Chalet Baita 1697
If you like your rooms straight off the pages of an interiors magazine, then Chalet Baita 1697 might be right up your strada. This stunning 17th-century Piedmontese farmhouse has been reconstructed and redesigned as a fabulous luxury ski chalet in...
Destination Guide: Sestriere
Visit Sestriere in Italy and discover a slice of modern history. This understated town in the Piedmont region of North West Italy was the first purpose-built ski resort. Developed in the 1930s by Italian entrepreneur and Fiat founder, Giovanni Agnelli, and sitting at just over 2000m you can enjoy marvellous skiing, with plenty of fresh snowfall combined with clear conditions on a luxury ski holiday in Sestriere.
With many visitors hailing from nearby fashion capital Milan, the crowd is decidedly chic and cosmopolitan.
The area basks in a proud history of international sporting glory, playing host to the 1997 World Championships and the Winter Olympics 2006. Racing down Kandahar, the men’s Olympic downhill run, visitors can unleash their own inner athlete. With excellent nursery slopes near town, tree lined red runs for intermediates and exciting steep terrain off-piste options for advanced skiers, there’s something for everyone on luxury ski holiday here.
Sestriere’s unique location – at the crossroads of the famous Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area – allows skiers to drop into neighbouring resorts, such as lively Sauze d’Oulz and picturesque San Sicaro. Luxury ski chalets can be found just moments from the nearest ski lifts and gondolas, one of which carry visitors to the crest of Mount Fraiteve, and boasts majestic panoramic views.
Snowboarders and freestyle skiers can showcase their skills at the fabulous snow park. For James Bond types, Sestriere boasts adrenaline popping heli-skiing experiences. After soaring over peaks and valleys in a helicopter, skiers are dropped on a remote mountainside to access untouched powder.
Adults and little ones alike will delight in the open-air ice rink and the resort also offers magical floodlit night skiing. Sestriere is a luxury ski holiday destination that is ideal for families with its relaxed ambience, and low-key apres ski.
The nearest international aiport at Turin, is 90 minutes by car from Sestriere and the resort is 30 minutes’ drive from Oulx train station.
Best places to eat and drink in Sestriere
Renowned for Italian/French-Fusion cuisine and powerful Barolo, Barberesco and Berbera wines, the Piedmont region is also home to world famous beef and the Alba white truffle, which is shaved over pasta, pizza and risotto and is a must try on chefs night off at your luxury ski chalet.
Bagna Cauda, meaning ‘hot bath’ is a Piedmontese staple. The olive oil-based anchovy and garlic fondue is eaten with bread and crudites and served over an open flame. Torta di Nocciola is the region’s traditional hazelnut cake – perfect for a sweet treat with a café latte when you return to your luxury ski chalet after a day on the slopes.
Sestriere in Italy has its share of gastronomic delights. At the elegant Vineria del Colle, Grand Hotel, diners can enjoy beautifully presented specialities, such as venison stew. Hearty local fare can be found at Pinkies Pizzeria but before dinner head to Black Pepper for some delicious cocktails which come highly recommended.
Best time to visit Sestriere
Visit between December and April to experience the best of the snow. During summer months, hiking and cycling are popular and visitors can enjoy a round of golf on Europe’s highest 18-hole course.
What we love about Sestriere
The magical gondola ride which glides visitors to the top of majestic Mount Fraiteve is a must do.
Ski Area: Via Lattea (Milky Way)
Altitude of resort: 2035m
Top lift Altitude: 2825m
Total pistes: 400km
Number of lifts: 72
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