Sestriere is a beautiful area located in the Italian mountains in the stunning province of Turin, which was established in the early 1930s. It contains four villages: Sestriere Colle, Sestriere Borgata, Champlas du Col, and Champlas Janvier. It is situated just 17 kilometres away from the French border and 105 kilometres (or 60 Roman miles) away from Turin. Sestriere’s name has Roman roots. It was initially known as ad petrum sistrarium, which means ‘at sixty Roman miles from Turin’.
During low season, the population of the village is just over 850 but this number rises to 20,000 during the skiing season. Sestriere is famous for hosting various sporting events. Alpine Ski World Cup events are regularly held there and it hosted the World Championships in 1997. The resort was one of the main venues for the 2006 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and was one of the three Olympic Villages.
The village is situated at an elevation of 2,035m or 6,677 feet. Sestriere is part of the ‘’Via Lattea’’, or Milky Way area, along with the villages of Claviere, Sauze d’Oulx, Cesana Torinese, and San Sicario in Italy, and Montgenevre in France.
How to get there
Sestriere ski resort has excellent transport links to both France and Italy.
- By air: The closest airport is the Caselle in Torino (Turin). After landing, you have the option of driving or taking the train to Sestriere. It is possible to book flights from London to Turin at around £60 return but these flights get booked up quickly so it is wise to reserve well in advance.
- By car: From Turin you can take the A32 Torino-Bardonecchia-Frejus road, exiting at Oulx. Alternatively, you can use the SS24 of Monginevro.
- By train: Take the Torino-Bussoleno-Bardonecchia train, exiting at Oulx. For train timetables, click here.
Who does the resort cater for?
Sestriere has runs suitable for skiers of all abilities, from beginners to experts. It is also great for snowboarders and those who love carving. There is a snowpark for the more adventurous snow-lovers, situated in central Sestriere. The resort has a variety of ski clubs and schools to teach beginners how to ski and help intermediates improve their skills. Rates are usually very reasonable. For contact information please click here.
There are numerous accommodation options in the resort:
Bed and Breakfasts:
There are numerous bed and breakfasts in Sestriere, ranging from the 3 star Chalet Edelweiss, which offers apartments that can sleep between 2 and 7 people, to the 4 star Cristallo Hotel Sestriere, which is just metres from the golf course and ski schools.
To find contact information for these properties or to search for other available bed and breakfasts in Sestriere, click here.
There are many hotels located within close proximity of the Sestriere ski resort. There are also numerous hotels located in the nearby towns, including Cesana Torinese, Claviere, and Oulx. It may be worth checking out these options as Sestriere can become very crowded in peak season. Further information can be found here.
There are two hotel blocks situated in the centre of Sestriere, one of which was used as part of the 2006 Olympic village. For more information about this accommodation, see the bottom of this page for the contact number and email address for the Sestriere resort.
The hotels in Sestriere range from 2 star to 4 star and offer rooms in all shapes and sizes, so it is possible to find a hotel suitable for any kind of group. For a full list of hotels in Sestriere click here.
Sestriere has 146 skiable pistes and a total of 400 kilometres of trails. 280 kilometres of these trails exist as a result of natural snowfall. However, Sestriere can also easily add to the natural snow with its 900 snow cannons.
This ski resort is one of the few to provide night-skiing as it has a floodlit run. The main skiing tracks in Sestriere are the Rio Nero, Sises, Fraiteve, and Banchetta. Sestriere also offers several kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks between Monterotta and Soleil Boeuf. There are 42 Black Runs (often steep and unmarked), 118 Red Runs (for intermediate and experienced skiers), and 54 Blue Runs (marked and perfect for beginners).
Resort Vital Statistics
- 4000m Downhill Pistes
- 15km Cross Country Trails
- 92 Ski Lifts
- 1000m Max Vertical
- 2840m Highest Lift
- 2030m Resort Altitude
- 1840m Lowest Piste
Resort Contact Information
Tel.: +39 0122 750 613