Via Lattea, which means “Milky Way” is a large ski centre, stretching at the Italian-French border, about 70 kilometres west of the city of Turin (Torino). Most of its territory lies on the Italian side, where are popular resorts like Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana, Claviere and Pragelato. On French territory you can find Montgenèvre resort. The area of Via Lattea became much known in 2006 when it hosted many competitions during Turin Winter Olympics, for example, Alpine, Nordic and acrobatic skiing or sledging.
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Area of Via Lattea boasts in total 400 km of ski slopes, which are situated in the mountains at an altitude of 1350 – 2823 meters above sea level. There are 200, mainly red, interconnected pistes, from which you definitely should not miss the Olympic slopes located in Sestriere or Sansicariu. Another resort of Pragelato is a place of the Olympic cross-country trails. You can try a total of 79 lifts here that are able to transport more than 105,000 skiers within an hour.
Via Lattea offers several snow parks, ski schools and have over 30 restaurants directly on the slopes. An offer of après-ski activities in the area of Via Lattea is fully sufficient thanks to shops, bars and restaurants where you can taste the specialties of delicious local cuisine. Those, who are even after returning from the skiing day still full of energy, can skate on ice rinks in the areas of Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx and Claviere.
One day ski pass costs €20, if you are coming for more days, it is better to buy a ski pass that can be used on all of the 400km of slopes. For such 6-day ski pass you should pay €231.
For further details visit official site of Via Lattea.
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