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Sauze d'Oulx

Located high on the Sunny Balcony of the Italian Alps, with amazing Après and an expanse of scenic tree-lined routes stretching across the Milky Way, Sauze d'Oulx offers the ideal winter retreat to the slopes for every level of skier. Spend your days exploring the blanketed piste and your nights tasting some authentic Italian cuisine or supping a cocktail in a lively bar.

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At a glance: • Links to Milky Way • Amazing Italian après • Something for everyone

Great for: • Après-ski • Intermediate skiing • Italian Alpine charm

Located high on the Sunny Balcony of the Italian Alps, with amazing Après and an expanse of scenic tree-lined routes stretching across the Milky Way, Sauze d'Oulx offers the ideal winter retreat to the slopes for every level of skier. Spend your days exploring the blanketed piste and your nights tasting some authentic Italian cuisine or supping a cocktail in a lively bar.

Sauze d'Oulx Resort

Located high on the sunny Balcony of the Susa Valley and surrounded by the neighbouring slopes of the Milky Way, this lively alpine village makes for the perfect retreat to the Italian Alps. The famous après-ski culture alongside fantastic skiing conditions sees all levels of skiers and boarders returning here year after year.

Just an hour's transfer from Turin airport, the ease of travel to the resort means skiers can be out on the slopes soon after they touch down. Set on the steep mountain side, ski buses run regularly through the town making it a breeze to get around so first-timers won't be daunted by the mountain before even getting to grips with their skies.

The town is small and spread out with the main resort centre accommodating the lively après-ski and the cobbled streets of the old town emanating some authentic Italian culture. Abound with traditional Italian cuisine the foodies of the group will appreciate the many gastronomic delights, from casual pizzerias and spaghetti houses to rustic Italian dishes. With a range of shops from clothing boutiques to traditional Italian groceries and other activities such as ice-skating, snowshoe excursions and even a cinema there's a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

No longer the Ibiza on the slopes that it was branded in the 70's, the town now has a more refined feel and has been able to maintain its party atmosphere with a wider clientele. Keen young skiers, families and Italian weekenders head to Sauze for the wide variety of activities available on and off the slopes.

The variety and expanse of well-groomed terrain to explore is expanded with the Milky Way lift pass giving you access to the network of slopes, you can even take a trip over the Franco-Italian border to the French resort of Montgenevre.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Italian Alps.

Established: 1930's

Open: Late December – Mid April

Downhill: 400(km)

View our detailed Sauze d'Oulx snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Sauze d'Oulx snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Turin90 km, 1 hour
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 95km 24%

  • 218km 55%

  • 87km 22%

Top Altitude:2650(m)
Bottom Altitude:1509(m)
Resort Altitude:1509(m)
Longest run:7km
Slope Orientation:N/NW
Vertical Drop:1490(m)
Skiable Vertical:250(m)
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 34cm
  • Base
  • 40cm
  • Forecast
  • 100cm

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Downhill Runs:400(km)
Beginner slopes:24%
Intermediate:55%
Advanced slopes:22%
Lift Pass Price: 180 € Milky Way adult 6 day
Nearby resorts: Milky Way, Claviere, Montgenevre, Pragelato, Sansicario and Sestriere

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Sauze d'Oulx

Tree-lined plateaus, wide lengths of varied terrain and beautiful scenery make up the skiing here. Beginners will find the nursery slopes at the foot of the Clotes chair and the lift takes you to the main ski area at Sportina where lessons also take place. You don't have to conquer the lift process before even having the snow under your ski's- regular shuttle buses provide an easy ride for beginners to get out on to the piste. After acing the ski lift, take the chair up to blue 42, connecting to number 30 for a breezy run back to Sportina.

Like most of the Milky Way, this is an intermediates playground. Skiers will enjoy the long winding motorway runs and tree-lined, sunny plateaus to cruise down throughout their days. Intermediate runs link Sauze d'oulx to the rest of the neighbouring slopes for a seemingly never-ending piste to explore. For an early morning excursion, try an easy run down red 11 and explore the rest of the piste from the lift.

Advanced skiers are well catered for in the Milky Way ski area - take a scenic route over to Sestriere to put yourself to the test on the professional Kandahar slalom and Banchetta runs for some explosive action. Connecting to the neighbouring slopes of the Milky Way there is a vast galaxy of slopes to explore over in neighbouring Sestriere and you can also take a day trip over the French border to Montgenevre. There's also some exciting off-piste to explore between the trees, hiring a mountain guide is the best way to explore the untouched terrain.

