Sauze d'Oulx

Ski resorts in Italy
In the 1990s this place in western Italy used to be the preferred place for wild UK skiers. It is probably the same people who come here today, but as time has moved on so have their ages. The pulse in the village has dropped to the same extent and it is really not much of a wild place any longer. The many English style bars and pubs that still exist, revealing the village's past popularity amount the British.

When it comes to skiing, Sauze d'Oulx is a relatively quite place although the skiing area is vast. Sauze d'Oulx is connected to many other villages both in Italy and France, including Sestriere and Montgenevre. A large ski area commonly offers a wide range of skiing, and most things you can imagine are available in and around Sauze d'Oulx, both above and below the timber line. Unfortunately, the lift system is not on par with many other larger ski areas. Many lifts cannot be labeled modern.
Sauze d'Oulx belong to Via Lattea.

Sauze d'Oulx Snow forecast

  • Wednesday
    0.1 in rain
    Rain showers
    3 mph
  • Thursday
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    2 mph
  • Friday
    0.1 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    2 mph

Facts about Sauze d'Oulx

Slopes (Total: 214)
Green Learning / beginner:0
Blue Easy:54
Red Intermediate:118
Black Advanced / Expert:42
Total length of pistes:248.5 miles

Lifts (Total: 45)

Vertical drop
Sauze d'Oulx Vertical drop
Mountain high: 9262 ft
Vertical drop: 4833 ft
Mountain low: 4429 ft

Country: Italy

Reviews for Sauze d'Oulx

What do you think about Sauze d'Oulx?
Jonas (Guest)
Nice villages w good food and nice staff. Really good forest skiing. Ski system, Via Lattea, disaster. System under dimensioned for the number of people in the area. Haven’t seen such old lifts in ages. Super unfriendly and rude staff. Ski system closes down if the winds get just above average. Don’t know if it’s because the lifts are so bad or if the staff is just lazy and want to leave early. We will never return.

Ekstrom (Guest)
Easy access to lots of freeride areas.
Possible to find powder 3 days after snowfall.
Cozy village

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Was there 16-23 / 3 -19 and what can you say ..? 7 sunny ski days in a week is well ok!
Went with Nortlander and was prepared for quite a box service after bad criticism both here and elsewhere.
However, have to deny and say that I never experienced better service on a charter trip.
Now I am no snorer who goes to the Alps to get drunk so this may affect the contact with the guides. Then the area seems to have changed profile so when I went on the plane I was hardly oldest with my 54 years, but it was more about the maturity hold.
A week before departure, a guide and with some questions also call with a lot of tips. Then the three Danish agencies worked together, which only made the service better. Nice, accommodating, professional second last week of the season. Absolutely five suns !!!
We stayed at La Fontaine which is ski in / out and feels a bit worn with the sewage in the room and generally small. Disconnected boot dryer in the ski garage makes me look pretty tired. Though this was a great deal outweighed by the fantastic kitchen and staff. Five suns there with ...
The season was coming to an end when I was there and it had also been bad with snow all winter so there was only about 60% of the system that was open.
In addition, there were skiable pistes where the lifts were closed and that several were closed for training, which I think is cramped when it increases the pressure properly on what remains to go on and congestion arises with the plowing Dutchmen. A minus for the infrastructure there!
The ski area has basically been skiing for everyone, though if you are looking for very black pistes you will be disappointed because the black slopes are red in my opinion.
We will go back one season when there is more snow, because the resort has great potential, both in and out of the piste.
Stay in the same stinky room at the same hotel in Jouvenceaux just for the famous kitchen and location.
... and yes, probably go with Nortlander again because they did a great job!

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Lovely village, good pressure on bars and good skiing. Had wonderful weather which obviously affects ..

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Effective ride but a little old lifts. Were there on week 3 with St. Alpresor. We had both sunny wind and snow. The area as a whole is large enough for a week's ride. The negative is that the weekly card only applies to a day in the French section.
The slopes were well prepared and quite nice slope "nice carvingbacks".
The outpost was easily accessible and you could find snowmobile even days after snowfall. Good woodland but quite dense for an above forest farmer.
The village is nice and generally good range.
I will be coming here again but not next year.

