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Sestriere ski resort, Italy.
Sestriere ski resort, Italy.
Sestriere powder skiing.
Sestriere powder skiing.
Sestriere Italy connects to the Via Lattea ski resorts via gondola.
Sestriere Italy connects to the Via Lattea ski resorts via gondola.
Sestriere ski resort base area shopping precinct.
Sestriere ski resort base area shopping precinct.
All trails in the Via Lattea lead to Sestriere!
All trails in the Via Lattea lead to Sestriere!
Enjoy oodles of sunshine at Sestriere.
Enjoy oodles of sunshine at Sestriere.
Sestriere base area.
Sestriere base area.
Village of Borgata, part of Sestriere ski resort.
Village of Borgata, part of Sestriere ski resort.
The pistes on Mt Sises extend straight up from the village at Sestriere.
The pistes on Mt Sises extend straight up from the village at Sestriere.
Sestriere is part of the Via Lattea where powder lays in the trees for days.
Sestriere is part of the Via Lattea where powder lays in the trees for days.
Sestriere ski resort's village architecture is .................. unique!
Sestriere ski resort's village architecture is .................. unique!
The alpine steeps of Mt Motta. 1000m of skiable vertical into the valleys.
The alpine steeps of Mt Motta. 1000m of skiable vertical into the valleys.
Ski Sestriere, Italy.
Ski Sestriere, Italy.
Champlas du Col holds to tradition near Sestriere ski resort.
Champlas du Col holds to tradition near Sestriere ski resort.
Sestriere lodgings all have sunny dispositions.
Sestriere lodgings all have sunny dispositions.
Powder in the Via Lattea on Western Europe's best value lift pass.
Powder in the Via Lattea on Western Europe's best value lift pass.
Driving to Sestriere is a breeze from Turin.
Driving to Sestriere is a breeze from Turin.
Sestriere ski resort.
Sestriere ski resort.
The steeps on Mt Sisas, Sestriere.
The steeps on Mt Sisas, Sestriere.
Sestriere is a world class ski resort.
Sestriere is a world class ski resort.

Sestriere

Sestriere Ski Resort Italy

Sestriere ski resort Italy was one of the world’s first purpose-built ski resorts, way back in the 1930s, and is also one of the highest Italian ski resort bases at 2,035 metres elevation. Sestriere ski resort is located west of Turin (Torino) and is the main resort on the deliciously large Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski pass which links Sestriere's neighbours Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx), Sansicario, Cesana, Claviere and Montgenèvre across the border in France.

Sestriere Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Sestriere and its nearby Via Lattea ski resorts hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1997 and the alpine events in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. Despite this honour Sestriere is an area best suited to intermediates on the piste. Some great advanced piste exists but it is not extensive. Challenging off-piste terrain is available for the adventurous and fresh snow can lay unsullied alongside piste runs for days.

Sestriere's local ski area offers 58 pistes (as part of the Via Lattea's 238 runs total) and is served by a range of 19 button lifts, chairs and a gondola in two main sectors: Sises directly in front of the Sestriere village; and Motta above the little Borgata village down valley from Sestriere. Motta is higher than Sises, has more skiing options, and is best known for the 2.5km Kandahar Slalom Giovanni Alberto Agnelli run (700m vertical). Letting ti rip down this run is a wonderful eye watering experience. Sises’ equivalent world class run is the Col de Sises black which provides good off-piste action especially after fresh snowfalls. The fun top section of Sises area is served by a longish surface tow which may challenge some snowboarders.

Beginner runs and a snow-park are above the ski school meeting point near the village centre, which is nice and handy if you are starting out. There are numerous easy blue runs in the Borgata ski area and longer trails coming down from the Fraiteve behind the village.

For more information and ratings see the Skiing & Snowboarding Sestriere page.

Interlinked with the Via Lattea

You can access all of the Italian Via Lattea ski resorts directly from Sestriere via the Fraiteve gondola using the standard daily ski pass.  The gondola is the best access to the other resorts in the area, effectively tripling the Sestriere ski area off one lift.

From the top of the gondola one can head left to Sansicario and Cesana (then eventually Claviere) or right into the excellent Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx).  From Claviere, a supplement is required to be paid for the ski pass to cover the lifts at the Montgenevre ski resort in France (recommended).

The Via Lattea gives Sestriere skiers access to nearly 400km of ski runs serviced by 70 lifts. For those up to the challenge, skiing the entire Via Lattea in a day is possible following the 'Giro Della Via Lattea.  Much like the famous Sella Ronda in the Dolomites, the tour will showcase the entire region and is reasonably well signposted and straight forward to follow. Start early though!

