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Sauze d'Oulx - Ski Area Guide

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Ski Resort in The Milky Way, Italian Alps - 400km249 miles of Piste (1,350m4,429ft to 2,800m9,186ft). Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Renowned for its lively atmosphere (although now quieter than it used to be) and high-value skiing, Sauze d'Oulx is also at one end of the Milky Way Circuit. Conditions permitting it is possible to ski all the way to Montgenèvre, France. Sauze d'Oulx claims to be the birthplace of Italian skiing, dating back to 1899.

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Sauze d'Oulx Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Sauze d'Oulx
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 20km12 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3460km37 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1030km19 miles
Number of runs
Total Length
400km249 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

The Milky Way Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for The Milky Way
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Number of runs
Total Length
933km580 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Sauze d'Oulx Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Sauze d'Oulx
Max Vertical1,450m4,757ft
Highest Lift2,800m9,186ft
Resort Altitude (Sauze d'Oulx)1,510m4,954ft
Lowest Piste1,350m4,429ft
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Sauze d'Oulx Summary

The Italian Ski Resort of Sauze d'Oulx is part of the Milky Way ski area with access to 933km580 miles of downhill skiing, with 598 individual pistes, served by 175 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Sauze d'Oulx itself (400km249 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Milky Way ski resorts of Clavière, Sansicario, Sestrière and Montgenèvre.

The ski resort itself is at 1,510m4,954ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,800m9,186ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are four Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Sauze d'Oulx are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Sauze d'Oulx

Sauze d'Oulx's ski area can be accessed from four different points around the village, all served by chair lifts and linked at resort level by a ski bus. As the resort is built on quite a steep hillside and all the lifts leave from the upper outskirts of the village, this bus is invaluable for many guests.

Beginners have a village level nursery slope at the base of the Clotes chair, but most teaching takes place at Sportina, a plateau area half way up the mountain from which many lifts radiate out and there are a number of short beginner drags. Sportina can be reached quickly by a quad chairlift.

Intermediates will get the most out of this great varied terrain and enjoy the feeling of travel over to the neighbouring areas. These include Sestrière's famous slopes and the long reds above down from Fratieve to Sansicario. Reasonable intermediates can make the Milky Way link in reasonable snow conditions by skiing over to Sansicario, taking the (Unskiable) chairlift link across the top of Cesana and then skiing on above Clavière, Italy's oldest ski centre, over the border to Montgenèvre in France.

Expert skiers will find some fun off-piste amongst the larch woods of the lower slopes or up in the higher powder bowls. There are a variety of off piste routes which a guide can show you that descend 1300m from the top of Fratieve to the valley.

Excursions to Val Thorens are sometimes organised, thanks to the lift access from Orelle in the 'fourth valley' that runs to the Italian border and links in to the Trois Valley circuit.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Sauze d'Oulx

A terrain park was first added for the 2006-7 season complete with jumps and rails. Sauze d'Oulx was one of the last of the world's major resorts to add a pipe. For free riders the varied terrain, packed full of natural features, makes Sauze a popular destination for 'boarders. The non stop après scene is a big factor too.

Expert 'boarders will enjoy the off piste opportunities in the trees on the lower slopes or up in the wide open runs at the top of the area.

Sauze d'Oulx Aprés Ski

Still Italy's liveliest ski centre and up there with St Anton, Chamonix and Sölden in the global rankings. The choice at Sauze is large and includes the Cotton Club for Acid Jazz which has been operating for more than 30 years now, for a British pub like atmosphere, the Max Bar with satellite TV and live football, cocktails at Moncrons, or the Gran Trun wine bar which usually has live music.

If you like your bars on the Irish theme head for Paddy McGintys, For a quieter atmosphere Miravallino has a tea room with a bar service.

Many of the bars continue with dancing into the small hours but there are dedicated discothèques too, including Banditos and Schuss.

Sauze d'Oulx in brief

Sauze d'Oulx Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.

Sauze d'Oulx Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Sauze d'Oulx.


Usual opening - Early Dec.

Usual closing - Mid April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Sauze d'Oulx.

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Sauze d'Oulx Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Sauze d'Oulx is able to augment natural snow, on 15km9 miles of ski runs, with 950 Snow Cannons.

Sauze d'Oulx Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 22 Ski Lifts of Sauze d'Oulx are able to uplift 70,900 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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