The chilled Italian vibe and well-groomed terrain attracts many boarders to the resort and the double black Snow Park at Rio valley was built for the Olympics and gives freestylers a great way to test their tricks.

Sauze d'Oulx Apres Ski

Infamously known as the best area for après ski in the Italian Alps, there's something for everyone here, from chilled out cocktail bars to cosy balcony café's and lively party places. Having disposed of its previous branding as the Ibiza on the slopes, the resort has a much more refined feel, whilst maintaining the dynamic après atmosphere.

The modern resort centre is where the liveliest après take place: ski down the home-run to Sportina and head straight from the slopes to Capanna Mulino, a slope -side bar that's perfect for a sunny pint. As soon as the ski boots are off, head to Miravello bar for a crepe and some causal drinks before going over to Moncrons for cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. Cotton club is one of the most popular bars in the area - drink and mingle the night away with some live music or party on in to the early hours at The Club.

In true Italian style, the Italian Alps is enriched by gastronomic delights. Family friendly pizza parlours such as La Griglia and typically Italian spaghetti houses make for a casual evening meal of amazing food. Sugo's is an absolute must with delicious spaghetti dishes at really good value.

If you're looking for some rustic Italian charm, stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town. Much more refined than the modern centre, the old town has a number of authentic restaurants offering a more sophisticated feel. Del Falco and L'ortica are two exceptional restaurants and another refined atmosphere is found at the Il Lampino wine bar - this rustic setting is perfect for a relaxed evening in a cosy ambience.

Non-skiers are well-catered for with a number of activities such as ice-skating, snowshoe excursions through the woods and some tour operators organise trip to watch Ac Milan football matches

Best time to go

Best time to ski Sauze d'Oulx

When is the best time to ski Sauze d'Oulx?

Situated on a high sunny balcony, the piste is known for great skiing conditions throughout the season. With the peak at a high altitude, the Easter period also sees great skiing conditions and skiers and boarders can enjoy a decent morning of skiing before stopping off at a sunny balcony bar to soak up some rays. The Italian Alps are never prone to overcrowding and even at peak times skiers can enjoy wide open plateaus with beautiful vistas throughout the day. Busier dates are the obvious Christmas and New Year weeks when the resort fills up with Brits and Italians enjoying their festivities. Erratic Italian snow-fall is well managed throughout the Milky Way with extensive snow maker coverage meaning your precious time with the mountain won't be interfered with should there be a turn in conditions.

Peak Dates

Spend a cosy Christmas in Sauze d'Oulx around a crackling fire at a cosy bar, tasting some delicious Italian cuisine at a rustic Italian restaurant or party on at one of your favourite bars in the centre of the town. Alive with festive spirit, it caters for everyone wanting a Christmas getaway on the slopes. Browse Sauze d'Oulx Christmas ski holidays ‣

Party in the New Year in Sauze d'Oulx with the best après-ski in the Italian Alps. With loads of lively bars, après-ski starts on the piste as you count your way down to the New Year. Join the party at one of the popular clubs and dance the night away to live music and DJ's. Browse Sauze d'Oulx New Year ski holidays ‣

February Half Term in Sauze d'Oulx is perfect for lively après and excellent skiing whilst avoiding the queues of the French counterparts. February half term is a lively week in the resort and offers a sumptuous snowy-blanket to spend your days on. Browse Sauze d'Oulx Half Term ski holidays ‣

