Sauze d’Oulx is fast becoming a well respected mountain bike location. Part of the Alpi Bike Resort, it’s set in beautiful larch woods with specially created downhill runs and Freeride zones that compliment the natural single track and cross country that’s on offer.
The downhill trails have many added man made features to test the very best riders. Cross country riders can take advantage of plenty well thought out loops which can last from an hour to all day. The trails are all created to maximise the natural flow of the terrain and enhance the riders experience.
The bike park will open on the weekends of the 2nd and 9th July and then everyday from the 16th July through until the 28th August. The Jouvenceaux – Sportinia 4 man chair will operate on these dates. From the 16th July the link to Sestriere and SanSicario will also be open. Operating times are 9.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.30.
Ticket prices: 1 day €20; 2 days €38; 3 days €42 and 6 days €60.
If you’re up for a challenge then Mount Chaberton will certainly provide it for you. At an elevation of over 10,000 feet there is a track leading to the top where you’ll find an old fort built by the Italians between 1898 and 1910. The views are certainly worth the effort but be warned this isn’t for novices!
To save the hassle and incurred expense of carrying your own bike over it’s possible to hire Freeride or Downhill bikes in Sauze d’Oulx from several locations. Faure Sport are located in the center of town and offer very good downhill and freeride bikes along with helmets, body armour and gloves. There is also Clataud Sport who have a bike hiring facility at the bottom of the Jouvenceax lift.
You’re never too far away from classic climbs anywhere in the Alps and Sauze is certainly no exception. With the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France making regular visits to the area you will not be short on options. Sauze d’Oulx was actually a stage finish in the 1986 Giro d’Italia with Irish man Martin Earley eventually taking the 236km stage win. More recently both grand tours have visited Sestriere, Bardonecchia, Claviere and Oulx.
Climbs in the area within easy access of Sauze d’Oulx include the Col du Galibier, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Monte Cenis and the Colle delle Finestre which was the Queens stage of the 2015 Giro. These are just a selection of some infamous climbs. The whole area though is packed with stunning rides just waiting for you to test yourself.
There are many trials to choose from in the mountains surrounding Sauze d’Oulx covering all levels of experience. These trials take you on a journey of discovery into breath taking scenery.
Alpine pastures, ancient forests, snow capped mountains and blue skies await you along with the many lakes scattered over the valleys. Some of these lakes can only be accessed by mountain trial. Each lake will offer something new, sometimes it’s the intensity of its colour with others it’s the wild landscape that reflects in the lakes crystal clear water.
An excellent way to get the most out of the experience is to choose the company of an alpine guide who will not only bring an element of safety to the day but help in pointing out places of interest. These guides can be arranged by contacting the tourist office in Sauze.
The Dora Riparia river runs from Turin along the base of the Susa Valley past Oulx toward the French border. The section between Cesana on the border and Oulx offers an exciting descend as the river bubbles and winds through the alpine valley creating an adrenaline fuelled ride. The Pellice, the Dora or the Chisone rivers offer the natural settings and the right conditions for adventurous Rafting, Canoeing or Kayaking.
Between Oulx and Salbatrand the rapids all but disappear and the river becomes more manageable for beginners or for those wanting a gentler descent.
The adventure village is a fantastic journey through the tree tops. There are varying degrees of difficulty so all the family can enjoy this exhilarating experience.
You start off with one of the instructors who will take you through the safety aspects explaining how to wear the safety harness and then the adventure begins on a gentle test area in order to assess your confidence. The instructor then follows you as you start to explore life at the top of the trees.
There are various areas that have been designed differently. The first one is great to get familiar with the equipment and to find your feet but its also great for the children. The second area is where the distance from the ground starts to increase, you’ll find yourself 10 metres above ground immersed in the fabulous natural beauty of the forest.
The highest part of the park is 25 metres above the forest floor and from here you can ride the Tree Tornado, a rope slide which if you’re brave enough to ride will shoot you to the ground at speeds touching 50kmh!
This sport has a long history in this area. In 1980 the great alpine climber Gian Carlo Grassi published the first climbing guide to the Susa Valley and in 1985 Bardonecchia, just down the road from Sauze, hosted the first international climbing competition.
The valley has an exhaustive supply of climbs ranging in levels. The ‘Parete dei Milti’ offers a trial marked by famous climbers where as the ‘Parete di Gravere’ is among the most challenging climbs in Italy. Chiamonte and Exilles are two places renowned for bouldering, a sport which test the climbers agility, strength technique.
You have the choice of four splendid golf courses, Bardonecchia ( 9 holes 59 par), The Avigliana Golf course (18 holes 72 par), The Claviere Golf course ( 9 holes 64 par) and Sestriere Golf club (18 holes 66 par).
The golf courses around Sauze offer you the opportunity to practice your favourite pastime or to take up the sport for the first time in a setting which will make the experience unforgettable.