SESTRIERE SKI RESORT | ITALY
The Sestriere ski resort is located in Piedmont Region of Italy and along the border with France. Sestriere is a fairly new resort built to take advantage of the higher elevations of it's northwestern facing slopes. It has gained popularity due to hosting the 2006 Olympics and World Cup races each year. However, the location of the resort does not get regular snowfall and has to make use of snow making machines throughout the season.
The Sestriere ski area is a popular weekend destination of residents in the city of Torino. However, this is not the best resort selection of a ski vacation. There is a varity of slopes with terrian for all levels of skiers. The resort is also part of the France and Italian Milky Way area. The ski ares of Sauze d'Oulx and Sansicario reachable by the Sestriere lifts.
When they built the Sestriere resort the urban planners did not lay out the support facitlites very well. There is very little after ski activities in during the week but on the weekend the long lines and influx of day skiers liven up the village.