With just over a month to go until ISSC 2022, let’s take a look at what’s new for the champs this year!
Sestriere was the first purpose-built ski resort in Italy. It was built by Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of Fiat, in the 1930s and so is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year! As a purpose-built ski resort, the facilities here are excellent, with much of the accommodation offering doorstep skiing.
From Sestriere, you can access the whole of the Milky Way, which offers a whopping 400km of piste.
Sestriere has a fantastic racing pedigree – in 2006 it hosted all the men’s alpine skiing competitions and was one of the three Olympic Villages during the Winter Olympic Games and Winter Paralympics. It also regularly hosts FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events and has also hosted the FIS World Championships and the IPC World Championships. In fact, just a week before the ISSC, the resort is due to host the FIS Ski World Cup.
We absolutely love Sestriere and everything it has to offer to inspire young skiers – we’re sure you’re going to love it too!
We’ll be staying in the Hotel Uappala and the Hotel Duchi d’Aosta.
The Hotel Uappala housed most of the ski athletes during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
It’s ideally located within Sestriere, just a short walk from the lifts, and has all the facilities you’d expect, including a ski room, free WiFi in public areas and a lovely restaurant with incredible panoramic views, serving traditional Piemontese cuisine buffet-style.
There’s also a theatre room and, for the adults, a great bar and wellness centre.
All guest rooms have a private bathroom and benefit from air-conditioning and a TV.
The Hotel Duchi d’Aosta is right in the heart of Sestriere, within walking distance of the ski lifts.
The restaurant is on the main floor and offers spectacular panoramic views and buffet-style meals consisting of classic Italian and Piemontese cuisine.
All guest rooms benefit from a private bathroom, TV and central heating. And the hotel also offers free WiFi in public areas, a games room and a theatre.
You’ll be able to use the spacious ski room at the hotel’s little sister, the Hotel Torre, which is just 150m from the slopes.
We think this year’s sweatshirts are the best yet! They’re a fantastic souvenir for the competitors which they can wear with pride long after ISSC wraps up!
What isn’t new?
ISSC will still run for 5 days and 6 nights, with race training and racing taking place throughout the event. And there will still be a prize-giving ceremony at the end to celebrate everyone’s fantastic achievements!
There will still be giant slalom and slalom events with team and individual prizes, as well as team parallel slalom.
And Phil Brown, owner of Impulse Racing, will be returning as our Chief of Race. Phil knows everything there is to know about ski racing. With over 30 years of experience in coaching, he’s acted as head coach for many UK clubs and has even taken skiers to the European Youth Olympics and World Student Winter Games.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you out in Sestriere next month! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our tips on what to pack and see what Chief of Race Phil Brown recommends in terms of getting your skiers race ready!