Sestriere resort guide - a general overview
Sestriere is located on a broad, sunny and windy col at an altitude of 2,000m and at the far end of the Milky Way ski area. Recent investment during the run up to the 2006 Winter Olympics has done something to improve the inhospitable look of many of the buildings. Ski holidays in Sestriere are limited mostly to apartments but there are some hotels. Snow cover is usually reliable for most of the season, in part due to an extensive snow-making network as the entire area does suffer from notoriously erratic snowfall. The local slopes cater well for all levels of skier, but although the lifts are quite modern, queues do tend to form quickly during weekends and holidays.
2,035m - 2,825m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dinning
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Extensive ski area part of the vast Milky way network
- High altitude skiing so reliable snow
- Skiing for all levels
- Improved links since the Turin Winter Olympics
- Purpose built resort lacking any alpine charm and not very conveniently laid out
- Crowded at weekends
- Quiet apres-ski during the week
Sestriere Resort Restaurants
If you fancied leaving your hotel one night to sample some different cuisine, there are plenty of restaurants in Sestriere. The Antica Spelonca in Borgata is a rustic option and serves good quality local dishes. Other restaurants to try in the resort are - Pinky, Last Tango and Ritrovo. Lo Scitolo is the place to head for great pizza!
Sestriere Mountain Restaurants
A good alternative to going back to your hotel for lunch, the woody Raddio di Sole at Anfiteatro offers good quality local food along with live music. Il Capret at Borgata at the bottom of the valley is very popular with skiers and has friendly staff and reasonably prices.
Sestriere Apres Ski
There isnt a huge amount of apres ski on offer in Sestriere. Some of the hotels have some lively bars, and you can enjoy some live music at the Cavern. Quizzes and karaoke are organised at the Sestriere and Pinky is a popular choice.
Tabata disco is the place to head after dinner in your hotel in Sestriere. Brahms and the Pub Black Pepper are also lively.