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Resort guide to Pragelato - Italy

Very affordable skiing and quality accommodation in the Italian Milky Way ski area

Pragelato resort guide - a general overview

The resort name means 'Frozen Meadow'. Built for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics (for the ski jumping and cross country events) this modern resort is situated on the valley floor near to Sestriere and the huge Milky Way ski domain. Pragelato is located in a beautiful region of Val Chisone, with an excellent snow record in winter. There are 50km of local pistes in the Pragelato ski area ranging in height from 1535m - 2500m but most good skiers will take full advantage of the ski area known as Milky Way with over 400km of pistes. One lift out of Pragelato and you are in the main ski system.

The smaller local ski area is accessed from a lift about 400 metres from the main accommodation. There is a shuttle service for those clients staying at the Club Med to and from the local lifts. The main gondola that accesses the Milk Way area is situated right next to the Club Med hotel so accessing the main ski area is very easy.

Airports

Turin
1hr 45mins
Geneva
2hr 30mins
Lyon
3 hours

Resort stats

400km

1,535m - 2,825m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Families looking for a large but inexpensive ski area
  • Links with Sestriere and on to the whole of the Milky Way ski area
  • Small, quiet and unspoilt ski village
  • Cross country ski trails that follow the valley floor (used for the 2006 winter Olympics)
  • Very convenient skiing with the accommodation situated very close to the main lifts

Cons

  • Those looking to party - there is no nightlife scene
  • Lack of really challenging on piste runs
  • Although the on-mountain dining is adequate this is no Zermatt

Pragelato Apres Ski

La Gargotte Fashion Café, ski-in at the bottom of the pistes in Sestriere, bop 'til you drop to a mix of the latest hits, the classics and some questionable eurotrash. Raggio di Sole, a more laid-back vibe than Les Gargottes, and less crowded, but the kind of place it is all too easy to settle into, and the wine and beer just keeps on coming…and often you'll catch a live band al fresco. For a more exhilarating last run down to Pragelato, make your pit stop at Tana delle Volpe - at 2,555m, that leaves you with 1,000m of vertical drop to ski. The staff are very friendly and it won't be heaving. The spectacular views and amazing board of charcuterie make it well worthwhile! QB - right by the bottom of the slopes in Sestriere, QB has a great vibe, a great wine list, good beers, and the type of apperitivo (little plates of nibbles) spread that will ruin your appetite for dinner! Barabba is in the middle of Sestriere town (about 5 minutes' walk from the slopes); a bit more sophisticated, with great apperitivi and a truly bewildering array of grappas.

Pragelato Resort Map

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  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Map marker 453dea188bab96b378528958d3eb238715efc6522f6222fc7af2c570aa899787 Property
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