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November 27, 2012
ERIKA from Italy
I’ve been in La Thuile many times.
Wonderful runs for all abilities, good weather, no queue for lifts.
In 2012 I stayed in Hotel Maison de Neige. Wonderful place overlooking La Thuile ski runs n. 7 and 4.
Guests can reach the hotel by snow trucks or snowmobiles supplied by the hotel and they have the luxury of waking up, having breakfast and going skiing when everybody else is still asleep.
Good indoor and outdoor wellness area.
La Thuile Clasificaciones
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(1) Al menos una parada durante la noche, (2) requiere un día entero, (3) requiere más de la mitad de un día -puede que tenga tiempo para dar algunas vueltas (4) llegada a la hora de almuerzo y esquí toda la tarde, (5) hay un aeropuerto principal a una hora de La Thuile .
Transporte público: 3.3
(1) No hay autobuses o taxis hacia La Thuile, (3) Los autobuses o trenes disponibles son lentos o poco frecuentes, (5) Es fácil llegar al complejo, tránsito frecuente de autobuses y conecciones de trenes.
(1) Un resort desagradable en una localidad sin mayores atractivos, (3) vista de montaña y resort de nivel regular (5) un escenario espectacular y una hermosa localidad histórica.
(1) No hay lugares donde alojarse en o cerca de La Thuile , (3) algunos lugares para hospedarse en el resort, (5) una amplia variedad de alojamientos adecuados para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Habitaciones Baratas: 3.2
(1) Presupuesto de alojamiento no disponible (3) Apenas uno o dos albergues, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) varias hostales y pensiones a precios módicos disponibles.
Hoteles de lujo: 3.1
(1) Alojamiento de alto nivel no disponible, (3) Apenas uno o dos hoteles de alto nivel, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) algunos hoteles de lujo en La Thuile.
(1) La zona de esquí se encuentra lejos de cualquier alojamiento, (3) un autobús de esquí le lleva de forma gratuita a la zona de esquí en un viaje corto, (5) alojamiento de esquí "Ski-in"/"Ski-out"está disponible.
Cuidado de los niños: 3.2
(1) No hay ninguna guardería en La Thuile, (5) el resort tiene excelentes guarderías, incluyendo al menos una a un precio muy razonable.
Nieve segura: 4.7
(1) Ocasionalmente se presenta suficiente nieve para esquiar, (2) a menudo está cerrado debido a la falta de nieve, (3) ocasionalmente sufre de una falta de nieve, (4) rara vez sufre de una falta de nieve, (5) La Thuile se presenta nieve segura incluso en las temporadas más pobres.
Cañones de nieve: 4.1
(1) La Thuile depende completamente de nieve natural, (3) hay sólo algunos cañones, (5) hay cañones de nieve en todas las pistas.
Aplanadoras de Nieve: 4.6
(1) No hay aplanadoras de nieve en La Thuile, (3) ocasionalmente algunas pistas quedan sin aplanar y en mal estado, (5) todas las pistas en La Thuile se aplanan diariamente.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquiar cuando está ventoso o la visibilidad es mala, y a menudo se cierran los elevadores, (3) hay algunos árboles de escasa visibilidad pero a veces los elevadores cierran, (5) La Thuile es principalmente en el bosque donde puede esquiar en días de luz plana y ventosos, rara vez cierre de elevadores.
Opciones cercanas: 4.0
(1) Si las condiciones de nieve son pobres en La Thuile, va a ser pobre en todas partes cercanas, (3) existen buenas alternativas a una hora en automóvil, (5) otros lugares en el mismo paquete proporcionan una rica variedad de condiciones de nieve segura para esquí.
Clasificación regional: 4.8
(1) La Thuile usualmente tiene pobres condiciones de nieve en comparación con otros centros turísticos en la región, (3) tiene condiciones medias para la región, (5) usualmente tiene las mejores condiciones de nieve en la región.
Eleva al personal: 4.1
(1) El personal en La Thuile es descortés e ineficiente, (5) Eleva al personal en La Thuile son agradables, alegres y con ganas de ayudar.
