Galactic skiing: The Milky Way / Sestriere, Italy

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~Ski week three~  March 19-26, 2016: Six Galactic ski days

Come ski the Milky Way… Sestriere, Italy

Staying the village of  Sauze d’Oulx (pronounced sows eh duce)

sestriere poster

5 Italian ski resorts, 1 French, all connected, all on one lift pass, all awesome! 

The Milky Way complex centered around the Italian resort of Sestriere is huge, varied, and beautiful.

The Milky Way complex centered around the Italian resort of Sestriere is huge, varied, and beautiful.

International air, Seven nights 4-star hotel  with breakfast and dinner daily, private transfers

$1,259*

All our ski tours offer the savings of  group pricing  while still affording you as much autonomy and individual freedom as you desire. We do NOT offer micro-managed group tours. It is YOUR ski vacation and there is great flexibility withing the parameters of our tours. Of course, we always offer opportunities to participate in special events and activities, but none are mandatory. It’s your week to do with as you please. 

*Single occupancy upgrade is $294. If you would like us to find you a same-sex room mate to avoid this added cost just let us know. We cannot guarantee it, but we almost always are able to match people up.

*UPGRADE to a classic /  premium-located room: $149 per person for the entire week.

The tree skiing in Sestriere is some of the biggest anywhere. Skiman enjoys on our first trip here over a decade ago.

The tree skiing in Sestriere is some of the biggest anywhere. Skiman enjoys some tasty trees on our first trip to Sestriere  over a decade ago.

* Price subject to adjustment up or down based on change in the Euro / Dollar exchange rate, t.b.a. at time of final payment.

*IF trip size is below 30 participants, a small-group surcharge of $39 will be added to the final cost per person.

*Price does NOT include:  air taxes and fuel surcharges, currently @$599,  air cost t from your U.S. gateway city to/from JFK, lift passes.

For all skiers doing multiple weeks, there will be an additional charge for the connecting charter bus ride between the ski weeks.

 Read Skiman’s blog/essay:Why I love to ski in Europe!”

We offer trip cancellation insurance directly to you for a good savings. Click HERE details.  

Click HERE for some wonderful ski pics from past Sestriere tours we have done. 

Have a look at our 2015 tour to Mont Blanc / Courmayeur, Italy pics

Check out the pics from 2015’s tour to Monte Rosa, Italy

SWEET powder shots by Paolo the guide in Monte Rosa 2015! 



The Milky Way is a massive ski region comprised of 5 Italian and 1 French resorts.

The Milky Way is a massive ski region comprised of five Italian resorts and one French resort.

   How about a trip to the Milky Way?  That’s right. Morningstar is offering a trip to the Milky Way this March. But it is not a journey to the stars. It is a journey to the Italian Milky Way….the ski complex surrounding the resort of Sestriere, Italy. Made up of 5 Italian ski resorts and one French resort, it offers over 250 miles of groomed trails! No way will you be able to ski it all. Every day you can ski a different resort if you choose. With this much skiing, there will be plenty of variety to keep you interested and happy. And for the experts, the off-trail possibilities is limitless. We will offer guided off-trail skiing for the entire week for those interested. Once you see the vast ski terrain in this region, you will understand why the 2006 Olumpics were held here. Morningstar has done three ski weeks in this amazing ski region and every one of those weeks offered fresh powder skiing. Skiman has yet to go to Sestriere when it did not dump. Some of our most wonderful memories come from our ski days in Sestriere.  It is not an accident that we are going back for the fourth time.

When it dumps, there are always fresh tracks to be had, even right next to lifts. Our tracks laid down on a pow day in the Sestriere region years ago.

When it dumps, there are always fresh tracks to be had, even right next to lifts. Our tracks laid down on a pow day in the Sestriere region years ago.offered fresh powder skiing. Skiman has yet to go to Sestriere when it did not dump. Some of our most wonderful memories come from our ski days in Sestriere.  It is not an accident that we are going back for the fourth time.

Our village this time:  We are going to stay in a village new to us: Sauze d’Oulx.

The Grand Hotel Besson is 4-star quality in the heart of our village, in the heart of the Milky Way ski complex.

The Grand Hotel Besson is 4-star quality in the heart of our village, in the heart of the Milky Way ski complex.

Pronounced ‘sows eh duce’)  this village is small and quaint and is connected by road and skiing to all the other resorts in the area. We have found a very charming 4 star hotel in the heart of the village that will be our home for the week. Breakfast and a 4 four course dinner is included daily in your stay.

Things near by:  Turin is only one hour away and makes for a perfect day trip. Turin has some very interesting attractions, especially its Egyptian museum which is the second-best in the world… definitely worth a day trip. 

