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Looking for Italy advice - Feb half term

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Due to the, ahem, politics of next year combined with the horribly late Easter, we're considering breaking out of our "La Plagne @ Easter" bubble. From the threads on here, Italy sounds like it might be a option but aside from a school trip to Passo Tonale ~25 years ago I know absolutely nothing about where to look.

Flights to Turin still look OK price-wise for the Feb half-term week so something with a reasonable transfer from there? Mrs LH and myself are motorway cruise skiers so like a large area with plenty of kms and we've tended to be in Aime 2000 in recent years because it's insanely easy with ski hire / Spar / lessons all in the same ski in ski out building - any similar resorts on the Italian side? (I know it's ugly, but it doesn't matter when you're inside it!!) LH Jnr will be 7 and has his ESF 1-star, don't know what the Italian ski schools are like so any tips there would be super helpful too.

Thanks in advance
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Apologies for the double-post, but Verona also looks reasonably priced if that opens up options?
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@LondonHawk,

Given your description I think you'd really like Via Latea. Sestriere is convenient / high but personally I'd go for Sauze D'Oulx for a bit more charm.
Excellent motorway cruising and great food. Easy travel from Turin.
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@LondonHawk, not sure what prices you are finding for the flights but have you had a look at this thread.

I seem to recall when I was exploring this Turin was accessible via this method.
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I would second Via Lattea, plus many of the other Italy suggestions that will come your way as I am a definite Italian fan. If you like insanely easy, look at Hotel Orso Blanco at www.sportinia.it .......good food and reasonable price, resort is just over 1 hr from Turin, ski hire in adjoining building and lift/ski school outside the door. It is up the mountain but there are options to visit the village by skidoo if you want. I loved the place, though i have never visited Via Lattea in half term so cannot comment on whether it is ultra busy.
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LondonHawk wrote:
Apologies for the double-post, but Verona also looks reasonably priced if that opens up options?


Verona opens up the options of the Val Gardena resorts (Ortisei, St. Christina and Selva) the last of which is directly on the Sella Ronda circuit.
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Take a look at Champoluc-and the Monte Rosa area. Plenty of high level skiing for the time of year. Lovely little resort. The skiing across the 3 valleys is great- though not as many miles as some, it still feels like a big ski area. The food on and off the mountain is yummy, and there are plenty of hotels to chose from. We went for Christmas a few years ago and returned for a long weekend. We didn't DIY it completely for Christmas-we cheated a bit in that we booked via ski-2.com. They include personal transfers to and from the airport, plus a dedicated shuttle bus, vouchers for lunch and their own english speaking ski school in the village, should anyone need lessons.They offered excellent service all round-though obviously at a cost.
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I'd second Perty's suggestion of Champoluc with Ski-2.
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Valkyrie wrote:
I'd second Perty's suggestion of Champoluc with Ski-2.


We have been to Champoluc with Ski2. They are excellent and have a great ski school for the kids.
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I *think* I've persuaded Mrs LH to consider Sauze / Sestriere (will drop Ski2 a mail too based on the recommendations above)
Can anyone point me in the best direction for accommodation booking. Obviously I've had a look at Airbnb / Homeaway but without any knowledge of the resorts it's hard to know whether somewhere is a good location or not. All tips welcome.
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If youre not fussy re accommodation the Olympic apartments in Sestriere are excellent ski to door and ski school meets directly opposite next to the gondola. Not posh, basic self catering.

In sauze Id recommend somewhere near the clotes lift, we stayed last time at Hermitage which was perfect. Others when weve been can be quite a hike to the lifts.

I have skied both resorts at half term without any issues regarding delays at lifts etc.

Bardonecchia is also an option but not as large as the other areas. We found the instructors very good here and again the Olympic apartments (nicer than the sestriere ones) are directly on the slopes and ski school meeting points.

Interestingly were heading to La Plagne at half term 2019. Weve not been in France at half term before so Im hoping its not crazy busy.
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If considering the Dolomites there is a little known transfer bus service

The Arabba Transfer service from the airports of Venice Marco Polo and Treviso Antonio Canova directly to your room in Arabba. The runs will be every Saturday and every Sunday starting from December 8th 2018 until April 7th 2019 with one special run on Wednesday 26th December 2018.

Before you book the transfer, please check if your accommodation is present on the list of "Hotel".

The price is Euro 35,00 per person for one way, and Euro 52,00 for the round trip.

Bus timetable:
Departure from Venice Marco Polo at 1pm and 6pm
Departure from Treviso Antionio Canova at 2pm and 7pm
Departure from Arabba to Venice Marco Polo and Treviso Antonio Canova at 6am and 11am
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