Sestriere Ski Passes


Last update: 17-01-2022

Sestriere Ski Pass Overview

Sestriere is among the earliest purpose-built ski resorts in the Italian Alps. It's also one of the highest sitting resorts in the Milky Way ski area at 2,035 metres. It has fantastic snow conditions thanks in part to its high altitude and north-west facing slopes. Sestriere gained international recognition as it hosted the World Cup Ski races back in February1997 and the World Winter Olympics in 2006. As part of the Milky Way ( also commonly known as the Vialattea), Sestriere has access to up to 400 kilometres of pistes across a range of difficulties and suitable for all ski ability levels. The terrain varies across tree-lined slopes, wide open bowls and great amount of off-piste opportunities. The Milky Way cuts across and includes the resorts of Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere and to Mongenèvre ( located across the border in France). Sestriere is considered one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Milky Way area, with almost all of its slopes above 2,000 metres altitude. The resort also has snowmaking machines which are capable of covering over 60% of the pistes if required in times of natural snowfall shortages. The pistes in the resort are mostly easy blues and perfect for beginners. Intermediates and advanced skiers can head out to explore the pistes on the other resorts of the Vialattea. Planning a ski holiday to Sestriere? Read further for ski pass information for Sestriere and the Milky Way.

Types of Ski Pass in Sestriere

The default lift pass in Sestriere is the Milky Way lift pass which grants full and unlimited access to the Milky Way including all the resorts within its circuit. You can purchase different variations and discounts on the lift pass depending on your current situation and length of stay. There are usually standard discounts available from criteria such as age of the skier to time spent on the slopes. We have detailed a few standard variations and discounts. If you are planning on booking a holiday to Sestriere, please contact us for more information on any developments on ski passes discounts.

Beginner Ski Pass

With the default pass to purchase at Sestrier being the full Milky Way pass, a beginner pass can be requested for new starters not confident enough to explore the Milky Way and the other slopes. The Beginner pass grants access to only the lifts in the local Sestriere area and beginners slopes.

Half Day Ski Pass

A half-day pass as the name suggests, allows you to ski only from 1pm onwards. It's great for people visiting on a short stay and want to make time out for non-ski activities in the morning before hitting the slopes later in the day. Perhaps it's also a perfect option for the apres-ski party people who stayed up all night and need a morning refreshing sleep before setting off for the day.

Season Ski Pass

Sometimes called or referred to as the Winter Pass. Covers the entire ski season which usually kicks off from the very end of October. Purchased on a lump sum, it provides a daily discount each time it is used on the slopes.

Snow Park Ski Pass

This grants access to the snow park located at the resort base in Sestriere.

Children Ski Pass

Provides discounts for children born in 2014 and after. At least one accompanying adult must purchase and present a full Milky Way ski pass to redeem the children's ski pass discount. A passport or recognised id will be required. The Year of birth of the child is subject to change with each passing year.

Gold Ski Pass

The Gold Ski Pass is also a senior ski pass and it provides discounts for skiers born in and before 1946. Passport proof is required. Year of birth for Gold Pass discounts may be subject to change annually.

Where Can I buy a Sestriere Ski pass?

You can buy your Sestriere ski pass from any of the ticket offices or ticket machines below the lifts at the resort. It is a relatively small resort so either of the ticket points is hard to miss. There are ticket offices in the resort centre, at the end of the row of shops facing the slopes, as well as the bottom of the Fraiteve gondola. The main ski pass office is located in Piazza Agnelli. If you are making your ski holiday booking with us online at Erna Low, the easier and most convenient way to purchase your ski pass is directly with us as part of your overall ski holiday booking. Securing your ski pass with us is a very straightforward process and easily puts you ahead of the long queue you may encounter at the machines ( especially at peak times). It also saves you the extra task of trying to purchase passes upon arrival; ordering your pass online as part of your booking automatically ticks that box leaving you with one less thing to worry about when you arrive.

Can I Pre-Book My Sestriere Ski Pass?

Yes. It is possible to pre-book your Sestriere ski pass before arriving at the resort. It is the easiest way of obtaining your ski pass and we highly recommend it. It saves you the time and effort of buying it at the ski resort and allows you to browse for discounts ahead of time, some of which are only available online. As earlier mentioned, you can pre-book your ski pass with us directly whilst making your holiday booking. Feel free to contact us for any further assistance with this.

How Do Ski Passes Work in Sestriere?

When purchased, the ski pass access is electronically added to a smart card which you should always have in your possession when heading out to the slopes. The card functions in a similar fashion to most travel and metro cards; just swipe or scan yourself through the lifts for access to the slopes. Some can be kept in front or sleeve pockets for contactless access and remote activation of the card.

What About Pedestrian Ski Passes in Sestriere?

Are you planning on enjoying the lovely views of the mountain range or taking on a snowshoe mission? There is no current update on pedestrian passes in Sestriere; however, the Garnel Chair Lift is a ‘non-skier’ lift. At the time of your holiday booking, please inquire with our team for more information on pedestrian chair lifts at Sestriere for any updates.