Welcome to Sestriere, one of the most famous mountain resorts in Italy. Set in the spectacular Piedmont Alps, at an elevation of more than 2,000 meters above sea level, Sestriere offers the perfect mix of adventure and elegance, sport and relaxation.

Although it is known primarily for its ski area-which boasts world-class ski slopes-you will soon find yourself captivated by much more.

In this travel guide, we will endeavor to explore every corner of Sestriere. From exciting skiing and snowboarding on the Milky Way, to vibrant nightlife and delicious Piedmontese cuisine in its cozy restaurants.

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Sestriere is not just a winter destination.

In summer, the surrounding mountains and forests turn into a paradise for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. We will also explore the thousands of hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through Sestriere’s stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and exciting outdoor activities.

The pearl of the Piedmont Alps awaits you, and this guide will be your perfect companion along the way.

What to see in Sestriere

Sestriere, known primarily for its fantastic ski slopes, is a treasure trove of natural beauty worth exploring in every season.

Majestic mountains, flower-filled meadows, green forests and crystal clear alpine lakes create landscapes of unparalleled beauty. In this post we will explore the natural beauty of Sestriere and its surroundings.

Fraiteve Mountain

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Mount Fraiteve is one of the most exciting points of interest near Sestriere. Located at an elevation of 2,701 meters above sea level, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding alpine vistas.

With its ancient trails and wide scenic areas, Mount Fraiteve is a dream destination for all nature and hiking lovers. In summer, the mountain offers a first-class trekking adventure through wildflower meadows, forests, rocky slopes and sharp ridges culminating in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

In winter, Fraiteve turns into a skier’s paradise, with several slopes winding down its slopes. The slopes are suitable for skiers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. With quick and easy connections to the Milky Way trail network, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy an immense variety of trails.

Cable cars to the summit of Mount Fraiteve operate in both summer and winter, making these stunning alpine views easily accessible even for those who prefer a more relaxed outing.

For those looking for a challenge, the ascent to Fraiteve on foot is a rewarding experience. Well-marked trails pass through varied and fascinating natural environments, with opportunities to spot the area’s rich wildlife, including ibex, marmots and various types of birds.

Gran Bosco di Salbertrand Nature Park

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The Gran Bosco di Salbertrand Nature Park, located a short distance from Sestriere, is a hidden gem in the Piedmont Alps. Opened in 1980, the park covers an area of more than 3,292 hectares and is an outstanding example of an alpine landscape with dense forests, green meadows and roaring streams.

The park’s flora is richly varied, including both species typical of the Alps, such as spruce and European larch, and rarer varieties typical of more northern latitudes. In spring and summer, the park’s meadows are transformed into a colorful canvas of wildflowers, including rare species of wild orchids.

Wildlife abounds in the Great Woods, making the park an excellent place for animal spotting.

In addition to its extraordinary biodiversity, the Gran Bosco di Salbertrand Nature Park offers a network of well-marked hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty. Some of them lead to historical sites, such as ancient mines and remnants of military fortifications, providing a wonderful opportunity to combine nature exploration with a touch of local history.

Black Lake and Lake Losetta

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Nestled in the mountains of the Piedmont Alps, Lakes Nero and Losetta are two fantastic hiking destinations in all seasons.

Located at the foot of Mount Fraiteve, Black Lake is a beloved destination for its wild beauty and tranquility. Access to the lake is via a well-marked hiking trail that winds through forests and alpine meadows, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. In autumn, the reflection of the brightly colored trees on the crystal clear water of the lake provides a landscape of indescribable beauty.

Lake Losetta is located at an elevation of 2,270 meters, surrounded by towering alpine peaks. This lake is popular with hikers because of its accessibility and its shores, which are perfect for a picnic or just a moment of relaxation. When weather conditions permit, the calm waters of the lake reflect the surrounding mountains, creating a breathtaking backdrop.

Both lakes are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle from Sestriere and are must-see stops for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and the natural beauty of alpine scenery. In addition to being fantastic places to escape and relax, Lakes Nero and Losetta also offer excellent photographic opportunities due to their spectacular location and surrounding views.

Basset Hill

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Basset Hill is one of the most spectacular vantage points around Sestriere. Located at an elevation of about 2,421 meters above sea level, this mountain pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps.

Basset Pass is famous for its sweeping views ranging from the peaks of the Monviso Massif, to the Cottian Alps Group, to the majestic peaks of Mount Rocciamelone and Gran Paradiso. On a clear day, the view extends as far as the eye can see, providing scenery of unparalleled beauty.

A well-marked hiking trail leads up to the pass, offering a rewarding trekking experience through alpine meadows and coniferous forests. Along the way, a variety of wildlife can be spotted, including chamois, ibex and marmots.

In addition to hiking, Basset Pass is a popular destination for cyclists, offering a challenging but extremely scenic route. During the winter season, the hill turns into a paradise for cross-country skiers, thanks to well-maintained trails and snowy scenery.

Skiing in Sestriere

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When it comes to skiing in Italy, Sestriere is a destination that should never be missing from your list. Located in the heart of the Piedmont Alps, this resort is one of the most renowned and historic winter sports centers, ideal for snow lovers.

The slopes of Sestriere

Sestriere is known worldwide for its fantastic ski slopes. With more than 400 kilometers of trails spread among vast alpine vistas and enchanted forests, there are options here for all skill levels, from beginners to experts. In addition to alpine skiing, the area also offers excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing, with a network of trails stretching for dozens of kilometers at varying degrees of difficulty.

Ski schools

For those new to skiing or those looking to improve their skills, Sestriere offers several ski schools with qualified instructors ready to teach skiers of all ages. From private lessons to group classes, there is a wide variety of opportunities to learn and improve.

Experience Sestriere beyond skiing

In addition to its spectacular slopes, Sestriere also offers a number of other winter attractions. Sledding, skating, snowshoeing and more allow everyone to have fun. What’s more, with a vibrant après-ski scene, excellent local cuisine, and a variety of quality accommodations, a visit to Sestriere proves enjoyable even after the final descent.

Sestriere is truly a paradise for snow lovers. Whether you are an experienced skier looking for new challenges or a beginner ready to put yourself to the test, this Piedmont mountain resort has everything you need for an unforgettable ski vacation.

Where to sleep in Sestriere

Sestriere, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Popular options include hotels, guesthouses, apartment rentals and campgrounds, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

Whatever your travel style or budget, Sestriere has something to offer to ensure a memorable stay.

 


How to get to Sestriere

Sestriere, located in the heart of the Piedmont Alps, is easily accessible by any means of transportation.

Driving along the A32 Turin-Bardonecchia road, it is necessary to exit at “Oulx Circonvallazione.” From there, follow the SS24 road to Cesana Torinese for 10 km, then travel another 10 km on the SR23 to reach Sestriere.

Alternatively, it is possible to reach Sestriere through the Susa Valley, using the SS24 Monginevro road to Cesana T.se, and then continuing on the SP23R.

It is also possible to reach Sestriere from various locations in Italy by train or bus.

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