Sitting on the pass linking Val Susa and Val Chisone, little Sestriere is completely surrounded by mountains, many of which have been turned into ski fields, part of the Via Lattea ski region. Sestriere has around a thousand inhabitants in summer, but during the ski season, the population flourishes towards twenty thousand. There are several good hotels and chalets in the centre of town, but some of the best places to stay in Sestriere can be found in the surrounding mountains and parklands. Book one of these and you can ensure you won't have to share your spectacular views!
When it gets going, Sestriere has around 400kms worth of ski runs and trails, and you can even ski some runs at night.
In summer it is quieter though, except when the Tour de France, or the Giro d'Italia come through. Sestriere is also where you can find Europe's highest golf course.
If you're planning to visit either during the winter season or when the cyclists come through, make sure you plan ahead and book the best places to stay in Sestriere well in advance. Otherwise visit during the quieter periods, when you can imagine you've got the mountains to yourself.
Still not sure? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Sestriere, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our other Italian ski recommendations: Cortina, Madonna di Campiglio, Ortisei, Courmayeur, the Aosta Valley and the South Tyrol.
A modern hotel in the Via Lattea Olympic ski area. Contemporary rooms with wooden panelling, stunning mountain views and some have private saunas or hot tubs. Traditional mountain food, two pools and spa treatments. Striking architecture throughout. A wonderful choice for a family ski weekend.
Sauze d'Oulx, Piedmont
An enchanting chalet in the Cozie Alps. Rooms in classic Alpine style, with wooden panelling, art works, antique finishes, and all mod-cons. Lounge and bar, excellent traditional Piedmont cuisine. An ideal choice for family or couple, for skiing or recharging.