Multitudes/colas de espera: 4.9
(1) el resort siempre está concurrido y suelen haber largas colas, (3) ocacionalmente tranquilo durante fines de semana y vacaciones escolares, (5) poco concurrido y colas de espera son muy raras.
Escuelas de esquí: 3.9
(1) Ninguna escuela de esquí disponible, (2) una o dos escuelas de esquí pero sólo en el idioma local, (3) algunas escuelas de esquí pero solicite por adelantado instructores multi-lingües.
Alquiler y Reparaciones: 4.3
(1) No se consigue nada, ni siquiera cera de esquí o PTex. (3) hay algunas tiendas de esquí pero la renta de equipos debe ser reservada con antelación, (5) equipos de esquí de buena calidad a la venta o en alquiler y reparaciones son posibles durante la noche.
Variedad de pistas: 4.7
(1) Las pistas son habituales y sin rasgos distintivos, (3) las pistas son variadas pero no lo suficientemente extensas para una semana, (5) La Thuile tiene interesantes y diversas pistas incluyendo bosques y altos terrenos alpinos.
(1) Principiantes pueden sólo ver otros en esquís o snowboard, (3) algunas suaves laderas pero principiantes pueden aburrirse en menos de una semana, (3) extensas áreas de terreno suave.
(1) Ningún terreno intermedio en La Thuile, (3) esquiadores intermedios se aburrirán al cabo de unos días, (5) vastas zonas de cruce de pistas.
(1) Nada para esquiadores y snowbordistas avanzados, (3) suficiente terreno empinado por algunos días y con algunos muy buenos para el esquí fuera de pista, (5) Suficiente áreas de terreno empinado y áreas fuera de pista para entretener a esquiadores avanzados al menos por una semana.
Parque de Nieve: 2.2
(1) Ni siquiera un trampolín en La Thuile, (3) Parque de tamaño medio y bien cuidado, (5) enorme parque diseñado por expertos, con senderos para saltos y carreras de boardercross.
Fuera de pista: 4.3
(1) Ningún "fuera de pista"que valga destacar, (2) "fuera de pista" fuera de los límites, (3) alguna variedad de "fuera de pista" que permanece fresco durante uno o dos días, (5) una amplia gama de rutas "fuera de pista" que pueden permanecer sin marcas de tránsito por varios días.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquí de fondo alrededor de La Thuile, (3) hay algunos senderos para esquí de fondo disponibles, (5) la zona cuenta con muchos senderos espectaculares y bien mantenidos para esquí de fondo.
(1) No designado "luge" o carreras de trineo, (3) hay carreras de trineo en tobogan abiertas a menudo, (5) La Thuile cuenta con instalaciones largas y bien mantenidas para "luge" y carreras de trineo en tobogan accesible a todas las edades.
Gastronomía de montaña: 4.1
(1) Ningún lugar para comprar alimentos en las pistas, (3) algunos lugares para comer arriba en la montaña pero a menudo muy caros y concurridos, (5) existe una gran variedad de excelentes restaurantes de montaña justo al lado de las laderas para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Dónde Comer: 3.7
(1) Lleva tu propia comida, no hay ni siquiera una tienda. (5) Una gran variedad de lugares para comer y beber en el resort, desde comida rápida a restaurantes de lujo.
Después del esquí: 2.7
(1) Nada para hacer, ni siquiera un bar (3) hay algunos bares en el resort pero nada especial, (5) clubes y bares permanecen abiertos hasta muy tarde y tienen un ambiente agradable.
Otros deportes: 3.0
(1) Ningún otro servicio deportivo aparte de los elevadores, (3) el resort tiene sólo una pequeña piscina pública, (5) cuenta con todo tipo de instalaciones deportivas, incluyendo una piscina de tamaño completo.
(1) Además de la nieve y caminar no hay nada más que hacer aquí, (3) el no-esquiador encontrará cosas para hacer por pocos días pero puede que se aburra después de una semana, (5) la zona turística es un lugar fascinante para visitar, más allá de los deportes de invierno.
