As the first purpose-built resort in Europe, Sestriere can be considered skiing heritage. It attracted huge investment and lift improvement in 2006 when it was used as one of the Olympic Villages for the Winter Olympics. To add to its name, it is the highest altitude resort out of all the Milky Way ski resorts allowing it to be the most snow-sure and have some of the best snow conditions in Italy. Its height also gives it some phenomenal 360 panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
Skiing in Sestriere:
The slopes here consist mainly of open runs with some wooded areas looking down onto the picturesque villages below. There are also several nursery slopes, and a selection of gentle blue runs for those developing their confidence. Once they have mastered these there are multiple steeper runs to conquer that are served by drag lifts. There are steeps, mogul fields, and wide runs with spectacular views. These more advanced slopes are seen as some of the best difficult on-piste trails in the area. For something a bit different, the narrow chutes near Claviere are excellent. As the resort has hosted several winter championships, advanced skiers will not be disappointed with its difficult and testing runs, as well as the highly rated tree skiing here. Gondola access out of the resort to other areas of the Milky Way area is also available for those wanting to adventure further afield.
For Schools Because:
The resort is known for being quiet on weekdays allowing maximum skiing time so that even on a short trip beginners can develop enough to hit some of the harder slopes. The excellent ski school and snow park also provide further activities, whilst the diverse range of tree skiing and high alpine off-piste runs are enough to keep everyone busy and entertained.
With night skiing available, alongside torchlit descent, an indoor swimming pool, an open-air ice rink, and an indoor fitness centre the activities on offer in the evenings are exemplary. And to restore the calories lost throughout the day the town has several great value restaurants that serve delicious Italian food.
Resort Height 2,000m
Vertical Drop 1,483m
No. of Lifts 70
No. of Runs 146
Easy Runs 67
Medium Runs 42
Difficult Runs 37
Kilometres of Piste 390km
Calais Transfer Time 14hrs 15mins
Turin Caselle Airport Transfer Time 1hrs 40mins
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