Just come back from Sauze - Stayed in the Holtel Splendid with First Choice.
Snow on the lower slopes was getting very slushy especially on the Clotes run to the bottom lift. Higher slopes were ok but getting thin in places. They were managing the snow very well especially when you consider there had been no major snow since December the 12th AND it had been too warm to use the snow canons. They were saying that if it didn't snow within ten days they would have to close the resort. We still enjoyed the limited skiing.
Hotel Splendid was a long way up the hill from the coach (15-20 Minutes) but the brochure did warn you of that. You get used to it by the end of the week if you go to the bars every night. Hotel staff were very helpfull and spoke quite good english. It is well away from the noisy bars in the village. Food is a four course meal , we were stuffed every night, the choice isn't huge but what you get is good quality and good home cooking. The rooms were comfotable and clean. Boot room is under the hotel and isn't generally heated so (sneak) your boots into the room to dry overnight. There is a pool but be warned it is ONLY open from 4pm - my wife is not a skier and wanted to use the pool during the day and couldn't. While we were there there was a very poohy chemical smell from the pool so we only used it the once. Oh yes and the dogs name is Elle and she's harmless and won't bother you unless she thinks she mught get a nibble from the bar.
Loads of bars in the village and a good choice of retaurants, although we didn't use them as we were half board.
Ski shop we used were very efficient 15 of us in and out in about 20 minutres. You can pay 7 euros extra for insurance for ski damage breakage, we did as the piste conditions were poor.
We used a ski bus that stopped outside the hotel it was a small minibus that got full very quickly and a couple of time we had to wait until the next bus - the bus was vey inconsistant in it's timings and didn't even turn up to pick us up at 4pm and walking from Sportinia lift in boots to the hotel is impossible. When we spoke to the manager and the rep they both said , that's italians for you they do what they want. !!!
However if you are staying at the Splendid you can get to the slopes by using the road opposite 3 to 5 minute walk then ski to Clotes lift ( the road is private , but we didn;t have any problems) you can ski down to the same place to avoid the bus or walk uphill from the bottom of Clotes lift.
We could't get over to Sestrier as there was no snow to ski down and the day we tried it was too windy for the single chair lift - apparently it takes 40 minutes by the single chair then a gondala when there's no snow.
Sportinia and Clotes have restaurants at the top of the first lift - Sportinia where the ski school is has 3 with plenty of outside seats. Skiers can get up both Clotres and Sportinia lifts to the restaurants only and no further.
I would say that Sauze d'oulx is not a beginners resort as there are limited runs for them - sorry but i don't count narrow track roads as beginners runs as they just snow plough down them which is no fun and doesn't allow them to practice their technique. Intermediates will however find a new run every day when ALL the runs are open. We liked the run from the top the first Sportinia lift it goes just behind it and goes down through the snow park (which wasn't there becuase of lack of snow) and goes down to Clotes
Transfer time is fairly short as it is a straight run from Turin and is just of the motorway/main road.
Lastly the drinks in the bars especially the bottled beers were VERY expensive even teas coffees and soft drinks are expensive.
Photo is from Sportinia