Italy, Milky Way Ski Area
Sitting at the very heart of The Milky Way ski area in Italy, Sestriere and nearby Borgata is the perfect home base for those of us who truly love the mountains. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a seasoned expert, The Milky Way ski area truly has something for us all!
A purpose built resort that was constructed in the 1930s (and extended again in 2006 to host the Turin Winter Olympics) Sestriere has a modern and trendy feel to it, with a lively après ski crowd that congregates in the popular bars and pubs around the town when the lifts close.
Sestriere is also home to the Tabata night club, which claims to be one of the biggest and the best that the Alps has to offer!
Sitting amongst 400km of pistes, there is plenty of skiing and snowboarding to be had in Sestriere and beyond, joining the pistes over at Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere and Montgenvre over the border in France.
Ski and board rentals
You can rent blue, red and black grade equipment from the Da Nonna Adelina rentals store which is located at the far end of Piazza Kandahar.
Rent your equipment with Inghams and everything will be sorted out beforehand and you can collect your items upon your arrival in resort.
You can arrange your ski lessons with Inghams before you even take off from the UK, and everything will be pre-prepared for your arrival with no hidden costs.
There are lessons available for absolute beginners, as well as sessions available for intermediates and experts (but experts call it ‘training’!).
Ski school gathers at 09:50 outside the Scuola Nazionale Sci on Piazzale Kandahar (descend the steps to the base station level).
For guests staying in Borgata, ski school guests gather at Scuola Sci Borgata on the main street (Via del Colle), close to the main chair lift.
Sestriere for beginners
Some good nursery slopes for beginners sit directly beside Sestriere, in front of the Scuola Nazionale Sci and are serviced by drag lifts Baby1 and Baby2 (however these are not free and you will need a lift pass). Once you feel ready to progress, the whole Milky Way ski area is your oyster! Starting in the local area, the long piste down to Borgata is recommended, before heading over to Sauze d’Oulx.
Sestriere for intermediates
The whole of the Milky Way sits on the doorstep of Sestriere, with 400km pistes, and a majority of them being easy cruising blues, and slightly more challenging reds. In the immediate Sestriere area, Motta is a good choice for getting back on your ski legs, but as you travel further afield, you’ll find plenty of runs that both sit within your comfort zone as well as push you further.
One excursion that may interest guests of Inghams is a day trip over the border to ski in French Montgenevre, which offers some further mileage as well as an exciting day trip out.
Sestriere for advanced
There are 40 black pistes across the Milky Way ski area, with plenty more opportunities to explore some off-piste areas. For those seeking an adventure, there is heli-skiing available in the resort which your Inghams rep can organise for you.
Freestyle and terrain parks
The freestyle park in Sestrieere is located 300 metres to the left of the Cit Rock lift, and next to button lift 27. For those ambitious skiers and snowboarders who want to go a little further, there are 5 freestyle and terrain parks across the whole Milky Way ski area.
Childcare and kindergarten
There is one kindergarten/ daycare centre in Sestriere with some English speaking nannies available. They are happy to babysit children aged 6 months old- 8 years old.
Bookable locally, please discuss with your representative in resort, or when on the telephone with our reservations staff.
There is a regular ski bus that runs during the day in Sestriere and nearby Borgata. You will have to obtain a timetable off your rep upon your arrival in resort because it varies throughout the season.
€1 per journey, €3 for day pass and €8 for weekly pass
There is no night bus service.
The nearest railway station is in Oulx, 22km away and 40 minutes on the bus.
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Sestriere restaurants, food and drink
Sestriere offers a great selection of restaurants and bars from its ideal location at the centre of the Milky Way ski area. Predominantly Italian and Piedmont cuisine, this area is known for its wines and Prosecco, as well as cheese, meat and freshly made bread and pasta.