Sauze d’ Oulx is a charming village on the Milky Way, a complex of 5 Italian and 1 French resorts. It will be our home base for our March Milky Way visit.

Sauze d’ Oulx is a charming village on the Milky Way, a complex of 5 Italian and 1 French resorts.  It will be our home base for our March Milky Way  tour.

Off-trail memories: Crazy good ski days have been had in Sestriere. Tree runs that last 1.5 hours… no kidding!… Huge ski runs, so big that on one day we skied only two runs all day… Skiing thru the ruins of a mining village that was wiped out 110 years ago by an avalanche…. Being the first American group to hike up to the top of a huge chute called Galaxia and ripping pow top to bottom, at the end of which was lunch with Jimi Hendrix’ Star Spangled Banner playing to crown our “first descent”…..Skiing to our guide Andrea’s house so he could check on his pregnant cow. The house was built in 1410… Lots of great Sestriere memories… let’s go make some more!

Doing 2 or 3  ski weeks: We have many of our skier friends that want to save  money and stay for more than one  ski week. If you have the resources and the time, this is a great idea. You have to pay to fly over to Europe and back, so the longer you stay, the more value you are getting out of your ticket. You save money on each additional ski week. Take $100 off the added ski week(s) cost, since there is no air component needed. You also save a bundle by not having to pay the air taxes for additional ski  weeks. NOTE: For all skiers doing multiple weeks, there will be an additional charge for the connecting charter bus ride between the ski weeks. This cost will be determined at time of final payment and is dependent on the number of participants using this service.  Contact us for all the details about doing multiple weeks.

The air for this tour

Last year for the first time, we used Emerites Air because we had heard great things about their service and  they offered us an amazing group price. They  lived up to their reputation and all of our skiers from last year’s Europe tours raved about Emerites. So, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Emerites has once again offered us a great group rate for this year’s tours to Europe.

Sweet pow has been there for us every time.  No guarantees this time, of course... keeping fingers crossed!

Milky Way pow has been there for us every time. No guarantees this time, of course… keeping fingers crossed!

How it works: This tour start with air originating from JFK airport. Like a cruise, it is each passenger’s responsibility to get to the departure point. So it is requisite for you to get to/from JFK on your own. This air segment to/from your U.S. home airport is NOT included in the package price. Of course, if you need assistance in booking required flights, we are  happy to help you and book any required air. Just ask.

Air taxes and fuel charges: All international flights charge fuel surcharges and landing taxes. These are not included in the package price, as they can fluctuate up until the time of final payment in January. Currently, these taxes and fees are @$599 per person.

Note to Western U.S. flyers: The Emerites flights do not return back into JFK until late afternoon at the end of the tour. It makes finding connecting flights to airports in the West difficult or impossible. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to have to spend a night at a JFK-area hotel and book your return flight home on the day following your return landing at JFK.


 

Deb on Mt. Blanc glacier last year in Italy. She would love to ski with you ladies during her free intermediate clinics in Madesimo.

Deb on Mt. Blanc glacier last year in Italy. She would love to ski with you ladies during her free intermediate clinics in Sestriere.

 

Upper Beginner and Intermediate women’s ski clinics by Deb:   Skiman’s wife has learned a lot of tips from her hubby and would like to share these with the ladies on the tour. She will offer two morning sessions during the week to work on and fine-tune your ski skills. Each session will be followed by a lunch at one of the  wonderful restaurants in the resort. The lesson is free, the lunch is on you. No stress, no pressure….have some fun and get better at skiing.. Why not?

 

 



Get your Italian Mojo going!

Signing up for this tour.

→Decide how many segments you are doing. This ski week only? Multiple ski weeks?  Extension tour to Croatia? We need to know what you are considering  so we can hold the appropriate air and hotel space  for you.

→Decide about any upgrades you want (i.e. single occupancy, room upgrade) and let us know at time of signing up.

Make an initial deposit of $325 per person/ per trip. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. (Note: We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance from us or anyone else at the time of depositing to ensure the  return of any monies deposited on the tour(s) if cancellation is necessary.

Make SURE that you have a valid passport and that it does NOT expire within 3 months of your trip return date. 

Read  all the financial details pertaining to the tour(s) on the Trip Logistics page. Use the link below. 

CLICK HERE  for all the pricing and deposit data. 

 

Guess which American group laid down these tracks?  The expert skiing is great here. The intermediate skiing is great hear.  It is just great here!

Guess which American group laid down these tracks? The expert skiing is great here. The intermediate skiing is great hear. It is just great skiing in Sestriere!

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