Snow in Piedmont: your dream holiday
One thousand three hundred fifty kilometres of slopes, over fifty ski resorts, fourteen snow parks, first-class accommodation, state-of-the-art facilities and a highly developed system of mountain refuges: the Piedmont Alps feature breath-taking surroundings and immersive outdoor experiences set against a powdery white wonderland. From the Cuneo valleys, with their distinctive pyramid-shaped silhouette of the Monviso, to the Turin Alps; from the Biella area to the Monte Rosa massif and the pristine landscapes of the Ossola area: a natural paradise both for skiers, snowboarders and freeriders, as well as for anyone looking for leisurely outings with family and friends, for a day on the snow with the kids, for enchanted cross-country skiing trails through the woods and the opportunity to discover authentic mountain villages.
Besides, we also provide a great welcome to ensure that you can relax and enjoy great food and various winter activities.
The Turin Alps: world-class pistes and ancient villages
At a stone's throw from Turin, the Via Lattea is north-western Italy's most extensive ski area. Its 400 kilometres of pistes (120 kilometres of snow-making facilities) connect Sestriere, Pragelato Cesana-Sansicario, Claviere, Oulx, Sauze d'Oulx and Montgenèvre in France. Among vast pine forests and snowy peaks, you can enjoy downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, bobsleighing, sledding and freestyle skiing. If you feel inspired by the fabled spirit of the Great North, then dog sledding is the ideal way to explore the area surrounding Sestriere.
Nearby, Bardonecchia has 100 kilometres of ski slopes divided into two districts: Jafferau, on the upper reaches, and Colomion-Les Arnauds-Melezet, from where one can ski to neighbouring villages and hamlets. Many pistes run through wooded areas, and an ample range of winter activities caters to all tastes: from snowboarding, for which Bardonecchia is famed, to cross-country skiing (22 kilometres of trails), snowshoeing, dog sledding, snow tubing, horse riding and the Alpine Coaster, snowmobiling and fat biking.
Turning to the Alto Canavese (Upper Canavese) area, a perfect start to the winter season would be to head to the Piedmont side of the Gran Paradiso National Park and experience the wonders of the first natural area to be established in Italy (in 1922). You could enjoy close encounters with its animals under the expert supervision of park rangers, snowshoe through the woods or slide lightly and silently across the slopes while cross-country skiing or ski touring. Nor should one overlook Turin’s Small Ski Resorts, unspoilt oases in the Lanzo, Susa, Sangone and Chisone-Germanasca valleys. In Valle Pellice, deep in the heart of the Valli Valdesi (Waldensian Valleys), the classic Villanova - Conca del Pra trail leads up to the Jervis refuge, while another classic is the trail up to the recent Al Sap refuge.
The Biella Alps: a terrace over the Po Valley
This all-round destination is particularly child-friendly. Oropa and Bielmonte, in the Parco Naturale Oasi Zegna (Oasi Zegna Natural Park), have chosen the perfect slogan to convey a “slow” approach: “Walk, breathe, learn, dream”. This heavenly corner of the Biella Alps is a natural terrace on the Po Valley, with unforgettable views to inspire even the most contemplative visitors. Here, in the eastern part of the Biella Alps, there is a wealth of options for expert skiers and beginners alike. With 20 kilometres of downhill runs and 20 kilometres of cross-country trails, the pristine Val Sessera enjoys a natural southerly exposure and abounds in opportunities to combine skiing with snowshoeing, ice skating and much more. Choose between the 650-metre Rolla Run from the summit of Monte Marca, kite skiing, sledding, skating, snowshoeing and even snowkiting with a snowboard.
Neve Azzurra-Verbano Cusio Ossola: enjoy skiing with views over the lakes
Between Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo and the Ossola Valleys, the Neveazzurra area comprises 16 sites and nine valleys with outstanding views and countless opportunities for sport and fun. Here, for example, one can enjoy incomparable views over the lakes while skiing down the runs of the Mottarone and Pian di Sole.
One can explore the area below the Monte Rosa massif on skis or snowshoes and reach Macugnaga with its two ski areas, Belvedere and Monte Moro.
Cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities. Formazza and Alpe Devero are also located in the Ossola area's snow-covered interior. Domobianca, just ten kilometres from Domodossola, combines cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding. Lastly, San Domenico di Varzo, nestled deep in the Lepontine Alps, features Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and lengthy off-piste excursions at altitudes between 1,400 and 2,550 metres.
The Cuneo Alps: gems set between the mountains and the sea
The winter sports district around Cuneo is a gem embedded between the mountains and the sea and a true paradise for anyone seeking an active lifestyle and nature. Limone Piemonte and Limonetto are the highlights of the Riserva Bianca, the natural snow covered area of the Maritime Alps at the border with France. The magnificent wide valley connecting three valleys features over 80 kilometres of pistes and itineraries for all levels of downhill skiers, snowshoe hikers and off-piste skiers: 56 kilometres of pistes for pure downhill skiing, and scenic slopes providing skiing at a good technical level. The Pancani piste, for instance, is over two kilometres long and ensures prolonged and continuous skiing. The Del Sole and Limone 1,400 ski school slopes are ideal for beginners and children, while the Gogolandia village, near the arrival of the Severino Bottero al Sole cable car, features snow tubing and other inflatable activities. In the vast Mondolè Ski area, which includes Artesina, Prato Nevoso and Frabosa Soprana, a single, hands-free ski pass ensures dynamic skiing over one hundred and thirty kilometres of pistes. There are also fantastic freestyle options to experiment at the Prato Nevoso snowpark, an extreme snow sports venue. The resort also features night skiing on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 pm to 11 pm, and every evening during the Christmas holidays. The valleys also provide many engaging activities for junior sports lovers: family-friendly resorts include Entracque, Lurisia, San Giacomo Cardini Ski, Viola St. Gree, Argentera and Rucaski. In Ponte Chianale, the “Daniele Roux”, high-altitude cross-country skiing trail comprises medium-difficulty loops; two are three and two are four kilometres in length. Sampeyre is also a starting point for several ascents and ski touring itineraries.
Valsesia Monterosa: a combination of freeriding and taking it easy
In the Valsesia region, the Monterosa Ski area has become a truly global ski resort that extends along the slopes of Monte Rosa, offering over 180 kilometres of pistes that connect Piedmont and the Aosta Valley. Alagna is popular with snowboarders and off-piste enthusiasts and is known as “Freeriders’ Paradise” due to the breadth of its scenery and the beauty of its unspoilt landscape, immersed in silence or the sounds of nature. Skiing alternatives abound: from ice climbing to telemark skiing, an age-old technique of skiing with a free heel, which originated in the ancient Norwegian county by the same name. Other alternatives are cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for anyone looking for a relaxing and immersive contact with the mountains while listening to the sound of ones snowshoes sinking into the snow. Alpe di Mera – Scopello is an ideal, relaxing and peaceful alternative: an oasis of calm and tranquillity: the perfect option for whoever would like to discover the mountains at a slower pace.