Sestriere Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

Superbly positioned at the heart of the Milky Way's 400km of pistes is the highest and most snow-sure resort in this area. Purpose built in the 1930's, Sestriere has a modern and trendy feel and is a perfect all round resort - great snow, varied terrain, Italian hospitality, and reasonable prices.

After being expanded for the 2006 Turin Olympics, the resort is the best base for exploration of the Milky Way. Set above the treeline at 2035m, the north-west facing slopes and excellent supplemental snow making cover make Sestriere a pretty snowsure resort. With easy access to the more lively Sauze d'Oulx on one side, and Claviere and the French resort of Montgenevre on the other, the extent of skiing is huge.
 
On piste options best suit intermediate skiers, while those looking for some powder turns will often be able to find tracked routes long after they would normally would in other resorts of a similar size. For beginners there is a selection of nursery slopes and some nice easy blues but progression from there can be limiting. Intermediates can easily explore the Milky Way with its huge variety of slopes and there is a decent amount of off-piste and good steep slopes to keep the experts happy too. 
 
While the purpose built nature of the resort makes it a convenient base, the drawback is a rather bland village. Saying this, there are two attractive solutions: stay a bit lower down in Borgata; or stay much lower down in Pragelato (linked by cable car). The focus in Sestriere is primarily on slope activities, though there is a chilled out après scene.

Although there are some hotels, accommodation is predominantly in apartment blocks. 

Offslope/apres ski

There are some nice shops in Sestriere as well as a fitness centre, a sports centre, pool and ice rink. It is also possible to visit the town of Borgata thanks to a recent cable car link.

The mountain restaurants immediately around Sestriere are quite limited and are better in other areas of the Milky Way, however there are some good options for eating out in resort.

Overview

A purpose built resort with great ski area.

At a glance

Pistes:
400km
Resort height:
2000m
Top station:
2825m

Suitability

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Positives

  • Huge interlinked ski area
  • Good snowmaking
  • Good variety of local shops
  • Local slopes suitable for most levels
  • High altitude

 

Negatives

  • Not the most attractive of villages
  • Can have weekend queues
  • Limited apres ski
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Centrally located, the Hotel Savoy Edelweiss is rich in history dating back to 1936. With just 29 rooms, staff at the hotel can concentrate their time to ensuring guests have...

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Hotel Banchetta REF: AI0455

The recent refurbishment at Hotel Banchetta brings it to life with lovely wooden rafters in the public areas and plenty of natural light entering the space. The hotel’s been family-run...

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Grand Hotel Sestriere has great facilities and a fab location. The lifts are only a few minutes away but there’s a free shuttle if you don’t fancy the walk. The...

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Hotel Biancaneve REF: CN0083

The Biancaneve is perfectly placed in a quiet and sunny spot right on the edge of Sestrière, so throughout your whole stay you’ll be surrounded by the stunning panoramic views...

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Hotel Sud Ovest REF: AI0319

Set in a convenient yet quiet location, Hotel Sud Ovest is a small hotel run by the experienced Roux family. The staff are always welcoming and like to ensure guests...

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The Banchetta Apartments are in the centre of Borgata, a small and friendly village four kilometres from the main resort of Sestriere. The lifts are only 300 metres away so getting...

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If you love Sestriere’s sophisticated atmosphere and are looking for a little luxury to match, the Principi di Piemonte might be your one. It’s an exceptional 4-star hotel, with big,...

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Hotel Du Col REF: CH356

Hotels in Sestriere don’t get more central than the Du Col, sitting in pride of place at the very centre of the village. A stay here means first dibs on...

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Hotel Cristallo REF: AI0320

  The Hotel Cristallo’s excellent position at the foot of the pistes and the spacious public areas makes it very popular. This prime location means quick access to both the...

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Hotel Belvedere REF: AI0318

Located on the edge of town lies the Hotel Belvedere. This peaceful spot makes for a great stay if you want somewhere away from the busy resort centre. Getting into town...

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