Restaurants, food and drink
Eating out on the mountain needn’t be an expensive experience in Sauze d’Oulx. The Clot Bourget is one of our favourite mountain restaurants and it is excellent value for money too. Slightly off the beaten track, the Clot Bourget serves a good selection of Italian style food.
The Capanna Kind is a lively and friendly bar/restaurant on the mountain. The glorious sun terrace is a great place to enjoy a pasta dish or pizza for lunch. Regular live music makes this the ideal place to start the day’s après ski too!
In the centre of Sauze’s old town there is a wide variety of charming restaurants serving rustic mountain food and typical Italian dishes. Il Cantun del Barbabuc on the main street specialises in using local ingredients, it also has a fantastic wine list!
One of our favourites, the Del Falco has a fantastic menu and the incredible daily specials are delicious. We highly recommend the roast loin of pork with wild mushrooms. Not only do we rate the food highly, the staff are friendly and always make us feel welcome.
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Sauze’s reputation for lively nightlife and a thriving après ski scene is certainly justified. There is a wealth of pubs, bars and clubs, which lend the resort a definite party vibe. The scene has a sophisticated side too and it’s certainly possible to find somewhere for a chilled drink at the end of the day.
One of our favourite après spots, the Miravallino is a friendly and inexpensive bar in the centre of town. Reasonably priced food and drink, and regular live music performed several times a week enhances the already lively atmosphere.
Another favourite of ours is Il Lampione wine bar in the centre of town. Popular with the locals as well as with tourists this is a relaxed destination perfect for enjoying a lovely bottle of wine and nibbles, especially when accompanied by the occasional live music performance.
On the more boisterous end of the après spectrum is the Sport Cafè, which has a consistently lively atmosphere. Anywhere that does free pizza tasting sessions must be good! This is a great destination for anyone looking to watch sport, sing karaoke or stay up late into the night listening to live music.
There are several supermarkets in resort, ideal for picking up any essentials you might have left at home! You can hire your ski equipment and buy presents for friends and family at the many sports and souvenir shops.
Spas and relaxation
The distinctive Hotel La Torre has an excellent wellness centre complete with large indoor whirlpool. Guests of the hotel and visitors can pay locally to relax in the steam room or the sauna. Beauty treatments are also available to guests to buy.
The spa at the Grand Hotel Besson offers an extensive range of wellness facilities. Highlights include the salt-water spa pool and the external hot water plunge pool – best enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco! Not staying at the Hotel Besson? Visitors to Sauze d’Oulx can pay locally to use the fantastic facilities.
Arts, culture and events
It’s perhaps unsurprising that this lively town has such a festival spirit. Live bands frequently perform on the mountain or in the main square making it consistently exciting in Sauze d’Oulx.
The highlight of a busy and eclectic events calendar is The Sauze Carnival. Taking place around lent, carnival is an Italian tradition and the streets of the old town are flooded with floats and costumed participants.
Events in and around resort also celebrate Christmas and New Year. Particularly notable is the end of year Torch lit procession and fireworks display. The local ski instructors accompanied by fireworks and music herald the New Year with an on-piste torch display.
It’s not all about the après in Sauze – there are plenty of other activities off the piste that can be enjoyed by the whole family! And if there’s too much snow on the mountain, limiting your skiing, it’s easy to get out and explore the wider Piedmont region of Italy.
Day trip to Turin
Turin is beautiful, with elegant squares, tree lined boulevards and lavish turn of the 20th century architecture. A powerhouse of Italian industry, Turin is famously the home of Fiat cars but there is so much more to this dynamic, Italian city, from spectacular museums to the world-class football club – Juventus.
Only an hour’s drive from Sauze or a short trip by train, Turin makes an excellent destination for a day trip and is the perfect getaway when the ski legs begin to tire! Speak to your Inghams representative for more information on how to get there.
Snowshoeing and winter walking
One of our favourite non-ski activities in Sauze, there are fantastic trails to follow throughout the resort as well as in nearby Gran Bosco National Park. Maps are available showing the trails and the local tourist office can provide information on the safest routes.
With a variety of terrains to explore, there are walks suited to winter walkers of all abilities and experience. Snowshoes and hiking poles are available to rent from many of the local sports equipment stores in the resort.
We love wine tasting in Sauze d’Oulx! The delightful Il Lampione is not only one of the most relaxed àpres bars in resort but you can also arrange to taste the many splendid wines that they offer too.
The charming surroundings in the rustic bar are the ideal place to spend a gentle evening sipping wine with friends. Speak to your Inghams representative for more information about how to book this experience.
Other activities in resort:
- Weekly market