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Sestrière is a charming Italian resort with a lively atmosphere and exceptional skiing. Perched at an elevation of 2,035m, this high-altitude resort forms a part of the Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area, which offers 400km of skiable terrain. Known for hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics, Sestrière is often heralded as having some of the most reliable snow in the Italian Alps.

With a vast and efficient lift system and connected to other neighbouring resorts, there is a considerable amount of terrain to explore. Sestrière is best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers, offering some exhilarating runs and off-piste skiing, but also has plenty of beginner-friendly areas. Read on to discover our comprehensive guide to skiing in Sestrière.

Sestrière Ski Area

The ski area in Sestrière is made up of two main sectors; Sises and Motta, both of which can be accessed directly from the resort centre. The ski area in Sestrière consists of 146 runs, of which 16% are green, 42% blue, 33% red and 9% black.

Beginner Skiing in Sestrière

While Sestrière is known as a resort for intermediate and advanced skiers, it has an abundance of gentle slopes and broad, mild runs suitable for beginners. The excellent snow conditions are ideal for learners and there are two main nursery slopes, one in the village and one at the top of the Baby lift. Once you progress from the nursery slopes, there are designated beginner areas to explore, such as the blue runs off the Fraiteve gondola. The easier runs in Sestrière are higher up, with the pistes becoming more challenging as you ski back down to the resort. We advise beginners to take the lifts back down if they’re still building confidence.

Intermediate Skiing in Sestrière

Sestrière is a fantastic resort for intermediate skiers eager to challenge themselves and advance their skills. With a plethora of blue and red runs to explore, adventurous intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice. The Sises area is an excellent spot for lower-intermediate skiers, with plenty of wide, rolling blues to cruise along. More advanced intermediate skiers should head to the Motta sector and ski down to Borgata. One of our favourite runs for intermediate skiers is the blue run, No. 42, which is a long, sweeping descent with breathtaking views. There are plenty of challenging blues and reds to push yourself on in Sestrière, however, do keep in mind that the grading system leans towards the more challenging end of the scale compared to other resorts in Italy.

Advanced Skiing in Sestrière

Sestrière boasts an enviable reputation as a top resort for advanced skiers. With almost 10% of runs in the resort being black, there is a wide array of challenging terrain to explore. The Kandahar Slalom and Kandahar Banchetta are two of the most famous black runs, both of which were Olympic runs in 2006. These steep, long descents are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

Off-piste Skiing in Sestrière

Sestrière is a paradise for advanced skiers and is home to some of the best lift-served off-piste skiing in Italy. From steep chutes to powder-filled bowls, there is much off-piste terrain to discover. The off-piste area between the Fraiteve and Motta lifts offers some excellent routes. Always remember, when skiing off-piste, it’s essential to book a local guide or instructor who is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to keep you safe.


Sestrière offers a fantastic skiing experience with a vast array of runs catering to all abilities. Its high altitude and extensive ski area ensure reliable snow conditions and varied terrain, providing endless opportunities for adventure.

Book Ski Lessons in Sestrière with Maison Sport

Regardless of your ability, Sestrière has something for every type of skier. To make the most of your trip, we recommend booking an instructor who can help you discover the best runs to suit your skill level and enhance your experience on the slopes!