Paseos de invierno: 3.4
(1) Caminatas con accesos muy limitados y ningún sendero con raquetas (3) un par de senderos escénicos para caminatas con o sin raquetas (5) diversos y extensos senderos para caminatas de invierno en todos los niveles.
Valor del Pase de Esquí: 4.2
(1) Un pase de esquí de 1 semana está sobrevalorado en comparación con el número de elevadores disponibles, (3) el pase de esquí tiene un valor relativamente aceptable y abarca un número razonable de elevadores, (5) el valor de los pases de esquí es excelente en relación calidad-precio y cubren un gran número de elevadores que abarcan un área extensa.
Valor (Nacional): 4.5
(1) En general, La Thuile es uno de los centros de esquí más caros en el país pero en sí no lo vale, (3) de promedio medio por el dinero que representa , (5) en general ofrece lo mejor en temas de resorts en el país.
Valor (Global): 4.4
(1) En general, La Thuile es uno de los centros de esquí más caros del mundo, (3) en general ofrece relación media en cuanto a calidad-precio comparado con centros de otros países, (5) internacionalmente el resort ofrece una excelente relación calidad-precio.
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April 25, 2012
Matt Johnson from United Kingdom
I've been to La Thuile more times than I can remember now and not got a bad word to say about the place in relation to my personal interests.
When I was younger me and my younger brother would go with our parents. Now we are both older (21 & 26 years old) we still return usually on a yearly basis and even took a friend with limited skiing ability last time.
Me and my brother have been skiing many, many many times before and there's still runs that test us so if you're intermediate to expert there's plenty to test your skills with here.
At the other end of the scale we took my friend with us on our last trip whose only experience was 1 week skiing with the army and he equally fell in love with the place. Runs for everyone to enjoy.
We tend to stick more to the La Thuile side because the Long pulley lifts on the La Rosiere side are a drag (pardon the pun) and we've noticed that it's fairly busy over there compared to La Thuile where, as others have mentioned, you NEVER have to queue and quite often you get the mountain virtually to yourself.
A hush hush tip in my opinion would be to set off up the mountain early and get as high as possible then head to the fair left side of the mountain (far left as you look up the mountain). Over that side we usually enjoy the long variety of red runs for a good 2-3 hours before we even see any other skiers and the snow is of perfect standard on and off the piste. You can work your way back across the mountain as the day continues.
Only one or 2 bits of annoying flat that some complain about (red run 6 and the very long and boring red 7, I believe but that's from memory) red 6 is actually quite a good run that takes you from the gondola down to the bottom of the mountain, just keep your speed up when you access this run by going left immediately when you leave the exit to the gondola. It's not really a problem if you get even minimal speed up just a tight left hand turn that catches snowboarders out as it's flat for second. Red Run 7 is the only run I'd advise not to take depending on your interests. Very Long and once you're on it you're virtually stuck on it until near the end of it. Flat spots and such. Mostly used for the slower paced or people just wanting a mellow journey to the bottom looking at the scenery. (These people like my father will then complain at the bottom at how exhausting and long it was because there isn't much hill to it.)
I'm strictly a skier so my opinions are based purely on those who love to ski but I've visited with people who have snowboard before and as long as you pick your routes carefully as a boarder you will love it.
My brother snow blades the entire week and even though some reviews say there isn't much in the way of jumps recently they've made a new terrain park and we've always found plenty of jumps and runs that test skiers and snow bladers alike. Got lots of great jumps (and falls) on camera in La Thuile so don't think for a second that there aren't jumps and such.
As others have reported there is no or limited nightlife. I personally go skiing for the skiing not to get smashed. Hot summer holidays is what I'd pay for if I wanted that. There is, however, more than what most reviews give credit for in La Thuile. We usually catch a good dinner at one of the many friendly places to eat scattered around the village then return to the apartments area where there is decent bars/pubs to set up shop in for the evening.
The apartments are basic but for the price and location you cannot grumble. I love a hotel you can literally ski right up to and in La Thuile you can do just that. Get speed up and turn left at bottom of the slope outside the apartments and you can glide all the way to your door. Be careful of any people that may be about on the final slope though as these are learner slopes.
