Milky Road, inexpensive!
Frankly speaking, Italy could have had everything smaller. Sicilian gelato and leaning tower. Michelangelo’s David and Juventus Football Club. Haute Couture Week in Milan and the collapse of the Roman Empire. Cipolletto, Cipollotto, Chipollochcha and Bertolucci. So no, in Italy there are also mountains. The ski season opens on December 8 in the Alps, and this temptation is unshakable, like Spartak at the dawn of the uprising.
border = “0” In 2006, Turin was the capital of the 20th Winter Olympics, and the ski resorts located in its vicinity proudly contributed to their resume the competitions that they hosted. In Bardonecchia, snowboarders performed miracles in turns. In Sestriere, skiers practiced speed. Biathlon settled in Cesan, and freestyle in Souz d’Ulks.
Developing an investment in reputation, Italians reconstructed the hotel base of the region, ironed the slopes, installed additional snow cannons, laid new tracks and took care of après ski. The nightlife is especially famous for the Souz d’Ulks – at first the audience celebrates a good day of driving in restaurants and pubs in the English sense, and then impressively flows to discos.
Souz d’Oulx is the extreme left resort of Via Lattea, 400 km ski area, whose name translates as the Milky Way. It is bordered by a versatile one, like Gaius Julius Caesar, Sansicario – here you can see black and red tracks starting from Mount Fraite and a children’s park with funny inflatable structures. Sansicario’s star neighbor above is Sestriere, the snowiest and most uncompromising resort of Via Lattea. Extremely skiers tend to come here to try their hand at the Olympic pistes.
Cesana is the central constellation of the Milky Way. From there, the swift tracks of Sansicario (8 minutes on the new Cesana Ski Lodge) and wooded slopes in the Moon Mountains, officially related to Claviere, are equally accessible. In ancient times, Cesanou associated with the French Montenegrin the transition, which was used in their campaigns by the sworn enemy of Rome, Hannibal. International traffic is observed in these parts even now, but for peaceful purposes – since the ski pass is common, many vacationers leave for a day on the French side to feel the snow, listen to the grassing r and have lunch with onion soup. For those who cannot satisfy their interest in France with one soup, it makes sense to settle in Claviere, since it’s also cheap there and drive the Bourbons and Bonapartes into the country at least every day.
border = “0” If you prefer Margaret of Savoy to Anna of Austria, you should book a hotel in Gressoney San Jean or Gressoney La Trinité. Nearby, in the town of Belvedere, is its castle – five silver turrets among the strict pine trees. However, in Gressoney, sheltered at the foot of the giant mountain range of Monte Rosa, you need to go not only for the beautiful eyes of Margarita. This region is one of the best places in the Alps for off-piste skiing. Here, unlike France, Austria and Germany, helicopter throws are allowed, and guides practice writing routes one dizzying than the other. From Italy to Switzerland and back along pristine glacial tongues, past frozen waterfalls, over cracks and through Christmas trees – after such a trip, I want to permanently change the capital’s residence permit for a mountain guide certificate.
Monte Rosa is part of Val d’Aosta, the proud northern valley, where French is on par with Italian, and Mont Blanc competes with Matterhorn for the number of lenses aimed at them. However, in the evening the championship still remains for Monte Rosa, which got its name for the pink sunset shadows on the glaciers. It is most convenient to photograph them from Champoluc, located to the left of the Gressoney. All resorts of Monte Rosa, including the far right Alanya, are connected by a network of lifts and a common ski pass.
border = “0” But admiring Mont Blanc is good from Courmayeur – one of the most respectable Italian ski resorts. Here, no one will be surprised at a mink coat, diamonds and toy terrier at a dinner in a restaurant, and the kitchen reaches Mont Blanc heights. Here the most promising acquaintances take place on the ski lifts, and the latest models of ski suits are reflected in sunglasses of famous brands.
However, Courmayeur and dashing people, dons of Corleone respect the snowy species for the proximity of Chamonix with its White Valley (off-piste descent from the Aiguille du Midi glacier, which every self-respecting skier and especially snowboarder must decide at least once in his life). In addition, from Courmayeur, not far to the Swiss Verbier – a place of cult, freeride and very fun.
A similar audience gathers in Bardonecchia – crazy snowboarders who don’t have much money, but energy over the edge. 100 km of tracks and endless open spaces for freeride, half-pipe, parallel giant slalom and snowboard cross – once remembering the word “Bardonecchia”, the daughters never forget it.