Sestriere

 

Longitude: 6.88040
Latitude: 44.96440

 

 

 

 

 

Aire/Campsite details:

Sestriere Motorhome Parking – is an aire de service & site with electric hook, a designated overnight parking area solely for Motorhomes . Drive through town passing lift station and slopes on right. After small public car parks on right turn left up a narrow road with bends and the parking area is on right at top of hill. Daily rate 10 euros plus 3 euros for electric hook up with full services but no toilet/shower block. Warden on premises. Bus service to resort and ski lifts but it is not included on lift pass (cost 1 euro). N.B We saw some motorhomes in one of the small car park mentioned above ( 7 euros 24hrs - no services) but right on the edge of the slopes.

Resort details:

Sestriere, built by Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli in 1934, was Europe's first purpose-built ski resort. Located at 2035m at the foot of Mount Sises, the resort sadly has less style than the cars. Having benefitted from the investment of hosting the successful 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and home to some of the best skiing in the Milky Way ski area, Sestriere is a magnet for ski lovers, and a sophisticated resort with the latest amenities. Nestled in the renowned Milky Way, the resort is ideally placed to access a wide range of truly excellent slopes. Sestriere's own skiing is also pretty extensive, with its pistes divided into three main areas and connected via one of the most advanced mountain lift systems in the Alps, where the extensive slopes and uncrowded runs offer perfect conditions to ski and board at your own pace.

Skiing details:

Sestriere's high, northwest-facing slopes make it more snow-secure than its neighbours and the terrain is more challenging than other Milky Way resorts. Lifts from town access three key areas: Sises, Motta and Fraiteve, which leads into Sauze d'Oulx. Most probably the best resort in the Milky Way, Sestriere was the first purpose-built village in the Alps. It hosted the 1997 World Championships and ran many of the races at the 2006 Turin Olympic Games. Because it's at high altitude, there is top-class snow, supported by widespread snowmaking. All levels of skier should find something to sink their teeth into. There is steep terrain and off-piste for advanced skiers, great scope for intermediates and good facilities for beginners. This is all supported by a continually improving lift system, which only gets overloaded at weekends and on major holidays. Boarders will not find any territory of their own. And the Milky Way isn't the best for convenient access to all its disjointed parts. The resort itself is not overly attractive, as opposed to the stunning scenery around, but it does have everything you need off-snow: plenty for non-skiers to do, a good range of restaurants, mainly hotel-based accommodation and up-tempo nightlife at the weekends, which caters to the Italian brigades up from Turin and Milan. Overall, Sestriere is a surprisingly good value resort, considering its renown. It's also an excellent base for exploring the Milky Way, with its own all-ability pistes to satisfy everyone. Ignoring the less-than-heavenly architecture, this is one of the best Italian resorts.

Thanks to Steve Pirnie for the Info