Turin airport is only a short bus ride away from La Thuile which is pleasing as there's nothing worse when you're tired after your flight than an uncomfy bus journey for hours.
Great views so make sure you take a camera up the mountain with you. You'll want to capture the views from various points on the mountain.
Advice would be to make use of the mini market in the apartments complex. There prices are similar to UK supermarkets and taking small nibbles and water up the mountain with you will cut costs massively.
The snow and weather is so good it's hard to complain about any of the conditions in La Thuile. The last two times I've been we've suffered a day of total white out. Which while this creates incredibly cold temps supplies lots of natural snow and for the brave among you, gives you a great challenge navigating your way down the mountain when you can barely see 2 yards in front of you.
Phone signals are usually good but we always have a walkie talkie on each of us as they are a life saver if you get split up from those with you.
The resort is highly underrated and that's just how I like it! Never any queues, quality snow, amazing variety of slopes for all levels.
April 02, 2012
andy from United Kingdom
Been to La Thuile in 2011 and 2012 and booking again for 2013 love the place!!, excellent skiing with 180km of ski runs and no queuing for lifts etc. Stayed in Plannibel Apartments self catering which are great. Downside is only one English news channel so load up your ipad before you go with films etc and use a scart adaptor for your ipad to make the evenings better especially if you have kids, that's what we did this year....I go to La Thuile for the skiing and not for the 'Nite life' as there is none ! Some good places to eat and my kids like it there. There is a massive arcade on the Plannibel which keeps them entertained while you can have a few drinks in the Kings Head pub ...and the supermarket on site is on a par or thereabouts with the UK prices....
March 16, 2012
Don from United Kingdom
La Thuile: an excellent resort in a backwater position.
The resort is hidden away up a valley in the Aosta Valley, I had been told that it was quiet with few queues and this was definitely true, we did not queue once all week, there are plenty of runs (180km) for all abilities and they are well prepared and maintained, the link to La Rosiere is good but the return on long drags: cold and boring.
The resort is very quiet, some would say dead, but that was the attraction for us, ski by day peace at night, there are a few bars but little else at night.
There is adequate shopping for self catering with a supermarket and smaller shops, better shopping is to be found down in the valley, there is a free ski bus in resort and also 3 times daily free bus to Courmeyer. The lift pass includes 2 days in other Aosta resorts.
La Thuile seems to be a resort of mainly apartments many of them owned by Italians who only use them at weekends, this may explain why it can be so quiet.
In conclusion if you want great skiing by day and quiet evenings this may be the place for you, if you want lively apres-ski it most certainly is not.
January 19, 2012
daniel from Jamaica
La Thuile is a perfect example of the Italian lifestyle - beautiful runs, snow every time (if you go there now "Genuary 2012" you can find the best conditions of all the Alps), the view of Mont.Blanc, Cervino plus the resident Rutor are impressing and the connection with La Rosiere allow you to ski or snowboard for 180Km of runs and more beautiful off-pistes.
Unfortunately, the natives are not able to promote their beautiful places and offer good accommodations and services at a reasonable price: no snowpark for kids and very poor night-life, a place where young people can only get drunk in the night outside at -15 degree ! Suggestions for very good food Restaurant La Pepita and La Creche. Final suggestion "even in La Thuile do not ride so fast than your guardian angel can fly ! "
November 29, 2011
Filippo from Italy
Sono stato a la thuile a febbraio 2011, ho dormito all hotel maisondeneige,
Direttamente sulle piste da sci, incantevole svegliarsi la mattina nel silenzio e fare la colazione nella veranda, le piste sono ottime e per ogni livello.
La neve e di buona qualità in particolare per Ski freeride,.
Coprirsi perché fa freddo.
Cosa eccellente tornare la sera in hotel per mangiare ,la cucina e di superba qualità .
L afterski lascia un po' scarso.