The whole family will enjoy Easter in Sauze d'Oulx on the slopes with loads of activities to get involved in on and off the piste. A selection of hotels with child care facilities ensures that the younger ones will be fully taken care of and great ski schools are on offer for groups at different abilities. Browse Sauze d'Oulx Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.4 out of 5
The skiing in Sauze is fine, in fact we’ve just come back from Alpe d’Huez and thought Sauze was definitely better! It has a lot more runs and you can go all around the Milky Way on the ski pass which gives you access to lots of different areas. The runs are labelled really well (there’s nothing black that’... + more
Kelly Randall, Newport
4 out of 5
We’d never been to Sauze before but we would definitely go back, I think it’s a brilliant resort that caters for everyone, and has everything you would need for a great ski holiday. The slopes are really good. On the whole I would recommend it! I might not recommend it for complete beginners who had never u... + more
Suzanne Evans, Warrington
4 out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx has a number of slopes and is a really good place to ski. I’d recommend the resort to all ages from kids up until 50+. There are loads of bars from chill out bars to lively venues and lots of restaurants - we didn’t have a bad meal while we were out there. In the Italian resorts, everything ... + more
Rebecca Hoy-Priest, Croydon
5 out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx is a really good resort. I’ve skied in France before where the prices are phenomenal and here you get pretty much the same level of skiing and prices are much cheaper. We had some lessons which are really cheap compared to France; I think I paid about 100 Euros for 3 days. The après was also s... + more
Alex, Bournemouth
5 out of 5
Nothing bad to say about Sauze d’Oulx at all, I’ve been before and it improves all the time. We ski the whole area which is excellent. It’s more of an intermediate/advanced ski area, I don’t think there’s much of a beginner’s area (Sestriere would be better for beginners). We were here at the end of March... + more
Patricia Craig, Cammachmore
4 out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx isn’t the right resort if you want to go somewhere for a little quiet or a romantic holiday but then it’s not raucously loud either. It isn’t the prettiest resort either as everything is all a bit concretey. You do walk through some of the old town which has old streets, bars and restaurants ... + more
Iain Harmer, Wetherby
4 out of 5
Sauze is a nice resort and we had good snow. The skiing was fine and there was certainly enough there. My Mrs. is an intermediate and the slopes here are nice and wide, so even on the steeper ones you could get plenty of turns in. We skied in Zell am See more recently and she wanted to go back to Sauze d’Oulx!... + more
Michael Hudson, Stafford
4 out of 5
The reason I went here is because I had heard good things about the resort and it’s all true. There was plenty of snow even though it was the end of the season. It’s great for intermediate/advanced skiers. There are lots of different opportunities – even Olympic runs. I think I only tried about 10% of what’... + more
Steffan Bartmanski, London
5 out of 5
Main impressions are massive ski area (milkyway) and great nightlife. Good for beginner/intermediate skiers, loads of character in the village and always something on in the evening. Not always guaranteed snow lower down and early December and late April but I guess that’s the same on all mountains everywhere.... + more
Anna Stevenson, Manchester
5 out of 5
We really liked this resort. There are so many different runs in different areas. Most of the group were intermediate and I’d say the resort suits intermediates and advanced skiers. The snow was fantastic while we were there. I enjoyed that we went over New Years. We usually go over New Years and they had the ... + more
Wendy Binder, New Romney
5 out of 5
This was the first time I’d been to Sauze and I will definitely be going back! The main reason it’s so good is that the Milky Way is massive; we didn’t even do half of it. We had brilliant snow and nice weather (2nd week in Feb). My advice to anyone going here is to try and ski it all, we were messing around... + more
Perry Jacobs, Poole
5 out of 5
We had a very good week in Sauze and plan on coming back, the only negative was the slight lack of snow on New Year's week. A lot of the runs were closed, though they did their upmost to keep everyone occupied and what was open was good (despite a lot of queuing). Sauze has a great set up, with enough bars and ... + more
Alex, IP19
5 out of 5
We caught ideal weather in Sauze d’Oulx, it was cold but not too cold, so we were very comfortable. The snow was dry and very good, and we got lots of skiing done – all day long. On the last day it started melting as the weather warmed, so we had been very lucky. + more
Alex A., Bromley
5 out of 5
I chose Sauze d'Oulx because it has very short transfer times. There are no buses allowed in the village so they drop you at the edge, they do offer luggage services if you arrive on time but we were 3 hours late due to delays so had to carry it on our own... There’s plenty of skiing and we had tonnes of snow... + more
Kevin Gray, Slough
4 out of 5
It was a very much enjoyable resort in terms of the whole ski area and we were lucky to have the first proper week of snow. It’s a nice place, slightly more of a party resort than others but the actual skiing was great. We had some beginners with us who found enough to do, but I think it’s mostly suited to in... + more
No Name, London
4 out of 5
This was our first time skiing in Italy, we thought it was lovely and everything was a lot cheaper on the slopes! We were a group of intermediates and above who like big ski areas and it was great for skiing, we managed to cover the whole Sauze-Sestriere area in the week. Some of the runs were really good, espe... + more
Melanie, Leatherhead
4 out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx is one of the liveliest resorts without being over the top; it’s not hard to find a bit of nightlife if you’re looking for it. I think it used to be known as the Benidorm of ski resorts but nowadays it’s got a good bit of nightlife without being “Brit’s abroad”. The skiing was great and ther... + more
David Hearn, Portsmouth
4 out of 5
We did have a good time away but the snow wasn’t very good in Sauze d’Oulx that week (beginning of February 2016). We had a couple of trips to Montgenevre and still managed to ski every day - the week before had been warm but once the temperature dropped they got the snow cannons going. A good thing was that ... + more
Mr Stewart, Surrey
3 out of 5
First time in Sauze d’Oulx and really liked it! It’s a pretty resort and I much preferred it to the resorts in France. The après ski was good, we found 2 really good wine bars, one which was below Hotel Faure and another that did local beers. There wasn’t really any snow and by the end of the week it was ju... + more
Nicole, Leeds
5 out of 5
The skiing is brilliant. It’s a very large ski area which is why we came back here. We are experienced skiers and there is plenty for high-level intermediates and advanced skiers - black runs and off-piste. You can ski over into France. It’s a rural area, it’s retained its agricultural roots, and is fairly q... + more
David,
5 out of 5
It’s a very good ski resort. The skiing is really, really good. The range of difficulty and the range of slopes is great. It’s suited to all levels. The resort is very good value for money, we didn’t eat out much but for lunch we had a midday stop on the mountain. It was about 20 euros for a sandwich and a d... + more
Guy Pilkington, Newcastle upon Tyne
4 out of 5
Been to Sauze d’Oulx three times, it’s very nice and friendly. There are two routes to ski back in to the village and both get well worn, but it depends what type of skiers you are if this is a problem or not! The area towards Claviere is the best area for skiing as it’s quieter. If you go over to Sest... + more
Wendy Harrison-Drake, Northampton
4 out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx isn’t a huge resort like the ‘mega resorts’ in France but it’s not tiny either, it’s a good medium size and everyone is nice and friendly. The weather was good with plenty of snow and all the runs were open. The skiing is maybe more intermediate/upper intermediate. I liked the après ski a... + more
John Tyler, Bournemouth
4 out of 5
The resort was good. Due to some bad weather, the conditions were a bit icy and a few lifts were closed, but otherwise it was good. + more
Katie, Birmingham
4 out of 5
Sauze is very good, the resort had a lot of snow the week before so we had nice conditions. I like the variety of the slopes, with some good bits in the trees. It’s more for your intermediate skier, and might not be challenging enough for experts. I wouldn’t say it was the best place to learn either. You are ... + more
Mr Kingdon, Honiton
4 out of 5
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Families in Sauze d'Oulx

