We’re all different when it comes to skiing – some of us like a quiet resort, others can’t wait to get the party started. Some of us are happy cruising blues, others want to get stuck into the powder. Some of us will ski all day, others enjoy a long lunch and several hot chocolate stops.
The Milky Way, which straddles the Italian/French border, is a destination for everyone, enabling you to ski two countries in one day and enjoy top-class Italian hospitality and traditional French style. And the Milky Way is the second-largest ski area in Italy. Its four main resorts – Claviere, Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx in Italy, and Montgenèvre in France – are very different in character, and there’s sure to be a Milky Way to suit you. With Crystal Ski, four into one does go!
Claviere – family choice
Quiet Italian border village with bags of charm. Great for families with a short transfer of 1hr 45 mins and Crystal Childcare based in the resort. Skiing is a mix of high, open slopes and lower, wooded runs – mostly reds and lower-gradient black slopes.
Sestriere – the all rounder
Purpose-built by Fiat for its workers back in the 1930s, Sestriere is the highest resort in the Milky Way. Après is low-key but there’s a handful of bars and clubs open until the early hours. Home to the Ski World Cup, but with slopes for all abilities.
Sauze d’Oulx – party central
The liveliest of the Milky Way resorts, it has après bars for everyone, a great mix of restaurants and several late-night bars and clubs for those wanting to dance the night away. On the slopes, there’s a mix for all abilities, including challenging pistes and off-piste.
Montgenèvre – sunny side up
Just over the French border, Montgenèvre boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. Pretty and with a traditional French alpine feel, it has good bars and restaurants. Wide runs at village level for beginners, tree-lined treats for intermediates and exciting off-piste for experts.
To find out more about holidays in the Milky Way, visit crystalski.co.uk