Sestriere, Italy History and Facts
The Sestriere area of Italy includes four villages. They are Sestriere Colle, Sestriere Borgata, Champlas du Col and Champlas Janvier. Sestriere is part of a region in Italy known as the Milky Way. The Milky Way includes five areas in Italy: Sestriere (the four villages), Sauze d’Oulx, San Sicario, Cesana and Claviere and the resort of Montgenevre in France. The Italian and French resorts are connected by a pass that Hannibal, riding on elephants, used to invade Italy.
The villages of Sestriere were built in 1934 by the Agnelli family, the same family associated with the Fiat car company. The name Sestriere comes from pietra sesteria, a stone that was used in ancient times to measure distances.
The area around Sestriere is rich in a history that goes back to the Roman Empire. Near Sestriere is Forte di Fenestrelle an ancient fortified town that sits on the top of a hill. The view from the fort is spectacular and on winter nights the fort is lit up making it visible for miles around. From the fort you can look out at the impressive number of steps that lead to the top of the mountain. Close to Forte di Fenestrelle is the Fort di Exilles which offers a grand view of Val di Susa.
Sestriere, Italy Web Cam
The snow in Sestriere can be erratic. Some seasons they are buried in snow and in others there is barely enough to cover the ground. Snow making equipment means you can be fairly certain that there will be enough snow for you to enjoy your ski vacation. The best way to determine if there is enough snow to visit a resort is to see for yourself by looking at a local web cam.
Sestriere and the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics
Most of the alpine skiing events for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games were held in Sestriere Italy. There were five alpine skiing events for men and five for women, each having the same rules. The times are measured to .01 seconds with the fastest times determining the winner in each event.
The most exciting alpine ski event is the downhill which takes place on the longest course and is where the fastest speeds are achieved. Skiers fold themselves in a tuck position and hurtle down the mountain as fast as they can. To win, it is simply a matter of getting to the bottom of the mountain faster than everyone else while staying upright.
The slalom has the shortest course of all alpine ski events with the skier making quick, tight turns around strategically placed gates. It is a test of balance, agility, technique and speed. Each skier completes two runs on two different courses on the same slope on the same day. The times for the two runs are added together.
The giant slalom is similar to the slalom except there are fewer turns and the course is wider. Each competitor completes two runs on two different courses on the same slope. The two runs take place on the same day and the times are added together.
The super giant slalom (also called the super G) combines both speed and the ability to make tight turns around gates. The course is much longer than either the slalom or giant slalom.
The combined event combines the best of all the events. There is one downhill run followed by two slalom runs. The times for the three runs are added together.
To reach Sestriere by train take the Torino-Bardonecchia line to the Oulx station.
Getting to Sestriere
To reach Sestriere by car take the A-32 via the Frejus tunnel and exit at Oulx. Sestriere is approximately 70miles west of Torino.