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Recommendations on family resorts in Italy

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Hi all would love some recommendations for skiing in Italy. Will probably be flying into Turin and looking for somewhere with good snow and long cruisy runs (for hesitant intermediates). Travelling as a family so apres ski isn't very important - prefer a quieter resort. Have only skied France before. Thanks!
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@CosmoJo, hi, we’ve just been to Puy St Vincent which is France but just 2/2.5hr transfer from
Turin. Couldn’t recommend highly enough for child holiday. Very quiet resort - ideal for little people on skis. Great EsF team.
Italy - friends just returned form
esprit in Campoulac again similar transfer time from Turin. I’m looking at it for our trip.
Will be keen to hear any reviews/ideas too!
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We've done Cervinia twice - easy drive from Turin, really good for long cruisy blues and not-too-difficult reds. Lots of accommodation very close to the centre/chair lifts. Much, much quieter than France. Probably not as picturesque and less tree-line skiing, but reasonably priced, pizza, gelato - we all loved it.
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Not sure quite what "hesitant intermediates" means, but the obvious choices from Turin are either Via Lattea / milky way area - Sestriere, Sauze etc a big linked area, lots of very cruisy reds or Aosta valley, a number of different smaller resorts, where you can base at one and visit others are just go to one. Cervinia, Champoluc/Monterosa, La Thuile, Courmeyeur and Pila being the main ones, but there are countless "local" one and two lift resorts too.

Pila (staying in Aosta town) is obvious choice if you intend to visit a number of resorts in your week there as its most central and lots of accom choices.

there are a couple of very detailed recent threads on Aosta valley if you search.
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I'd second Cervina. Pila is great but not so many long runs - though crusiey! Cervinia has super long runs for all abilities, a bus so you can start either in the main area or at Valtournenche if you don't fancy the connection, and although it's a decent sized ski village it doesn't seem like party central. Plus beautiful, and there's the link to Zermatt depending on what level you're all at. It does lack cover in bad weather - Pila wins there.

As for snow, both Cervinia and Pila held up pretty well considering it didn't snow for ages this season, and even in the hotter weather only the lower runs in Cervinia was mush (which made a nice change to ice which was prevalent everywhere)
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You don’t say when you are going. Most of the Italian resorts close this weekend, leaving you really with just Cervinia.
But in general terms I completely agree re the Aosta valley. Full of marvellous slightly old-fashioned quiet friendly resorts. You won’t go wrong with any of the names mentioned. Pila, la thuille, Cervinia/Val tournenche.
But also have a think about gressoney / Alagna / Champoluc. Champoluc in particular is One of my favourite resorts to ski (tho I actually stay in Gressoney). Mellow, great snow, trees, just lovely
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Thanks all. Really helpful. We are looking at late Jan 2022 - so a bit concerned about weather in Cervinia. Have read a lot about wind closing lifts.
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Tbh I’d say it’s hard to top champuloc for a winning combination of local vibe, trees, good snow and general all round family ness. Plus you get access to the amazing gressoney and Alagna skiing
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CosmoJo wrote:
Thanks all. Really helpful. We are looking at late Jan 2022 - so a bit concerned about weather in Cervinia. Have read a lot about wind closing lifts.


Gonna need a time travel device...

but if i 2023 you'll be fine.

Wind can close higher lifts anywhere. High winds in Cervinia would most likely stop you going over to Zermatt, but leave you with stuff to ski on Italy side.

the wonders of skiing is you cant predict the weather, it can be lovely in Jan it can be foul in March. if you have transferred via Car, then at least in Aosta valley here are other resorts to drive to if a particular resort is weather effected more than others.
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Cervinia - fantastic! But later in the season as the wind is brutal
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Just a quick one to say, having been only to the pre birthday bash and birthday bash - pretty much any of the smaller resorts we've been to would be fantastic. San Pelligrino would be my choice for a chill week with family but go to that area on google maps and just cruise around looking for little towns with a decent amount of lifts/runs and you'll be golden. Anywhere I've been in that area and of course the little towns off the sella ronda, all excellent with an immensely welcoming attitude everywhere you go.
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if you have transferred via Car, then at least in Aosta valley here are other resorts to drive to if a particular resort is weather effected more than others.


@t44tomo, what are the best ways to monitor daily resort conditions/weather closures?
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