January 27, 2011
Edmond Nico from Italy
Snow conditions right now in La Thuile are superb. Even though there hasn't been any new snow for almost 3 weeks now snow depths are amazing and pistes are still dry and fluffy. Even skiers from close by resorts are driving in daily to come and ski on the fantastic runs that offer so much variety. All this is due to it's unique position in the Alps. To read more go to chaletalpina.it/october.htm
December 19, 2010
Eugene R Anderson from United States
I skied from La Rosiere to LT (La Thuile) with all my gear on my back. Just skied Val d'Isere and Les Arcs. Took the Red train from AMS to Bourg. Was heading to Alagna. I booked a three day stay at a hotel there. Fell in love with the place. Stayed for another 6 days. It was like heliskiing with your own chair lift. Fresh tracks every run. I am a expert skier. I ski up to 100 days a year. Skied there between late March 09. and early April 09.
The local Italians call it "Little Siberia", reason: the snow stays in good shape. All the heli guides that ski in the greater Mt. Blanc area say that the snow stays in better condition here than any other area. It is a bit windy at times for sure. When I was there the link to LR was closed for 4 days due to wind issues. The trees where the best. Not much night life though. The bottom of mountain is very steep, I love it.
February 05, 2010
David Francis from United Kingdom
I have been to La Thuile 4 times now and will go back in the future. The first time I had ever been boarding was here. Back then as a beginner I found the blue slopes perfect for gaining my confidence and by the end of the week (with the help of the great instructors) I even managed to go to La Rossiere and back (damm those button lifts!!). For the more experienced skier you’ve to go down black 3, I'm told it's the steepest piste in Italy @ 71% - scared the hell out of me.
We stayed at Chalet Alpine, the owners Debbie and Eddie are wonderful people and are very friendly. I'm puzzled why this place isn't more popular, great slopes, no waiting at lifts and a few good restaurants. If I had to fault LT (La Thuile) it would be the night life as there is only a couple of places to go, but that would be me just being picky . It's a little hidden gem (maybe not for long) and fully recommend going.
February 03, 2010
Paul Wilcock from United Kingdom
We have just returned form an excellent weeks skiing in La Thuile. It was our first visit but friends we were with had been before and recommended it. The slopes were really quiet,the weather was virtually perfect. One day when it was a bit windy at the top the childrens instructor took them down lovely sheltered red runs on the village side of the mountain. The childrens instructor was excellent, very friendly, spoke good English and took us on lots of different runs as we followed along behind the children at a discrete distance during their lessons. The weather during the week was great with clear blue skies. La Thuile is a great place for families as it is quiet both on and off the slopes and the Italians were very friendly. There is little choice of bars and restaurants however. About 3 good restaurants and maybe 3 bars of averege quality. No real Apres-Ski either which my wife and I missed as we really like to have a beer/mulled wine at the end of the day and talk about events in a nice cosy bar.
We stayed in the self-catering Plannibel apts and found them to be of usual ski standard. That is - a bit basic but we had a room with a nice view, comfortable beds and it was nice and warm. Furniture and utensils are basic. No kettle for example. No nice big mugs for a brew. However, overall we were quite happy with everything and they were better value than the 70's style Plannibel Hotel.
All in all, a good holiday at La Thuile and we would go back.
September 10, 2009
Snowgoose from United Kingdom
Been skiing in LT (La Thuile) for the past 6 years for long weekends. The resort is pretty well placed; about 2 hours drive from either Geneva or Milan (Milan flights tend to be cheaper and no tunnel toll).
Always stay in Chalet Eden which has gradually been moving up market (which I think is a shame in some respects as it has lost some of its rural charm) and is now like a boutique hotel with some very quirky rooms. Staff are always really friendly and Stefano, the owner, is always willing to recommend a good local wine to have with the meal.
The hotel does have a tendency to serve up at least one peculiar course over the weekend, for example: Donkey Ravioli. It was very tasty though.
This resort is a little gem. I think that it is perfect for a weekend and is something a bit different from the French resorts that everyone tends to use for short trips. A full week in LT (La Thuile) would become boring.
