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Sauze d’Oulx   Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Turin (75 mins)
Ski Area 400km (Milky Way)
Ski Lifts 89
Ski Runs 160
Longest Run 11km
Resort Height 1505m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 4.5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Sauze d’Oulx Ski Resort is situated on a sunny, west-facing plateau at a height of 1500m. Its charm, picture postcard old village centre and cheerful Italian informality make it a pleasure to visit. Consequently Sauze is not only a favourite haunt of British skiers and late night revellers, many of whom return annually, but is also much loved by Italians themselves, making it a lively, fashionable resort, but still an excellent choice for families too.

Sauze d’Oulx is one of the villages in the extensive ski area called the Milky Way ski area which covers an incredible 400km² of piste with a ski range between 1390m and 2825m, the village is located at a height of 1510m. Other villages nearby and on the same lift pass include Sestriere and Sansicario; further afield are the resorts of Claviere and Montgenevre in France.The centre is pedestrianised and the village then spreads out in all directions, but it retains more of a large village feel, rather than a big town.The local slopes are a mix of open and tree lined runs, so ideal in all weather conditions.

For those who like apres ski then Sauze is a party town and many bars and discos stay open until late and are a major draw for the party animals who enjoy the après ski as much as the skiing itself.Knocks the spots off any resort in France for apres!  There is a wide selection of restaurants to suit all budgets. There’s a good selection of shops in Sauze d’Oulx, so wandering around the pretty areas at night is a wonderful experience.There is a local sports centre too. Mountain walks are possible as well as skidoo trips. One memorable evening can be spent travelling up the slops on a snow cat to the famous mountain restaurant for dinner.Day trips to Turin, Bardonecchia are possible by coach or train so too is the French town of Briancon.

Sauze d’Oulx has a small selection of slopes for total beginners. The main nursery slope is reached by a chair lift from the village and once then you are on a short magic carpet ride. Don’t be too put off though as once you have progressed even though many runs are classified as red they are in fact of a blue standard. Sauze d’Oulx excellent for intermediate skiers and snowboarders who like cruising runs. Some of the runs have good vertical drops some over 1km on wide reds and blues some of which are within the tree line.  We particularly enjoyed the Ladies downhill from above Sansicario heading to Pariol which is one of the resorts ‘must ski’ runs for visitors in this area. When the snow is good Sauze d’Oulx is a perfect base for all levels of intermediate skier and snowboarder as the options are endless 

With only 7 black runs advanced skiers will find the choices limited on the slopes, however after fresh snowfall there are many good off piste opportunities.Sauze d’Oulx also offers excellent terrain for boarders of all levels and once novices have mastered drag runs they will have a few more opportunities. There are good runs between the trees and the links to other resorts within the Milky Way circuit. There are still a number of drags which may present issues for those not confident on drag lifts, so may not be the best choice for beginner snowboarders!

 

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