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Britt Almqvist
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Have just been down in Sauze dòlux week 10 with the whole family consisting of 2 young adults as well as my husband and I. It's the 3rd time we're there because we really like this ski area and nice city. This year the snow conditions were extremely good! Varied skiing with the most red and some black pistes in Sauze. Over in Sestriere there are also nice red and some really nice black backs and Montegenevre is very nice to visit (and included in the lift pass). In Montegenevre we had an incredibly nice ride when we hung up in the steep answer piste La Reserrve.
In terms of food and drink, there are both variety and many nice places in the back system to eat in Sauze, and Sestriere. In Montegenevre, there is only one dining room in the back system on each side of the village, but they have good food and on the Le Chalvet side they have a superficial terrace that can be hung on when it starts to feel in the legs.
Nice on the slopes in general and not many people. Some lifts are a bit old but work. Do not think it takes the whole of a very good ski system with many possibilities for all types of skiers.

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Down in Sauze d 'Oulx during week 10, 2015.
Sauze d'Oulx is located just over an hour from Turin, at an altitude of 1500 meters, in the corner of the ViaLattea system (400km piste iirc). The village itself is charming, old, genuine, narrow alleys and a rackarn's mass fountains (whats up with that?). There are iaf 3 food stores, a shop selling drinks and at least 5 different sports shops. As in every good Italian city there are also 3 cheese shops, like cheese, it is recommended to buy some pieces at home.
The skiing in the Sauze area is not very good, if you want more challenges, the Sestriere section as well as the Sansicario part are recommended (Montgenevre also has a couple of interesting runs).

As I wrote at the beginning, the Sauze d'Oulx is in the corner of the ViaLattea system, which takes time to get to the French part (Montgenevre). You can count on iaf 2 hours, most of which consist of the 10 elevators (!). Because one of the lifts to get home where it's off, there are 7-8 lifts to go home; All in all, it's going to be a good trip, and not so busy if you want to get to Montgenevre.
On the other hand, the terrain is varied, which is quite nice in itself.

V10, 2015 meant 6 sunny days of 7 possible. One of the days, the top of the systems was closed down due to the blow. The afternoons meant some slash at low altitude.

When it comes to slopes, pist46 was very beautiful (type of transport distance, which rises above the tree line, beautiful views)
Pist72 is good if you want to get a little on the back. Even L 'Observatoire away in Montgenevre is good if you want to squeeze a little.
Pist31 alta, away in Sestriere, fits well if you like a piste with slope.
The ViaLattea system itself is well stretched, and there are no buses between the parts, which means that you can spend the right amount of time in the elevator.

At the bottom of the pist19 is a nice restaurant with a nice sun terrace. (2500 meters iirc).
The same goes for in Montgenevre, at the bottom of the Pré Charé piste.

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Håkan Ljung (Guest)
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If you want to freeze your hedge, in long chairlifts stand in bars with brilliant Britter, pay well for domestic beer. Go here .. PLUS: good backs and more snow good offpist .. The place breathes 90th and hooks forward so ..

Ulf Carlson
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Be down on the 2013 sportswear with 2 famlijer.
Good arrangement with soft snow and sun. Hardly any people in the slopes. Large system with several villages. Fun to discover new parts and villages in the Alps. And very affordable. Took a beer with the Swan after the first day and together cost 3 Euro (ie for 2 big beers). Food in the slopes around 10 Euro for main course.
You should not miss Restaurant Chiao Paix. It has to be one of the Alps' best back hooks with fantastic truffle pasta for 10 Euro. The restaurant is a bit awkward in the system clogged in the larger chalet which is also a small hotel. Here you go with aCarabinieri and Polizia Municipal over a bottle of red for lunch and top the lunch with homemade grappa. Could it be more Italian?
The backs said good, big system, not so much advanced skiing, though, it is very good forest skiing. Not so bad Swedes / Norwegians (very nice) but a whole lot of brits.
Pretty small town and it's okay. Have seen charming villages. There are british brothers, so there are a number of bars with the corresponding piece. There is a little older part that is cozy. And as before, you have to keep an eye on where you live so you do not get too far from the central parts - it will be slow to go.
Would love to go back if it were not so easy to discover.

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-Many city, probably the nicest place in ViaLattea.
-Long nice slopes nearby
-Bra prepared and some people on the slopes
-Large price level about 1 € for coffee, 3 € for a big beer, 6 € for a pizza.
-Good nightlife that lasts long into the night / morning.
-Near train station (Oulx, 10 min away), close to airport (Turin, 1h away).
-Really lovely little restaurants, bars and shops with usually very helpful staff.


"Many lifts are really slow
-Take a long time to get to villages like Claviere and Montgenevre in ViaLattea

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Rider:  Photo: Fredrik Carlsson

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