Sauze d'Oulx Ski Resort

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Sauze d'Oulx ski resort is awesome in the Via Lattea Italy
Ski lovely off-piste powder at Oulx ski resort.
Ski lovely off-piste powder at Oulx ski resort.
Oulx is set amongst expansive larch and pine forests.
Oulx is set amongst expansive larch and pine forests.
Oulx  train station is accessible by fast train from Turin, Milan and Paris.
Oulx train station is accessible by fast train from Turin, Milan and Paris.
Some exceptional tree skiing int the larch forests at Oulx.
Some exceptional tree skiing int the larch forests at Oulx.
The old town of Oulx below the ski resort is a delight to stay in.
The old town of Oulx below the ski resort is a delight to stay in.
Perfect powder days after the storm.
Perfect powder days after the storm.
Approaching the ski resort village at Sauze d
Approaching the ski resort village at Sauze d'Oulx.
Powder under Triplex..
Powder under Triplex..
Eleven mountain huts at Oulx.
Eleven mountain huts at Oulx.
Perfect pizza and calzone at Oulx.
Perfect pizza and calzone at Oulx.
Wide open spaces under the Colo chair.
Wide open spaces under the Colo chair.
Restaurants at the top of Sportinia.
Restaurants at the top of Sportinia.
Mid load area on the Jouvenceaux quad.
Mid load area on the Jouvenceaux quad.
Powder skiing out wide of the Tuassieres button lift.
Powder skiing out wide of the Tuassieres button lift.
Open easy piste and off-piste under the Triplex.
Open easy piste and off-piste under the Triplex.
Fun, rolling high alpine terrain at Oulx.
Fun, rolling high alpine terrain at Oulx.
Powder to the people.
Powder to the people.
Piste trails come together under the Lago Nero chair.
Piste trails come together under the Lago Nero chair.
Come and explore Oulx and the Via Lattea in Italy.
Come and explore Oulx and the Via Lattea in Italy.

Sauze d'Oulx Ski Resort

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Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx)

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Via Lattea Ski Resorts

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    Sauze d'Oulx Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Sauze d'Oulx Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)(Via Lattea)
    1,350m – 2,823m (1473m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (70)(Via Lattea)
    6 Gondolas/cable cars
    34 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Dec to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary (Via Lattea)
    Runs –400km
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 19%
    Intermediate - 47%
    Beginner - 34%

    Italian Sector – 305km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Via Lattea (Italian Sector)
    Adult - €39
    Child - from €10

    Via Lattea International
    (incl. Montgenevre in France)
    Adult - €50
    Child - from €10
    Via Lattea - Voie Lactee - Milky Way Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Via Lattea Ski Trail Map

Sauze d'Oulx Ski Resort Italy

There is some wonderful skiing at Oulx (or more accurately Sauze d'Oulx). The old town of Oulx (pronounced 'oohlz' - sort of!) is a treat to stay in. Tree skiing and general off-piste is excellent, plus freshies can be had days after the last snowfall. Snow quality is excellent as all the resort is above 1500m and snowfall in this region is reliable.

Sauze d'Oulx ski resort's lift and piste links to the broader Via Lattea give a huge amount of scope to explore. The daily lift pass price for Sauze d'Oulx and all the Italian Via Lattea skiing of €38 (2020 price) is exceptional value by world standards and easily the best value for a large scale ski area in Western Europe. No self-respecting Powderhound will regret a mid-week trip to Sauze d’Oulx.

Pros & Cons for Sauze d'Oulx Ski Resort

Pros

  • Western Europe's best value daily ski lift pass price.
  • Fabulous range of intermediate piste trails;
  • Fresh powder for days after a snowfall.
  • Superb tree skiing in larch forests.
  • Easy travel access via the TGV train from Milan, Turin, Lyon or Paris.
  • Interconnected with the huge Via Lattea ski area.
  • Numerous ski-in accommodation options.
  • Oulx old town is nearby & a lovely place to stay

Cons

  • Dated & inadequate lift infrastructure.
  • Relatively poor beginner facilities & terrain.
  • General dilapidated feel.

Pro or Con (depending on your point of view!)

