This year Ryanair has decreased the number of flights they offer to Turin, Italy. In fact, flights are currently showing up only for 7am on a Sunday morning out of Dublin Airport, DUB. Turin Airport, Torino Caselle, TRN is situated just outside the home of the 2006 winter Olympics, to the north of the city.
This comes as a bit of a disappointment as Turin airport was well situated near the Italian / French Alps and was quite handy to get quickly to some of the major resorts. It’s proximinity to the France was also a bonus, resorts like Chamonix & Courchevel were about 2 hours transfer from the airport.
The most famous area are the mountains of Piedmont, this was the location for the Winter Olymipics in 2006, so they must be doing something right. Piedmont features 53 ski resorts, the most famous resorts being Valle di Susa,Sestriere,Pragelato,Pragelato,Valsesia. In all there are 1,300 kilometres of runs available and well over 300 gondolas, chair-lifts and ski-lifts. Piedmont estimates that they can carry 400,000 people per hour. Piedmont is a top class skiing area, and it offers more than enough challenges for every level of skier. The prices on some of the smaller resorts are cheaper than skiing in France or Switzerland, so if you are looking for a cheap family ski holiday, then Piedmont might be the area you should look into.
|Resort Ski region||Time||Distance|
|Valle di Susa||42 mins||50 km|
|Sauze d Oulx||61 mins||81 km|
|Sestriere||71 mins||89 km|
|Pragelato||88 mins||88 km|
|Chamonix||116 mins||176 km|
|Courchevel 1850||120 mins||141 km|
|Val D’Isere||127 mins||141 km|
|Les Arcs||165 mins||184 km|
|Les Gets||167 mins||234 km|
If Turin isn’t an option, i.e. if you don’t plan on staying a whole week, from Sunday to Sunday, then Milan might be a viable alternative. Milan is marked in light blue on the map above. There are two airports in Milan, Bergamo (BGY) & Malpensa (MXP), and have significantly more flights in and out. Ryanair flies every day into Bergamo from Dublin & Aerlingus flies every other day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) to Malpensa but this will add about another 1.5 hours on to your transfer time. If you are considering flying to Milan, it might be worth checking our resorts like Andermatt , Flims or Laax, these resorts are about 3 hours outside Milan airport.
Over on the other side of the mountains is Grenoble, France (St Geoirs) (GNB) , which is situated very close to some great skiing. Right now Ryanair fly there on Saturday afternoons, and also might be worth checking into.
If you have any recommended skiing resorts in this part of the world, i.e. in and around Turin or Milan, please let us know in the comments !