hotel Sport
Hotel Sport
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £362
Hotel Villa Cary
Hotel Villa Cary
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £369
Hotel Savoia Debili
Hotel Savoia Debili
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £431
Hotel Biancaneve
Hotel Biancaneve
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £435
Milky Way apartment
Clotes Apartments
Clotes Apartments
26 Mar 2017
Gatwick £295
Hameau des Airelles Apartments
Hameau des Airelles Apa...
25 Mar 2017
Gatwick £429
Le Napoleon Apartments & Spa
Le Napoleon Apartments ...
25 Mar 2017
Gatwick £509
Banchetta Apartments
Banchetta Apartments
14 Jan 2017
Dover Ferry £529
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