Via Lattea (Milky Way) in the Susa Valley in Piemonte, Italy

Via Lattea ski area in ItalyThe Via Lattea ski area (Italian for Milky Way) is vast in size and it is the largest international ski area in Europe that connects Italy with France – it is larger than Val d’Isere and Tignes added together. Via Lattea consists of Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, San Sicario, Cesana, Claviere, Pragelato and across to the French ski resort of Montgenèvre. It offers over 200 runs and about 400 km of pistes that are located between 1350m to 2800m in altitude. If that isn’t enough, you have the 2006 Winter Olympic snowboarding resort of Bardonecchia with its snow park and halfpipe, just a short drive away.

At Via Lattea, you can ski on the slopes of Olympic champions and it was host to the skiing events of the 20th Winter Olympic Games at Turin 2006. Via Lattea has state-of-the-art ski lifts, technical pistes and many pieces of enhanced and high-tech snowmaking equipment – over 60% of the pisted areas are serviced by permanent snow cannons to ensure a perfect ski season, every year.

Via Lattea Piste MapVia Lattea is famous for its large open spaces, panoramic views and the characteristic villages of modern ski chalets and hotels equipped with all the comforts and leisure associated with present-day skiing holidays. The sheer variety of the ski area is able to satisfy both the most demanding skier or snowboarder or those just entering the world of skiing for the very first time as a beginner.

For snowboard and ski-cross enthusiasts, fully equipped snowparks are available for jibbing and jumping. More experienced skiers can also have fun on the moguls and on countless freeride routes. Via Lattea is also fantastic for children with several baby parks, and children are more than welcome in all bars and restaurants, well into the evening. For lovers of great Italian (and French) food, there are well over 30 mountain restaurants where to enjoy your lunchtime breaks.