The Setting

The Via Lattea is a winter sports area straddling the French-Italian border. Better known to the British as the Milky Way, the Via Lattea covers all the skiing in Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, San Sicario, Claviere and Montgenèvre and is the biggest ski area in the Susa Valley with some 400 km of slopes. Situated at the far end of the Milky Way ski area we find Sestriere.​

Placed just above the treeline, Sestriere is one of the highest resorts in Italy at 2035m elevation, which guarantees wonderful snow conditions and a fun-filled ski holiday. A well established ski resort village thanks to its use during the Winter Olympics in 2006, Sestriere has a modern and trendy feel that has a wide variety of apres-ski activities, a fantastic offering of traditional Italian cuisine and is an enviable doorway to a snow white paradise.​

The Skiing

The ski school is relaxed and friendly, the main nursery slopes offer magic carpets and a couple of button lifts paired with some gently sloped Blues to ease your way in to becoming a skier.


Those more accomplished skiers can explore the Via Lattea with some 400kms of varied pistes on the Italian side of the system, with a six day ski pass you also get a one day pass to visit Montgenèvre on the French side of the system. Sestriere also offers nighttime skiing on the same floodlit runs as skied by the pros during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games., the largest ski resort test portal in the world, has presented the ski resort Via Lattea – Sestriere/Sauze d’Oulx/San Sicario/Claviere/Montgenèvre with 15 awards


Resort height:

2035 m

Top station:

2823 m

Glacier skiing:


Doorstep skiing:


Distance from slopes:

500 m

Transfer by:




Total slopes:

400 km

Blue slopes:

96 km (24%)

Red slopes:

220 km (55%)

Black slopes:

84 km (21%)

Snow cannons:


Average snowfall


34/39/66/27 cm per week

The Accommodation

The Gran Rock puts a modern twist on rustic alpine design, and there’s an up-to-date feel throughout, from the open plan bar and lounge to the spacious bedrooms with their timber feature walls. You’ll be staying in quieter spot outside the resort centre, so it’s great if you like a more laid-back atmosphere.


It’s 10 minutes’ walk to the nearest lift, but the hotel runs a shuttle bus service, which means you can save your legs for the slopes – they’ll even collect you when you’re done skiing for the day.  


Mealtimes are another highlight here. There’s a big continental buffet to kick things off, where you can take your pick from fresh breads, cereals and omelettes – or just grab a quick coffee and pastry if you can’t wait to hit the piste. A picnic lunch is provided to take with you to the slopes and at the end of a days skiing tuck into the tasty treats at the afternoon tea. In the evenings, there are four courses of fine dining to savour.

Sestriere - Hotel Gran Roc 

Exceptional skiing

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