Torino Olympic Region with Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Piemonte Resorts --
Sestriere and Sauze d'Oulx

Along the border of Italy with France, the Alps rise majestically, the Italian dolce vita blends with French laissez faire and the regional cuisine draws from the best of Italy and France. This region, the Piemonte, owes its French/Italian lineage to the continuous shifts of the international borders for centuries between nobles pledging allegiance alternately to French and Italian kings.

Here is the Sauze d'Oulx village map.

The hilltops and valleys bear witness to the warfare that marked relations along this mountain border. Massive castles and fortifications lie along mountain ridges and protect narrow valley entrances. But for all this defensive posturing, valleys and towns still shifted sides based more on politics and religion than military might.

These mountains that once formed a natural boundary today are linked by hundreds of km. of ski and snowboard trails and web of gondolas, chairlifts, pomas and cable cars. This is the region that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

The Games spread throughout the region. Sestriere hosted most of the men’s downhill events. Cesana-San Sicario was the site of women’s downhill, biathlon, bobsled, skeleton and luge. Sauze d’Oulx showcased the freestyle events. Bardonecchia claimed the snowboard venues.

For American and British tourists, the best towns to use as a base for discovering

this area of Piemonte are Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx. Though these resorts are linked by snow-covered trails there is a dichotomy in village flavor.

Sestriere is on the main road, modern, bustling, surrounded by lifts and fashionable. Sauze d’Oulx is a traditional village laced with a warren of narrow cobbled streets, tucked at the end of a winding mountain road with at least a dozen switchbacks, with limited lift access to the far-reaching trails. Sestriere is very Italian with a rhythm that reflects traditions of coffee, apres-ski at the hotels and some late-night disco action. Sauze d’Oulx is packed with British, Dutch, Irish and other European tourists and its pubs positively rock when the lifts close.

Torino Olympic Region Tourist Information:

The main regional tourist office is under the name Montagnedoc in Oulx, Piazza Garambois, 2.
Country code: 0039
Telephone: 0122-831596
Email: [email protected]

Sestriere Office, Via Louset
Country code:

Telephone: 0122-755444
Email: [email protected]

Sauze d'Oulx Office, Piazza Assietta, 18.
Country code: 0039

Telephone: 012-858009
Email: [email protected]

Note: All prices are in Euros unless otherwise noted.

For more information on skiing and staying in the country of Italy, click the map.

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