Sauze d’Oulx – Italy
Resort height: 1,382m – 2,823m
Total piste length: 120km
Located at one end of the Via Lattea (Milky Way), Sauze d’Oulx has excellent access to the 212 pistes Via Lattea offers, meaning all ski ability are all catered for. Predominantly featuring intermediate runs, Sauze is an idyllic resort with many runs taking you through the trees back to the village. The village itself, although undoubtedly charming, is famed for its après-ski scene with pubs, cocktail bars and wine bars lining the streets, as well as top quality restaurants.
The accessibility of Sestriere ensure the black runs at the top of Mount Motta and Mount Sises are within easy distance for more advanced skiers to enjoy. Indeed, for those looking to be challenged, skiing off the top of Fraiteve is encouraged. As with most resorts, beginners are becoming increasingly well looked after, with specialist English-speaking ski and snowboard schools making sure all visitors are comfortable and safe on the slopes.
Where to lunch
From dizzy gastronomic heights to humble rustic cuisine, Sauze d’Oulx offers the whole spectrum of dining experiences for you to choose. Traditional pasta houses serve delicious homely dishes, whilst the more modern establishments serve gourmet tasting menus.
Sugo’s, located in the old town, is the place to go for authentic Italian cuisine. Those with a penchant for pasta will be in their element here, with every dish serving a minimum of two people, you’re sure to restore your energy before hitting the slopes. All food is homemade and cooked fresh at reasonable prices. L’Ortiche is a better option for those looking to enjoy a more refined lunch. Pheasant stuffed with foie gras and Angus steak are some of the dishes that head up the impressive menu, only matched by the equally impressive wine list.
Where to stay
Hotel II Capricorno is an outwardly traditional chalet, encased within the stunning scenery of the Cozie Alps. Inside however, the hotel is decidedly luxurious, offering private bathrooms, LCD TV’s, as well as a gourmet restaurant and panoramic sun terrace. The hotels vantage point overlooking lakes and woodland, as well as the fields of the upper Val di Susa, make it an ideal place to unwind after a day on the slopes.
Hotel Assietta is not quite as grand as Capricorno, however it is centrally located 100 yards from the Via Lattea ski lift. Assietta offers cosy rooms, a brasserie style restaurant and a sun terrace for guests to relax on. This family-run establishment has practicality at its heart, offering storage space for ski equipment and free Wi-Fi in the reception area.
It should come as no surprise, considering its party-hard reputation, that the list of bars and clubs in Sauze d’Oulx is endless. For those looking to sample some fine wines, Caffe della Seggiovia is the place to go. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, this wine bar opened in 2010 and offers a wide range of wines, many sourced from the local Piedmont region famous for its Barolo.
For an equally sophisticated evening head to Moncrons to enjoy some of the cocktails which have helped the bar build its reputation. For a livelier evening, Paddy McGinty’s promises all day atmosphere, playing live music on several nights as well as serving great food around a roaring fire. Vagabondi’s, located in the main square, opens late and also plays a mixture of English and Italian live music. The largest nightclub in the town is Il Bandito, the club is open late and often has themed nights, the venue is popular with locals and tourists alike.