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Sestriere is a purpose built resort that began life in the nineteen thirties. At an altitude of over two thousand metres, it is part of the vast Milky Way Ski Area. The resort has access to four hundred kilometres of pisted runs which offer good skiing and boarding for all levels of expertise. Sestriere's altitude and snow machines combine to give good snow cover throughout the season. A modern lift system gives quick and easy access to the slopes. The ski schools offer excellent ski tuition from the age of four and board tuition from the age of seven. There are also childcare facilities but since places are limited, early booking is recommended. Hotels and apartments provide comfortable accommodation and the restaurants serve a variety of cuisine that caters for most tastes. Nightlife is fairly lively particularly at weekends when there is an influx of visitors from Turin and Milan. Recreational activities include swimming and skating. A Sestriere ski holiday offers great skiing and is good value for money.
A Sestriere ski holiday offers good snow conditions throughout the season, wide open sunny slopes and good value for money. Accommodation is comfortable, restaurants cater for all tastes and après ski is lively, especially at weekends.
A Sestriere ski holiday is popular with a wide range of holidaymakers as its slopes accommodate all ability levels. Groups of young skiers are attracted by the lively nightlife and the comparatively low price. It is also popular with families.
The Sestriere ski season lasts from the middle of December until the last week of March.
Sestriere is a very popular Italian ski resort that benefits from being part of the huge Milky Way Ski Area and offers great skiing and boarding conditions for all levels of ability. It is one of the oldest and highest purpose built resorts and was host to the 1997 World Championships as well as staging races in the 2006 Turin Olympics. Beginners have a choice of nursery slopes where, with the help of good tuition, they can swiftly gain confidence and progress to the blue runs further up the mountain. There are also good runs through the trees. Intermediate skiers have the greatest choice of slopes and are able to venture on different routes throughout their holiday. Advanced skiers have challenging black runs in Mancrons and Fraiteve. There are great opportunities for off-piste skiing foe which a mountain guide is strongly advised. The variety of terrain offers good snowboarding and there is also a snow park. There are twenty-five kilometres of cross country trails. Night skiing is possible as the main slope into the village is floodlit during the evening. Ski schools provide tuition in skiing from the age of five and in boarding from the age of seven. Childcare facilities are available and early booking is recommended.
Sestriere is not a pretty resort as the accommodation is functional rather than aesthetically pleasing. However nature compensates for this shortfall and the mountain scenery is spectacular. Restaurants in the resort and on the mountain serve a variety of good wholesome food at reasonable cost. Sestriere nightlife is fairly lively especially at weekends when additional visitors arrive from neighbouring towns. Recreational facilities include a gymnasium and fitness centre, a cinema, a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, and an ice rink. Other activities include dog sledging, night skiing, skidooing and paragliding.
A Sestriere ski holiday is considered excellent value for money.
Sestriere is known for its lively nightlife provided by a good number of bars, pubs and a nightclub where visitors can party until the early hours of the morning. The resort is particularly vibrant at the weekend when visitors arrive from Turin and Milan. There are of course many venues where you can relax over a meal and a drink in the company of family and friends.
Sestriere shopping is fairly limited with stores providing essential provisions and sport shops supplying clothing and equipment for sale or for hire.
Sestriere has over thirty restaurants serving a wide variety of food that caters for all tastes and budgets. Traditional mountain menus sit alongside fast food outlets and a la carte restaurants. Pasta and pizza feature prominently on menus and rarely disappoint, especially when accompanied by a good Italian red.