Via Lattea offers a choice of interconnecting high altitude ski resorts, breathtaking mountain scenery, an advanced lift system and over 400km of pisted runs, making it an ideal ski destination for skiers, boarders and other wintersports enthusiasts.
Italy's Via Lattea ski area is easily reached via nearest airport Turin (70km) and comprises the five Piedmontese resorts of Claviere (1760m), Pragelato (1518m), Sansicario (1700m), Sauze d'Oulx (1509m) and Sestriere (2035m).
Although mostly in Italy, the Via Lattea ski area stretches across the border between Italy and France and also includes the French ski resort of Montgenevre (1850m). A total of 400km of ski pistes are served by approximately 90 ski lifts operating between 1,350m and 2,800m. The resorts are also connected during the daytime by regular free bus services and although the ski areas at Claviere and Montgenevre are connected, getting to Clavier from other Via Lattea resorts is not so easy.
The Via Lattea was one of the host ski areas for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and many events including both alpine and Nordic skiing as well as bobsleigh, skeleton and luge took place in the Via Lattea.
A standard 6-day lift pass for one resort on the Italian side allows two free days skiing elsewhere in the Italian Via Lattea; otherwise, a supplement is payable, as it is for Montgenere. Day trips to the Serre Chevalier ski region near Briancon in France are also possible.