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Sestriere
—  Comune  —
Comune di Sestriere
Sestriere is located in Italy
Sestriere
Location of Sestriere in Italy
Coordinates: 44°57′N 6°53′E / 44.95°N 6.883°E / 44.95; 6.883Coordinates: 44°57′N 6°53′E / 44.95°N 6.883°E / 44.95; 6.883
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Province of Turin (TO)
Government
 - Mayor Walter Marin
Area
 - Total 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Elevation 2,035 m (6,677 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 886
 Density 35.4/km2 (91.8/sq mi)
 - Demonym Sestrieresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10058
Dialing code 0122
Patron saint Saint Eduard
Saint day October 13
Website Official website

Sestriere (French: Sestrières) is an alpine village in Italy, a comune (municipality) of the Province of Turin. It is 17 km (11 miles) from the French border. Its name derives from Latin: ad petram sistrariam, that is at sixty Roman miles from Turin.

Location of Sestriere in the province of Turin.
Mount Rotta in Sestriere

Sestriere is a popular skiing resort; during the winter holidays the population goes up to about 20,000 people. Together with the villages of Pragelato, Claviere, Sauze d'Oulx, Cesana Torinese and San Sicario, and Montgenèvre in France, it makes up the Via Lattea (Milky Way) skiing area. Sestriere is connected to 146 skiable pistes, for a total of up to 400 km of trails, of which 120 are provided with artificial snow. Sestriere is also one of the few facilities where it is possible to ski at night on a floodlit run.

It regularly hosts Alpine Ski World Cup events, and it hosted the World Championships in 1997; it was a main venue during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and the 2006 Winter Paralympics, hosting all the men's alpine skiing competitions and being the site of one of the three Olympic Villages.

In the summertime it is possible to play golf on Europe's highest 18-hole course.

It is also a famous starting and arrival point in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Notably, it was the scene of a definitive moment in Lance Armstrong's career when he rode away from the field in a breakaway uphill finish to take the stage in the 1999 Tour de France, which was the first of his seven championships in that race.

The two hotel towers, one of which was part of the Olympic Village, were built in the 1930s by FIAT's founder Giovanni Agnelli, and have become the symbol of the village; these were the first buildings of the village.

Linked Resorts

It is a part of the Via Lattea (Milky Way ski area in Italy, where the 2006 Winter Olympics were held.

Pragelato - the resort is part of the Via lattea(Milky Way) , is connected to this area by the new cableway Pattemouche - Anfiteatro built in 2006; in Pragelato there is also a cross country courses. There is a wide variety of activities for tourists, who can enjoy any kind of sport, in summer there is also a golf course 9 hole. Pragelato is a natural paradise for cross-country skiing, you have the chance to try the Olympic course supplied with planned snow-making system over 10 km as well as the tourist course that winds along the gorgeous scenarios of the Val Troncea Natural Park. The jumping hill stadium present the Olympic heritage, which highlights the tourist-sport development of this resort

Claviere - This small resort is just over the border in Italy and is included in the Monts de la lune lift pass. It is where the Olympic cross country ski teams practised in the Olympics in 2006.

San Sicario - They held the Biathlon and Alpine skiing events here in the 2006 winter Olympics. They also held the Bobsleigh and luge events here. You can attempt the Olympic women's super G and downhill courses.

Sauze d'Oulx - Free Style Skiing Olympic events held here in 2006. The resort is acclaimed for its lively apres-ski.

Serre Chevalier - Nearby French resort with over 250 km of skiing. There is a free day of skiing here on your lift pass.

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