Visitor reviews for Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) Ski Resort

Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) Ratings

Overall: 3.9. Based on 26 votes and 63 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.8

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.4

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea).

Public Transport: 4.1

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.3

(1) No places to stay in/near Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.4

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea).

Ski in/Ski out: 3.9

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.8

(1) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.0

(1) There are no snow groomers at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.9

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.9

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.8

(1) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.1

(1) The staff at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.5

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.4

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.7

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.8

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.5

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.2

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.1

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.4

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.0

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.0

(1) Overall, Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.2

(1) Overall, Sauze d'Oulx (Via Lattea) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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June 20, 2007
J Pocock from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stayed at the Sportinia Hotel over Xmas week 2006 - we had a superb time. The snow conditions were good, aided considerably by the numerous snow cannons and we really liked the town. Plenty of life and yet it retains a lot of its old worldly charm. As for the hotel,well,what can l say. It was awful. I see someone else has already beaten me to it on this thread and l would echo everything that has been said. Poor food and facilities. Do not be deceived by the three stars that the travel agents like to quote. This is Italian three stars and they are worth no more than a 1 star in English Hotel equivalent. If you can find a decent hotel that's near the chairlifts then l think you will have a great time. There is plenty of skiing to suit all levels.
February 12, 2007
A Cadden from Ski Ireland Ireland
Hi all, just back from Sauze d'Oulx yesterday. Twelve of us were there for a week and the conditions were very good. There was plenty of snow even if some was from snow canons. We had some beginners and some intermediates and all found it excellent. The resort itself is lovely; good apres-ski in Paddy McGinty's & great restaurants. If you want to taste one of the best steaks ever go to the Old Inn. It's not cheap but worth it. Or La Griglia Pizzeria, in the old town. It's very, very cheap, fast and excellent quality. If eating lunch in Spotinia, the Cabana Kind restaurant is the best quality with the best value, also great music. Enjoy.
January 28, 2007
bev andy danny catriona from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
On the 7 Jan we stayed at Relias des Alpes. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were very clean and the food was excellent. A cracking wee resort. The night life was jumping. Great value for money. The hotel was a bit of a hike to the chair lift and the buses were a nightmare. Had to walk it, but it was worth it.
January 24, 2007
Tina Lynch from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We stayed Xmas week 2006. What a fab resort, full of charm and an abundance of pubs and restaurants. Skiing was great for the first two days till it filled up with Italians then became like an ice-rink. It would be superb if there was snow. We stayed at the Sportinia Hotel. The location is fine for nights out but the hotel leaves a lot to be desired. The rooms were very clean but the food was awful. Christmas dinner was 2 slices of turkey, a few greasy potatoes, gravy and lettuce! The rest of the week was not much better. There were many complaints about lack of hot water, fitness room, noise, heating and everyone complained about the food. Such a shame. However, I would strongly recommend this resort. The nightlife is excellent and we had a fantastic holiday overall. We would definately go again but stay in a better hotel and when there is some snow! Must recommend the little takeaway on the corner which sells excellent chicken kebabs, its owned by a Londoner so he knows what we like! Just need a curry house and I'd move there!
January 22, 2007
cliff from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from Sauze (21st Jan).Party of 12 had an excellent week. Mixed beginners and intermediates.snow conditions not the best but with Sestriere there was plenty to ski on and the home run into town was suicidal but exciting. Stayed at the hermitage right alongside the slope in the town. Perfect position and no complaints with the rooms or food, would definately stay again. Certainly plenty of nightlife and the "Casino Royal" night at Claribels will be remembered for its naffness. The pub crawl was the best night. Have been before when there was plenty of snow and it was perfect.
