Sauze has lots of lively bars and shops; it may once have had a lager loutish reputation but this is no longer the case, with the resort now attracting a more discerning clientele. Populated by grown-up Brits and Italian weekenders - this is Turin's closest major ski area and we've grown to like it.
Sauze can feel like it needs investment though to deliver comprehensive snowmaking and new lifts. What the resort seems to be doing of late is reshuffling the lifts it already has. Four years ago the useful Triplex quad chair was redeployed to replace two ancient drags; now its vacant place has been filled by a triple chair, although this is not the fastest.
Sauze d'Oulx sits on a sloping mountain shelf facing north-west to the mountains bordering France. It is a mid-sized resort - a big village rather than a town - but it spreads quite widely. Out of the bustle of the centre, there are secluded apartment blocks in quiet, wooded areas and a number of good restaurants also tucked away.
The Via Lattea (Milky Way) lift pass covers not only next-door Sansicario and Sestriere, easily reached by lift and piste, but also the more remote slopes of Claviere and Montgenvre - more easily reached by road, but certainly possible on skis/board. Sestriere Sestriere
are covered in their own resort guide pages.