Piedmont is world famous for its skiing. The best of Italy's ski resorts are to be found here.
Turin was, for good reason, the host city for the 2006 Winter Olympics; the city lies within 30 kilometers of some of the best ski resorts on earth. The great thing about the Piedmont ski resorts is that they are so easy to get to, meaning that you can easily organize your own holiday, so forget about that ski package. Simply book a flight into Turin or Milan (try Kayak for the best deals) and then book yourself a hotel in a town like Bardonecchia.
To get from Turin to the ski resort, I would suggest you hire a car. I have always found it cheaper to rent the car before you leave than at the airport on arrival. Try these guys for good deals.
There are various routes you can take, here are a few suggestions:
Bardonecchia and Sestriere are the two most famous Italian ski towns, and in many ways best of all Italian resorts. These two towns are great gateways to discovering Piedmont and, with their exceptional ski facilities, both resorts cater to skiers of all skill levels, ensuring an unforgettable experience on the slopes. Embrace the thrill of skiing amidst the stunning backdrop of Piedmont's breathtaking landscapes, and let these vibrant towns be your starting point for a remarkable exploration of the region's rich culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality.
Sauze d’Oulx, not far from Sestriere, is one of the oldest ski resorts in Piedmont and is ideal for those of beginner or intermediate level. With its gentle slopes and welcoming atmosphere, it is an ideal destination for beginners and intermediate skiers.
Claviere is a delightful resort with over 400 kilometers of slopes. It is part of the expansive Milky Way ski area, which encompasses several resorts and offers an impressive network of interconnected slopes. Claviere's picturesque setting, nestled amidst snow-capped peaks and dense pine forests, is fabulous, and its cozy, traditional Alpine village atmosphere makes it an ideal destination for families and those seeking a relaxed skiing experience.
There are many lesser known ski areas of Piedmont:
The Valli del Cunese home to the wonderful village of Limone is one of my favorite ski resorts. It is a delightful little Piedmont mountain town and offers breathtaking alpine scenery, diverse slopes, and a charming village ambiance.
For off-piste skiing and Italy's highest ski lift, Alagna is a good choice. You'll find Alagna on the slopes of Monte Rosa; the village is still virtually undiscovered and offers superb skiing, climbing, hiking and much more. Alagna is kind of a model resort in that it is a ski resort while at the same time being a village that maintains its very unique character. Alagna really is a funny little place with hearty foods and a very strange medieval language. No one in Italy has a clue what they are talking about but it is a joy to discover a town that has retained its traditions and unique language. Come for the skiing and stay longer for the experience.
With its expansive ski areas, world-class resorts, reliable snow conditions, scenic beauty, and vibrant culture, Piedmont stands as the ultimate ski choice in Italy, captivating skiers from around the world with its irresistible charm and exhilarating slopes.