La Thuile, an unspoilt ski-resort set in the Italian Aosta Valley, it enjoys a vast ski area linked with La Rosière in France
. The combined ski area offers 150km of runs. La Thuile is growing in popularity; you get value for money, good skiing and hardly any queues!
The old village was originally a small mining village which has kept its unspoilt character, with old-fashioned houses next to the more modern purpose built ski complexes. La Thuile with Mont Blanc as a backdrop has some fantastic views and beautiful scenery along with a good snow record.
For beginners there are many gentle slopes to practise and improve, you can start on the village nursery slopes and progress to easy runs at the top of the gondola.
Intermediates have a wide variety of runs to choose from, the resort offers plenty of blue runs and some easy reds. A lift pass covers the La Thuiles area and La Rosière in France.
Advanced skiers will not be disappointed, there is extensive off piste opportunities and several difficult challenging red and black runs. Some of the wooded runs will test your expertise! There is also the opportunity to try heliskiing.
Snowboarding is popular; the long runs above the tree line provide perfect terrain for riders, many of the slopes are fairly wide. There are also some great slopes for those learning to board.
The ski area has 150kms of piste which includes La Rosière, with 6 black runs (13 La Rosière) 14 red runs (26 La Rosière) 13 blue runs (28 La Rosière) there are approximately 20kms of cross country trails. The longest run is 11kms and the direction of the slopes: N, NE. a photograph is not required for a lift pass. The village height is 1450m.
La Thuile is more suitable for families with older children rather than young children. There is a non-skiing kindergarten in the Planibel complex for children 4-12 years, which is Italian speaking only. The ski school takes children from 7 years old, it is compulsory for children under 13 years to wear helmets in all Italian ski resorts.
There are some non-skiing activities which may be of interest which include a fitness centre, swimming pool and Turkish bath, buses run to Aosta and to neighbouring Courmayeur if you want to do some sightseeing and shopping while on your holiday break in La Thuile.
Après ski is mainly based around the hotels and local bars, popular venues are the Fantasia and the Briole bar. The small resort offers a variety of eating places including some good restaurants.
La Thuile is suitable for all level of skier; the resort has a relaxing après ski atmosphere, a short break or longer holiday stay should not disappoint.