Families are well catered for on the piste with a range of ski schools on hand to ensure the kids have a fun and safe ski break. Wide, breezy blue runs are great for a family ski on the piste, starting at the top of the mountain you can cruise your way down the 53 and join the 52 back to the main ski area. The nursery slope at the foot of the Clotes chair lift is in an easy location, parents can drop their children off with the school and take the chair to join the rest of the mountain. The main ski area at Sportina is also used for lessons so parents can ski alongside them or perch in a slope-side bar to watch their little ones conquer the snow plough.

Loads of restaurants in the town accommodate families, La Griglia is a popular pizza place with a casual atmosphere and you can get a delicious crepe from Miravallino. Families with younger children can pick a hotel with childcare if the older members want to enjoy a day on the slopes. Ski buses are a saviour for families, with accommodation built in to the steep mountainside, they save you from tiresome walks and run regularly through the town stopping outside most hotels. Hotels are a good option for a family ski holiday with everything you need at your doorstep - half-board and full board options remove the hassle of having to plan meals for the whole family.

GroupsGroup Holidays Sauze d'Oulx

With so many runs linking the slopes of the Milky Way, this is a cracking resort for mixed ability groups. Beginners can find their feet at Sportina (share a private instructor if there are a few of you learning), while more eager skiers take off to explore Sestriere or cross the border to France. You’ll find some cracking meeting points both on the mountain and off, we like the slope-side Capanna Mollino bar for sharing stories of the day over a Bombardino or two.

