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In a tranquil spot at the top of Sauze, away from the lively resort centre sits the lovely Valentin chalet. The surrounding pine forest drops away to reveal the peaks of the Milky Way ski area, which are particularly stunning at sunset.
It's one of the most spacious chalets we have. The lounge/diner is huge with lots of exposed wooden beams and mountain artefacts to admire while you enjoy afternoon tea in a deep, comfy sofa. Prime position for a catch-up at the end of the day is in front of the large open fireplace, so grab a slice of cake early on.
Being at the top of the resort does mean a bit of a walk into town and back again, but it's well worth it for the views and the peace and quiet. There is a ski bus that runs throughout the day and taxis are available at night. Enjoy the full-on party atmosphere of Sauze as much as you like, then head back for a restful night's sleep.
It's around a 15-20 minute walk to the resort centre down a steep hill. When the snow conditions are good, you can ski to within 100m of the chalet.
Nearest lift: 800m to Clotes chairlift
Bus stop: 20m
Equipment hire shop: 800m
Tuition meeting point: 800m (Scuola Sci Sauze d'Oulx)
Resort centre: 800m
Sauze d'Oulx is a traffic free resort. On arrival day, you will be met by your chalet hosts at the coach park and walk up to the equipment hire shop (approx. 5 minute walk) where you will pick up any pre-booked equipment. Afterwards, a taxi will be waiting to take you and your equipment up to the chalet. Your luggage will be delivered to the chalet up to around 2 hours after your arrival.
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 400kms 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
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee.
We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening. For shorter holidays over New Year 2017/18, you still have one night free to explore the resort and local cuisine.
The five twin and two single rooms are a really good size and most have a balcony with great views of the area, a great way to start your day. The three club twin rooms on the first floor share two shower rooms with wc. The second floor has two club twin bedrooms and two club single rooms which share two shower rooms with wc.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
Children under 15 can receive a discount when part of a group booking the whole chalet and they share a room with at least two adults
Neilson rating: ***
Huge lounge with open fireplace, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Your chalet host lives in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Turin
Flight duration: 1 hour 55 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes