Sauze Doulx Ski Holidays
Italy

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Description

Sauze d’Oulx is home to wide open slopes and arguably the best mountain nightlife in Italy. Better yet, the atmosphere in resort is cheerful, and the prices are generally quite low when compared to the top French and Swiss destinations.  


Après-ski in Sauze is lively and varied, with many different bars offering great-value beverages and friendly service. There are also a number of more upmarket wine and cocktail bars that tend to get going after dinner. The mountain restaurants are also quite diverse with good standards of both Italian and European cuisine.


Getting There

There are good road and rail links with Turin airport, which is approximately 1.5 hours away. One can also catch the train from St Pancras to the nearby station of Oulx with a change in Paris. Within the town itself, you can walk between amenities with ease, or make use of the free bus service.


When to Go

Sauze d’Oulx has a great extensive ski area as well as lively apres ski and a good range of restaurants on and off the mountain. However the resort is underrated and therefore good value so it makes a good choice during peak weeks as prices are a little more reasonable compared to other resorts.

Sauze d’Oulx sits at relatively high altitude so has a good snow record throughout the season.


Where to Stay

Similarly to the other resorts in Italy, there aren’t many chalets in Sauze d’Oulx with the majority of accommodation being hotels and apartments.



Getting around

Sauze d’Oulx is located within the Milky Way, comprising of 400km of pistes linking Italy and France. THe resorts are well linked by piste but there isn’t efficient bus system so the quickest way to get between the resorts if you are travelling by road will be to get a taxi.


Apres

Whether you’re after a quiet snifter or a more vibrant venue, Sauze d’Oulx has some wonderful establishments to enjoy.

For a peaceful drink after a long day on the slopes, the upmarket Il Lampione in the old town is the place to go – they have a laid-back ambiance and an excellent selection of beers and wines. The Scotch bar in the hotel Stella Alpina is also a great bet!


For a more rowdy vibe, the Irish bar Paddy McGinty’s is an excellent choice, as is the Ghost pub which is located near the lifts and has a great atmosphere. Grotta, meanwhile, has some of the cheapest beers in the resort, while Max’s Cafe boasts four-hour happy hours and live football on the telly.


Eating out

Sauze d’Oulx has a brilliant variety of restaurants. Visitors can experience everything from traditional Italian pizzas to perfectly cooked steaks.

Del Falco is widely regarded as one of the best places in town, with excellent wine and cuisine. Another top-tier choice is L'Ortiche, a fine dining restaurant that prides itself on quality and freshness.


If you’ve got famished family or friends on your hands, the Village Cafe plates up hearty portions, and the steaks at Paddy McGinty’s are sure to satisfy.

La Griglia is another worthy mention, with wood-fire pizzas and a lovely traditional ambiance.

Below, you’ll find a just few top restaurants in Sauze, as voted by our ski experts.



Activities

Sauze d’Oulx isn’t the best place for non-skiing activities, but there are some lovely pastimes to shake things up.

There are a few nice shops in town to browse, and some of the hotels house spas and wellness amenities open to the general public. There’s also a sports hall for anyone who fancies working up a bit more of a sweat. 


For anyone keen to experience Italian wine and cuisine, cookery courses and wine tastings are two other wonderful activities to consider in Sauze.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities. Of course, you can always ask your concierge or chalet host.



Ski School

The following ski schools are in Sauze d’Oulx - Scuola Sci Vialattea, Sauze Sportinia, Snowmaxx Ski & Snowboard School

All three schools offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will but are less intense than privates.


Getting around

Sauze d’Oulx is located within the Milky Way, comprising of 400km of pistes linking Italy and France. THe resorts are well linked by piste but there isn’t efficient bus system so the quickest way to get between the resorts if you are travelling by road will be to get a taxi.


Family ski

Sauze d'Oulx lies within easy reach of Turin, with the neighbouring resorts of Montgenevre and Sestriere within easy reach. There’s an expansive range of intermediate-level terrain to explore, but the limited selection of learner-friendly slopes, comparatively poor snow coverage, lively and sometimes noisy après ski scene, and slightly out-of-date lift system means it’s not widely considered the best resort choice for families to make. With that said, there’s a lot of groomed pistes which are sheltered by trees, which is great for kids when bad weather closes in.  

Parents in search of childcare in Sauze d'Oulx can turn to the La Libellula centre, which runs a diverse range of childcare programmes and services to youngsters aged from one year to six years of age. Sledging and snowman-building entertainments are on the cards here, alongside arts and crafts, and outdoor excursions on the snow. The La Libellula childcare centre takes pride of place at the base of the slopes in Sauze d'Oulx, within easy reach of the resort centre. Parents can drop the kids off for childcare sessions ranging from an hour to the full day. There’s an all-day crèche service with supervised lunch, and an evening babysitting service for parents keen to dip into the resort’s welcoming bars and restaurants for a drink.

Away from the groomed slopes, parents in search of alternative ways to keep the kids amused and entertained have a good range of activities to choose from. There are bowling and cinema facilities within the resort itself, which are ideal in cases of bad weather, and a traditional weekly market to explore. And for a little outdoor adventure away from the pistes, snowshoeing and winter walking are popular activities. There’s a wide selection of beautiful walking and snow-shoeing trails around Sauze d’Oulx and the nearby Gran Bosco National Park, and you can pick up a trail map at the resort’s tourist office or book onto a guided tour.  

Also worthy of particular mention is the Sauze d’Oulx Sports Centre, known as Pin Court. Here, you’ll find a wide array of sports and activities to burn off the last of the kids’ energy. There’s a multi-purpose court offering a range of sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and football, alongside a gym.


Group Ski

If you’re considering Italy for your next group ski holiday and you’re in search of a wide ski area, broad intermediate terrain, and a lively après ski scene, then the welcoming resort of Sauze d’Oulx could be for you. 

The resort links into the famous Milky Way ski area, with neighbouring Sestriere and Montgenèvre in France within reach. This expansive terrain boasts gradient perhaps most ideally suited to intermediate skiers looking to fit in the miles on the rolling blue and red pistes. Beginners often struggle here, with the slightly inconvenient layout of the resort and the comparatively limited scope of the local ski schools.

Groups of expert skiers and snowboarders considering Sauze d’Oulx may want to think twice though, because the resorts slow and old lift system can make exploring the far-flung corners of the Milky Way a challenge. On top of this, the snowfall can be hit-and-miss (with a little less fresh powder than other resorts experience).

Compared to many other Italian ski resort of its size, Sauze d’Oulx has little to offer non-skiers in search of entertainment and adventure away from the groomed slopes. With this in mind, it’s perhaps not a strong resort choice for groups with a non-skier or snowboarder in their midst. 

Overall though, Sauze d’Oulx has a broad base of appeal, and makes a popular destination for Brits and Italian snow-lovers coming over from Turin on the weekends. 


Childcare

Sauze d’Oulx doesn’t host quite as much in the way of childcare facilities compared to other resorts. That said, there is a top-notch crèche in town and ski schools for helping the little ones make their first turns on the snow.

La Libellula crèche is ideally located at the foot of the slopes in Sauze d’Oulx and offers excellent childcare in English and Italian. The experienced staff treat kids to games, toys, painting, drawing and other activities to keep them entertained.

Weather permitting, they have a natural playground outside where children can build snowmen, snow castles and go tobogganing.


The Piste

The ski domain is quite extensive with around 300km of pistes, not to mention easy links to another 100km of terrain over in the Milky Way ski area. In particular, Sauze offers a bounty of slopes perfect for intermediate skiers. Beginners and seasoned experts won’t find as much to love here, but the resort still has plenty of virtues.


There is a good mix of woodland runs for off-piste skiers, a snow park and its north west-facing slopes hold the snow quite well into the later months of the season. The mountain also enjoys a reputation for being generally uncrowded, making the pistes excellent for leisurely cruising – great for families and groups of friends alike. 


Ski School

The following ski schools are in Sauze d’Oulx - Scuola Sci Vialattea, Sauze Sportinia, Snowmaxx Ski & Snowboard School

All three schools offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will but are less intense than privates.


Equipment Hire

There is a good selection of ski hire shops in Sauze d’Oulx, these include Allemand Sport, Faure Sport Ski Hire, Besson Sport, Skimium, SkiSet and Sport 2000.

All stores offer a good selection of ski and snowboard equipment. Make sure you book in advance as the majority of stores will offer online discounts.


Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking.

Lift Pass   Child (6-11yrs)    Adult (11-73yrs)    Senior(74yrs+)
1 Day        €8.50                 €38                       €23
6 Days       €51                   €196                      €138

The Milky Way lift pass in Sauze d’Oulx covers all the resorts on the Italian side of the border. With a 6 day pass or more, you can go over to the French resort of Montgenevre for 1 day.

You can buy your lift pass through the tourist office or you can book it through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation in resort.


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 2 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 12 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 16 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 22 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 30 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 36 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 38 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 40 people & over



Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    1510m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    14km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2823m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    89

  • TOTAL PISTE

    400km






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