Kids go free
Sitting in a quiet and very scenic spot on the outskirts of Sauze is the Gran Bosco. It's the ideal choice if you're looking to explore as much of the 400km ski area as you can along with the superb après scene, but still get a peaceful night's rest.
It's around 900m to the Clotes lift and resort centre, and the hotel lays on a free shuttle bus on request to the resort centre every evening right up until midnight. Being in the Grand Villard residential area gives you some amazing views out across the valley and surrounding mountains.
After the slopes close and you've sampled a bit of Sauze's après, head back to enjoy a drink on the sun terrace, taking in the views before a delicious dinner. Or if you need a bit of TLC, there's a small wellness area that includes hot tub and sauna (there is a small charge which is payable locally).
Nearest slope: 900m to the blue Clotes homerun
Nearest lift: 900m to the Clotes chairlift
Tuition meeting point: 2km (top of the Sportinia chairlift)
Equipment hire shop: 900m
Resort centre: 900m
Ski bus stop: 80m
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
The half board meals give a taste of Italy as well as an international menu. The breakfasts are continental with lots of fresh breads and juices, perfect for fuelling your days. The evening meals are a four-course affair with lots of regional specialities.
The 40 bedrooms are all decorated in a warming alpine style and have free Wi-Fi, a balcony, TV, minisafe and a bathroom with shower, wc and hairdryer.
Official rating: ***
Bar and lounge
Small wellness area with sauna and hot tub
Free Wi-Fi in reception and all bedrooms