Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Sauze d'Oulx
Montgenevre

    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 Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Via Lattea (Italian Ski Resorts)
    Adult - €38
    Child – from €8.50

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

Sestriere Skiing & 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) 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.

Sestriere Ski Lifts

Sestriere has the best lift infrastructure of all the Italian Via Lattea ski resorts, thanks largely to the Winter Olympics. One 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). 

Sestriere Lift Tickets & Passes

Lift Tickets at Sestriere are some of the cheapest & best value in Europe - perhaps the world.

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 & 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). Skiing all the way to Montgenevre and return in one day can be a tough day. Better driving to Claviere or taking the bus and starting at Cesana.

Skiing the Via Lattea

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. See a heliski tour option here.

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.

Sestriere Trail Map

The Sestriere ski trail map provides a very simplistic representation of the lifts & pistes It should NOT be utilised for backcountry planning & anyone skiing the resort should pay close attention to the signage. The broader Via Lattea ski trail map attempts to cover over 400km of trails across two countries. Whilst it does an admirable job, new visitors to the area may lose their way on occasions - but how bad can getting lost in such a great ski area be?

Snowboarding Sestriere

Sestriere is a snowboard friendly destination, however some of the surface lifts (T-bars et al) may challenge riders. The broader Via Lattea has several long traverses connecting the different ski areas which may similarly challenge riders. The Sestriere terrain park is a good one!