Pinky Bar on Piazza Fraiteve is a great little bar/ pizzeria where you can relax after a day of skiing or head to in the evening for a pleasant traditional Italian meal. For those staying in Borgata, there is Antica Spelonca where lovely local dishes are served. Last Tango is a another great restaurant to head to if you’re in pursuit of traditional Italian food and drink, and is located on Via La Gleisa (above Carabinieri Station).
Up on the mountain, the food is still excellent and a bit to eat with your après at Da Casse (Lou Brachettes) restaurant won’t go amiss- you can find it sitting just off Black 4, with great food and good music, an a la carte and snack menu. If you’re looking for a more traditional eating setting then IL Capret at the bottom of Blue 3 in Borgata has tasty cuisine with a multiple choice options and various selections daily.
Sestriere après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Sestriere is a lively location on the après front, since it is a popular resort for young people as well as old, from both near and afar! The party scene really picks up at the weekend when the local Italians from Turin come to ski.
There is no shortage of locally produced wine in the area, and there are a variety of bars and clubs to prop your ski boots up in at the end of the day, whether you’re looking for a traditional pub or a club that continues until the early hours of the morning. Prosecco, wine and Italian beers are popular in the area, but they also include imported varieties.
Pinky Bar sits on Piazza Fraiteve and is not only a fabulous restaurant but also a good place for a drink (or two!). Bar Sestriere makes a good location if you are on a bar crawl through the town, and also plays sports on the TVs. Bar Kovo has some great exclusive deals for Inghams customers as well.
If you’re on the lookout for some night life then head to Tabata Night Club, one of the largest (if not THE largest) clubs in the Alps, open after 22:00 on Via Monterotto.
The shops in Sestriere are amongst the usual expected stores, including sports and designer clothes, and equipment. These are mainly based around Piazza Fraiteve. There is a local market that takes place on Tuesday mornings outside Palazzetto dello Sport car park, which sells fresh fruit and vegetables.
Sestriere spas and relaxation
If you are looking for a spot of pampering, then you will be pleased to know that most 4-star hotels in Sestriere open their doors to the public to come and enjoy their spa facilities at a local price. Stay with Inghams at the Hotel Cristallo and you can enjoy the spa, gym, Turkish bath and sauna, or alternatively there is the Hotel Principi di Piemonte which has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, gym and Turkish bath.
The local leisure center, Palazzetto dello Sport also has an indoor-outdoor heated swimming pool, a gym as well as a spa and wellness suite. The views from the heated pool are absolutely breathtaking.
If you are not arranged to stay at a particular hotel, most things are bookable locally.
Sestriere arts, culture and events
The resort of Sestriere is modern, having been constructed in the 1930’s for the employees of the Fiat car workshops in Turin, and was extended again in 2006 to host to the Turin Winter Olympic Games. You can still visit some of the land marks and coast down the Alpine downhill courses.
Events across the Milky Way ski area are definitely worth exploring upon your arrival in resort, so speak with your Inghams rep to find out what’s happening during your stay.
If you wish to explore further afield to Turin, then you will find shops, galleries, museums (including the Egyptian museum) and more. It takes roughly 1.5 hours to get to Turin by car, and 2 hours by public transport.
Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and take an opportunity to meet these excitable and affectionate animals and experience the thrill of mushing your own sled through the stunning mountain landscape. The husky sledding excursion is organised locally by your rep in resort.
€60 (Winter 2015-2016).
A crash-course in Italian wine tasting, hosted at Pinky Bar in Piazza Fraiteve, you’ll be acquainted with the local wines of the Piedmont region and beyond. Getting the grips of the wine menu in Italy can be quite intimidating to begin with, with so many different options and accompanies, but this little wine tasting excursion will make everything easier for you!
Speak with your Inghams rep in resort if you would like to take part in the wine tasting excursion.
Ski Away: Montegenèvre
A day excursion for those who just can’t get enough of their skiing! Enjoy an Inghams private coach to Montegenèvre, just over the border in France, which is still covered by your Milky Way ski pass but if you’re a more timid skier/snowboarder, you will enjoy the direct trip to the area.
