Local facilities 4
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 4
Lift system 3
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 5
Sauze may well be one of those kind of places that you either love or hate! I can imagine that most people would fall into the former category, but the resort is well known by the younger crowd so might not appeal to those looking for a quiet trip. That said, even though there are certainly some great bars open till late, it's not on the same scale as St. Anton or Val D'Isere. Paddy McGinty's Irish bar offers live music and a great apres atmosphere, or if you prefer something a bit more upmarket then head to Moncrons for cocktails!
The resort itself is an easy 1hr transfer from Turin, and sits on a hillside - so be prepared to do a bit of walking around and bring some comfy boots for the evening! The main lifts head out from two locations, so it's important to ski back to the right one or you'll be stuck with steep uphill walk. Most runs in Sauze are classified as red (although some will seem more like blacks) and are fairly short, with the exception of run 12 - so you'll probably ski the same ones over and over again. Once you've mastered the area you can venture out towards Sestriere or Montgenevre/Claviere in the other direction. With a Vialattea pass you'll have access to 400km of interlinked pistes so there is huge area to explore!
Hotels and restaurants are typical of Italian resorts - traditional with a warm, friendly atmosphere.........and a lot of wood around! Accommodation mainly consists of small family run hotels, rather than contemporary boutique hotels, but that is a good thing I think as it allows the resort to retain some of it's quintessential charm.
One downside for me would be the lack of investment in the lift system within Sauze - there are still several t-bars on the top part, and some of the chair lifts resemble a park bench. That said I wouldn't let that put you off - this resort has plenty to offer and is definitely worth checking out.