Ski holidays in Sauze d'Oulx

A lively, fun and friendly resort, offering excellent value and big skiing!

Sauze d'Oulx in the Milky Way ski area is a vibrant resort with a lively après scene that has long appealed to British visitors. The resort offers plentiful tree-lined skiing and wide open, cruising that is ideal for intermediate skiers and improving beginners. The extensive lift system has made access to the 400km of on-piste skiing simple and efficient.

The Sauze pistes are spread across a north and west facing, snow bowl which is great at preserving snow conditions, making the resort perfect for sampling powder skiing. A definite highlight is the 1300m descent from the top of Monte Fraiteve, skiing all the way to the valley floor at Jovenceaux.

Beyond Sauze the Milky Way ski area extends all the way to the high altitude resort of Sestriere, past Cesana towards the charming village of Claviere and across the French border to the iconic resort of Montgenèvre. The Milky Way offers a huge variety of skiing and snowboarding, perfect for the discerning wintersports enthusiast.

As well as excellent skiing, the old centre of the mountain village, with its cobbled streets, offers an attractive escape from the mountain when the ski legs start to get sore. This bustling resort is home to a great variety of pubs, bars, and restaurants all of which contribute to the lively, welcoming atmosphere.

Sauze’s reputation for offering reasonably priced food and drink is justified and has helped cement its reputation as a popular après destination. And the fabulous range of restaurants and pizzerias, both on and off the mountain, offer delicious Italian food that caters for all tastes.

Ski hotels in Sauze d'Olux

  • from£659pp
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  • 40 rooms
Park Hotel Gran Bosco , Milky Way Ski Area, Italy, Sauze d'Oulx- Exterior

Park Hotel Gran Bosco has a nice location on the edge of Sauze, with great views of the mountains. It's a traditional, family-run hotel with cosy alpine rooms and a free shuttle that runs all day to the centre of town and the slopes.

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  • 38 rooms

This stylish hotel offers good quality accommodation with stunning views over the Susa Valley. A free shuttle will get you to the lifts and back and you can sit back and enjoy the wide range of facilities in the wellness centre.

  • from£599pp
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  • 18 rooms

Hotel Villa Cary is a small, chalet-style property near the centre of resort and just 200 metres from the nearest lift. You can expect a warm welcome from the owners and a cosy atmosphere throughout. 

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  • 36 rooms
Hotel Holiday Debili, Exterior

The traditional Hotel Holiday Debili is perfectly placed if you want quick access to the slopes with one of the main lifts just 100 metres away. Good home cooking will keep you fuelled each day. The heated boot room will ensure your gear is dry and warm and, when you get back from a great day on the mountain, you can relax in the hotel's sauna for a small local fee. 

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  • 114 rooms

This iconic hotel comes with spectacular mountain views and is only 350 metres from the Clotes lift and a short walk to the resort centre.

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Hotel Avalanche

Hotel Avalanche is currently being renovated in a cosy Alpine style. It's in a fantastic location right next to the slopes, so you can ski right back to the hotel and easily walk into town for your evening après!

Ski & Snowboard
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Sauze d’Oulx

Beginners should head up the mountain to Sportinia, which despite an abundance of red runs, provides many opportunities to ski wide, open pistes ideal for building your confidence. Sportinia is also the location of the ski school meeting place and the sunny, sheltered nursery slope is ideal for complete beginners.

After just a few day’s tuition you could be enjoying the runs through the woods back to the village. The number 30 from the top of the Sportina chair to the bottom of the Clotes chairlift is a particulary pleasant blue run.

Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Sauze d’Oulx

Sauze d’Oulx is an exceptional resort for intermediate skiers. There is a fantastic range of cruising terrain ideal for improving your technique and building your confidence. As a result, snowboarding is also a popular past time. We like to head up to the top of the Moncrons where the red pistes are generally less crowded.

Intermediate skiers can cover significant distances and there is varied skiing, both above and below the tree line. You can easily access the three main areas of Clotes, Sportinia and Genevris using the interlinking lifts. It is also simple to ski to Sestriere and the enjoyable runs of Sansicario.

