TAKING THE TRAIN TO ITALIAN SKI RESORTS
2nd November 2019
Last modified on December 18th, 2019
We hear much about going by train to ski areas in France, Switzerland and even Austria. But what about Italy?
High-speed and direct trains serve various rail hubs close to the Italian ski slopes, and there are then options for onward travel on regional trains or buses.
It may not be as simple as the other alpine nations, both in time and effort, but it is entirely possible.
The web site Loco2 has put together some options to the Alps and the Dolomites.
Trains to the slopes of Livigno
Taking a train to the bustling ski resort of Livigno has its advantages as transfer times from airport to resort are long.
Livigno has an excellent range of modern ski lifts, stunning views and reliable snow.
It is also widely known as a resort that offers good value for money without compromising on quality of experience.
Livigno is served by the station of Tirano that is two hours away by bus.
The best route to take is to travel to Milan by high-speed train and catch a regional train to Tirano.
Trains between Milan and Tirano take around 2 hrs 30 mins.
Tirano is also the starting point for the iconic Bernina Express, which acts as a rail link between Tirano and Saint-Moritz in Switzerland.
The Bernina Express, also known as The Red Train, is the steepest train route in the world and takes about 2 hrs 30 mins to transport you through an Alpine arcadia.
Take the train to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Calalzo di Cadore is the closest train station for Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of Italy’s most famous and glamorous ski resorts in the Dolomites.
Calalzo di Cadore is 2 hrs 30 mins from Venice by train and, from there, it’s only a 35km bus transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The resort offers wonderful scenery thanks to its Dolomites setting with an added dose of glitz and glamour.
Bardonecchia by rail
Just an hour away from the Milky Way region is Bardonecchia, in Italy’s Piedmont.
Traditionally one of the country’s quieter skiing spots, its uncrowded ski runs make Bardonecchia a perhaps underrated ski resort.
It has 100km of mainly intermediate pistes which are particularly quiet in the mornings and it is also a good place for cross-country skiing in Italy.
Bardonecchia is easy to reach by train.
The fastest train travelling from Paris to the resort takes less than 5 hrs and has no changes.
Combine the high-speed TGV train with a Eurostar, and it’s possible to travel there from London in one day.
Taking the train to Oulx
Most train travellers who disembark at Oulx station, a small town in the Susa Valley, are bound for the slopes.
Part of the wonderfully uncrowded Via Lattea or “Milky Way” ski area, Oulx is a lively ski resort offering panoramic views of France’s bordering mountains.
Its location means it’s also easy to get to, as it’s the second stop in Italy on the high-speed train from Paris to Turin and Milan.
Three high-speed trains go daily between Paris and Oulx in just under 5 hours, stopping at Lyon St Exupéry and Chambéry along the way.
There are local trains, normally hourly, from Turin to Bardonecchia, which also stop at Oulx.
The journey by train from London to Oulx, via Paris, takes only about 9 hours.
It’s a short bus journey from Oulx station to a range of ski resorts including Cesana-Sansicario, Claviere, Montgenevre, Pragelato, Sauze d’Oulx, Serre Chevalier Vallee and Sestriere.
Now here at PlanetSKI we are massive fans of tavelling by train to ski resorts.
Check out this video from our friends over at Snowcarbon that offers advice and suggestions for ski holidays by train to the best resorts in France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
See here as our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, took the train to Les Menuires in Les3Vallees a couple of years back:
And in January 2018 Katie headed to La Plagne by train:
And her full video report on the journey:
And it is not just to the Alps.
The ski resorts of the French Pyrenees are within easy reach by rail too:
Check out Katie’s full video of the train journey here:
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