Skiing in Italy is a more relaxed affair compared to the country’s Alpine neighbours. Take your pick from top-class snow and high-quality slopes that will satisfy all abilities. In northwestern Italy, the many ski resorts and villages situated throughout the Italian Alps are linked, creating 400km of trails called Via Lattea (Milky Way).
Sestriere is one of the country’s largest ski resorts, surrounded by mountains and only 17km from the French border. It gained international recognition after hosting many alpine skiing events in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Sestriere’s high altitude yields quality snow for its 35 runs, many of them for intermediate skiers. The resort offers floodlit night skiing, and plenty of après-ski Italian restaurants and bars. For a break from the slopes, there’s an open-air ice rink with gorgeous mountain views.
For more social options, visit the nearby town of Sauze d’Oulx, which hosted freestyle skiing events in the 2006 Winter Olympics. The resort is popular for its lively après-ski scene; however, in recent years it’s begun to attract more couples and families too.
For a good value, high quality ski holiday with a chilled-out vibe, book your trip to Italy through Thomas Cook today.