Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for Sestrière
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Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for Sestrière
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First visited in 1993 and not much has changed as far as the lifts go. They are old, slow and unreliable. Constantly stopping and prone to closure as soon as there's any wind. Sestriere side itself is relatively small so you need to use the one gondola in and out as the run back is a path and often closed from the mid point. This might be good beginners resort and ok for intermediates but it's not worth second visit. the lift pass is on the cheaper side but still poor value for money. limited apres with a limited range of shops. ... Full Review
Despite snow and tons of people they’ve barely opened the lifts and none of the links. Lifts are slow and old. Montgenevre is much better with more balanced mix of runs and better lift infrastructure. There are tons of kids and half hour waits for lifts. Not worth coming. ... Full Review
I just spent a week at Sestriere throughout the entire week my party were not particularly pleased with the resort and all of us agreed we wouldn’t return. In this review I have compared it to Montgenèvre which is the French part of the Milky Way Valley.
First of all the good things: Pinky Bar and Hotel du Col were incredibly friendly as were most restaurants and bars in the town. In your lift pass a day’s skiing in Montgenèvre was included and we found the skiing really good there. The reps from Crystal were also very friendly. The slopes when open in Sestriere provide a good array of beginner and challenging slopes with some fantastic long reds with beautiful scenery.
The negatives: the resort was partially closed we believe due to ‘winds’ this was not well explained which concentrated a lot of people into a small area. Whilst I firmly believe skiing should be for everyone I disagree with arrogance. The local ski school and race squad contained a lot of children who were being ‘supervised,’ by instructors who regularly cut you up on runs, pushed past you in the queue and on four occasions that I saw were texting whilst skiing red and blue runs. The food on the slopes was a joke with food often overpriced and on one occasion staff very rude. Now I understand that there are challenges involved in getting food up a hill but Montgenèvre was able to do it for a lesser price and higher quality.
For anyone considering going to Sestriere I would recommend Montgenèvre over it as the runs seemed to be all open when Sestriere wasn’t. The runs were slightly more interesting and the food on the slopes is better.... Full Review
Half term overcrowded especially on Saturday. Lift pass is ridiculously expensive for outdated antiquated chairs. Two didn't run in entire week. Lift attendants uninterested and unhelpful, one queue took just over an hour with at last three empty chairs as tricky for children in particular to get on. Disgusting and overpriced service considering price of pass. Skiing itself is OK though very samey. Stayed at hotel du col which was first class so overall enjoyed the week. However would go somewhere different next year. ... Full Review
Visited Sestriere in 2015 as a group of 3 males. Cheap food and drink with easy access to the piste from the Olympic Village. Fun on and off piste. Great Holiday.... Full Review
great mountain skiing in general is great not good for beginners tho but amazing for intermediate
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Went as a party of 4, two beginners (including me), one intermediate and one expert (my partner). We stayed at the Olympic village - basic accomodation, however clean and had a lovely balcony view. We went for the Easter holidays, and as a result in the afternoon the temperature was very hot for skiing, and the pistes got all slushy. Would not recommend going at this time of the year again, as the afternoon held little enjoyment.
This is not really an area for beginners, as there are lots of red runs and hardly any greens - with some of the reds being as steep as the black runs. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even though I was a beginner on holiday, I tried all of the runs, however my friend who was also a beginner but less of a maniac, than me didn't enjoy it. I would recommend it for intermediate / expert skiiers, who aren't looking for a good nightlife as well. The best feature was the area lift pass, which meant other resorts could be accessed. (Try the olympic black runs, especially from the starter hut lol)... Full Review
The closure of the lift from Borgata to Sauze means that all skiers have to use the Fraiteve lift to accsess Sauze, Sansicario and Cessna this causes queues at peak period. Also returning to Sestriere from Sauze has changed with the removal of the chair lift to Col Basset. Yes, a new lift has been erected up to Fraiteve, but it is only a TWO person, rediculous for a new lift and an important link. Huge queues at week-end. All the alterations have made Fraieve a major cross roads and it is very busy, and almost impossible to avoid.... Full Review
This was my 15th ski holiday and Setriere was by far the the dullest resort in terms of skiing and apres ski. The resort is an architectural dogs dinner and the infrastucture was outdated. Slow chairlifts followed by all too easy runs made for a repetitive and tedious routine. The runs were hopelesly signposted but it didn`t really make any difference as there is such little variation between each run. The restaurants served up bog standard fare which was just about adequate. This was my first ski trip to Italy and I`ll be heading straight back to Chamonix or Courchevel next season. The only thing Sestriere has going for it is the fact that it`s a short transfer from the airport but apart from that it is totally inferior to any other resort I have visited inluding Morzine,Kitzbuel, val disere and chamonix.... Full Review
Sestriere is considered the main ski range of the Via Lattea (milky way) mountains. Its most famous visitor being Alberto Tomba who, in 1987 won his first world cup slalom race there. I think that said slalom run (located at the start of the pistes) is the best on the mountain. All pistes are southern facing so when the suns out, they can get a little slushy but the resort has fantastic snow making facilities. Prices on the mountain are generally fair and all mountain restaurants serve traditional pasta and pizzas. Off piste runs are fantastic and you don't have to trek far away to find them. There is good deal of beginners runs (the ski instructors are excellent) but if you are an advanced skier you may get a little bored as none of the runs are too steep.
Nightlife is not particularly good but if you are traveling with a large group you will always find plenty of entertainment in one of the many bars. I find the Igloo bar best for apres ski or head to Pinkies Pizzeria (the pizza there is fantastic!)... Full Review
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