Part of the Milky Way ski circuit Sestriere is served by extensive snow making facilities but as the highest resort, Sestriere also naturally has some of the best ski conditions in the whole region and regularly remains open when nearby resorts are struggling. Sestriere was the first purpose built resort in Europe and hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics which resulted in huge investment in renovation and lift improvement.
The resort was built for snow at an altitude of 2035m and with the majority of its slopes being north west facing, it is a good choice for groups looking for something later in the season. The area offers some 400km of piste, served by 88 lifts and connecting with the nearby resorts of Suze d’Oulx, Claviere, Cesana and Sansicario.
The skiing in Sestriere is mainly open slopes with some wooded areas facing the idyllic village along the slope. The area is very good for beginner students with several nursery slopes and a selection of gentle blue runs. The more confident, intermediate students are spoilt for choice with a variety of steeper runs served by drag lifts in both sectors.
Resort Height 2,040m
Vertical Drop 1,483m
No. of Lifts 92
No. of Runs 240
Easy Runs 120km
Medium Runs 240km
Difficult Runs 40km
Kilometres of Piste 400km
Longest Run 9km
Coach Transfer Time 14hrs from Calais Flight time 1,5hrs
Hotel Uappala Sestriere ****
Set at an altitude of 2035 metres, only 100 yards away from the Via Lattea ski slopes, it features a wellness centre, evening entertainment and a restaurant with panoramic views serving Italian and international cuisine.
The classic-style rooms all come with air conditioning and a TV. Each has a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer.
- Outdoor sun terrace
- Ski pass vendor
- Ski equipment hire (on site)
- Evening entertainment
- Buffet Restaurant
- Free! WiFi
- Sauna Additional charge
- Shops (on site)
Hotel Duchi d'Aosta ****
The Hotel Duchi d’Aosta was designed in the 1930s and is one of the original hotels in Sestriere with two instantly recognisable towers emerging from the landscape. At the top of the towers there’s a viewing platform with amazing panoramic view of the resort and beyond.
This resort is particularly popular with doorstep skiing and 194 spacious rooms the main attraction. The restaurant, again with spectacular views of the surroundings, offers buffet style food. There’s also a lounge, small theatre and cinema.
- Doorstep skiing
- Panoramic restaurant offering buffet-style food, including hot lunches
- 194 spacious rooms based on 4 students sharing and teachers in twins
- Ski hire and ski storage in the nearby ‘Red Tower’ (150m away on the slopes)
- Bar/lounge area, small cinema, theater and amphitheater with animation team