Sauze d'Oulx is a mountain village and ski resort in the province of Turin, Piemonte (in the north of Italy), located 80 kilometres from Turin in the upper Susa valley, at the foot of monte Genevris (2,536 m)
A Little History
Since the beginning of the 19th century, Sauze d'Oulx has been a destination for the Turin aristocracy, and is still a skiing favourite because of its beautiful location. Skiing has been popular here for over a century and world champions like Piero Gros
, a gold medalist of the 1976 Olympics, have been based here. Sauze d'Oulx is a working village all year round and still has a delightful ancient heart of stone buildings and narrow streets.
2006 Winter Olympics
Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics on the theme "Passion Lives Here". Ski resorts around the area hosted individual events - Sauze d'Oulx being the location of the Freestyle Skiing events.
Piste map showing the lift system and ski pistes at Sportinia, just above Sauze d'Oulx
Skiing & Snowboarding
The Via Lattea, or Milky Way, is the name given to the large inter-connected skiing area which includes 5 villages: Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana, Claviere and the French town of Montgenèvre. It offers 140 ski slopes, on a surface of 400 Km and 92 lifts from 1350 to 2800 meters. For the full-size piste maps of the Via Lattea (Milky Way) and Sauze d'Oulx in PDF format see our Sauze d'Oulx piste map page.
Sauze today is a vibrant mountain community all year round hosting skiing and snowboarding events in the winter to festivals and community events throughout the rest of the year. In July and August mountain biking and freeride (freestyle mountain biking) takes place on the ski slopes and forests of the Via Lattea.
Cows and sheep block a mountain road at Sauze d'Oulx as they're taken to the high Summer grazing pastures
The area is also a popular with walkers and other holidaymakers eager to experience the beautiful views, fresh Alpine air and taste the culinary delights of Italian food.
Travelling to Sauze
Sauze is on the main A32 (E70) motorway from Turin. The journey takes about an hour by car from Turin Caselle Airport
. Sauze can also be reached from Chambery Airport
through the Frejus Tunnel
in winter. In summer alternative routes include travel via the SS25 (Mont Cenis) which leads to either Val d'Isere/Tignes/Bourg St Maurice or Chambery avoiding the tunnel.
Oulx is on the TGV route from Paris (a short bus or taxi ride to Sauze d'Oulx). Frequent trains can be found from Turin or Milan, or trains are available from Chambery.