As one of the best après ski resorts in Italy, there are lots of options after hours. Most of the restaurants in the town can seat big groups if you call in advance, with Sugo’s a SNO favourite for its incredible spaghetti dishes. Those wanting a chilled evening can sit back and chat over a pint at Bar Miravallino, whilst anyone after a wilder night can carry on the party at The Club below or head over to Osteria dei Vagabondi for a night of dancing.


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"Better than Alpe d'Huez & lively apres ski"

Kelly Randall, Newport
4/ out of 5
The skiing in Sauze is fine, in fact we’ve just come back from Alpe d’Huez and thought Sauze was definitely better! It has a lot more runs and you can go all around the Milky Way on the ski pass which gives you access to lots of different areas. The runs are labelled really well (there’s nothing black that’s labelled red or anything like that) and the lifts are well labelled too, so it’s easy to find your way around. It worked for people of multiple levels, we were with some friends who were new to skiing and there’s a nice progression from the nursery runs to the greens and then blues. There’s very lively après ski up on the mountain which is good fun too. We were really lucky as they’d just had a freak downpour just before we went (late March), and it snowed while we were there so the conditions were really good. We were staying in a B&B so ate out all week, there are some lovely restaurants and a lot did happy hours with pizzas included. Sauze has loads of good bars; some of the pubs in the square did quizzes on a certain night in the week which was good fun.

"Amazing weather and a good time with the family"

Suzanne Evans, Warrington
4/ out of 5
We’d never been to Sauze before but we would definitely go back, I think it’s a brilliant resort that caters for everyone, and has everything you would need for a great ski holiday. The slopes are really good. On the whole I would recommend it! I might not recommend it for complete beginners who had never used a lift / put ski boots on before, as you have to get on a ski lift to reach lessons. It could be a stressful start especially for a whole family of beginners – we were ok as I had skied before, but the family in front of us were struggling. However once you’re up and have mastered the basics, it’s fine. The instructors are brilliant, they took my daughter from a beginner to a black run skier in 4 days, moving her up classes to make sure she learnt as much as possible. It was great because it meant that we could ski together in the afternoon which made it a completely different holiday. The weather was amazing! They were saying that the snowfall hadn’t been good in 2015/16, but they had a big dump before we arrived so we had 7 days of perfect skiing conditions.

"Recommended to all"

Rebecca Hoy-Priest, Croydon
5/ out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx has a number of slopes and is a really good place to ski. I’d recommend the resort to all ages from kids up until 50+. There are loads of bars from chill out bars to lively venues and lots of restaurants - we didn’t have a bad meal while we were out there. In the Italian resorts, everything is definitely cheaper than France, in terms of eating, drinking and going out. It’s probably best for intermediate skiers but there’s something for everyone including a couple of ski schools if you wasn’t to learn. We were lucky because we had really good snow!

"Great resort, cheap prices & good skiing"

Alex, Bournemouth
5/ out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx is a really good resort. I’ve skied in France before where the prices are phenomenal and here you get pretty much the same level of skiing and prices are much cheaper. We had some lessons which are really cheap compared to France; I think I paid about 100 Euros for 3 days. The après was also strangely cheap… when you come off the Sportinia run, there’s a man stood there giving out vouchers for free beer and after that you can get 2 pints for about 5 euros in happy hour - unbelievably cheap. I’d read that Sauze d’Oulx was a busy resort but it was actually pretty tame. The runs don’t seem to be graded in the same way you get in France, for example there are blacks the same as blues, reds the same as blues and then blues like blacks! This was good because it meant you could ski the whole resort without having to worry about planning your route to miss out certain runs. There’s also a lot of off-piste around here and we had loads of snow. I wouldn’t recommend skiing over to France – it’s cool to go over there but you have to go along a five mile flat blue that has no gradient, so you end up duck walking down. Also don’t miss the last lift from Sestriere (which we did). Everywhere in Sauze it says the last lift is 4:30 but this one shuts at 3:45 and even though the gondolas were still going they wouldn’t let us get on. We had to get the bus back, which was included in the lift pass and took 2-3 hours as it went all the way around the mountain. It was quite fun and we got to see some other towns/bars/cafes that we wouldn’t have seen… but it’s definitely worth knowing that the Sestriere lift times are different!

