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In the mountains near Turin: here's where to go

Are you dreaming of a winter getaway to the mountains, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city? Northern Italy offers an abundance of choice when it comes to snow and ski resorts.

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There are several ski resorts near Turin. Whether they are in the Aosta Valley or Piedmont, they can be reached in about 90 minutes by car or train. They provide a getaway in the heart of winter, in just one day or for a weekend. So here are the mountains that you can reach from Turin, including by train, where it is worth taking a trip out of town, a weekend or a few days' holiday. They all feature snow sports, fun and excellent food.

If you are thinking of organising your next weekend in the snow in Piedmont, here are some suggestions for where to go skiing near Turin.

The Vialattea ski area: all to be admired

Cabin lift in the Vialattea ski area

Sauze d'Oulx is about 90 kilometres from Turin in Alta Val di Susa, and can be reached by train in just under two hours. It is part of the Vialattea ski area, with over 400 kilometres of slopes: due to its superb location, it is also known as the Balcony of the Alps.

Sestriere and Claviere are part of the same ski area. Sestriere is 102 kilometres from Turin and has 45 slopes for all levels. Claviere is 97 kilometres away and offers a wonderful view of Mount Chaberton. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the 10-kilometre Claviere-Montgenèvre loop, but after a day's skiing a plate of cajettes, the traditional gnocchi made with potatoes, rye flour, onion and nettle, is obligatory.

Fun for everyone in Ala di Stura

Fun for everyone in Ala di Stura

About 50 kilometres from Turin, it can be reached by crossing the Valli di Lanzo. This is a small ski resort with 11 kilometres of downhill slopes, 10 kilometres for cross-country skiing, tracks for snowshoeing and off-piste skiing, a snow park and ice cascades for climbing. For the little ones there is a snow playground and a bobsleigh area. For lunch, try the rice and chestnut soup.

Bardonecchia Ski, where skiing is a must

Skiing in the Bardonecchia Ski area

It takes less than an hour and a half to reach Bardonecchia Ski from Turin by train. The ski area offers 100 kilometres of downhill slopes, more than 20 lifts and 22 kilometres of cross-country trails. Between one downhill run and the next, you can stop at the mountain hut for a hot chocolate with Canavese canestrelli (a type of biscuit).

Brusson and Torgnon in Valle d'Aosta

Ski slopes in Valle d'Aosta

Brusson is about an hour and a half's drive from Turin and is famous for its cross-country skiing trails. There is also a small downhill skiing area in the Estoul area.

A similar distance away from Turin is Torgnon, better known for its downhill slopes suitable for the whole family. At dinner, try the polenta with local cheeses.

Skiing in Champoluc, Aosta Valley, admiring the Monterosa

Ski slopes in Champoluc in Valle d'Aosta

Champoluc is one of the easiest ski resorts to reach from Turin; it’s just 100 km away, and most of the journey is on the motorway. It is part of the Monterosa Ski area and is linked to Alagna and Gressoney, where the famous Leonardo David slope is also open at night. The Valle d'Aosta cuisine will help you to forget any fatigue you might feel.

Skiing in Limone Piemonte in Italy's snowiest resort, and in Prato Nevoso

A snowy mountain near Cuneo

Beautifully located in the province of Cuneo, Limone Piemonte can be reached in two hours by train from Turin. It is part of the Riserva Bianca ski resort and is among the snowiest areas in Italy. It has 80 km of inter-connected slopes. Also in the Cuneo area is Prato Nevoso, which can be accessed from Frabosa Sottana, 98 kilometres from Turin. The slopes here are also suitable for beginners.

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