  • Few high-end accommodation & restaurant options.
  • Limited non-ski activities.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts &Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding at Sauze d’Oulx, particularly the off-piste, is exceptional. Piste trails are mainly intermediate and quality beginner areas are lacking, but it is the tree skiing & high alpine bowls that make the ski resort a standout.

See here for the Sauze d’Oulx ski trail map.

Ski lifts at Sauze d'Oulx are probably the reason for the low lift price. The lift infrastructure is generally quite dated & slow. Lift queues can be horrendous on weekends & peak periods. Some poorly designed piste choke-points and lift exits also let the mountain down. Visit on a weekday & your smile will beam!

For detailed information, see our Sauze d’Oulx Skiing & Snowboarding page.

Interlinked with Via Lattea

Sauze d’Oulx is but a small portion of the huge Via Lattea interlinked ski region. For a super affordable lift pass price, one can access 305km of ski trails, plus vast swathes of off-piste terrain in neighbouring Sestriere, Cesana-Sansicario & Claviere. For an additional few €, one can access the 95km of ski trails in the excellent Montgenevre ski resort across the border in France.

See here for the Via Lattea ski trail map.

Snow & Weather

The Sauze d'Oulx ski slopes are beautifully situated with a predominantly northerly aspect above 1500m elevation which maintains snow quality throughout the season. Snow making augments mother nature on the main piste trails, guaranteeing skiing from December to April. Late March & April are alleged to be wonderful for spring powder.

Where is Sauze d'Oulx Italy?

Sauze d’Oulx is in the vast Piedmont region, conveniently located in the Val di Susa, 86km west of Turin in Italy. The nearest town to the extensive resort village is Oulx, 5½km down the hill to the west. Gateway airports include Turin (TRN), Milan (MXP), Lyon (LYS) & ;surprisingly because of the direct train to Oulx, Paris (CDG) & Geneva (GVA).

Oulx is not just the Sauze d’Oulx gateway town, but a convenient entry point for the entire Via Lattea's as well. It is only one hour by car from Turin via the E70 motorway.

Oulx has a major train & bus station with direct links to all parts of the ViaLattea ski region and nearby Briancon in France (part of the excellent Serre Chevalier ski resort). It is on the main TGV train line that runs between Paris & Milan (at least 3 trains per day). Oulx is 1½hr by train from Turin's Porta Nuova station (trains every hour) and less than 5hr from Paris.

From Oulx to the ski resort base at Sauze d’Oulx, regular buses and taxis are available from the station or in town. Buses run every 30min and travel time is 15min.

For detailed information on how to get there, see our Travel to Sauze d’Oulx page.

Oulx & Sauze d'Oulx Accommodation

Accommodation at Sauze d’Oulx can be separated into several distinct localities. Below the ski resort and not connected to the ski lifts, the town of Oulx has a newer town near the railway station, plus a charming cobble-stoned old town further up the hill.

From Oulx, up to the ski resort at Sauze d'Oulx, the road becomes lined with a variety of hotels, apartments, and chalets before ending near the Clotes chairlift. The ski resort base area is separated into the lower Jouvenceaux & then Sauze d’Oulx at the top of the road. Within Sauze d’Oulx itself, there is a lovely, old original village sector, surrounded by the relatively newer ski resort developments. Both Jouvenceaux & Sauze d’Oulx are connected to the piste trails by chairlifts.

Search & book here for all Sauze d'Oulx ski accommodation.

It should be clearly stated that the main resort village has a feeling of being trapped well into the last century. Whilst there are numerous excellent, modern & traditional lodgings, the overall village feels dilapidated and a touch downtrodden. It does however represent excellent value, plus has several fun bars clinging on to the good old ways. Sauze d’Oulx lacks ‘high-end’ luxury accommodations. If seeking such, you are probably in the wrong region!

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see our Sauze d’Oulx Accommodation Info page.

Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available from our partners in the resort village of Sauze d’Oulx. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Sauze d’Oulx Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

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Reviews

The Powderhounds reviewed Sauze d’Oulx in 2017 & 2020. We had a fabulous time on each visit & rate it highly as the most affordable & least crowded, mega ski resort experience in the Alps (& maybe the world!) Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Sauze d’Oulx & the Via Lattea compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Oulx

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

La Grave-Sestriere Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Skiing between the French & Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
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AUD 3,234
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