La Via Lattea ski area consists of the towns of Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, San Sicario, Cesane and Claviere. The ski area is also known as the "Milky Way” and the Winter Olympics were held here in 2006. With 400 km of slopes, it is the largest This ski area is on the Italian-French border. La Via Lattea ski area consists of the following towns Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, San Sicario, Cesane and Claviere. The ski area is also known as the "Milky Way” and the Winter Olympics were held here in 2006. With 400 km of slopes, it is the largest connected ski area in Italy. The highest point, Mont Motta, is situated at 2823 meters above sea level. This is a very diverse ski area, with numerous runs through forests.
If you book a holiday in in Sestriere, you will get a lift pass that will give you access to 1 days skiing in Alpe d'Huez, Deux Alpes, Serre Chevalier, Puy St. Vincent and 1 day in Montgenèvre ski area. Your hands-free lift pass will detect which ski area you are in so you will not need to worry about a thing! Take advantage of the access to these extra areas and getthe most out of the lift pass! The great variety of slopes makes the area an ideal ski area for both beginners and experienced skiers. There are 89 ski lifts, so it will be easy to get around without making use of a ski bus.
The capital is Rome.
The official language is Italian.
There is a time difference of +1hour.
The official currency in Italy is the euro.
The voltage is 230 volts.
You must be in possession of a valid passport or valid proof of identity.
Talk on the phone:
A British mobile phone also works in Italy. To call to Italy from the UK, first dial the country code 0039 and then the area code without zero and then the subscriber number. The country code 0044 is from Italy to the UK.
The national emergency number is 112.
Traveling by car:
The national roads are well passable. Pas Piccolo San Bernardo is closed throughout the winter season (November to June).
Keep in mind that the highways require a toll. If you travel via the Austrian motorways, you must be in possession of a toll sticker. For some motorways, tunnels and roads in Austria there is no vignette requirement, but a separate toll must be paid, such as the A13 from Innsbruck-Süd to the Italian border.
There is no general obligation in Italy for winter tyres. Winter equipment (chains or winter tyres) may be mandatory on mountain roads. This is indicated with a traffic sign. Not using winter tires in winter conditions can lead to (joint) liability in the event of accidents and also have criminal consequences. In Austria and Germany, winter tires are required in winter conditions.
In case of breakdown or an accident, it is mandatory that all road users wear a reflective vest.
If you travel via France:
Please note: in some cities it is mandatory to have an environmental sticker from 1 July 2017. If you drive over the Paris ring road, the Boulevard Périphérique, you will also need an environmental sticker in many cases. The vignette can not be obtained along the way, but can only be ordered online. The French police advise to print out the application form and the confirmation and to take it with you if the vignette is not delivered in time by post. The order form can be found on this website: https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/demande-ext/cgu
Future environmental zones can be found on this website: http://en.france.fr/nl/tips/milieuzones-france-ecovignet-credit
Food and drink:
Italy is known for pizzas, pastas and risottos. It is not recommended to drink tap water.
It is customary in Italy to give a tip of around 10% in bars, restaurants and hotels.
In general, the shops are closed between 13.00 and 16.00. This is the siesta. After 16.00 hours the shops will open again until about 19.00 hours.
In Italy, a ski helmet is mandatory for children up to and including 14 years of age. A ski helmet is recommended for adults. In a ski class, wearing a helmet is often required.
In Italy you are generally required to wear a swimming cap in swimming pools. This is for both public swimming pools and swimming pools that belong to hotels.
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A Via Lattea Italia lift pass is included in the tour price.
You can see the surcharges and discounts for, for example, extending your lift pass or no lift pass in step 1 (preferences) of the booking process. If a child or senior discount applies, this will be shown in step 2 (price overview). Would you like to know more about the lift pass? View our FAQ here .
Helmets are not included in the ski/snowboard equipment hire.
For children from 3 - 7 years old, it is mandatory to wear a helmet. You can purchase one yourself or rent one onsite.
The following equipment can be booked:
This equipment is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The equipment is particularly manoeuvrable, so it makes turning and braking easy. Parallel skiing is also possible with these skis.
This is ideal equipment for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The equipment is manoeuvrable and suitable for cutting corners sharply. Even at high speeds, these skis provide great performance.
These skis and snowboards are made of high-quality material and are perfect for experienced skiers. They can also be used by skiers who have mastered parallel skiing. This comfortable equipment is suitable for all track types and snow conditions.
These are high performance skis and snowboards with the latest technology and are suitable for the most experienced skiers.
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