Val Germanasca and the ski station of Prali have been on my bucket list of places to visit for quite a while now; ever since I skied into the top of this remote Italian valley on a day tour from the Queyras a few years ago I’ve been keen to check out it’s potential, which was obvious from that first brief visit.
An early dropoff at Turin airport at the end of this years Val Stura trip and some time to kill before the family arrived for half term week gave the excuse/chance that I needed – so with just a 90 minute drive from Turin I was sitting a chairlift by mid morning, chatting to a friendly local who’d never met a British skier in Prali before.
The drive up was pretty special too, passing through a long and very deep gorge – it was no surprise to find out that this valley was a remote hideaway and refuge for persecuted heretics during the middle ages!
But what about the skiing? Well, I don’t think I’ve ever skied so much good snow and good terrain in such a short space of time – it’s been a pretty special winter this year and I’ve skied in some amazing places, but Prali definitely is the spot I’ve been to so far. Superb terrain right off the lifts, deep untracked powder in the woods several days after the last snowfall, gorgeous scenery and great tours in all directions directly above the village. I can’t wait to get back next winter, as this is one of the best and most accessible ‘off the radar’ venues that I’ve visited in recent years 😉