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You can ski the extensive and varied runs of the Milky Way from cosmopolitan, high altitude Sestriere...
Let's start with the bad news. This part of the Italian Alps is known for its erratic snowfall, and that means that powder hounds will often be disappointed by the lack of off-piste skiing in the area.
Resort height: 2,035m
However, Sestriere's high, northwest-facing slopes make it more snow-secure than its neighbours. And even when there is very little of the white stuff, the resort's extensive snowmaking facilities should keep the pistes in skiable condition.
More expert skiers and snowboarders will also be pleased to hear that the terrain around Sestriere is on the challenging side for the area.
Locally, the slopes are concentrated around two main areas, Banchetta and Sises, offering everything from short mogul fields to long, wide runs for cruising.
This makes Sestriere a good choice for confident intermediates and near-advanced level skiers and boarders who are happy to stay on piste.
Beginners too should be kept happy by the nursery slopes directly in front of the village, as well as the easy longer runs to progress to locally, and over in Sauze d'Oulx.
Some of the chairlifts are old and slow, though. And that can exacerbate the queues on sunny weekends.
The transfer to Sestriere from Turin airport takes about one and a half hours...
Alternatively, you can arrive by train into Oulx station, which is about a 30-minute drive away.
Sestriere offers access to a range of slopes, making it a good choice if you are travelling with a mixed ability group...
A lack of snow could spoil the fun for everyone, though, which is why it's sensible to avoid in very early or late season.
Sestriere is no beauty, but it has a good choice of activities for non-skiing visitors and won't break the bank...
Sestriere tends to be quite quiet during the week and really rather rowdy at the weekend. So if you want to do some partying, Friday and Saturday nights are the time to hit the town. La Gargote is a safe bet for après-ski drinks, while Black Pepper is often lively. For food, try Mama Lia, Barabba or Il Centro.
Sestriere boasts a sports centre, a swimming pool, a Turkish bath and a good selection of shops. And if you're feeling active, you can also try your hand at cross-country skiing or husky dog sledding.
Cost of living 7/10
Sestriere is not expensive as ski resorts go - in fact, if you're used to the flashier resorts in the French Alps, the prices here will come as a welcome surprise. You can pick up a pizza, for example, for about €6 (£5).
Attractiveness of the resort 3/10
There's no getting away from the fact that purpose-built Sestriere is a bit of an eyesore.
If prettiness is important to you, you may therefore be better off in more traditional Borgata, which is about 100m lower than Sestriere.