The Biancaneve is perfectly placed in a quiet and sunny spot right on the edge of Sestrière, so throughout your whole stay you'll be surrounded by the stunning panoramic views of the slopes.
The hotel has a traditional feel and the owners are particularly proud of bringing that traditional character into the menus of the restaurant. They offer up traditional and international cuisine and it's all accompanied by a fantastic selection of wines from the Piedmont region.
When you aren't filling up on their fantastic foods, you can head to the bar for a relaxing drink or go straight to the lounge with a book for some downtime. There's a TV room as well, and a sauna is available at a local charge. There's a handy little internet corner too, and ski storage is free to use at the base of the slopes.
From the hotel to…
Nearest lift: 600m
Tuition meeting point: 600m
Resort centre: 400m
About the resort
As one of the highest ski resorts in Italy, Sestrière has got it all - excellent snow conditions, a laid back feel, 400km of beautifully pisted runs and a chilled out aprés-ski scene that visitors love. It's a cosmopolitan sort of place, boasting genuine Italian hospitality and some good shopping too.
The resort sits at 2035m and is just above the treeline. This is the place where you can ski until your legs can't ski anymore - then soak up the sun and have a few aperitivos. Intermediates should try skiing to Montgenèvre in France for the day, a real leg burner!
After hours there is a smattering of nightclubs to while away the hours in with a few drinks and a lively atmosphere. And then there's the boutique shopping, which proves to be very popular.
Area size: 400km
Resort altitude: 1509m
Skiing altitude: 1390m to 2825m
Number of runs: 214
Range of runs: 25% green/blue, 55% red and 20% black
Lifts: 45 drags, 36 chairs, 1 gondola and 1 cable car
Night skiing: No
Snowmaking: 32% of runs covered
Food and drink
The Hotel Biancaneve serves up half board meals. You'll have a continental breakfast in the morning and a four-course dinner at night. The evening meal also comes with a choice for both the first and second course.
You'll love the restaurant - the owners pride themselves on their cuisine, and the menus are bursting with traditional and international dishes, as well as fantastic regional wines. Your Christmas and New Year meals are included too.
The Biancaneve's 51 room are simply furnished and well-appointed. You'll have a choice between twin, triple and four-bedded rooms that come with a twin bed and set of bunk beds. All of the rooms have a shower and a TV.
Official rating: ***
Panoramic views of the slopes
Traditional bar and restaurant
Free ski storage
Sauna for a local charge
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Thursday (21 December), Wednesday (27 December), Tuesday (2 January) and Sunday (rest of the season)