"Gets better every time we visit"

Patricia Craig, Cammachmore
4/ out of 5
Nothing bad to say about Sauze d’Oulx at all, I’ve been before and it improves all the time. We ski the whole area which is excellent. It’s more of an intermediate/advanced ski area, I don’t think there’s much of a beginner’s area (Sestriere would be better for beginners). We were here at the end of March and the snow level was low, you had to use the lifts to get right up. If you want to go to Turin, you just get on the train – it’s easy to do, you just get the travel bus down which you get free in your ski pass and then you get the train from the bottom of the mountain into Turin, which takes 1 hour/50 minutes. This means it’s a quick transfer from the airport if you fly into Turin, which is always good.

"loads & loads of skiing"

Iain Harmer, Wetherby
4/ out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx isn’t the right resort if you want to go somewhere for a little quiet or a romantic holiday but then it’s not raucously loud either. It isn’t the prettiest resort either as everything is all a bit concretey. You do walk through some of the old town which has old streets, bars and restaurants but I think the rest was just thrown up with concrete with a bit of wood put up around the windows. The good thing is you have heaps of skiing for the week as there’s a really big ski area. You can ski into different valleys (including places like Sestriere) to get away from everyone in the main bit and another good thing about this particular resort is that you can actually ski back into the town. We go away to ski and even if the lifts are closed because of the weather, we’ll be out on the mountain like typical Brits (you have some tree-lined routes lower down to the left of the piste map if there’s flat light or it’s snowing). The slopes aren’t necessarily as well groomed as somewhere like France or Austria but we’ve never had any problems with this. If you haven’t been here before, all I’d say is go and explore. Italy isn’t always as well signposted as other countries but get yourself over to the back instead of just going up and down the main slopes like everywhere else. There are some lovely runs, the sad thing is they’re sometimes served by a button lift, but the good thing is they’re always quiet with no queues and the runs are a decent enough length to blast down and get straight back up. Another good tip is to watch out for the Italian school holidays and weekends as the resort gets packed with 8-10 year olds on the ski team who are flying down the slopes!

"Would come back"

Michael Hudson, Stafford
4/ out of 5
Sauze is a nice resort and we had good snow. The skiing was fine and there was certainly enough there. My Mrs. is an intermediate and the slopes here are nice and wide, so even on the steeper ones you could get plenty of turns in. We skied in Zell am See more recently and she wanted to go back to Sauze d’Oulx! When you go down to the start of the slope you have to walk about 500 yards... but when you’re coming up it seems a bit longer! We hired our boots from the shop where the slope starts (to the left there’s a square and the place was called something like snow sports/ski sports) but our friends hired from somewhere else. We had the better option as the best bar for après ski, Bar Clotes is there as you came off the slope from the Clotes 4 man chair – so we could go straight into the pub whereas our friends had to walk to drop off their stuff and then come back. All in all I’d definitely recommend hiring from somewhere on that square as it makes things easier. We really liked Bar Clotes as it’s a big place with 2 dance floors. They did good food with free nibbles. Ascents was further up the hill on the right and there’s a pizza bar next door where they gave out free samples. We also spent some time in Paddy McGinty’s.

"The fact that it was an Olympic resort speaks for itself"

Steffan Bartmanski, London
5/ out of 5
The reason I went here is because I had heard good things about the resort and it’s all true. There was plenty of snow even though it was the end of the season. It’s great for intermediate/advanced skiers. There are lots of different opportunities – even Olympic runs. I think I only tried about 10% of what’s on offer! The fact that it was an Olympic resort speaks for itself. I’ve been to Cervinia recently too and I think Sauze d’Oulx is even better than Cervinia. I also found the prices very reasonable in the bars and restaurants. We had a few drinks every day. It’s actually cheaper than the ski resort I went to in Turkey. I can’t recommend a bar particular, it wouldn’t be fair, they were all good and all of a similar standard. There are plenty of red runs, and nice wide routes.

"Huge and happening on & off the slopes"

Anna Stevenson, Manchester
5/ out of 5
Main impressions are massive ski area (milkyway) and great nightlife. Good for beginner/intermediate skiers, loads of character in the village and always something on in the evening. Not always guaranteed snow lower down and early December and late April but I guess that’s the same on all mountains everywhere. Sansicario is the best ski area and you can even ski over to France if you make a day of it! Can’t really remember any of the places we ate but will update you if I remember.

