Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
How to get there
A lively little village lying alongside four other resorts in the Vialettea area, Sauze d’Oulx is a charming resort, close to the French border, that boasts stunning sixteenth century Italian architecture. Sauze d’Oulx is located just 80 kilometres from the international airport at Turin. As such, the most convenient way of reaching the village is by a combination of air and public transport. The airport at Turin is well-served by flights departing from a variety of airports across the UK and good deals can often be found on the internet. After reaching Turin, take the train destined for Oulx rail station. This journey will take approximately one hour. From here, catch one of the frequent buses that run between the station and the centre of the resort. Alternatively, hire a car at Turin airport and follow the A32 motorway direct to Sauze d’Oulx.
If you would prefer to travel by train from the UK to Sauze d’Oulx, take the Eurostar from London to Paris. When you arrive in Paris, take the overnight train to Turin and connect with the train destined for Oulx. A bus will then take you to the centre of the resort. The journey from London to Turin will take approximately 11 hours by train.
Some people choose to drive from the UK to the resort. Sauze d’Oulx is over 950 kilometres away from Calais and will take approximately 9 hours by car. Bear in mind that you will have to pay out a fair amount of money in road tolls if you choose to drive. If you do drive between the UK and the resort, always make sure that your snow chains and tyres are in good condition and plan an alternative route just in case.
Who does the resort cater for?
The slopes at Sauze d’Oulx are perfect for intermediate skiers. The wide, open slopes are also great for beginners who want to gain confidence and practise their newly learnt skills. Snowboarders will be kept happy by the boarding park and cross-country skiers will love the wide range of beautiful trails available to them. Skiers have access to approximately 400 kilometres of runs so boredom is unlikely to be an issue here.
In the 1980s, the resort had a reputation as a party town, suitable for young skiers only. However, in recent years the village has tried hard to improve its reputation and is now suitable for families and revellers alike. There are three nightclubs in the village but also several family-orientated restaurants. For those who choose not to ski, there is plenty on offer to provide entertainment. Activities include ice-skating, bowling, visiting the sauna, and hiking.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
If you are feeling particularly rich and fancy staying in a luxury hotel, try the Grand Hotel Besson, which has 44 comfortably furnished rooms. The hotel has a regeneration centre, which is the ideal place to unwind after a long day on the slopes and the restaurant serves great regional food. If you are travelling on a budget, the Hotel Chaberton is an ideal choice. It is a small, cosy mountain hotel, located in the centre of the village. It is conveniently situated close to the ski lifts and has a lovely bar and a lounge. The hotel has a very welcoming, friendly atmosphere and is run by brother and sister, Marinella and Renato. Accommodation is offered on a bed and breakfast basis. As well as hotels, there is a wide range of chalets and private apartments on offer.
There are 4 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 22 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 3 blue runs (suitable for beginners). As well as the fantastic skiing on offer in the resort itself, the correct ski pass will allow you to access 372 individual slopes, since it is part of the Milky Way ski area. The slopes are served by modern lifts, which take nearly 70,000 skiers per hour up the mountains and the resort has 950 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow. The main ski season at Sauze d’Oulx begins in November and ends in the middle of April. The best time to visit though is in March when the snow is at its best although cheaper deals may be found towards the beginning or end of the season.
- Downhill Pistes: 400 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 22
- Maximum Vertical: 1450 m
- Highest Lift: 2800 m
- Altitude of Resort: 1510 m
- Lowest Piste: 1350 m