Heliskiing at Sestriere

At least one heliskiing company is based in Sestriere. Single run, full day and multi day options are available on a vast number of peaks in the Val di Susa. More information coming soon.

Sestriere Snow & Weather

Whilst Sestriere sits on a delightfully sunny plateau, its mainly north facing slopes enjoy guaranteed quality snow cover thanks to reliable natural snowfall, high base altitude and one of the world's most extensive snow making operations. South facing slopes above and behind the village can get sun affected so after a snowfall, ski the off-piste there earlier rather than later.

Where is Sestriere, Italy?

Sestriere is located 100km west of Turin, in the Piedmont region of Italy. The nearest international airports are Turin and Milan, although train access is good meaning Paris & Lyon are viable options as well.

Oulx is the closest gateway town to Sestriere, approximately 21km away, providing the train and bus transport links to the resort. Trains from Milan, Turin, Lyon and Paris all stop at Oulx. The train journey from Paris to Oulx is around 5hr, from Turin about 1hr. From Oulx station, regular buses (or taxi) link to Sestriere in about 30 minutes. For the best rail tickets click the banner below.


By car the quickest access to Sestriere from Turin is via Oulx and Cesana off the E70 motorway (autostrade - toll road). Travel time is 1.5hr. For a more scenic route, one can also take the A55/SP23 road from Turin via Pinerolo. Travel time is 2hr. 

A free ski bus service operates around the Sestriere resort at least every half an hour, and more often during peak times.

For more detailed information see our Travel to Sestriere page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Powderhounds secret stash ski resort of Prali is a 60km drive away in a secluded valley to the south east. Bardonecchia ski resort on the French border towards the Maurienne valley is only a 12min train ride from Oulx. In France, via the Montgenevre ski resort and near the town of Briancon, Serre Chevalier is well worth a visit (as is Briancon's old fort).

Sestriere Hotels and Accommodation

Sestriere is made up of five villages along the SP23 road: Sestriere, Sestriere Borgata, Pragelato, Champlas du Col and Champlas Janvier. Unfortunately, due to the purpose built utilitarian nature of the area, the main ski village at Sestriere lacks the charm and romance of a classic European ski resort. Sestriere is best positioned for access to the majority of shops and services, plus the Sises ski area and the rest of the Via Lattea. Sestriere Borgata is lower down the valley and best for access to the Motta ski area.

The accommodation standard of many of the Sestriere hotels is commonly embellished, but better than in other villages in the Via Lattea. There is a plethora of apartment accommodation that was built for the 2006 Olympics. These are reasonably modern, have good facilities and better than average sized rooms for a good price. Other lodging options include various bed and breakfasts and private rental houses.

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Sestriere Hotels, Apartments and Guesthouses page.

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Sestriere Activities

Sestriere has 10km of cross-country ski tracks and ice-skating in the centre of Sestriere Colle village. The aprés ski really only kicks in over the weekends when the locals from Turin come to play.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Sestriere? Sestriere started as a resort especially for Italian skiers more than 80 years ago, and has hosted the Winter Olympics a few times, making it a world class region for skiing enthusiasts.

To get the best out of this high alpine Italian ski experience go to Sestriere during the week (not weekends), take your kids, get the Via Lattea ski pass to access all areas, and do a crash course in the Italian language.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High altitude, sunny location.
  • Best advanced piste trails in the area.
  • Best lift system in the Via Lattea.
  • Quiet on weekdays.
  • Easy to navigate, family friendly ski resort.
  • Highest quality accommodation in the region.
  • Direct access to other Via Lattea ski resorts (Oulx, Sansicario).

Cons

  • Busy on weekends.

Pro or Con (depending on your point of view)

  • Apres only gets interesting on weekends.
  • Not the prettiest village in the world, but beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!

Tours in or near Sestriere and the Via Lattea

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Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
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Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing between the French and Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier and ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine and tree skiing, plus beautiful villages and accommodation.
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    Sestriere Trail & Piste Map
  • Sestriere Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350 – 2823 (1473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Dec to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary (Via Lattea)
    Runs – 238 (400km)
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 47%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Via Lattea (Italian Ski Resorts)
    Adult - €37
    Child – from €8.50

    Via Lattea (incl. Montgenevre)
    Adult - €48
 

    Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail & Piste Map