The best skiing is in LT with the front of the mountain in the morning and the back in the afternoon. I personally would not bother with the long red (to the right as you look up) around the mountain to the bottom as it is flat, boring and you need to pole.
The trip over to LR is worth it just for the change of scenery and the fact that it does get more sun. However, the pistes are not as well groomed or looked after in LR as in LT. Also, a lot of the runs are short with drag lifts.
LT (La Thuile) is quite often hit by high winds which close down the slopes above mid station. This leaves the blacks open at the base of the mountain but if you have a mixed ability group, it's not much use. In such weather conditions, if you have transport, jump in it and go an hour along the valley to Pila which sits in a bowl and does not suffer from high winds. This is best accessed from a cable car situated in Aosta, rather than taking the slow road up. This has saved our weekend on more than one occasion.
As for night life, yes, this is a quiet resort but there are clubs and bars to be found if you are that way inclined (probably need to ask a local). But given that my group of friends and I are all starting to knock on a bit, it suits us perfectly.
April 13, 2009
Rob W from United Kingdom
This is written from the perspective of a middle-aged, intermediate-standard snowboarder who went with his teenage son and a number of other families; staying self-catered in Planibel apartments from 4th April 2009 to 11th April (first week of Easter hols).
We had a great time at La Thuile. The snow held up (although it could be a bit slushy lower down towards the end of the day). For families with a range of skiing abilities I'd say LT is ideal. Long, wide blues and reds with the occasional challenging narrow links in between. Our favourites turned out to be the long red 18 running into red 6 to take you back to the village.
Although it was Easter and there were lots of school parties, the slopes were very quiet and almost deserted in places. The queues for the lifts were negligible.
You can also ski over to La Rosiere for the snow park (I didn't do many pistes in LR so can't speak with authority on them.) On two occasions the weather was very cloudy in LT (La Thuile) but amazingly warm and sunny just over the hill in LR.
You do have to get at least one long drag lift back to LT but even though I hate drags I found it easy enough.
LT isn't the place to go if you want more challenging runs or a decent apres-ski or nightclub scene. Trendy young things would get bored pretty quickly.
I saw only a few decent bars but if you're self-catered with kids that doesn't really matter.
In comparison with the likes of Val D (Val d'Isere) or Verbier the prices on the slopes and bars aren't too bad and you can also get the local butcher in the Planibel complex to make up a lovely panino/panini sandwich which'll easily feed two people for 3 or 4 Euros.
Incidentally, the Planibel rooms are fine. Not luxurious but clean, warm and comfortable.
April 02, 2009
Jimbob from United Kingdom
We stayed at one of the Planibel residences at La Thuile. Runs were good, especially the red ones (4+7) which take you down to the bottem straight from the main cable car. Food was good, my appartment was good and the supermarket was equipped with everything it should provide. I am a very amature skier; it was my first time last year, and La Thuile is brilliant for beginners.
January 05, 2009
TonyJ from United Kingdom
Just got back from La Thuile, staying over New Year 2008/9.
We stayed at the Planibel Hotel (half board).
Hotel - Rooms ok, not 5 star but perfectly adequate. Only one English TV channel (BBC World). Food was buffet style. Breakfast was very good, with hot and cold items - all you could possibly need was there. The evening meal was more of a lottery. the menu listed the items, but sometimes there were other things you did not have a clue about. Starts at 7.30pm, but be there by 8pm or some items will all have gone. You can usually find things you like.
Big plus point - hotel next to slopes. Ski storage as well, so no lugging skis about or ski buses etc.
Generally hotel good
Slopes - snow was excellent. Lots of varied pistes for beginners and intermediates. Only a few drag lifts which is good for beginners. Food in restaurants not cheap - 3 euros for a can of coke, 4 euros for a plate of chips, 4 euros for a hamburger etc. Expect to pay over 40 euros for a simple meal for 4.
Four main runs back to the village, reds 4 and 7, blacks 2 and 3. No blue run back, so beginners have to get the gondola down.
Lifts - all good, with little queuing, despite the busy week. Some lifts are older and slower (La Combe, Chaz Dura), others are modern and quick (Chaz Dura Express, Bosco Express etc.)
