Whether you're a seasoned skier, an intermediate or a newbie just learning the ropes, Sauze d'Oulx in Italy's Piedmont region has got everything you could ever want from a top ski resort: good quality snow, a great variety of slopes, and plenty to do when you're back on solid ground. Situated in the renowned Milky Way ski area - which also includes Montegenevre, Sansicario and Sestriere - Sauze d'Oulx is probably the liveliest of the bunch, known for its vibrant nightlife. Despite a reputation in the 80s as something of a Brits-abroad magnet, the resort has calmed down in recent years, and you'll find plenty of family-run restaurants and cosy cottages interspersed with those hopping apres-ski joints.
Unlike some other popular ski destinations, Sauze is reasonably priced in terms of food, drinks and ski passes, making it the perfect place for families and groups. If you're after a good value winter holiday, you could definitely do worse!
If you're not into skiing or snowboarding, there are still lots of ways to keep busy in Sauze, from ice-skating and scenic hikes to horse riding and luxurious spas. Have a walk along the cobbled streets in the old village, and check out the warm and welcoming bars and restaurants serving up hearty Italian food.
Before you leave Sauze d'Oulx, don't forget to try a glass of bombardino, the region's signature cold weather drink. The eggnog and brandy cocktail, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon, is the ultimate winter warmer.
The nearest airport is Turin-Caselle, which is about 90km east of Sauze. From there, it's about a 1-hour drive or about three hours by bus and train to the ski resort.
You can also fly into Milan Malpensa or Geneva, which are both around 2.5 hours away.