British skiers and snowboarders love Sauze d’Oulx. Located in the North-West of Italy, Sauze forms a part of the famous Milky Way ski area with its neighbours Sestriere, Clavière, Montgenèvre and Sansicario.
So maybe its the 400km of piste that keeps Brits coming back to Sauze d’Oulx every year?
Ski Sauze d’Oulx
The slopes of Sauze d’Oulx are most suitable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, with Sauze boarders heading to Sestriere’s Double Black Park. Beginners learn the basics in the popular English-speaking ski schools that attract first-timers of all ages. Experts and advanced skiers can venture further afield and find plenty of black runs in Sestriere and beyond.
If you’ve ever been to Sauze d’Oulx, you’ll know what to expect. Sunnier than the average resort, Sauze also offers a decent amount of snow all season long – thanks largely to extensive snowmaking facilities. And the good level of snowfall doesn’t do the slopes any harm. The slopes of Sauze certainly provide a good season’s worth of skiing.
But away from the slopes, what does Sauze d’Oulx actually offer? This rustic little town has embraced its skiing and boarding visitors for many years. This means that it probably won’t be as peaceful as many ski resorts, but you will enjoy plenty more action away from the piste. In other words, expect après ski to be a big part of most people’s Sauze experience.
Eat, drink and sleep Sauze d’Oulx
Sauze d’Oulx appears to welcome its visitors with extremely open arms. From the locals to the ski community, foreign skiers and boarders can expect a warm welcome in Sauze. This includes from the restaurants, bars and hotels as you won’t be disappointed by the selection.
Eat Sauze d’Oulx
The Del Falco in Sauze’s old town comes highly recommended. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and enjoy a bite at this pretty little restaurant. Serving a variety of local dishes from pastas and tiramisu to beautiful meats like wild boar and carpaccio of beef.
The restaurant formerly known as Del Borgo, L’Ortiche still offers the same quality, freshly cooked meals as in its previous guise. Like most of the Italian restaurants in Sauze, L’Ortiche serves a fine array of pizzas, pastas and meat dishes – as well as plenty of wines to accompany.
Drink Sauze d’Oulx
The traditionally English Queen’s Lounge is the English pub of Sauze. With patterned carpets, big screen TV and a pool table, you’ll feel like you’re about to have Sunday lunch. Until a little later on when you line up those Jägerbombs. The Queen’s is a great place to start, and quite often, end your night.
If you’re missing your pints of Guinness, head on down to Paddy McGinty’s. Located in the village centre, this Irish theme pub is always lively and full of other fans of the black stuff. Paddy’s can be pretty lively so you probably won’t want to pop in here for a quiet one.
Sleep Sauze d’Oulx
The 4 star Hotel La Torre is an impressive sight. As you arrive in Sauze, it’s the first hotel to catch your attention due to it being unusually cylindrical. If you’ve been to any of the other Milky Way resorts you’ll know this isn’t that unusual. Although a distance from the slopes, a ski bus will make sure you’re there pretty quick. And you get picked up early in the run so the bus is virtually empty. Food, bar and rooms and all decent and the staff will certainly make you feel welcome.
If La Torre is a little too far from the slopes, you might prefer Hotel Savoia Debili. Just a short walk to both the resort centre and the chairlift, its perfectly located for the slopes and for getting home safely from your evening activities. You’ll appreciate the warm welcome and traditional Italian cuisine that the Savoia provides. Reasonably priced and not extravagant, this hotel is a great choice for skiers and boarders looking for a place to crash after long days on the piste of the expansive Milky Way ski area.