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The Via Lattea (Milky Way) in Italy has some cream for everyone!
The Via Lattea (Milky Way) in Italy has some cream for everyone!
The ViaLattea fully connects Sestriere by gondola to other resorts.
The ViaLattea fully connects Sestriere by gondola to other resorts.
Unique Sestriere, part of the Via Lattea.
Unique Sestriere, part of the Via Lattea.
Via Lattea is easily accessed by fast train to Oulx.
Via Lattea is easily accessed by fast train to Oulx.
Great off piste powder in the Via Lattea.
Great off piste powder in the Via Lattea.
A variety of terrain and resorts are in the Via Lattea - Montgenevre base.
A variety of terrain and resorts are in the Via Lattea - Montgenevre base.
The ski trail border crossing from France to Italy in the Via Lattea.
The ski trail border crossing from France to Italy in the Via Lattea.
Claviere, one of the Via Lattea's villages.
Claviere, one of the Via Lattea's villages.
Sansicario's massive terrain is part of the Via Lattea.
Sansicario's massive terrain is part of the Via Lattea.
A huge area of high alpine terrain awaits in the Via Lattea.
A huge area of high alpine terrain awaits in the Via Lattea.
Explore the local villages on the Giro (Tour) Della Via Lattea.
Explore the local villages on the Giro (Tour) Della Via Lattea.
Challenge yourself on the off-piste steeps at Sestriere.
Challenge yourself on the off-piste steeps at Sestriere.
Snowboarders will find loads of fun terrain in the ViaLattea.
Snowboarders will find loads of fun terrain in the ViaLattea.
Village of Montgenevre in France, part of the Via Lattea.
Village of Montgenevre in France, part of the Via Lattea.
Via Lattea easy powder lines in Oulx (Suaze d'Oulx).
Via Lattea easy powder lines in Oulx (Suaze d'Oulx).
Modern lifts connect the Via Lattea ski resorts of Cesana and Sansicario.
Modern lifts connect the Via Lattea ski resorts of Cesana and Sansicario.
All trails lead to somewhere in the Via Lattea.
All trails lead to somewhere in the Via Lattea.
Claviere's high altitude base area.
Claviere's high altitude base area.
Powder is untracked for days at the Via Lattea ski resorts.
Powder is untracked for days at the Via Lattea ski resorts.
It's not called the Milky Way for nothing!
It's not called the Milky Way for nothing!

Via Lattea

Via Lattea (The Milky Way) Ski Resort Italy / France

Follow the Milky Way (ViaLattea) for a grand ski adventure in the Val di Susa near Turin. The Via Lattea in Italy combines 6 ski resorts into the best value lift pass in Western Europe (possibly the world!).

On the Italian side, the brash, visually challenging Sestriere, the utilitarian Sansicario, lovely old Oulx (ski resort is referred to as Sauze d'Oulx), Claviere and Cesana, plus the purposeful Montgenevre just across the border in France, combine for the wonderfully diverse, interlinked ski region called the Via Lattea, or in English, The Milky Way.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Via Lattea Ski Area

Pros

  • Best value ski lift pass in Western Europe (& potentially the world);
  • Olympic standard piste trails throughout the ski area;
  • Massive terrain both on & off piste;
  • Heli-skiing, tree skiing & backcountry touring are very good;
  • Includes skiing at Montgenevre France (supplement on lift pass);
  • Quiet during the week;
  • Numerous après ski options;
  • Ski in ski out accommodation available;
  • Excellent mountain huts;
  • Access is excellent via fast train to Oulx or car/bus from Turin.

Cons

  • Some old outdated lift infrastructure;
  • Can get very busy on weekends & during holidays;
  • Snowboarders may not like the long traverses connecting different areas.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Many small, quiet villages;
  • Accommodation standard is generally lower than other major ski resorts;
  • Après can be quiet during the week.

Via Lattea Skiing & Snowboarding

The ViaLattea's bargain basement lift ticket provides Powderhounds with a plethora of sensational skiing & snowboarding. The off piste is the tastiest cream in the Milky Way. The ViaLattea's vast off piste, with powder stashes days after the last snowfall, includes fantastic larch forest tree skiing and quality high altitude alpine bowls. The tree skiing in Oulx and Sansicario is perhaps Western Europe's best. Take some time to explore!

On the piste, with nearly half of the ski trails rated red, the Vialattea is generally an intermediates paradise. Steeper pistes in Montgenevre and Sestriere provide challenge for the more advanced. Three Olympic event pistes, two in Sestriere and one long run into Sansicario, will test everyone's strength speed and endurance. Beginners will find the best lifts and facilities at the high altitude ski resorts of Sestriere and Montgenevre.

All the ski resorts that make up the Via Lattea provide a different ski experience and a journey through them is indeed a pleasurable journey of discovery. The resorts are lift and piste linked except a small section between Cesana and Sansicario where a gondola ride is the only option. If one can ignore or avoid the seriously pushy weekend lift queues and the few poorly designed lift and piste choke points in Oulx, all the skiing and snowboarding in the Vialattea is great fun.

Where is the ViaLattea, Italy?

The Via Lattea is conveniently located in the Val di Susa, 79km west of Turin in Italy. Gateway international airports include Turin, Milan, Lyon and surprisingly, because of the direct train to Oulx, Paris and Geneva.

The Via Lattea gateway town is Oulx, only one hour by car from Turin via the E70 motorway. Oulx also has a major train and bus station with direct links to all parts of the ViaLattea ski region and nearby Briancon in France (part of the excellent Serre Chevalier ski resort).

Oulx is on the main TGV train line that runs between Paris and Turin (at least 3 trains per day).  It is 1hr 12min by train from Turin's Porta Nuova station (trains every hour), around 5hr from Paris and less from Lyon.


Nearby Ski Resorts

The Oulx train and bus station provides easy links by train to the nearby ski resort Bardonecchia (12min train ride, leaves every hour) and also the huge number of Maurienne valley ski resorts in France via the gare (station) in Modane. South of the Oulx and the Vialattea via bus through Montgenevre is the vast Serre Chevalier ski resort.

Via Lattea Accommodation

The Via Lattea if nothing else is diverse and so is the accommodation. Old village areas like Oulx, Cesana and the high altitude border post town of Claviere ooze charm. Purpose built ski resort lodging and base areas at Sestriere, Sansicario and Sauze d’Oulx offer convenience and some good après ski sessions, but are generally charmless. Of the three, Suaze d'Oulx is the least offensive, but Sestriere has the best services, accessibility and variety of hotels and apartments.

The Via Lattea is generally lacking in high end (5 star) lodgings. If searching for such try Sestriere ski resort.

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Across the border in France the high altitude village of Montgenevre has the best combination of old village and new resort in a ski area with great diversity in its own right.

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Tours in or near Via Lattea

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,915
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Skiing between the French and Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
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Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Sauze d'Oulx
Sestriere
Montgenevre


    Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350 – 2823 (1473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Dec to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary (Via Lattea)
    Runs – 238 (400km)
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 47%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Via Lattea (Italian Ski Resorts)
    Adult - €37
    Child – from €8.50

    Via Lattea (incl. Montgenevre)
    Adult - €48