With the Sochi Olympic ending, Holiday Homes in Italy takes a look at another Olympic destination, Sestriere. This Italian resort hosted the Olympics back in 2006 and is now starting to become a top class and cosmopolitan destination. The resort is located in the heart of the extensive Milky Way ski area and offers reliable snow and excellent and varied pistes. It is perfect for beginners with plenty of wide nursery slopes and both intermediates and expert skiers are catered for with fantastic skiing in over 400 km of terrain with linked access to neighbouring resorts of Sansecario and Sauze D'Oulx. This is also boarding heaven with plenty of off-piste opportunities and a great snow park.
The resort has many restaurants and there is a good apres-ski scene in the numerous bars, especially at weekends, where the Italians drive up from Turin and Milan. Off-piste activities include, swimming pool, ice skating rink, gym, saunas and indoor tennis.
Right in the heart of the resort is the Olympic Village, which offers excellent value and good accommodation with many facilities on hand. This is perfect for families and groups where you have plenty of meeting places and leisure facilities all under one roof and being a short distance from the lifts – what more could you ask for! The leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gym and spa with sauna, steam, whirlpool and treatment centre. There is evening entertainment, a lounge bar and three separate restaurants. Families can benefit from the mini-club, which is included in the accommodation price. If that wasn’t enough, there are also shops and ski rental on-site – perfect for those just wanting to ski and relax in the evening without having to venture out.
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In addition to Sestriere, several different Italian ski resorts played host to winter Olympians in 2006; Bardonecchia was the site of the snowboarding competitions, Cesana San Sicario held the biathlon and alpine skiing, but the best known to UK skiers was Sauze d’Oulx which hosted the freestyle skiing events.
Situated at one end of the lift-linked Via Lattea (Milky Way), Sauze d'Oulx is one of the largest, most popular resorts in the area, offering access to over 400km of pistes. The resort sits on a mountain shelf with impressive views of the towering mountains. Boarders will enjoy the big open pistes and intermediates are spoilt for choice. The resort is a also party venue and lively at night with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs. There is an attractive and quieter old part with narrow streets, quaint properties and good restaurants.
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