Overall, I'd definitely go back.
February 19, 2008
RichB from United Kingdom
The best thing about La Thuile is its (un)popularity. We never had to queue more than 30 seconds for any of the chairlifts, including the first gondola in the morning. It was typical to go a 30 mins or so without seeing another skiier on the less popular runs. Overall, the ski area is pretty big, but advanced skiers/boarders will soon get bored of the runs leading to Chaz Dura, and if you're a beginner the only red run down to the resort can be tricky when icy.
If the weather is kind then you can easily get across to La Rosiere for a bit of variety (personally, I think La Rosiere is the better ski area - snowboard parks etc are all in Rosiere so well worth the trip over there), but any amount of cloud/wind means you have to be a pretty good skier to get there as visibility can get very low. Getting back from Rosiere is a different matter... The only way back is via a 3km button lift, which for a snowboader like me is very tricky. I imagine skiers will be fine, but if you're a beginner/intermediate snowboarder then be warned - 3km is a long walk if you fall off!
Overall, very good and worth a visit. I would return, but only when they've replaced that awful button lift with a chairlift.
February 16, 2008
Steve from United Kingdom
A quiet resort with well cared for pistes. Tremendous views of Monte Bianco, Grand Jorasses and from the highest point, the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino). The journey to La Rossiere is wonderful with great pistes through a sort of no-mans land and sensational views - go early as the Rossiere pistes deteriorate in the sun by mid day. Best pistes are in La Thuile - the snow stays in good condition all day. Be sure to visit the Berthod restaurant on red 28, a superb Himalayan style sanctuary complete with Nepalese rugs and courtesy slippers. In the town, during the weekend evenings, the restaurants become fully booked so book ahead. During the week there is no problem. Aprés-ski is very limited. Very friendly locals. To sum up - sometimes on the mountain there won't be a soul to be seen for 10-20 mins despite being on the best prepared piste you can imagine - enjoy.
January 27, 2008
Ed Coyle from United Kingdom
Just returned from an excellent week at La Thuile where the snow was first class, weather clear, save for one midweek day which enabled the snow to be refreshed. During the week the place is empty with no queues and even at the weekend local Italians appear to favour the more fashionable Courmayeur, 10 Kms away. I have visited 4 times in good and bad weather and never been disappointed. It can be very windy up top , but early intermediates can find safe ways ( 'variantes') down the tree-protected black slopes back to the resorts - just follow the lines of small children following their instructors. Linked to La Rosiere in France - but I advise particular care for all on that resorts old style metal pole tows - particularly caution recommended to men whose families are not yet complete.
It is a quiet town, made up of 7 smaller villages. It is starting to develop as awareness of this undiscovered gem widens. Thankfully, the new developments are more in tune with the local traditional style. For self caterers, not a lot of restaurant choice and prior reservation would be wise near the weekend. A particular favorite is La Grotta, a charming, efficient family restaurant selling excellent traditional Italian food at very good value. Full of the French at lunchtime when the La Rosiere link is open - and they know about matters culinary.
One problem is that the ski school does not have an abundance of instructors whose English has the precision necessary for successful tuition.
January 13, 2008
jason murtagh from Ireland
Just back from a week in La Thuile. Nice village, good selection of restaurants and bars. The nightlife is quieter than some resorts, but I went with a large group so we had fun anyway. Good selection of slopes for beginners to advanced. Black no 3 definately worth a try ! woohoo! You can also nip over the French side to La Rossier. Skiing is nice there too. Well worth a visit. I know my group are already planning a return visit to La Thuile. Ciao!
December 21, 2007
Nick White from United Kingdom
Have been holidaying in La Thuile for nearly 15yrs. Has fantastic beginner slopes. I teach on these myself and has made La Thuile my favorite resort to teach at. The best restaurants are hidden in the old part of town down back alleyways.
The night life isn't huge but you can have a good time, not spend a huge amount of money and meet some nice locals. Never had a problem with the language issues. Most shop keepers can speak basic English and will help you if you try and use Italian with them. Most also speak French
I fully recommend this resort to anybody, especially families and large groups......you can make your own evening entertainment.
