There are many stars in the Vialattea international ski area. In Alta Val di Susa, on the foothills of Mt. Genevris, we find the sunny Sauze d’Oulx, the birthplace of Italian alpine skiing particularly beloved by lovers of wide and fast slopes winding through coniferous forests. The ski slopes in Sauze d’Oulx extend over a sun-kissed terrace. It is the closest resort in the Vialattea ski area to the Fréjus Tunnel A32 highway (only 6 km away). This means it can be easily reached from both Milan and Turin.
Sauze d’Oulx, the balcony of the Alps: discover the resort and the slopes best suited to you
Sauze d’Oulx is one of the most famous tourist and ski resorts in the international ski area of Vialattea, which can count, as a whole, on 400 km of skiable area, 7 resorts all connected “ski on foot” and with a single ski pass.
A cutting-edge and dynamic resort, particularly beloved not only for the extension and beauty of its skiable area but also for its vivacity and hospitality. A resort rich in a variety of commercial activities and sought-after venues that make it cheerful and fun. The 2006 the Winter Olympic Games saw Sauze d’Oulx and the village of Jouvenceaux host the Freestyle races. An event that made it possible to create new sports and accommodation facilities, further improving the comfort of the resort.
Sauze d’Oulx has always been considered the “birthplace” of alpine skiing in Italy. In fact, the village has seen its splendid slopes crossed by world-class skiers and has also been the hometown of unforgettable champions such as Piero Gros, winner of 10 Italian Absolute titles, the World Cup in 1974 and Olympic Gold medal in the Special Slalom in Innsbruk in 1976.
How many ski lifts are there in Sauze d’Oulx?
There are 13 lifts in Sauze d’Oulx, serving a skiable area in which Vialattea offers:
- 6 black slopes
- 12 blue slopes
- 35 red slopes
The lifts of Sauze d’Oulx are connected to the other resorts of Vialattea for a total number of 70 lifts and 247 slopes, all set in a beautiful, picturesque and authentic alpine landscape with an altitude of up to 2,800 meters.
Sauze d’Oulx represents a true paradise for ski lovers. At 2,000 m is located “Sportinia” from where more challenging slopes start, winding through the woods and connecting the resort with the rest of the Vialattea.
The Sauze d’Oulx ski area covers more than 100 km of slopes that vary in degree of difficulty. It is precisely this great variety of slopes, combined with the beautiful scenery and the atmosphere in the small town during après-ski, that make Sauze d’Oulx one of the most sought-after resorts in the Vialattea ski area.
Ski slopes in Sauze d’Oulx not to be missed: from black to easy
- Gran Pista
The Gran Pista in Sauze d’Oulx is a historic track that has hosted prestigious sporting events in the past. It is a beautiful descent in the woods, so in the shade, which, from the junction of track 11, goes down to Jouvenceaux. It is a red, very wide and winding one that has many changes of direction and gradient in the first part. The middle part is dominated by a long false flat where one can relax until the start of the Prariond chairlift. Here it becomes necessary to choose: go up with the chairlift or continue to the left and continue along the Gran Pista in its lower section to Jouvenceaux.
Tip: Travel the entire descent from the Fraiteve node. If analyzed as a whole, considering the Fraiteve node as the starting point and all the slopes preceding the Gran Pista it is the longest descent in the Vialattea ski resort (1300 m of vertical and a length of about 9 km).
- Slope 2000
Slope 2000 is one of the most beautiful slopes in the Sauze d’Oulx ski area and is located at Pian della Rocca. The first section is fairly flat for a few hundred meters and runs alongside the snowmaking pool. Then the slope enters the forest, more or less dense, and some nice changes of gradient begin, with some sections also quite steep, which animate the descent. In the final part, the 2000 joins with slopes 11 and 29, passes under the Lago Nero chairlift, and ends in Clotes. It is a red run, of medium difficulty, which runs from an altitude of 2,070 meters to 1,725 meters and is fully served by the snowmaking network.
- Slope 12
This is overall one of the longest and smoothest runs in the entire Vialattea. It boasts a total of 934 m in elevation gain and 4.5 km in length. The initial section presents itself as steep and technically challenging but then proves to be smoother and more easier in the middle and final sections. The trail begins at the top of Col Basset (2424 m) and leads via interesting walls and forest passages to the charming village of Jouvenceaux.
- Slope 52
This is an easy run that can be reached by the Clotes chairlift and is suitable for beginner skiers. Characterized by a gentle steepness and remarkable width, the slope satisfies the needs of the less experienced skier and provides some relaxation for the more adrenaline-oriented skiers.
- Slope 25
Slope 25 known as Rio Nero is one of the many historic slopes in the Vialattea ski area. It starts from the release of the ski lift (also called Rio Nero) on a “saddle” from which on one side you can descend to Sansicario, taking run 21, and on the other into the valley of Sauze d’Oulx, thus joining run 25. For the first section, the slope is very challenging, steep, almost always in the shade and consequently characterized by very compact snow. Going on towards the valley, the descent becomes easier, the gradient decreases and you arrive at the first crossing of the Colò chairlift. From this point the 25 becomes of red difficulty and very wide, and you can tackle it with beautiful wide-radius curves.
Keep following us to discover the other stars of the Vialattea ski area! See you next week with a special article all about the unique resort of Sansicario and its famous slopes.
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