Sauze d’Oulx and Champoluc are two phenomenal Italian ski resorts. Both are well-loved winter destinations yet they offer strikingly different skiing experiences. Sauze d’Oulx is a party-mad, aprés-ski heaven perfect for lively holidaymakers while the quiet resort of Champoluc has a chilled atmosphere and relaxed village style.
With Inghams offering great savings to both ski resorts, which destination will you choose to ski in this winter?
Why choose Sauze d’Oulx?
There’s one word for the Alpine scenery surrounding Sauze d’Oulx: majestic. The resort forms a major part of the vast Milky Way ski area, and the 400km of slopes are perfect for intermediate skiers.
The attractively wooded slopes of Clotes and Sportinia lead up, over the mountain, to the high altitude resort of Sestriere. Sestriere hosted the Alpine skiing events at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, and you can still attempt the resort’s Olympic downhill run.
On the furthest reaches of the Milky Way ski area are the charming resorts of Claviere and, over the border in France, Montgenèvre. The excellent variety of slopes and the incredible snow record makes this section of the Milky Way a necessary day trip for passionate skiers.
Sauze d’Oulx is renowned as a party destination and the wide choice of bars and pubs means that Sauze has a thriving nightlife. Enjoy a night out but strapped for cash? Sauze’s bars offer great value for money, with many offering extensive ‘happy hours’.
An excellent range of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets compliments the lively après-ski scene. Choose from restaurants serving everything from wood-fried pizzas, to traditional Italian fare and burgers.
Where to stay?
The 3.5* Hotel Hermitage has a ski-in, ski-out location right beside the piste. Furnished in a traditional Alpine style, the hotel has a cosy bar, a panoramic sun terrace, and free wine with dinner for all Inghams’ guests. It is the perfect place to chill-out after a day spent skiing, and before you head out for a night on the town.
Save up to £140 per person on a 7-night stay at the Hotel Hermitage, on a Half Board basis. Prices start from £499 per person on 6 January 2018, including return flights from Birmingham to Turin and resort transfers. Prices are subject to availability and change.
Why choose Champoluc?
Ideal for a peaceful ski holiday, Champoluc is a charming, quiet village with a growing profile among the British ski community. Take advantage of Champoluc’s tranquil setting and head there before the crowds discover the resort’s many charms!
Champoluc is situated in the unspoilt Monterosa ski area, with miles of quiet slopes and fabulous off-piste trails. The area has an excellent variety of skiing. Beginners will love the gentle slopes around Frachey and Antagnod, while challenging pistes such as the Goat run offer significant entertainment for advanced intermediates.
The area has a fabulous reputation for its delicious local cuisine. And the tasty local wines of the Aosta Valley, such as Sabla and Enfer d’Arvier, are sure to quench your thirst after a long day spent on the mountain.
Champoluc is certain to grow even more popular in the coming years. Despite being a quiet Shangri La, the resort is only an hour’s transfer from Turin airport, and there are plans afoot to link the Monterosa ski area with Zermatt–Cervinia. This would make Champoluc part of the second biggest ski area in Italy!
Get ahead of the curve and have a relaxing winter break in Champoluc in 2018.
Where to stay?
Exclusive to Inghams, the 4-diamond Chalet Hotel De Champoluc has an ideal location next to the main gondola. It’s virtually ski-in, ski-out. The Chalet Hotel catering includes breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals with a choice of wine.
For all that? Not as much as you’d think. The Chalet Hotel De Champoluc provides excellent value for money. Save up to £180 per person on a 7-night stay, on a Chalet Hotel catering basis. Prices start from £537 per person on 6 January 2018, including return flights from Birmingham to Turin and resort transfers. Prices are subject to availability and change.
Which resort would you rather visit for your ski holiday? Do you prefer a party on the piste or to ride and relax? Vote for your preferred resort below and see how many share your view…