Loveskiing’s La Thuile Review
La Thuile is an unspoilt resort that enjoys a huge ski area linked with La Rosière in France. Skiers on ski holidays in La Thuile can enjoy spectacular scenery, with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc. There are over 150 km of pistes on offer with a good mix of runs and the opportunity to ski into neighbouring France. The Italian slopes are well looked after and provide an excellent area for beginners and intermediates to explore. Experts will find plenty of off-piste options with excellent snow conditions for the majority of the season thanks to the north/east facing mountains.
La Thuile has an excellent snow record with mainly east-facing slopes, minimal queuing during the week and wide, long ski runs with skiing back to the village making ski holidays in La Thuile an ideal choice for all standards of skier with the added bonus of a relaxing après ski atmosphere. However those in search of exciting all night long discothèque’s will be left wanting. The atmosphere in the resort is typically Italian, laid back, and the locals are welcoming… La Thuile is a relatively undiscovered gem in the Alps.
• Almost guaranteed snow fall which stays due to the north- and east-facing slopes
• Uncrowded pistes and minimal queuing (until you go across to La Rosiere)
• Traditional Italian atmosphere in the old village with friendly locals and superb cuisine
• Excellent value for money
• Large ski area offering over 150km of pistes when combined with La Rosiere
• Heli-skiing is on offer at some of the most reasonable prices in the alps on the Rutor and Miravidi Glaciers
• Public bus links to other resorts in the Aosta valley means you can explore other nearby Italian resorts for the day such as Courmayeur
• Unattractive architecture found in some of the buildings away from the old town
• One link to La Rosiere, which can get very cold and windy on an old 3-man chairlift
• Can be a dark resort with fewer sun hours due to the shadow of the mountain
• Families or couples wanting a taste of Italian cuisine and friendly village atmosphere
• Improvers and beginners – Extensive beginner and intermediate slopes are to be found and maintained to a very high standard
• A snowsure holiday
• Heli-skiers – one of the cheapest and best resorts to go heli-skiing from with access to two glaciers
• Those on a budget – one of the best value for money resorts in the alps
• Night owls – there is a lack off discothèques and bars that open late
• Freestyle lovers – there are few areas designated for tricks and jumps
• Experts – those seeking blacks and mogul fields will be disappointed, however the off-piste on offer makes up for this
The most convenient airport, in terms of service, for reaching the resort is Turin, which is well-connected to the UK by frequent flights. It will take you just one hour to drive between Turin and La Thuile. Geneva is located just 120 kilometres away and the airport there is served by a wide range of flights departing from airports across the UK. Good offers can usually be found if you shop around the budget airlines. You can drive from the airport in a hire car, via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Alternatively, Turin is just 150 kilometres away from La Thuile and driving between the airport and the resort will take approximately two and a half hours. Finally, Milan is located 200 kilometres away and driving between the city and the resort will take about 3 hours. You may be able to find a better deal for a flight destined for Milan, since it is a more popular destination year-round.
The nearest train station to La Thuile is Pré Saint Didier. To get there, take the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to the state railway, which will eventually take you to Pré Saint Didier. This station is about 10 kilometres away from the ski resort and a bus transfer, leaving from the town at frequent intervals, will take approximately 15 minutes.
If you want to drive to the resort, it is connected to the French region, Savoie, by state road number 26 and the Piccolo San Bernardo Pass. However, this connection closes after October when the pass becomes a ski run. Despite this inconvenience, the great highway system ensures that you can reach La Thuile from Turin and Geneva in just a couple of hours. If you do choose to drive from the UK via Calais, make sure that your snow chains and tyres are in good condition and that you have planned a good, safe route.
Beyond the slopes
Most non-snow activities are concentrated in the Planibel complex where the Sports Club has a gym, indoor pool, squash courts, climbing wall, sauna and solarium.
Outdoor possibilities include ice climbing and snowshoe hike by day or night. There are 6km (3.5 miles) of cleared winter hiking trails and a short toboggan hill.
Children from birth to age three can be taken care of in Il Grande Albero daycare, Frazione Villaret 1. There is also a Miniclub, free of charge, for children aged four to 12 at Planibel.
On the snow there is a snow playground and a free beginners lift and carousel lift available.
When the lifts close some of the better informed head first to the Gelateria for legendary cakes and ice cream. This is located just of the piste in the main square and offers some of the best ice cream and cakes anywhere in the Alps, maybe world. The Gelateria comes very highly recommended form the Loveskiing Team!!!
La Thuile is not big on shopping, although there are more than 20 stores spread around the resort. These offer the usual ski resort selection of ski shops, mini markets and souvenir outlets.
The nearest market town is the regional capital, Aosta, 42km (26 miles) away by bus.