The high-al­ti­tude ski re­sorts ly­ing just mo­ments away from Mi­lan promise a com­bi­na­tion of great con­di­tions and stylish at­mos­pheres, for a short va­ca­tion or even just a spe­cial day’s get­away.

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Lom­bardy, Pied­mont or the Aosta Val­ley of­fer an ar­ray of ski re­sorts ly­ing at the foot of the Alps

Just over a two-hour drive from the city, Lom­bardy, Pied­mont or the Aosta Val­ley of­fer an ar­ray of ski re­sorts ly­ing at the foot of the Alps. Here is a pick of the best win­ter sports desti­na­tions, ideal for down­hill ski­ing en­thu­si­asts but also for those who en­joy snow­board­ing, tele­mark and freeride ski­ing.

SNOW THRILLS IN LOM­BARDY There are roughly 25 ski desti­na­tions in Lom­bardy, in­clud­ing ski ar­eas and smaller re­sorts, boast­ing an over­all of­fer of more than 700 kilo­me­tres of down­hill runs. Among the most pop­u­lar desti­na­tions, a hot favourite with the Mi­lanese is the Alta Val­tel­lina which of­fers en­thu­si­asts an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a va­ri­ety of win­ter sports at Livi­gno, Bormio, Aprica and Santa Ca­te­rina Val­furva. www.al­taval­tel­lina.com

THE ‘WHITE GALAXY' OF PIED­MONT Long as­so­ci­ated with snow and ice sports, this re­gion, which hosted the 2006 Win­ter Olympics, of­fers a vast range of op­tions for down­hill ski en­thu­si­asts: 53 ski re­sorts, more than 1,300 km of runs and over 300 drag and chair lifts. The in­ter­na­tional ski area of the Via Lat­tea (the Milky Way), lo­cated be­tween Italy and France, boasts as many as 212 pistes for all tastes, roughly seventy drag and chair lifts and the op­tion of pur­chas­ing a sin­gle skipass for all the val­leys be­tween Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, San­si­cario, Ce­sana, Prage­lato, Claviere and Mont­genèvre. www.vialat­tea.it THE AOSTA VAL­LEY, A SNOW PAR­ADISE Spec­tac­u­lar scenery framed by a chain of moun­tains that ex­tends over a stretch of 4,000 me­tres, 45 lifts and 95 pistes suit­able for skiers of all lev­els, acres of un­tracked pow­der and just one skipass for the d'Ayas, Gres­soney and Valsesia val­leys: these are the high­lights of the Mon­terosa Ski area which of­fers an evoca­tive cross­ing on skis. The trail starts from Cham­poluc, crosses through the Gres­soneyLa Trinité area and ends in Alagna. www.mon­terosa-ski.com On the Ital­ian side of the Mont Blanc chain, Cour­mayeur, also known as the rooftop of Europe, is a top choice for all skiers. www.cour­mayeur­mont­blanc.it You start at an al­ti­tude of 1,500 me­tres un­til you reach the Plateau Rosa ski area lo­cated at an al­ti­tude of 3,500 me­tres. Boast­ing the best snow record in Europe and trails stretch­ing for 350 km, you can ski day-long with­out ever cross­ing the same piste: all of this and more is Breuil-Cervinia Val­tour­nenche Zer­matt, one of the most ex­ten­sive ski ar­eas in the Alps, boast­ing kilo­me­ter af­ter kilo­me­ter of sweep­ing pistes that stretch along the three val­leys bor­der­ing Italy and Switzer­land. www.cervinia.it Lastly, par­tic­u­larly wor­thy of note is the pic­turesque town of Chamois. The high­est town in the Aosta Val­ley, it can only be reached via ca­ble­car. This small, snow-cov­ered ham­let, the only com­mu­nity in Italy that can­not be ac­cessed by car, of­fers an old-world at­mos­phere and trails suit­able for skiers of all lev­els. www.chamois-lam­agdeleine.it



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