"A very friendly and family orientated resort"

Wendy Binder, New Romney
5/ out of 5
We really liked this resort. There are so many different runs in different areas. Most of the group were intermediate and I’d say the resort suits intermediates and advanced skiers. The snow was fantastic while we were there. I enjoyed that we went over New Years. We usually go over New Years and they had the normal celebrations that you would expect – they had champagne out in the hotel and there were fireworks. The youngsters went off clubbing in town but we don’t really go out much in the evenings, we preferred to relax at the hotel. It’s a very friendly and family orientated resort. I’d go there again.

"Want to go back and ski the rest!"

Perry Jacobs, Poole
5/ out of 5
This was the first time I’d been to Sauze and I will definitely be going back! The main reason it’s so good is that the Milky Way is massive; we didn’t even do half of it. We had brilliant snow and nice weather (2nd week in Feb). My advice to anyone going here is to try and ski it all, we were messing around in the local area for the first couple of days. I’d also recommend doing the meal in the restaurant at the top of the mountain; you go up there in a piste basher which is good fun. Everything is quite reasonably priced in terms of bars and restaurants, the Village Cafe even laid on free pizza at the end of the ski day!

"Great resort"

Alex, IP19
5/ out of 5
We had a very good week in Sauze and plan on coming back, the only negative was the slight lack of snow on New Year's week. A lot of the runs were closed, though they did their upmost to keep everyone occupied and what was open was good (despite a lot of queuing). Sauze has a great set up, with enough bars and restaurants to keep everyone entertained. We particularly picked Sauze d’Oulx because the transfer isn’t too long and the journey to and from the resort was fine. I hope to be coming back, hopefully when there’s more snow!

"Caught the best weather!"

Alex A., Bromley
5/ out of 5
We caught ideal weather in Sauze d’Oulx, it was cold but not too cold, so we were very comfortable. The snow was dry and very good, and we got lots of skiing done – all day long. On the last day it started melting as the weather warmed, so we had been very lucky.

"Short transfer, heaps of intermediate skiing"

Kevin Gray, Slough
4/ out of 5
I chose Sauze d'Oulx because it has very short transfer times. There are no buses allowed in the village so they drop you at the edge, they do offer luggage services if you arrive on time but we were 3 hours late due to delays so had to carry it on our own... There’s plenty of skiing and we had tonnes of snow. It’s pretty much an intermediate resort; beginners might struggle as some of the blues are nearly reds. We went over to Sestriere which was quite nice and I’d recommend trying to ski over to France, although what they say is a blue is actually a red (it’s nice and wide but quite steep). The town is quite lively, a lot of groups use it as a drinking resort but you don’t really notice. Half term wasn’t overly busy, there were lift queues straight after lunch but otherwise it was fine – we had no problems at all first thing in the morning and because there are a few different lifts you can choose between to get down, the crowds disperse. There is a ski bus that goes around but we didn’t use it.

"Sauze 2016"

No Name, London
4/ out of 5
It was a very much enjoyable resort in terms of the whole ski area and we were lucky to have the first proper week of snow. It’s a nice place, slightly more of a party resort than others but the actual skiing was great. We had some beginners with us who found enough to do, but I think it’s mostly suited to intermediates. For experts there are only a couple of black slopes. The ski area connects up but the other areas can be hard to get to as often the chair lifts aren’t open.

"A great week in Sauze d’Oulx"

Melanie, Leatherhead
4/ out of 5
This was our first time skiing in Italy, we thought it was lovely and everything was a lot cheaper on the slopes! We were a group of intermediates and above who like big ski areas and it was great for skiing, we managed to cover the whole Sauze-Sestriere area in the week. Some of the runs were really good, especially the ones in between Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere and on the far right side of Sauze d’Oulx the slopes are very quiet. Sauze d’Oulx is described as a lively resort but it was actually really quiet, we only had to queue for a lift once and it was half term!

"Great skiing and nightlife"

David Hearn, Portsmouth
4/ out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx is one of the liveliest resorts without being over the top; it’s not hard to find a bit of nightlife if you’re looking for it. I think it used to be known as the Benidorm of ski resorts but nowadays it’s got a good bit of nightlife without being “Brit’s abroad”. The skiing was great and there was excellent snow at the end of Feb. We didn’t do it but you can ski into 2 other resorts, you can go over the top to Sestriere and there’s another one too, but it’s a full on day to do that even if you’re a good skier.

