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Related Regions: Via Lattea, Italy, Torino, Europe, Piemonte, Europe Overall, The Milky Way

Overview

Situated at one end of the lift-linked Milky Way, Sauze is one of the bigger and more popular resorts in the 440km ski area. Sauze has been reinventing itself over the last decade or so: it has shaken off its 80s image as a haven for the worst excesses of British lager-louts abroad. This charming medieval village – at least one half is charming and medieval – now appeals to families as well as party-goers: walk into one bar and you’d see seasonaires chugging cement mixers – a nauseating cocktail of baileys, lime and gin – and down the street you’d find waiters decanting bottles of fine Barolo – the local Piedmontise wine. The skiing is all things to all people. While Sauze is largely an intermediate’s dream, as part of the wider Milky Way (400km), it offers Olympic downhill in Sestriere and small-resort charm up the road in Claviere.  

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Elevation

  • 9318ft
    Summit
  • 4865ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 4452ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 6
  • 0
  • 0
  • 14
  • 16
  • 1
  • 4
  • 29
  • 70
    Total

Terrain

  • Intermediate Runs

    37%

  • Advanced Runs

    47%

  • Expert Runs

    16%

  • Runs

    240

  • mi Pistes

    198.8 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • MI Night Skiing

    1.2 mi

  • Longest Run

    5.6 mi

More Info

The skiing is all things to all people. While Sauze is largely an intermediate’s dream, as part of the wider Milky Way (400km), it offers Olympic downhill in Sestriere and small-resort charm up the road in Claviere. 

Beginners

Many newbs tend to stick to the lower runs especially Clotes, which leads into the village. This is a mistake. Clotes, while seemingly gentle and easy, is also very busy and has a nasty bottle-neck near the bottom. Much better to head up to Sportina – the main junction – above which you’ll find sweeping gentle slopes with the best snow and wide, open runs where you can practise free from the throng.

Intermediates

Start on the open reds at 2500m and 1km later you can be sipping hot chocolate in the bar at the bottom of Clotes. On the way, above and below Sportina, you’ll find some pretty tree-lined runs that twist and turn and crisscross. The selection of reds should keep you interested for two or three days then if you’ve had enough you can head over to Sansicario or Sestriere.

Advanced

Good skiers tend to head for the unpisted skiing off the top of Fraiteve or the off-piste through the trees. Sauze will amuse for a while but the Milky Way is a big ski area and if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then then first stop would likely be the Olympic Kandahar Slalom run in Sestriere (an easy connection on skis). Other challenging slopes include the Kandahar Barchetta runs and the blacks on top of Mt. Motta and Mt. Sises.

Off-piste

Most of the off-piste are made up of pretty tracks through larch and fir woods. A particular favourite is the Rio Nero off-piste trail between Oulx and Cesana, but the downside is a bus ride back to the lifts. Sauze also offers heliskiing on summits over 3000m (Dormillouse, Terra Nera and Clausi). A group of four heliskiers should expect to pay around €1000.

Snowpark

The Double Black Park at 2400m is accessed via the Nuovo Basset four-seater chair. Sestriere and Montgenevre also have snowparks.

 

For an unforgettable day on the mountain, catch the first lift up to Sportinia at 9am and ski all the way across the Milky Way to France (Montgenevre) for a tartiflette lunch, before skiing all the way home for free aperitivos at the Mira Bar (olives, pizza and bruschetta). Don’t leave Sauze without tasting a bombardino – a favourite Italian drink with hot advocaat, brandy and whipped cream.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/07/201804/07/2019
  • Years Open
    85

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Sauze d'Oulx Reviews

anonymous
10th March 20185
it was amazing great snow and lovely foodFull review
Dirty D
4th March 20185
I've been skiing in Sauze off and on for the best part of 16 years, we always tend to come back. Excellent...Full review
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Contact Info

  • Sauze d'Oulx

    Corso Novara 96, 10152 Torino

    I 10050 Winter Olympics

    Italy


    Phone: +39 0122 858009

    info@vialattea.it

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