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Sestrière Ski Resort

Sestrière Resort Guide

Sestrière, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Sestrière Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length400km249 miles
Highest Lift2,840m9,318ft
Resort Height2,040m6,693ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Turin Cuneo
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Sestrière at a glance

Built by the owners of the Fiat car company in 1934 and owned by them for 70 years, Sestriere is one of the earliest and still one of the highest purpose- built ski stations. Sitting on a sunny plateau, snow cover is guaranteed thanks to both altitude and one of the world's most extensive snow making operations. Before hosting downhill events in the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Alpine World Championships were staged here in 1997, and the Men's World Cup races take place here every December.

 When will it snow in Sestrière?

The next notable snow forecast for Sestrière is 6cm2in, expected on 25 April, with around 28cm11in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Sestrière Facts, Stats and Ratings

Sestrière Rated

Ratings for Sestrière
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
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Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

How High is Sestrière?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Sestrière
Highest Lift2,840m9,318ft
Resort Altitude (Sestrière)2,040m6,693ft
Lowest Piste1,840m6,037ft
Max Vertical1,000m3,281ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Sestrière Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Sestrière
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
4280km50 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
118223km139 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
5497km60 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 7 
Downhill
Total Length
400km249 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
10km6 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
92

The Milky Way Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for The Milky Way
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
114
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
309
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
142
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
33
Downhill
Total Length
933km580 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
175
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Sestrière Summary

The Italian Ski Resort of Sestrière is part of the Milky Way ski area with access to 933km580 miles of downhill skiing, with 598 marked pistes, served by a total of 175 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Sestrière itself (400km249 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Milky Way ski resorts of Clavière, Sansicario, Sauze d'Oulx and Montgenèvre.

The ski resort itself is at 2,040m6,693ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,840m9,318ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Sestrière Piste Map

Sestrière Piste Map
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Sestrière Overview

One of the world's pioneering ski areas, and certainly Italy's, Sestrière was built by the Fiat car company in 1934. The mountain-top Possetto hotel first opened through the winter a decade earlier and more lifts and hotels opened before 1934. It was one of the earliest and still one of the highest purpose- built ski stations and was established in Valsusa, an area on the French border where downhill skiing was first taught in Italy by a Swiss engineer, Alfredo Kind.

Today the resort where those lessons took place a century ago, the border village of Clavière, is linked by lift to Sestrière itself in the huge Milky Way. Also connected are its nearest neighbour, Sauze d'Oulx and a dozen small centres on the way over to Montgenèvre over the border in France. Sitting on a sunny plateau, snow cover is guaranteed thanks to both altitude and one of the world's most extensive snow making operations. At the time of its creation it was one of the first resorts in the world with modern hotels and a ski lift system where it was possible to take a family on a relatively economic ski trip - the model copied by the French purpose built centres of thirty years later.

Although a very hi tec and modern ski centre, Sestrière is located in an area of great history and culture, dating back to neolithic sites, but rich in Roman and later remains. Of more interest mid-winter however are the excellent sports, leisure and off-slope facilities this resort offers as well as an excellent lift system and snow conditions made some of the world's best by a combination of altitude and one of the world's largest snow making installations - 900 snow guns in strength. No wonder the resort was selected to stage the Alpine World Championships in 1997 and the 2006 Winter Olympics when it was host to some of the Alpine ski competitions.

The resort has a long history of ski racing from the first Kandahar contests of the 1930s through to the world Championships, nearly 100 international world contests have been staged. The list of great racers who have won here over the decades is astonishing and includes Jean-Claude Killy, Ingemar Stenmark, Pirmin Zurbriggen to name but a few. Alberto Tomba won his first ever World Cup race at Sestrière. The World Championship race runs on the Kandahar Slalom and Kandahar Banchetta are open for good recreational downhillers to enjoy.

Sestrière - On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Kandahar Banchetta', which is 3km2 miles in length.

Skiing in Sestrière

The central point of a vast trail network which extends over to Sauze d'Oulx and has a more tenuous connection via Sansicario, Cesana and Claviere over to Montgenèvre, Sestrière's skiing has been well designed from the start. The vast snowy bowl, largely above the tree line, gave the planners a blank sheet to play with.

Beginners runs fan out above the ski school meeting point in the resort' centre and a special lift tickets given relevant limited lift access for beginners only is also available.

Intermediates will enjoy Sestrières skiing the most, using the two main local areas of Banchetta and Sises. There are runs of all kinds from short steep moguls to long wide motorway cruisers. It's easy to get over to the pleasant wooded trails above neighbouring Sauze d'Oulx. The trails over to Montgenèvre can be tackled by intermediate skiers via blues and reds. It is an exciting trip as you have the feeling of travelling from village to village. A full day should be allowed and some sectors, notably around the village of Cesana may not have adequate snow cover except at the height of the season.

Experts have fewer trails just for them but heli-skiing is popular in the area. Runs in the Amphitaeatro bowl and the blacks at the top of Sises and Motta are also highly regarded.

A run good skiers should not miss in Sestriere is Mount Sises (which also gives access to excellent off piste from the slopes of Valle Ripa and Vallone del Chisonetto). This is the World Cup and World Championships giant slalom run. You reach the top (2600m) with the four passenger chair-lift Cit Roc and then a ski-lift. The run is steep but wide in the highest part then flatter around the Mount Alpette and becoming once again quite vertical under the chair lift where the old ski lift once passed.

In Sestriere its possibile to ski at night on the floodlit run where many ski champions have battled it out in World Cup competitions

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Sestrière

Although Sestrière now has a snowpark, its lack of special facilities for snowboarders such as and a half pipe, surprises many. This is partly because of the resort's international significance and partly because it's high altitude and excellent snow conditions would appear to make it easier to create terrain features like half pipes here and for the resort to be able to fanfare early season openings. Snowboarders are welcome however, and have access to skiing on all slopes. With a large number of chair lifts it's a good resort for getting up the mountains. Several of the ski school's teachers are trained to teach 'boarding.

When is Sestrière open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Sestrière.

 Closed.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Sestrière.

Snow Making

Sestrière is able to make snow, on 10km6 miles of ski runs, with 90 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 92 ski lifts of Sestrière are able to uplift 70,900 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Sestrière?

Sestrière is in the Italian Alps in Turin, Piedmont, Italy.

Map of Sestrière

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How to get to Sestrière

 By Air

The nearest airports to Sestrière are Turin Caselle, Turin Cuneo and Annecy. There are nine airports within three hours drive.

Sestrière - Off the Mountain

Sestrière Aprés Ski

The resort is known for its cosmopolitan but also lively nightlife - especially at weekends when the relatively sophisticated crowds from Turin and Milan arrive en masse. There are two piano bars and the Tabatha discothèque.

For a lively evening there's live music and karaoke some nights at Dreamers bar and the Brahms Pub has a reputation for its range of imported Irish beers.

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