As the early winter cold blows in and the peaks become dusted with snow, it’s time to start planning your winter skiing break with your family, or perhaps a weekend away on the slopes with friends
15 Jan 2022
Do you want a weekend where you can easily reach the mountains but you don't know where to go? We recommend Turin. This magical city, so full of things to do, lies at the foot of the Alps, making it a perfect base for mountain-based activities such as skiing just a handful of kilometres away.
Here’s a list of ski resorts for you to try out within easy reach of Turin.
Ski slopes for enthusiasts and amateurs, constant snow cover all winter-long, and a wide variety of tourist solutions on offer... These are just some of the reasons why so many people consider Sestriere to be a “skier’s paradise”. Cross-country skiers enjoy many kilometres of groomed trails, including the beautifully sunny, panoramic trails at Monte Rotta. Ski mountaineering lovers also find what they want: an ascent of Rognosa del Sestriere, a springtime classic, or the ascent of Monte Banchetta in early winter or spring, when the lifts and slopes are closed.
Between the upper Susa Valley and the upper Chisone Valley just a few hours from Turin, 2000-meters-above sea-level Sestriere is one of Piedmont’s most famous and popular ski resorts.
A typical mountain village with narrow streets sloping down to the valley towards the Vermenagna River, a mountainside ideal for a beautiful stroll... Last but not least, (over eighty) kilometres of slopes of all types and difficulties that have been attracting tourists for years from all over the world... This is Limone Piemonte, a famous tourist resort and winter destination reachable in less than two hours’ drive from Turin.
Besides downhill skiing, Limone has a snowpark, the Limonetto basin, and a Kinder Park for little skiers, making it a perfect destination for the whole family this winter.
In 2006, Bardonecchia was an Olympic City during the Turin Winter Olympics held that year. Since then, it has maintained its reputation as a ski resort that combines relaxation, discovery and adventure. And of course, loads of ski slopes. Did you know that Bardonecchia built its first ski lift in the Val di Susa as far back as 1934? Since then, many more have gone up: today, the resort’s 23 ski lifts cover more than a hundred kilometres of downhill skiing.
If you’d like some time away from the pistes, we suggest a visit to the Fortress of Bramafam, an age-old castle that defended Bardonecchia in ancient times, and which today is a museum. The beautiful Palazzo delle Feste, a Liberty-style building built in 1913, is also well worth a visit.
Renowned for its cross-country skiing and home to top-level international competitions, Brusson, in the Aosta Valley, is less than two hours from Turin by car. In the wintertime, Brusson is a skier’s paradise, with over 30 km of slopes at up to 2000 meters in Estoul, a typical mountain village that also offers downhill slopes.
But that’s not all. If you come to Brusson for a getaway ski weekend, we recommend a visit to the gold mines at Chamousira: its rebuilt structure offers amazing panoramic views out over the Val d’Ayas, hosting a journey of discovery to the evocative underground world of the gold mines of Brusson. The kids are gonna love it!
Where to stay in Turin
For your weekend on the slopes, Principi di Piemonte | UNA Esperienze in Turin is a historic five-star hotel located in a privileged position in the city, perfect for striking out to these great ski destinations. A symbol of ancient splendour, the hotel occupies an imposing, rationalist-style building that is one of Turin’s most refined architectural jewels, featuring the famous Salone delle Feste with its mosaics by Venini and flagship Murano chandeliers.