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Claviere is best reached from Turin airport 108km to the east. Visitors can be there in just an hour and a half, making it a simple and easy transfer.
Claviere itself is a pretty town set in a tree-lined valley. You wouldn’t know it while in the village just from looking up, but it forms part of the Milky Way — or Vialattea — the largest interlinked ski area in Italy, offering up nearly 1000km of pistes.
Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx are known as lively resorts with great apres scenes, and while there certainly are some decent bars and restaurants in this small town, there’s nothing major in comparison to the two bigger resorts down the road.
What you will be treated to, however, is quiet streets, pretty architecture, and small family-run hotels. The village atmosphere here is quiet and welcoming, which makes it the perfect choice for families or groups seeking a tranquil retreat but who still want to maintain access to the amazing Vialattea.
Claviere highlights: A quiet and picturesque Italian village with an easy transfer, reasonably priced accommodation, and access to the Vialattea ski area.
Claviere is best for: Families or groups who want a quiet getaway but aren’t willing to compromise on the amount of skiing on offer.
Claviere sits at 1760m, which is relatively high, aiding its snow-surety. There are lifts on either end of town, meaning that whichever side you stay, you won’t be far from one.
On the Italian side of the resort, you can head up on the 44 chairlift to access some black and red runs, while heading up on the 43 will open up more of the resort as well as the link to the rest of the Vialattea.
On the other side, you’ll have the choice of the 81 or 87 chairs heading up towards the highpoint of Serre Thibaud at 2550m. From here you can ski down to Montgenevre, or over towards Col De L’Alpet, which offers a little oasis of technical steeps for the more advanced riders, as well as a boardercross course, and a long blue called Baisses which links back to Clavier around the mountain.
Alternatively, catching the 82 chairlift puts you up above Montgenevre and allows access to the network of runs there. Though the area over Claviere only has 33km of marked pistes, those above Montgenvre on both sides of the valley, as well as the links that stretch up towards the Chenaillet peak provide ample skiing without the need to make the pilgrimage down to Cesana and the rest of the Milky Way.
There’s a great mix of terrain in this half of the ski area, and you avoid the crowds of Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx, making it a perfect place to visit when quiet slopes are the order of the day. The whole of the Milky Way serves up 933km of downhill spread across 598 marked pistes, served by 175 lifts.
Claviere for First-time and beginner skiers: Beginners and first-timers can utilise the beginner area right above the town, but will have fun taking the 87 chair up to Serre Thibaud and skiing either Reservoir or Baisses all the way back to the resort. Both are manageable and very enjoyable.
Claviere for Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will find little out of their remit and can make use of the 43 and 44 chairs immediately in town, which gives them access to not only red runs and a snow park, but also the rest of the slopes included in the ski pass.
Claviere for Expert skiers: Experts will love the blacks off the 44 chair, as well as those available beyond Serre Thibaud. From here, both the Col De L’Alpet and Chavlet peaks offer a wealth of challenging terrain to keep even seasoned skiers occupied.
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From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Claviere (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!). We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children. SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety. Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new. Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time. These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives. A private ski instructor in Claviere can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons. For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Claviere. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Claviere designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!