Base elevation: 2035m
Highest point: 3200m
Longest run: 1500vm
Piste km: 400km
Season: Dec. – April
Terrain: Alpine, Forest
Group size Heliski: 4 pat.
Group size Freeride: 4 pat.
Sestriere, our southern most heliski area, is located on the Italian-French border west of Turin (I) and east of Briançon (F) in the Italian region of Piedmont. The heli skiing piedmont area with its various sectors and over 80 runs has been known for decades for its snow reliability and diversity. Already Giovanni Agnelli the Fiat founder recognized the potential of the mountains around Sestriere and in 1930, they built the first lifts. Nowadays on bad weather days, we can use the ski area with over 400km of slopes for freeriding.
Thanks to its location in the south, Sestriere is a powder guarantor – especially, if once more the skiers in the northern Alps are still waiting for the snow. The area is well known for its various terrain with even tree skiing runs. The wide larch forest often offers an ideal treeskiing area in endless powder.
Treeskiing means to take runs on skiers or snowboards trough forests and natural brushwood, enjoying the deep snow. In doing so, skills and expertise are needed to curve around the trees. Treeskiing has its origins in Canada.
Sestriere regularly gets snow from the south, west and even east, which turns the region in a true powder paradise. The ideal heliski period is here from end of December to beginning of April. During this time of the year, you will often find the desired powder snow.