Italian-French ski area embracing six different resorts
The Milky Way, or Via Lattea, straddles France and Italy and consists of six separate ski resorts offering something for everyone. It embraces 400km of combined slopes, and Sestriere is the highest resort at 2035m. It was in fact Europe’s first purpose-built resort and has excellent snow-making, as well as being high and the best base for exploring the Milky Way.
There are steep pistes and moguls for experts and some decent off-piste, while confident intermediates have plenty to entertain them.
Pragelato is 500m below Sestriere, fully linked in by cable car, and is a more charming base than purpose-built Sestriere. The village hosted the ski jump and cross country events at the Turin Olympics in 2006.
Italian ski resorts are the place to be for non-skiers, given the Italians’ love of relaxing and watching the world go by. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to sit at, as well as smart shops to check out up in Sestriere.
Sestriere also has a sports centre and pool as well as fitness centre and ice rink, and you can easily do day trips to Turin just 100km away.