La Voie Lactée

With over 400km of skiable pistes, this large ski area ranges between 1,350m and 2,825m in altitude. La Voie Lactée is made up of seven stations: Montgenèvre, Claviere, Cesana Torinese, Sestriere, Pragela, Sansicario and Sauze D’oulx. Sharing a border in the Italian county of Piedmont, La Voie Lactée benefits from a great mixture of French and Italian foods. There are 30 high-altitude restaurants throughout the area, which allow skiers to enjoy long sunny lunches without having to ski down the pistes.

La Voie Lactée tends to attract the rich and famous. The streets are filled with tourists and visitors shopping in the small boutiques and dining in luxury restaurants. Whether it’s because of the 244 ski slopes to choose from in the winter or the opportunity to play on the world’s highest 18-hole golf course in the summer, Vialattea is an incredibly popular destination, and particularly Sestriere.

Having hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the resorts are equipped with an abundance of state-of-the-art facilities (69 ski-lifting facilities). The Pattemouch-Anfitaetro cable car connects all the stations in the area with great speed and allows every village to benefit from the grand scale of this resort. Each village offers a great variety of runs in the winter, with 30 green runs, 54 blue run and 118 red runs throughout the area. Not only does La Voie Lactée offer a great and vast ski landscape, it attracts a great mix of skiers.

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Another fantastic offering from La Voie Lactée area is the opportunity to ski all night long with pistes in Sestriere being lit up all night.

The property market in La Voie Lactée

Sestriere is the most attractive village in the resort, with its great food and fantastic snow record; unfortunately, most of the accommodation seen in the village is consisted of dated apartment blocks, while the odd La Voie Lactée property for sale is often overlooked.

Some of the villages in the area are lesser known and much smaller, and properties such as ski chalets for sale and other style ski properties for sale can be found for a reasonable price. In the La Voie Lactée property market, a four-bedroom chalet at the foot of the Piedmont region can be found for nearly €1,500,000, whereas smaller apartments in the Montgenèvre village can be priced around €400,000.

How to Get There

By Train

The TGV stations that serve La Voie Lactée are Oulx in Italy or Briancon in France. The Briancon train station is only a short 15-minute drive from Montgenèvre. The Oulx station can be reached by numerous fast trains from Rome, Turin, Lyon and Paris.

By Air

Turin Airport is under an hour away from Montgenèvre and the other villages.

Weather

Spring / Summer

The weather in the summer is filled with sunshine and warmer than in most of the Alps. The average high temperature in the peak of summer is 25°C. The wettest months are April, May and June with an average of 9mm of rain per month.

Fall / Winter

During the winter, the region is lucky to see lots of heavy snowfall for shorter periods of time. It sees on average 90cm of snow each week between the months of December to April, but also lots of sunshine with an average of 3°C.

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