The Italian ski resort of Sestriere links the Susa and Chisone Valleys, and sits in the heart of one of the biggest ski areas in Europe, Via Lattea or the Milky Way ski area. The highest of the Via Lattea resorts, Sestriere at 2,035m was one of the first and is still one of the highest purpose built ski resorts in the world, this means that from the resort you have fantastic access to the 146 slopes of the Via Lattea which cover a massive 400km. Sestriere's own ski area covers a vast snowy bowl and extends up to the top of Mount Fraiteve from which you can drop down into Sauze d'Oulx or San Sicario. From San Sicario you can go on to Cesane and Clavier, then you can access Montgenevre in France. Across these resorts skiers and snowboarders will find slopes to suit them, and there plenty of off-piste if you want to explore further. The most adventurous can also organise heli-skiing trips into the wild back country. For freestylers Sestriere has a snowpark with an awesome slope style area. In Sauze d'Oulx there's another park, and Montgenevre has two boardercross courses.Sestriere is a true paradise for winter sports. Ski mountaineering, ice climbing, paragliding, and cross-country skiing are some of the more energetic sports available. But for a more relaxed option you can go snowshoe trekking, although if you don't check the level of the route you choose you could end up having quite a work out. The 500m toboggan run and snowmobile tours are always fun options, and the ice rink in the resort provides fun for the whole family. Also in Sestriere you'll find sports and fitness centres, with swimming pools and all sorts of exercise facilities along with saunas and jacuzzis. And of course after the slopes close one of the main activities begins, the après ski. The resort has loads of bars and restaurants with a wide array of styles and atmospheres so you want be disappointed with the number of choices available.