Sauze d'Oulx, pronounced Sow-zee-doo was one of the most successful Italian ski resorts on the 1970s and '80s, expanding rapidly. Located on a high sunny 'balcony' in the Susa Valley, the resort is surrounded by larch forest above. The trails cut down through this natural amphitheatre have an excellent snow record. Its success resulted from its large and varied ski area, linked to Sestrière, its lively night life and reasonable prices. The resulting growth has led to the construction of a large number of rectangular concrete apartment blocks, mirroring its French partner, Montgènevre, now lift-linked to Sauze at the other end of the long Milky Way circuit. Although Sauze still has a delightful ancient heart of stone buildings, narrow streets and a cobbled square with water fountain, as well as locals prepared to dress in traditional attire for ancient festivals, these are all somewhat swamped by the newer developments all around. In the 1990s Sauze d'Oulx has matured to some extent, and although the resort is still one of the liveliest ski centres in the world, the occasionally unpleasant 'rowdy' element has moved on. It remains a very popular destination none the less, with most of the major international tour operators including it in their resort lists. Skiing has been popular here for over a century and world champions like Piero Gros, a gold medalist of the 1976 Olympics, have been based here. Skiing first began on the local slopes at the end of the last century when a Swiss engineer, Adolfo Kind, taught skiing to locals and guests using wooden boards strapped to the feet.LodgingSpectators can find accommodation in hotels or tourist-hotel residences that are able to offer a medium to high quality service; other requirements will be met by non-hotel accommodation, a sector undergoing considerable expansion thanks also to new regional regulations, such as B&B, farm holiday centres or private rented accommodation for limited periods.Rooms are currently available but may fill up quickly as the Games get underway.Winter RecreationTorino's tradition of fine food is based on its unique, surprising blend of flavours, the skilful use of traditional products and its combination with wines of great lineage. Agnolotti, fresh pasta filled with meat or vegetables, boiled meats, seven different cuts of meat to sample with savoury sauces, chocolate based desserts and renowned mignon pastries. Dishes rich and tasty brought out by the best wines in the entire world. For all types of evenings and company, Torino offers a wide range of gastronomic treats from the informal and genuine atmosphere of trattorie to the city's most famous and refined restaurants.