January 21, 2007
Rhiannon & Adrian from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come home (21st January 2007) from a week in Sauze staying at the Miravalle. Considering the lack of snow there were still plenty of runs to have a go at, although some of them were a bit scary as they were either frozen solid or you had to dodge the grass and stones (too warm for them to use the snow cannons). Can imagine that this place would be excellent with the right snow conditions. The hotel was very good for a three star, although twin rooms where a bit cramped but it was very clean! Bit of a trek up hill to Sportinia chair lift. I would recommend ski deposit at the top of the lift if you have far to walk. Didn't try the bus as it was too packed to get onto. Had a great time in the evenings. Normally something on to entertain; pub crawls, to quizes, karaoke or talentless contests! Would definately go back, but when they have tones of snow!!!!!
January 10, 2007
robert binning from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A belated response to Lionel's comments about Montgenevre being all greens and blues: I have scared myself sh*tless on some of the blacks there. More to the point, there isn't much to the village, I would rather stay in Sauze and drive up for the day. Or carry on to Serre Chevalier. Or Puy. Great thing about Sauze is it makes a great base if you have wheels.. We regularly do 4 nights there, spending one or 2 days skiing in Sauze/San Si Car and the rest of the time elsewhere.
March 07, 2006
Paul Stoker from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just came back from an excellent week in Sauze. This did coincide, however, with the best snow Sauze, indeed the Milkyway, has seen for years! Lots of snow fell during the Olympics, and we had 3 days of sun and 3 days of solid snow, which led to some fantastic boarding. I would *not* concur with comments that it's not good for beginners. It's not great for beginners but the tuition is some of the best I've ever seen, and there's a pretty good blue from the Clotes area for beginners to find their feet. I myself taught my 6 year old son who has never boarded before, and my girlfriend, to board here. The little one was also able to sledge below the bottom lift when he was too tired to board. Also, some of the reds at the top are really pushing the boundaries of red runs, I would class them as blues if I'm being honest. With decent snow, you'll have a top time! The nightlife is kicking but not in your face if that's not what you're looking for. The restaurants are very good. I would recommend La Grillia, Del Bongos and La Brochette - both down in the old part of Sauze, which is made up of old cobbled streets. Accommodation seems a bit patchy. We had booked to stay in Max Bar Apartments but on arrival the place was so filthy and, I'd best describe it as a hovel, that we demanded that we were switched to different accommodation. In fact, we took our stuff outside and refused to go back in. In the end we were moved to the La Terazza for 85 euros a head. La Terazza was very clean and we enjoyed the rest of the week. All in all we would go back to Sauze and with good snow the skiing/boarding is very good!
February 20, 2006
Charlie & Tess from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We spent a week at the Hotel Baita, Feb 5th-12th 2006. Hotel was great. I agree that it is definately not a resort for beginners. 1 green run which is only a few metres in length at Sportina. 1 blue run, part of which is uphill. We are intermediates and found the red runs, which make up most of the resort, very enjoyable. Sestriere and other links were closed because of the Olympics but that's understandable and our travel agent did prewarn us of this so that is not a complaint. The lifts are very, very, very slow. This let's an otherwise great resort down badly. Compared to their French counterparts the Italians really need to invest in their lift systems. The resort has a reputation for being the Winter Benidorm but we found the apres-ski to be much better than most other resorts and not as rowdy as we were led to believe. Staff everywhere were very friendly and helpful and food in the bars was excellent. Restaurants were even better but hey we're eating in Italy here. Great band playing in Vagabondis all week. I think they were Irish. We went to see them and ended up being drawn back a few other nights. By the time we left Sauze it badly needed more snow but I think they're getting it now. We will return to Sauze in a few years when, hopefully, the lifts have been upgraded.
February 03, 2006
Jayne from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I got back a week ago after staying in the Orso Bianco in Sportinia. Firstly, let me say that the hotel was magnificent. The food and cleanliness were outstanding, not to mention the great location. You will not be disappointed with this hotel (ski to door). I was a beginner and the ski schools were outside the hotel doors. At the beginning of the week the snow wasn't that great but we had 3 days of continuous snow which was much needed and should have opened up many more runs. Sportinia is 500M above Sauze d'Oulx and once the ski lifts close you can only get up and down the mountain by skidoos. Around 20 euros return. There were several blue runs which I found great to learn on. So don't be put off by comments saying this isn't a beginners resort....the ski schools have over 100 instructors and the schools were very busy.