Travel related

  • I’m travelling independently, how can I get from the airport?
  • There are several ways. You could either hire a car, take public transport or arrange for a taxi to pick you up. Visit the airport transfers page for quote.

  • How can I get there by train?
  • If your travelling from the UK, essentially coming down through France then you can catch a train to Oulx. From here you will need to catch a local service bus to Sestriere. Visit the how to get here section for more information.

  • What is the transfer time from Turin?
  • Transfer to Sestriere from Turin by bus should take no more than 2 hours. Car/taxi will take approximately 90 minutes.

  • I’m driving out, how long should it take from Calais?
  • I’ve made the journey to Sestriere several times from both Calais and Zeebrugge and on average it takes around 10 hours. That’s sticking pretty much to the speed limit and only stopping 3 times for petrol and a small break. The roads through France are great and although your looking at around 10 hours behind the wheel it doesn’t feel that bad. For directions see How to get here section for more information.

    Lift tickets

  • I haven’t got my ski pass yet. Is it best to get it when I arrive in resort?
  • You can easily buy your ski pass in Sestriere at several places. If you’re coming out with a tour operator then you can also purchase your ski pass from your rep.

  • Can you buy insurance with the lift ticket?
  • Yes you can. The insurance will only cover you if you happen to be lifted off the mountain by the local patrol. It works out to be about €2 per day. I strongly suggest that you take out comprehensive travel insurance with the winter sports extension before leaving home.

  • Are there any age concessions on the lift passes?
  • Yes there are age concessions. These can be found on the lift pass information page.

  • Does the pass cover the whole of the milky way?
  • A 6 day pass or above will entitle you to 1 day in Montgenevre, France. Any other ticket will allow you to ski anywhere else in the Via Lattea apart from Montgenevre. Extensions for Montgenevre can be purchased from the ski pass office in Sestriere.

  • If I buy a multiple day pass does it have to be used on consecutive days?
  • In a word yes. For example, if you were to buy a 3 day pass starting Monday then you will have upto the end of Wednesday to use it.

  • Are photos required for passes?
  • No. Not much more to be said.

  • Can I buy a half day pass?
  • You can get half day passes for the afternoon only. They start at 13.00 hrs.

  • Q.8 Can I pay for the pass with a credit card?
  • Credit cards are excepted along with certain debit cards.

    Equipment related

  • Can I get my skis/board serviced in town?
  • Clataud Sport in the centre of Sestriere offers servicing for both skis and boards.

  • Can I hire ski clothing in resort?
  • Clataud Sport carry a modest collection of clothes that can be rented. If you need to rent clothes then I suggest you email them before hand. There are plenty of shops to purchase clothes from once you arrive. It might be worth checking out the local scene around you before departure.

  • If I hire skis can I swap them for a snowboard half way through?
  • If you rent your equipment via the online shop on this site then you would be able to swap your skis for a snowboard or vice versa at any time without incurring any extra cost.

    Ski school

  • Can you have group lessons for any other period other than 6 days?
  • Unfortunatley not. All group lessons are for 6 days and start on Monday morning.

  • Can I choose AM or PM for lessons?
  • Not if your opting for group lessons. These will always be AM. If you go for private lessons then you can choose anytime you like.

  • How much are group/private lessons?
  • If you book online then a group lesson is €165. Private lessons start at €40 per hour and can only be booked in resort.

    General questions

  • What is the snow usually like early/late on?
  • Conditions these days are hard to call however the last few seasons have seen both excellent starts and ends to the season. Sestriere and the surrounding areas are excellently serviced by snow cannons so although this can’t absolutely gaurantee coverage it goes a long way. Also the village of Sestriere sits at over 2000m so the snow record is historically good.

  • Are there any cash machines in Sestriere?
  • There are several that take UK debit and credit cards.

  • Can you send me some piste maps through the post?
  • This is purely an online service and therefore I have no printed literature to send out.

  • Do I require some sort of special insurance?
  • Yes you do. Most travel insurance policies have a winter sports add on so ensure that you have that. You can find specialist Insurance companies on the Internet who only deal with winter sports policies.

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