Galactic skiing: The Milky Way / Sestriere, Italy

3.07.2015
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Morningstar Ski Tour’s 24th Annual European Alps Fest.

First ski week: March 8-16, 2019

Ski 6 interconnected resorts in two countries… one of the largest ski complexes in the world.

Sestriere, Italy

sestriere poster

*5 Italian ski resorts, 1 French, all connected, all on one lift pass, all awesome! This is the largest ski resort in Italy and one of the largest in the world. 

*Four-star Cristallo Hotel with Breakfast and 4 course dinner included daily. Roll out of bed and onto the lift. It is almost that close. 20 yards from the lift.

Private charter bus transfers to/from Milan airport to your hotel.

$1,399

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.

$1,399*

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 $349. 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.

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 $29 will be added to the final cost per person.

*Price does NOT include:  air, small local lodging tax of a few euros per night.

For all skiers doing multiple weeks, there will be an additional charge for the connecting charter bus ride between the ski weeks, to be determined once the number of skiers doing this multi-week program is determined.

 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

 



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 four ski weeks in this amazing ski region and every one of those weeks offered fresh powder skiing. We have  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 fifth time.

Our hotel… We are moving it up a notch!  We are going big on this trip… Big on luxury and big on convenience. We are going with the most well-located hotel in Sestriere, right in the middle of the village and 20 yards from the lifts. We will be right in the middle of the entire ski complex of 6 resorts. Our Hotel Crisallo is not the least expensive option we could have chosen, but it is the best. There is something to be said for ski in / ski out. It makes for a very relaxed ski vacation. As always, our package includes Breakfast and a 4 course dinner daily. 

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. 

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 both  ski weeks (Sestriere and  Tros Vallees, France): 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.

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: You arrange air so that you are at the Milan Malpensa airport by noon on March 9, 2019. That means you must leave the U.S. no later than March 8.  If you are doing the Sestriere ski week only, you must arrange your return air from Milan MXP on March 16, with no departure time earlier than 11 AM.  

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 cross

 



Get your Italian Mojo going!

Signing up for this tour.

→Decide how many segments you are doing. This ski week only?Both ski weeks?  Extension tour to Puglia, Italy? 

→Single occupancy upgrade? Let us know at sign up. 

Make an initial deposit of $300 per person/ per trip. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. (Note: We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance from us  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. 

for the pricing, deposits,  and logistics page.

 

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 here. It is just great skiing in Sestriere!

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