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Sansicario: kilometres of pistes among the Piedmontese forests

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Matteo Corradi
Dec 22, 2017

Located around 90km from Turin and 10km from the French border, a hamlet of Cesana Torinese, easily reachable with the A32 motorway, Sansicario is a town in the Via Lattea ("Milky Way") region which also includes Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx and Claviere, which boasts a good 400km of pistes.
The town is famous throughout the world for having hosted the downhill races and the women's super-G during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. The more daring can't possibly miss trying the Fraiteve run, and feeling the emotions of the Olympic champions.
It also hosted a stage of the Biathlon World Cup 2005.

The alpine skiing pistes are wind almost exclusively through the forests and are connected uphill to Sestriere and to Sauze d'Oulx, and downhill to Cesana Torinese. It also offers freeride pistes, ski mountaineering and ski trekking, and snowshoe paths.
The town traces its origins all the way back to the High Medieval period.
Sansicario Alto, at 1,700m altitude, is a tourist village which was constructed in 1969 by the French architect Chappis. It is characterised by the “monorail” designed by Pininfarina which connects the “piazzetta” to the residential developments and to the intermediate station.

It boasts of the so-called Economic miracle of new urban and landscape changes in the whole of the surrounding area thanks to the construction of experimental architecture by Renato Severino commissioned by Italsider.

In summer, in addition to the various walking and mountain biking trails, you can try grass skis: in the summer of 2014, when the town hosted the junior worlds, there were 9 participating nations, and two pistes were used by the event. As well as the worlds, the town has also played host to World Cup races, World Championship races and the Italian Championships.

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