Snow in Piedmont, amidst sport, nature and fun
Skiing and... everything else. In Piedmont, "snow" means savouring the charm of winter by enjoying countless activities, sports and outdoor pastimes, designed to meet the needs of all mountain enthusiasts. In the Piedmont Alps you can find the right way to enjoy the fun side of winter, in spectacular environments that convey peace and well-being, for a nature-immersed experience. With over 1350 km of slopes and more than 50 ski areas, Piedmont is criss-crossed by a dense network of itineraries and routes for safe adventures of sledging and snowboarding, ski mountaineering and climbing on ridges and icefalls, energising walks with snowshoes or on the 'white tracks' of cross-country skiing trails. A wide variety of experiences that create a deep connection with the surrounding habitat. The alpine villages, peaks and fauna are perfect subjects for those who love photography and mountains, which have preserved their most authentic spirit.
The most extensive skiing area in north-western Italy is just outside Turin: ViaLattea, with 400 km of slopes (120 of them with artificial snow) that link Sestriere, Pragelato, Cesana-Sansicario, Claviere, Oulx, Sauze d'Oulx and the French Montgenèvre. The area regularly hosts World Cup competitions, and, amidst extensive pine forests and peaks, you can enjoy downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, bobsleighing, sledging and freestyle. If you are feeling in the spirit of the legendary “Last Trapper”, then dog sledding is just what you need to discover the surroundings of Sestriere.
100 kilometres of ski slopes in nearby Bardonecchia, which includes the two areas of Jafferau and the more extensive Colomion - Les Arnauds - Melezet, where you can reach the various interconnected hamlets on skis. There are many slopes in the woods in this area, where the artificial snowmaking system is particularly efficient and covers an extensive area. There are plenty of suitable winter activities for everyone: from snowboarding, which Bardonecchia is famous for, to cross-country skiing (22 kilometres of trails), to snowshoeing, from dog sledding to snow tubing, horse riding and the Alpine Coaster (in Bardonecchia), from snowmobiling to fatbiking on wide snow wheels, and - with snowfall - wonderful 'white' walks.
Moving on to the Alto Canavese area, the best way to start the winter season is to reach the Piedmont side of the Gran Paradiso National Park and discover the enchantment of the first natural area to be established in Italy (in 1922), get up close to the animals under the expert guidance of the park rangers, go into the woods with snowshoes or glide lightly and silently on cross-country or ski mountaineering skis. In Valle Pellice, in the heart of the Waldensian Valleys, a true classic for aficionados is the Villanova - Conca del Pra route, with arrival at the Jervis refuge, next to the path, which can be covered on foot and with snowshoes, that leads to the beautiful hut, transformed into the welcoming and modern Al Sap refuge.
In the Biellese Alps, winter means adventure in the Oropa and Bielmonte ski resorts, set in the Oasi Zegna Natural Park. 20 km of downhill and 20 km of cross-country slopes cater for experts and beginners alike. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the rolba run bobsled track, snowkite, sledging, skating, snowshoeing and a wide array of activities for future little champions.
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The spectacular views from the slopes of Mottarone, located between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, will take your breath away. Moving on to the Neveazzurra ski area, let start you explore the snowy heart of Ossola from Macugnaga to Formazza, from Domobianca (close to Domodossola town) to the Alpe Devero and San Domenico, along 150 km of slopes.
In the province of Cuneo, Limone Piemonte, Limonetto and Quota 1400 are the stars of the Riserva Bianca, the ski resort in the Maritime Alps, on the French border. 80 km of pistes meander through the beautiful valley basin that connects three valleys, ideal for both experts and beginners, snowshoeing and off-piste enthusiasts. In the province of Cuneo, enjoy Artesina, Prato Nevoso and Frabosa Soprana in the vast ski area of Mondolè Ski, where to live a dynamic sport experience thanks to a single “hands-free” skipass for more than 130 km of downhill and cross-country skiing slopes with thrilling challenges for freestylers in the Prato Nevoso Snowpark, an oasis for extreme snow adventures. Kids deserve fun and entertainment and the ski resort offers a lot of activities for an unforgettable winter holiday.
In Valsesia, the Monterosa Ski resort is a truly global ski resort along the slopes of the Monte Rosa, with over 180 km of slopes connecting Piemonte and the Aosta Valley. Loved by mountaineering enthusiasts and those who prefer ungroomed snow, Alagna is the freeride paradise, which will conquer you with its pristine nature. Alpe di Mera-Scopello is the perfect alternative for those who prefer to live “slow” the mountain, surrounded by relax and tranquility.