The Via Lattea is a winter sports area straddling the French-Italian border. Better known to the British as the Milky Way, the Via Lattea covers all the skiing in Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, San Sicario, Claviere and Montgenèvre and is the biggest ski area in the Susa Valley with some 400 km of slopes. Situated at the northern end of this ski area, we find the vibrant town of Sauze d’Oulx perched on a sunny plateau.
As well as excellent skiing, the old centre of Sauze d'Oulx, with its cobbled streets, offers an attractive escape from the mountain when the ski legs start to get sore. This bustling resort is home to a great variety of bars, pubs and restaurants all of which contribute to the lively, welcoming atmosphere.
Sauze d’Oulx has an enviable winter sunshine record, a fantastic blend of Italian and French cuisine and culture and a backdrop of stunning panoramas making a great base from which to explore the Milky Way.
The ski school is relaxed and friendly, the main nursery slopes are up on the mountain at the top of the Sportina chairlift - so you'll get to experience the mountains from the very start. No picnic lunches here, a hot lunch is conveniently provided for all at the Sportina Restaurant by the side of the nursery area.
Skiers can explore the Via Lattea with some 400kms of varied pistes on the Italian side of the system, with a six day ski pass you also get a one day pass to visit Montgenèvre on the French side of the system.
Distance from slopes:
5 min (350 m)
Private bus / Public bus / Walk
95 km (24%)
218 km (55%)
87 km (21%)
17/21/20/21/14 cm per week
Built in 1937 by Fiat boss Giovanni Agnelli, Hotel La Torre was used until the early 1980s as a mountain retreat for Fiat employees and is one of Sauze’s most distinctive landmarks. It was built in an art deco style and still retains some of its unique features; an internal spiral walkway ( there are no stairs ) and a large glass roof. La Torre was designed to allow in lots of natural light and give wonderful views all round. Single, double, three bedded and family rooms all with private facilities are available on each floor. A wellness centre next door includes a small pool, sauna, steam room and gym (charges apply).
In the early ‘90s it was transformed into a hotel and today it is a reference point for winter and summer holidays in Via Lattea.
The special glass roof allows the hotel to be illuminated by natural light for much of the day. Inside the hotel a large Wine Lounge Bar offers a wide selection of wines, spirits, and aperitifs.The charming restaurants ( there are four ) offer breakfast and dinner with lunch being taken on the mountain.
Perfectly located for a winter holiday, it is just 350m from the start of the ski slopes or if those ski boots are giving you too much trouble you can hop on the private minibus.
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