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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 • Family & group friendly

Great for: • Après-ski • Intermediates • Good value skiing

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. Ski buses run regularly through the town making it a breeze to get around so the mountain won't daunt first-timers before getting to grips with their skis.

The town is small and spread out with the main resort centre accommodating the lively après-ski and the old town's cobbled streets 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 cuisine. With a range of shops from clothing boutiques to traditional Italian grocers and other activities such as ice-skating, snowshoe excursions and even a cinema there's a wide variety of entertainment to enjoy.

No longer the Ibiza on the slopes that it was branded in the 70s, 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 extended with the Milky Way area lift pass giving you access to a huge network of slopes. You can even take a trip over the border to the French resort of Montgenevre.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Italian Alps.

Established: 1930's

Open: Late December – Mid April

Downhill: 400km

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

  • 218km 55%

  • 87km 22%

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

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Downhill Runs:400km
Beginner slopes:24%
Intermediate:55%
Advanced slopes:22%
Lift Pass Price: 208 € (Milky Way adult 6 day pass in high season)
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 skis - 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 area to explore. Those up for a serious mileage challenge can follow the signposted 'Giro Della Via Lattea' and tour the whole area in a day. Be ready for an early start and some tired legs!

Advanced skiers are well catered for in the Milky Way ski area. There is a vast galaxy of slopes to explore over in neighbouring Sestriere, and you can put yourself to the test on the professional Kandahar slalom, and Banchetta runs there for some explosive action. You can also take a day trip over the French border to Montgenevre via Claviere – well worth the trip. 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 attract many snowboarders and freestyle enthusiasts to the resort. The 'Double Black Snow Park' at Rio Valley was built for the Olympics and gave freestylers a great way to perfect their tricks.

Sauze d'Oulx Apres Ski

Infamously known as the best resort for après ski in the Italian Alps, there's something for everyone here, from chilled-out cocktail bars to cosy balcony cafés 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 occur: ski down the home run to Sportina and head straight from the slopes to Capanna Mollino, a slope-side bar that's perfect for a sunny pint. When your ski boots are off, head to Miravelle bar for a crepe and some causal drinks before going over to Moncrons for cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. New Cotton Club is one of the most popular bars in town - drink and mingle the night away with some live music or party on into the early hours at Ghost.

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 delicious food. Sugo's is an absolute must with delicious spaghetti dishes at excellent value.

If you're looking for some rustic Italian charm, stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town. Much more classy than the modern centre, the old town has several authentic restaurants offering a more sophisticated feel. L'Ortiche is an exceptional restaurant, 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 many activities such as ice-skating, snowshoe excursions through the woods and some tour operators organising 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?

The area is known for excellent skiing conditions throughout the season. With lots of high-altitude slopes, the Easter period also sees great conditions and skiers and boarders can enjoy a decent morning of riding before stopping off at a sunny patio to soak up some rays. The Italian Alps are less 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. Any inconsistencies in snowfall are managed well throughout the Milky Way with extensive snowmaking 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, 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 DJs. 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 and expense of its French counterparts. Half term is a lively week in the resort and snow conditions are often superb. 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 childcare facilities ensures that the younger ones will be fully taken care of and great ski schools are on offer for groups of varying 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 experience. Wide, breezy blue runs are great for a family ski together, starting at the top of the mountain you can cruise your way down the 53 and join the 52 back to the village. 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 snowplough.

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 into the steep mountainside, they save you from tiresome walks and run regularly through the town, stopping outside most hotels. Half board and full board hotels are a great option for a family ski holiday, with everything you need at your doorstep and you’ll avoid the hassle of having to plan meals for the whole family.

GroupsGroup Holidays Sauze d'Oulx

With such a variety of 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 into 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.

Which are the best ski holidays in Sauze d'Oulx?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Hotel La Torre 7 £ 549
Chaberton Lodge & Spa 7 £ 769
Hotel Villa Cary 7 £ 509
Park Hotel Gran Bosco 7 £ 589
Hotel Holiday Debili 7 £ 609
Hotel Hermitage 7 £ 649
Chalet Le Valentin 7 £ 884

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