The Hotel Stella Alpina is the place to be for skiers and boarders looking for a convenient, comfy, homely base, right at the bottom of the home run into Sauze and just next to the Clotes chairlift. It's a family-run hotel where Caroline (an ex-pat Brit) and her loved ones have been offering high standards of service at the hotel for years.
The bedrooms feature gorgeous handmade wooden furniture and there's a welcoming bar on the ground floor with an open fire burning all day. It's the perfect place for a relaxing glass of wine or a well-earned cold beer at the end of the day, or an espresso first thing in the morning to get you going.
And it's incredibly family friendly too, as they offer 'baby parking'; a new créche and sleeping area for little ones.
From the hotel to…
Nearest slope: 10m to the Clotes homerun
Nearest lift: 100m
Tuition meeting point: Top of the Sportinia chairlift
Resort centre: 120m
About the resort
Sauze d'Oulx sits at the northern end of the huge Milky Way ski area, perched on a sunny plateau. 'Sunny Sauze' (as it's come to be known) is particularly popular with the Brits and it's not a huge surprise as the resort is big on skiing but equally big on nightlife. It's a party town that's made even better due to the legendary skiing and boarding on offer.
As the gateway to some 400km of piste, it's a magnet for skiers and boarders who also like a bit of party action as well as their time on the mountains. It's a fantastic place for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders thanks to endless cruisy blue runs and nearly 200kms of challenging reds.
At night the resort really comes to life. There's a huge amount of clubs, restaurants and bars offering a little bit of everything - live music, DJ sets, dancing, all available late into the night! Come for the mountains and stay for the nightlife.
Area size: 400km in the Milky Way area
Linked resorts: Clavière, Sestrière and Montgenèvre
Resort altitude: 1509m
Skiing altitude: 1380m to 2825m
Number of runs: 212
Range of runs: 3% green, 32% blue, 46% red and 19% black
Lifts: 45 drags, 36 chairs, 1 cable car and 1 gondola
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 25km
Snowmaking: 60% runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Food and drink
The Stella Alpina is on half board so you can expect a delicious continental buffet breakfast to set you up for a day in the Milky Way. In the evening, sit down to a three-course meal with plenty of regional specialities. Your Christmas and New Year meals are also included.
The 18 rooms here are comfortable twins finished in a traditional style, with bright reds and lots of lovely alpine wooden details everywhere. Some of the rooms come with an extra bed perfect for a little one, as do the triple rooms.
All of the rooms have flat screen satellite TV, a shower and a hairdryer. If you're feeling a bit more extravagant, ask for a superior room - they come with a jetted bath which is just amazing.
Families and kids
The Hotel Stella Alpina has really rolled out the red carpet for families. Not too surprising since it's a family-run hotel - they know just what families are looking for! They offer the quirkily named 'Baby Parking' at the neighbouring La Libellula créche. It's available for children aged 13 months to six years old and it runs from 8:30am until 5:30pm every day.
The crèche is situated at the foot of the slopes and you can drop your children off on your way up the mountain, where they will be looked after for anywhere from an hour to all day. Whatever you need!
There's also a comfy little sleeping area for little ones who need a rest, and, weather permitting, the hotel has a natural playground outside which is perfect for tobogganing, building snowmen and making snow castles. Everyone's favourite activities!
Official rating: ***
Restaurant overlooking the slopes
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Cosy bar with open fire and satellite TV
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham