There are two very different experiences in Pragelato ski resort, based on whether skiers and boarders stay within the local area or explore the Via Lattea. But the ski season generally runs from mid-December to mid-April in both areas.
The local area has 50km (31 miles) of runs, but there are fairly limited options for intermediate or advanced skiers who can arguably do everything on piste within a day. That said, there’s a healthy 1,050m (3,444ft) of vertical beginning at a relatively snowsure 1,535m (5,036ft) above sea level; and Pragelato does have the reputation as a hidden gem for guided off-piste skiing when powder conditions are good.
The second option is to make use of the gondola to access the various resorts of the Via Lattea, one of the world’s biggest ski areas, with its hundreds of kilometres of predominantly intermediate terrain. The Via Lattea pass does not cover the lifts in the separate Pragelato area, so visitors must choose one or the other, or buy a combination of passes.
Freestylers will need to head in to the Via Lattea to access the terrain parks in Sansicario, Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere.
Unsurprisingly, given its selection as the site for ski jumping and Nordic events at the 2006 Winter Olympics, facilities for these sports are excellent. Among the 30km (18 miles) of cross-country tracks is the 10km-long (6 miles) Olympic route, while there’s also a dedicated cross-country ski school for beginners. Pragelato also offers Italy’s best ski jumping facilities, with five hills.