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Sestriere Ski Resort, Italy

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Key Features

Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 2,035m
  • Highest lift: 2,800m
  • No. of lifts: 72
  • No. of slopes: 212 (Milky Way area)
  • Total piste: 400km (Milky Way area)
  • Transfer times: Turin - 2hr

Overview

Sestriere is highly regarded for its skiing consistency. Sitting at 2035m, the conditions are reliable and usually excellent. A host of the Winter Olympics in 2006, this purpose-built resort, part of the Milky Way Ski Area along with neighbouring Sauze D’Oulx, has everything you’ll need in the resort and a great combination of slopes to suit all abilities. Après and entertainment is plentiful and there’s a sense of ‘something for everyone’. All in all, a great option for your next Italian ski holiday.

Skiing and Boarding in Sestriere

The varied terrain on offer in the local area as well as the rest of the Milky Way ski area favours Sestriere to intermediate and advanced skiers. There are a good number of technical runs to keep black-run skiers happy, and when the snow is good the off-piste is plentiful and challenging both through the trees and amongst the panoramic views of the high-alpine. If you really want to push the boat out, you can try heli-skiing here too!
Saying all that, the resort also has some good slopes for beginners in the vicinity of the resort village. Novices may find it challenging to go further afield, but skiing is all about progression remember!

Lift Pass Options in Sestriere

A 6 day Milky Way lift pass gives you access to all the skiing on offer on the Italian side plus a day on the slopes of Montgenevre in France. With the volume of skiing on offer in the Milky Way – 400kms – a full area pass is excellent value for money.
A local area pass is available at a lesser cost which is a good option for beginners just looking to find their feet on the slopes and then retire for some après ski!


Activities in Sestriere

As well as skiing in Sestriere, you can also try:
  • Swimming at the in-resort pool
  • Spa treatments at the Principi di Piemonte Hotel
  • Wine & Gin tasting
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice skating

Après Ski in Sestriere

Although not as lively in terms of après as its neighbour Sauze D’Oulx, Sestriere still offers a good variety of bars on and off the mountain. In Italy, heading to a bar after skiing for ‘Aperitivo’ is the way to do things – relax with a drink and some snacks, soaking up the remains of the day…
  • Bar Sestriere – It does what it says on the tin, but as its popularity will tell you, it does it very well.
  • Spotti Bar – The local’s choice, Spotti’s comes into its own later into the evening for cocktails.
  • Pinky – Popular with British skiers for its live music and drinks specials – more après-style than aperitivo though.

Places to eat in Sestriere

In true Italian style, Sestriere seamlessly pairs the art of skiing with the joy of fine cuisine, offering over 50 eateries on and off the mountain. You’ll have to come back several times to try them all…

  • Vineria del Colle, Grand Hotel – Gourmet specialities from the Piedmont region
  • Il Centro – A place for the meat-eaters, well known for its top-drawer steaks
  • Last Tango – A popular, cosy restaurant serving regional mountain classics
  • Ciao Pais – You’ll have to ski toward neighbouring Sauze D’Oulx but the atmosphere and local dishes are well worth it.
  • Gargote Fashion Café – Italian classics such as pasta, lasagne and pizza from one of Sestriere’s famed après haunts.
  • Rifugio Aquila Nera – Some of the best views of Sestriere so a good choice on a sunny day


Family Ski Options in Sestriere

Being only an hour from Turin, Sestriere ticks the box for short transfers – a must if you have young children in tow. There isn’t a particular wealth of activities for children in resort but under 8’s do ski free with a paying adult so If you have youngsters who are keen to rip around all day, then Sestriere and the vast slopes of the Milky Way ski area could be a good option…

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