Ski Holiday in Sestriere

An Italian Alpine village located in Val Susa just 17km from the French border, Sestriere ski resort earned its name because the original settlement is sixty Roman miles from Turin ̶ the Latin derivation is ad petram sistrariam.

An Italian Alpine village located in Val Susa just 17km from the French border, Sestriere ski resort earned its name because the original settlement is sixty Roman miles from Turin ̶ the Latin derivation is ad petram sistrariam.

With a prime position at 2035m on the powdery pass between Val Susa and Val Chisone, the population of Sestriere swells from under 1000 inhabitants off-season to over 20,000 in a typical ski season. It actually comprises several small satellite villages, including Sestriere Coll at the higher reaches of the pass, Sestriere Borgata, Champlas Janvier and Champlas du Col.

The snow range stretches from1350m to 2823m and there’s a cracking 400km skiable area across the wider Milky Way with a wide range of pistes for skiers of all stripes, plenty of off-piste pow for freeriders and terrain parks where snowboarders can pit their wits against gnarly obstacles.

Sestriere’s high resort altitude and plenty of northwest facing slopes contributes to its snow reliability, but it’s also the jewel in a crown of encircling mountains which include 2850m Monte Motta, 3280m Punta Rognosa di Sestriere, 2658m Monte Sises, and 2701m Monte Fraiteve.

The local Sestriere terrain is characterised by wide expansive runs but you’ll also find some terrific tree-lined runs and rugged off-piste terrain where freeriding skiers and snowboarders will be in their element. A superb snow park with lots of well-designed obstacles completes the local mix and overall there’s something for snowsports fans of all abilities here.

Furthermore, explore the wider cross-border Milky Way and you can magnify all the pleasures of Sestriere several times over as you explore the snow-kissed delights of sister resorts Montgenèvre in France, San Sicario, Cesana Torinese, Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere and Pragelato.

Sestriere’s reputation as a ski resort of international standing was sealed when it was a venue for the 2006 Turn Winter Olympics, and it has also hosted FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events and the IPC World Championships. However, its history stretches back much further because it’s Italy’s first purpose-built ski resort and its two iconic hotel towers were designed by FIAT entrepreneur Giovanni Agnelli and date from the 1930s.

The apres-ski in Sestriere is a little more reserved than the party atmos at neighbouring Sauze d’Oulx, but there are plenty of bars for social butterflies to flutter around, there’s ample quality cafes and restaurants and the accommodation mix is excellent.

When you want an enjoyable ski holiday that can be customised to suit couples, families or groups, stunning scenery and superb skiing and snowboarding, Sestriere ski resort is a savvy choice.

The local Sestriere terrain is characterised by wide expansive runs but you’ll also find some terrific tree-lined runs and rugged off-piste terrain where freeriding skiers and snowboarders will be in their element. A superb snow park with lots of well-designed obstacles completes the local mix and overall there’s something for snowsports fans of all abilities here.

Sestriere’s reputation as a ski resort of international standing was sealed when it was a venue for the 2006 Turn Winter Olympics, and it has also hosted FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events and the IPC World Championships. However, its history stretches back much further because it’s Italy’s first purpose-built ski resort and its two iconic hotel towers were designed by FIAT entrepreneur Giovanni Agnelli and date from the 1930s.

The apres-ski in Sestriere is a little more reserved than the party atmos at neighbouring Sauze d’Oulx, but there are plenty of bars for social butterflies to flutter around, there’s ample quality cafes and restaurants and the accommodation mix is excellent.

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