Speak with your Inghams rep in resort if you wish to take part in the ski-away day excursion.
€15 16 & under
Heli-skiing is a great activity for the more adventurous skiers and snowboarders who want to get away from the beaten pistes and truly explore the untouched backcountry. A helicopter will set you down in the remote wilderness with a guide who will take you through acres of untouched powder.
Rules and restrictions apply for those who want to go heliskiing so check your insurance policy before you plan this activity, and make sure that all members of your group are at an advanced level of skiing.
Talk to our reservations staff while making your booking, or your rep while in resort to secure this activity.
For anyone to claims that they love snow, then snowmobiling is a must! Drive on your own or take a passenger on the back, this is an exhilarating excursion that takes you through the snowy mountain landscape at exciting speeds!
Rules and restrictions apply for those who want to go snowmobiling so check your insurance policy before you plan this activity, and make sure that all members of your group who want to drive have a full drivers license and children are above the minimum height.
For more information, talk to your rep while in resort to secure this activity.
There is a piscina comunale in the centre of Sestriere with some fantastic views across the mountains. Accessed via foot along Via Europa in the centre of town. The indoor/outdoor swimming pools are heated, and you can enjoy a splash even when there is snow on the ground outside! The views across the mountains while you swim are stunning.
Located at the base of the slopes in Sestriere, the ice skating rink is outdoors and makes a great post-skiing activity if you don’t fancy going to the bars for an après tipple. You can rent your skates locally. There are also other ice skating rinks further afield in Claviere, and an Olympic sized rink in Bardonecchia.
Winter walking and snowshoeing
Winter walking throughout the resort is free, but you can hire a pair of snowshoes for a small price if you wish to explore the mountain hiking trails. Speak with your Inghams representative for the best scenic walks and routes.
Night skiing on floodlit runs (that featured in the Olympic downhill slalom) takes place on a Wednesday and they are open from 18:00-22:00. The run corresponds with Giovanni Alberto Agnelli run.
Most night skiing in the Milky Way ski area happens on a Saturday night, providing you have a valid lift pass.
You can rent sledges for as little as €5 for half a day, and the best areas for tobogganing can be pointed out to you by your resort rep.
Palazzetto dello Sport (Leisure Centre)
The Palazzetto dello Sport (or leisure centre) in Sestriere (Via Azzutti d’Italia) offers the classic sports facilities to keep you occupied on a day when the weather is bad, or simply if you want to do something a little different.
Centre includes: gym (spinning, weight room, cardio), squash courts, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, indoor climbing wall as well as indoor golf. There is also a wellness suite including: sauna, whirlpool, Turkish bath and sports massages.
Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition
LEARN TO SKI SAVE up to £65
Adult from £284 Child from £253
SKI SAVER SAVE up to £30
Adult: from £301
*Boots not included.
|Area Lift Pass|
*Covers all resorts on the Italian side of the Milky Way area, plus 1 day in Montgenèvre, France. L (19-22 Dec & 31 Mar-end), H (All other dates). †Child born after 01/01/2010 ††Youth = born in 2008/2009, **Senior = born before 31/12/1942.
Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.
†Child snowboard & boots = 6-12yrs. *Child helmet is FREE when skis/snowboard are hired. It is obligatory for children under 14yrs to wear a helmet on the slopes.
2 hours 50 mins per day
*6 day tuition is for beginners only.
5 day tuition starts on Mon.
Classes run 10am-12.50pm daily
Prices, times and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: ITSE
Languages spoken: Italian/English
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturday
Transfer 1¾hrs by coach
Flight supplements may apply.
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Nearest Rail Station: Oulx - 22km away
Parking available: Yes
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info: Daily from 08.30 - 17.30 every hour , between Sestriere-Borgata-Pragelato