"Good time, just needed more snow"

Mr Stewart, Surrey
3/ out of 5
We did have a good time away but the snow wasn’t very good in Sauze d’Oulx that week (beginning of February 2016). We had a couple of trips to Montgenevre and still managed to ski every day - the week before had been warm but once the temperature dropped they got the snow cannons going. A good thing was that the area wasn’t too busy! It would have been much better with good snow as all the links would have been open. It’s a big area, like a big bowl… With no snow the link to Sestriere was only open a couple of times. We had to sit on a chair (while holding our skis) to get down to the bottom of the bowl, then 2 assistants would hoik you up onto another lift, which would take you up the bowl. I’ve never experienced anything like that before! I don’t know if we’d return, having been there we now have lots of other resorts to try. We like Italy on the whole as the food is nice and everything’s a bit cheaper than other countries. The only thing is that the lifts tend to be a bit older. We had relatively short transfers from/to Turin which was fine.

"Better than French resorts"

Nicole, Leeds
5/ out of 5
First time in Sauze d’Oulx and really liked it! It’s a pretty resort and I much preferred it to the resorts in France. The après ski was good, we found 2 really good wine bars, one which was below Hotel Faure and another that did local beers. There wasn’t really any snow and by the end of the week it was just fake snow, so I can’t really comment on the snowboarding.

"We came back for our following ski holiday we liked it so much"

David
5/ out of 5
The skiing is brilliant. It’s a very large ski area which is why we came back here. We are experienced skiers and there is plenty for high-level intermediates and advanced skiers - black runs and off-piste. You can ski over into France. It’s a rural area, it’s retained its agricultural roots, and is fairly quiet, not a wild place. There are plenty of nice bars and restaurants in town though. It caters to the party crowd just as well as it does to families. We had lunch out on the slopes quite a bit, it was brilliant, everything is such good value in Italy.

"Really, really good ski area"

Guy Pilkington, Newcastle upon Tyne
4/ out of 5
It’s a very good ski resort. The skiing is really, really good. The range of difficulty and the range of slopes is great. It’s suited to all levels. The resort is very good value for money, we didn’t eat out much but for lunch we had a midday stop on the mountain. It was about 20 euros for a sandwich and a drink for the three of us. So like a lot of the Alps it’s not cheap, but it’s reasonable and as long as you just have a snack it doesn’t add up too much. We also went out for pizza one night and I don’t remember it being too expensive. It’s definitely worth the effort to start early and ski over to Sestriere at least one day. It does get crowded as you come down into the resort but it’s well worth it. There are free shuttle buses around Sauze.

"Been three times"

Wendy Harrison-Drake, Northampton
4/ out of 5
Been to Sauze d’Oulx three times, it’s very nice and friendly. There are two routes to ski back in to the village and both get well worn, but it depends what type of skiers you are if this is a problem or not! The area towards Claviere is the best area for skiing as it’s quieter. If you go over to Sestriere, it’s a bit awkward as you have to ski half way down and then get the bubble the rest of the way and it gets very busy. The skiing is fine for us when we ski in March but it can be icy in the morning and slushy at the end of the day when it’s sunny, so it’s probably not the best for skiing after March.

"Really liked it, would definitely go back"

John Tyler, Bournemouth
4/ out of 5
Sauze d’Oulx isn’t a huge resort like the ‘mega resorts’ in France but it’s not tiny either, it’s a good medium size and everyone is nice and friendly. The weather was good with plenty of snow and all the runs were open. The skiing is maybe more intermediate/upper intermediate. I liked the après ski and there were some good places on the mountain for some spaghetti at lunch time.

"january 2016 in Sauze"

Katie, Birmingham
4/ out of 5
The resort was good. Due to some bad weather, the conditions were a bit icy and a few lifts were closed, but otherwise it was good.

"Good variety of slopes"

Mr Kingdon, Honiton
4/ out of 5
Sauze is very good, the resort had a lot of snow the week before so we had nice conditions. I like the variety of the slopes, with some good bits in the trees. It’s more for your intermediate skier, and might not be challenging enough for experts. I wouldn’t say it was the best place to learn either. You are in a town so there are some bits to do, but I think there are probably better resorts for non-skiers as there didn’t seem to be the chance for non-skiers to come up the mountain.
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