Sitting at one end of the 440km of slopes that make up the Milky Way ski area Sauze d'Oulx is undoubtedly the largest and liveliest of the five villages of the Via Lattea. Once poorly perceived as a destination for British drinkers, it has successfully reinvented itself by aiming for the best of both worlds - maintaining its youthful energy and appeal while also increasing its appeal to families. 

This is not to say the resort has lost any of it's great value après and nightlife, with a huge array of options perfect for younger audiences looking to go long into the night. 

The skiing options are equally huge, with something for everyone across the Milky Way. Really though this is an intermediates paradise, offering endless, perfectly groomed cruisy blues and reds. You'll struggle to run out of terrain to ski, with those seeking a real challenge often attempting to get to Claviére and Montgenèvre and back in a day! To top it off, the area has a reputation as a sun magnet, perched on a plateau to give it optimal exposure to the elements. 

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 Montgenevre- more easily reached by road, but certainly possible on skis/board.

Pros

Extensive intermediate slopes, generally uncrowded on weekdays - great cruising

Mix of open and woodland runs is good for all weather conditions

Entertaining nightlife

Part of the Milky Way network, spreading across the border to Montgenevre in France, but ...

Cons

Getting to Montgenevre is a time-consuming business without using a car or taxis

Erratic snow record and far from comprehensive snowmaking

Lift system needs improvement

Not great for experts, and can be limited for beginners

Getting there

  • Turin airport: 1 hours
  • Oulx train station: 30 minutes

Good For

Ability
  • Intermediate
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues

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