SESTRIERE SKI RESORT | ITALY

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.

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ALAGNA SKI RESORT | ITALY The Alagna ski resort is located on the southeastern slopes of Monte Rosa.  The area has limited groomed runs but is open of off-piste skiing, making it the Freeride destination in Italy.   The town of Alagna is a  small village on the far eastern slopes of the Monterosa ski area, in the Lombardy Region of Italy. The old wooden buildings and quiet streets make it feel distinctly different from the conventional ski resort. But the three-valley network of lifts and pistes is anything but small-scale, and the slopes offer some of the ski area’s best off-piste opportunities. Expert skiers have plenty of bowls to play in, and the black Olen piste is a superb challenge. When there is plenty of snow Alagna is one of my favorite areas to visit, however, high winds can close the lifts.  There are three other resorts connected to Alagna to create Monterosa Ski area, so if you tire of the groomed runs on Alagna side head for Gressoney and Champoluc.  Just give yourself time to get back over to Alagna before the lifts close dorwn.  There is also very little night life in the area so it is ski hard, off to bed, and an early rise to catch first tracks. QUICK OVERVIEW ON THE MOUNTAIN Skiers in Alagna can take the modern cable car from the village centre straight up to Pianalunga (a rise of nearly 850 vertical metres) and from there decide whether to take the new cable car a further 850 metres higher to Passo Salati (2971m - 1,700m vertical ascent from two lifts!) - which opens up the links to Gressoney and Champoluc; or whether to take the chairlift to Bocchetta elle Pisse (2396) and the slopes used for competitions. From there its possible to ascend to the Punta Indren Glacier and the full 2000m+ vertical. The Olen and Bors Valleys offer fairly difficult skiing and spectacular off piste opportunities. For beginners and early intermediates there's a special separate area, Wold, some 500m north of the village. Although low altitude it has full snow-making cover. This is a good place to get your ski legs on morning of the first day and then move to higher altitude. From Gressoney, the central valley, lifts stretch up on either side to reach trails back down to Champoluc on one side and Alagna on the other. Runs of all standards descend on either side and back down to the resort.   Monterossa Ski Map There are many on and off piste itineraries in the area including the most popular Mount Rose Grand Tour which begins at 8.30 with a rendezvous at the Monterosa Ski offices in Champoluc. There's a bus link to Frachey, from where you can ski to the Gressoney Valley via Colle della Bettaforca (2701m) continuing on to the Passo dei Salati (2967m) and then descending along the Valsesia face of the slopes. An ascent to Punta Indren (3260m) follows with an off piste descent towards Gressoney. The tour ends back in Champoluc at 4pm.  Heliskiing is another popular activity given the wide range of high peaks in the area - and the proximity to France where heliskiing is banned. There's a wide choice of descents available to suit almost all ability levels. You can also take a helicopter to the top of the Lys mountain pass for a descent along the Grenz glacier down to Zermatt. Two or three day variants of the tour, staying overnight in Cervinia or Zermatt, are available. Away from the main Three Valleys area, there are small separate ski areas on the Pass, including an area of mostly red and blue slopes above Antagnod, famous for their sunshine record, and at Gressoney St Jean there are famous slopes down through the old Swiss pines of Weissmatten. Telemarking is also popular in the area and there' a special club for Telemarkers. Cross country skiers have valley trails around the area. However summer skiing ended here several seasons ago when work began on the lift upgrades. EATING OUT Restaurants in Alagna offer typical regional meals and wines from the Piedmont region and across Italy. HOW TO GET TO ALAGNA Milan Malpensa is just under two hours away from Alagna, whilst the city’s other airport, Linate, lies on the other side of the city – the drive takes around two and a half hours, depending on traffic. Turin airport is also around two and a half hours away. Milan Malpensa airport: 2 hours Milan Linate airport: 2.5 hours Turin airport: 2.5 hour ALAGNA CONTACT INFORMATION Website: www.alagna.it Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: +39 01 63 92 29 88 Facebook: @alagna.it Twitter: @Alagnapuntoit

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CERVINIA SKI RESORT | ITALY

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The Cervinia Ski Resort is located on the southern slopes of the Matterhorn.  Located in the Aosta Valley Region the Cervinia-Breuil resort is a less expensive alternative to Zermatt.  You can ski the Zermatt slopes from the Cervinia side. 

This is an excellent resort for anyone who likes easy well groomed piste.  Cervinia resort is a perfect spring destination with plenty of sunshine.  If you are looking for bumps and power this is not the best destination.  There is some challenging terrain on the Zermatt side.  But staying on the Italian side you lose a lot of time to get over to these areas. 

The village was re-named Cervinia when it was developed for skiing in the 1960's, but you will still find the original name of Breuil when you are searching on the map. There is not a lot to do in the evenings and your are about 24 km up the mountain.  For this reaon bad weather can shut down the resort in the harsher winter months, especially high winds.

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PLAN DE CORONES SKI RESORT | ITALY

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Plan de Corones is little-known outside of Italy and Austria but popular with locals because of its excellent intermediate terrain and  hi-tech lift system. The slopes have 100 per cent snowmaking, and it is used very well.  

There several small resorts spread around the base of the mountains with lifts and runs forming a spider like network. San Vigilio is a pretty little village with its own little area of slopes separate from the main Plan de Corones area but linked by a cross-village gondola. On the other side of the mountain is Percha, now linked by lift and rail service from Brunico.

There are two great long runs with 1300m vertical that are always well groomed that run down to the town of Brunico. The Plan de Corones resort is great for beginner to intermediate skiers.  There is also plenty of options for the advanced skier to explore but very little off piste.  It is close enough to other resorts that you could get over to Corvara or the Sella Ronda for a day.

The only disavantages of the area is that the villages are very quiet for those looking for night life.  Also there is very little English spoken in the area and you should have a good grasp of German rather than Italian.  A great resort for a ski week but if you are a full day skier you could get bored after a few days.

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