Sauze d' Oulx Ski Holidays - Good For Snowboarders
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.
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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. Remember to check ahead for piste conditions all the way over, leave early to be on the safe side, to take your passport (virtually never requested but better safe than sorry) and a trail map.
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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 new lift access from a 'fourth valley' that runs in to Italy and links in to the Trois Valley circuit.
A terrain park was 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.
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.
There's not a huge amount to do besides ski or board, eat, shop, drink and dance in Sauze. There is a natural ice rink, skittles alley and a games hall as well as a cinema that shows English language films sometimes. The Cristina Beauty Centre offers hairdressing and beauty treatments. There's also Mina Beauty Center, sauna and jacuzzi.
With more than thirty restaurants to choose from, you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere to suit your taste here. Sauze d'Oulx is probably the only ski resort where you have a choice of places serving a 'Full English Breakfast' at 7am - Max's Bar. Bar La Bruschetta goes one better and serve English breakfasts all day long.
There's a big choice of pizzerias, Le Pecore Nere or 'The Black Sheep' describes itself as "The place that people flock to" and also has a reputation for excellent pasta. Del Borgo offers 40 different varieties of pizza cooked in a traditional oven.
For spaghetti try Sugo's on via Assietta and for a variety of Italian specialities establishments such as Ristorante del Falcor, the Old Inn or La Marmotta restaurant should be able to supply your needs. A ten course epic meal with wine is served at Il Cantun.