Sestriere Ski Resort

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

Sestriere Ski Resort

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Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Cesana Sansicario
Claviere
Sauze d'Oulx
Sestriere
Montgenevre

    Sestriere Ski Trail Map
  • Sestriere Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350m – 2,823m (1,473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary (Via Lattea)
    Runs – 400km
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 47%
    Beginner - 34%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Via Lattea (Italian Ski Resorts)
    Adult - €38
    Child – from €8.50

    Via Lattea International (incl. Montgenevre)
    Flat Rate- €49
    Via Lattea Ski Trail Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail Map

Sestriere Ski Resort Italy

Sestriere ski resort Italy was one of the world’s first purpose-built ski areas way back in the 1930s. It has one of the highest Italian ski resort bases at 2,035m elevation, guaranteeing wonderful snow conditions.

Sestriere ski resort is west of Turin (Torino) and is the main resort on the deliciously large (and world's best value!) Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski pass which links Sestriere's neighbours Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx), Cesana-Sansicario, Claviere, plus Montgenèvre across the border in France.

Pros and Cons for Sestriere Ski Resort

Pros

  • High altitude, snow-sure location.
  • Best advanced piste trails in the area.
  • Best lift system in the Italian sector of the Via Lattea.
  • Busy on weekends.
  • Quiet on weekdays.
  • Easy to navigate, family friendly ski resort.
  • Diverse range of freeride off-piste high-alpine & tree skiing.
  • Best value lift ticket in Europe (if not the world!).
  • Direct access to other Via Lattea ski resorts (Oulx, Sansicario).

Cons

  • Busy on weekends.
  • Limited beginner trails.
  • Accommodation standard is embellished!

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

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

Sestriere Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Sestriere and its nearby Via Lattea ski resorts hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1997 & 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 powder seekers & fresh snow can lay unsullied alongside piste runs for days.

See the Sestriere ski trail map here.

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 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 slopes 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 beginner trails in the Borgata ski area & longer trails coming down from the Fraiteve behind the village.

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 cheap as chips Via Lattea ski pass (see below) and do a crash course in the Italian language!

See the Sestriere Skiing & Snowboarding 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. Sestriere is directly adjacent to Sauze d'Oulx & Cesana-Sansicario. Claviere & Montgenevre ski reas are quite distant from Sestriere, but can reached within one hour by lifts & pistes.

See the Via Lattea ski trail map here.

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. View a Sestriere heliski tour option here.

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 & 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 (TRN) & Milan Malpensa (MXP), although train access is good, meaning Paris (CDG) & Lyon (LYS) are viable options as well.

Oulx is the closest gateway town to Sestriere (21km away) providing the best train & bus transport links to the resort. Trains from Milan, Turin, Lyon & 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.

In a post COVID-19 world, private transfers may be preferable to public transport. Search & book direct private transfers to Sestriere here.

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.

For more information see our Travel to Sestriere page.

Sestriere Accommodation

Sestriere is made up of five villages along the SP23 road: Sestriere, Sestriere Borgata, Pragelato, Champlas du Col & Champlas Janvier. Unfortunately, the main ski village at Sestriere lacks the charm & romance of a classic European ski resort. While its architecture is certainly not to everyone's taste, Sestriere's village does have one massive advantage - location, location, location. Sestriere has a delightful sunny (& snow laden) location plus is far and away the best positioned for access to the majority of shops, services, the Sises ski slopes and the rest of the Via Lattea.

The other four villages are more traditional in nature. Sestriere Borgata is the closest, lower down the valley & providing the best for access to the Motta ski area. Most of the accommodation options are effectively 'ski in' & the Sestriere resort village is just a short lift ride away.

The accommodation standard of many of the Sestriere hotels is commonly embellished but better than some other villages in the broader Via Lattea. A plethora of apartment accommodation built for the 2006 Olympics provide reasonably modern, well out-fitted, good value lodgings. Other options include various bed and breakfasts plus private rental houses.

Search & book all Sestriere ski accommodation here.

For a quick visit to Sestriere, or if sampling the entire area, the village of Oulx offers some easy alternatives. In Oulx, hotels & apartments near the central train & bus station or the old town offer very contrasting experiences. Up the hill at Sauze d'Oulx, the resort village looks tired, but still has several good accommodations.

Search & book all Oulx ski accommodation here.

Between Oulx & Sestriere is Cesana-Sansicario. With its lovely town centre & central location n the absolute heart of the Via Lattea, Cesana is also worth considering. Cesana & Oulx are both easily linked to Sestriere by bus, ski lift & piste.

Search & book all Cesana - Sansicario ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in the Sestriere village near the ski lifts. Search & book Sestriere ski or snowboard rentals here.

Sestriere Activities

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

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).

Review

The Powderhounds have reviewed Sestriere in 2017 & 2020. We love its affordability & massive terrain in the Via Lattea. Read the review via the links in the left column (or top of page if on a mobile).

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Tours in or near Sestriere

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

La Grave-Sestriere Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Skiing between the French & Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy, min group of 7 on an 8 day trip.
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 3,230
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