Travelling to Montgenevre, across the Italian/French boarder is a great day trip. The French resort is also a part of the Milky Way area and well worth a visit.

Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Sauze d’Oulx

Our favourite piste on the mountain is the Olimpico. Take the chairlift to the top of Mount Fraiteve, from here a mixture of red and black piste drops all the way into Sansicario village. This long and challenging run will really put your stamina to the test!

The black Malafosse is another exciting run where the narrow piste requires excellent control. Runs on this side of the mountain generally offer longer descents, giving advanced skiers and boarders something to get their teeth into.

The Milky Way area also provides several opportunities to ski off-piste. Free riders can head to the Moncrons, which has possibly the best powder conditions on the mountain. Montgenevre, across the French border, has an excellent reputation for its off-piste with some iconic routes.

Advanced skiers will enjoy neighbouring Sestriere too. The higher resort offers several steep, challenging blacks as well as dedicated mogul fields.

Freestyle and terrain parks in Sauze d’Oulx

Sauze hosted the freestyle competitions during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. A small terrain park is located above Sportinia and you can find another park in the neighbouring resort of Sansicario.

Mountain facts
Area 400 km
Resort Altitude 1509m
Ski Alt. From 1509m
Ski Alt. To 2800m
Runs 67 97 41
Longest run 6 Km
Lifts Chairlifts 34, Cable car 1, Draglifts 21, Gondolas 3
Lift Times

7 days, 9am to 16.30

Lift Ski LockersNo
Whole Area Pass Lifts59
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Mountain Restaurants30
Snow Cannon Coverage60%
Off-piste OptionsNo
Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

1 Sauze d'Oulx, 4 milky way area.

Things To Do

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!

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.

Activity Information

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.

Wine tasting

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:

  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Weekly market
Lift Passes

Lift Passes

6 days Season Child
4 - 7 years 
8 - 74 years
75+ years
Area Pass Low £92 £225 £201
High £92 £242 £201

Season dates

  • Low Season - 07 Dec - 22 Dec 23, 06 Jan - 02 Feb, 02 Mar - 22 Mar & 31 Mar - 30 Apr 24
  • High Season - 23 Dec 23 - 05 Jan 24, 03 Feb - 01 Mar & 23 Mar - 30 Mar 24

Lift pass information

6 day pass includes two days skiing in Montgenèvre, France. Walker's pass available locally.

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Ski Equipment

Ski Equipment

6 days Category


4 - 12 years


13+ years

Skis Blue - £59
Red £37 £76
Black - £93
Skis & boots Blue - £84
Red £56 £107
Black - £127
Snowboard & boots Red £98 £101

Equipment information

Free helmets for children up to 12 years when ski/board are pre-booked

Please see here for a description of hire categories.

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.



Ski tuition


4 - 12 years  


13+ years

Beginner 5 days £250 £250
3 days £174 £174
Snowboard tuition


8 - 12 years 


13+ years

3 days £113 £113

Tuition information

  • Tuition will be available from 23rd Dec 23 onward 
  • Ski tuition runs Monday - Wednesday 10am - 1pm
  • Snowboard tuition runs Monday - Wednesday 10am - 12pm
  • Depending on the location of your accommodation, we use 2 different ski school suppliers in Sauze. Duration and prices may vary, please check at time of booking the number of days and duration.
  • Group tuition need a minimum number of guests to take place. Very occasionally these numbers aren’t reached. If you have pre-booked tuition and this happens, the ski-school will do their best to offer private tuition to the value of what you had originally booked.

Levels of tuition:

  • Beginner - never skied before
  • Level 1 - advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2 - low intermediate, snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3 - good intermediate, parallel turns 
  • Advanced - fully confident on all slopes, looking to improve technique

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.


Flights depart Sundays

Transfer time

  • Turin airport: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach

Private transfers and self drive options are available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Nearest Rail Station:


Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Ski bus info:

Payable locally

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • Après-ski mecca on the Milky Way ski area
  • Short transfers from Turin Airport
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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