March 19, 2007
Ian Wickham from United Kingdom
Just got back from a five night ski break to La Thuile. Not a lot of snow in the village but the slopes were in the best nick of the season. I agree with the guy below, Number 3 black was the steepest I have skied ( 73% gradient ). Not for the faint hearted.
The resort was quiet but this break was without child, so with skiing all day all we wanted to do in the evening was to eat and sleep. Food prices varied between le brocole at 70E ( food great, service great, but not friendly !! ) and at 25E (yes, that price is for two) was La Grotta; low on presentation, high on value for money and they were really pleased to see us. Vino Rosso; three Euro's for half a litre !!!
February 15, 2007
David Collins from United Kingdom
Went to La Thuile at the last minute and was not disappointed.
There is little nightlife to speak of but the place is quite unusual in that it is definitely part of Italy - it'd be a good idea to brush up on your Italian. That's pretty cool when you can often find that there isn't much in the way of local influence.
There is an excellent little restaurant on the corner at the bottom of the hill (get one of their fondues!).. and plenty of others to explore (and they seem to always want to give you some nice snacks with your drinks, which are pretty reasonably priced.
The slopes are great - especially for beginners to learn on, there are also some nice reds and the 'c' black is one of the steepest I've seen - fun! There are many runs for the beginners to really get to travel about on without any fears. For example, go over to France and straight back on the 19..
Queues did not seem to exist...in my week I never queued...not even once!
The place has little in the way of easy tree runs when there is bad weather so your beginners will be pretty unhappy.
Mountain restaurants were pretty normal, just somewhere to eat...and leave!
Nightlife is quiet.
Some of the main lifts are slow, which is annoying.
Well, have fun - and get over the back, there are some nice spots to play around on!
April 01, 2006
amanda from United Kingdom
This is the second time we've been to La Thuile and its really a great resort. We chose to go their again as the nusery slopes are across the road from the hotel and the gondolas are only a 4 minute walk. The runs are extensive and my favourite were red run 7 which is about 11km long and red run 6 both allowing you to ski all the way back down to the village.
The apres-ski is based around restaurants and bars which are inexpensive, but to be honest we were so tired after a full day of skiing that's all we needed.
September 30, 2005
Simon Rowe from United Kingdom
I have visited La Thuile ant least once a year for the last 7 years.Staying at the excelent Chalet Alpina Run by Debbie and Eddy Nicco,just 4 minutes from the lifts.The area is fantastic,with something for everyone. Not a queue in site, and on the whole, reliable snow conditions. La Thuile is not the resort for late night partying, but the village has some good resturants and bars, and prices are much cheaper than France. You can still get a Pizza and wine for a fiver. La Bricole provides late night music and alcohol for the more hardy among you, while the Planibel Disco is busy at weekends when the locals arrive. For a good value meal try La Grotta or the Brasserie Du Bathieu with is very large portions!
October 18, 2004
Duvet from United Kingdom
Stay at Courmayeur - drive across to La Thuile when you are tired of Courmayeur's crowded Gucci-infested slopes. Empty, varied slopes, great place for venturing off-piste for the first time, links with France. There are a couple of long slow chairlifts though - and not a lot of tree runs for those snowy days. Generally though - La Thuile rules!
September 10, 2004
Steve Skinner from United Kingdom
1st time back to Skiing after a twenty year gap. La Thuile was brilliant, great Skiing, Great weather ( apart from the last two days, Complete white out, was unable to ski! even the Ski schools never came out on our last day!). Stayed in the Planibel Apartments and we were very satisfied, they were warm, clean and right on the slopes! Not the place to go if your a party animal! but Erics Bar kept us entertained all week!.........Cant wait to get back......Yes there are 21 of us going again next Feb 2005! Just a bit of advice for people who have'nt skied for a few years......do about 6 weeks exercises prior to going, I did and never really suffered...others on my group didnt ......and suffered! Ha Ha!
March 19, 2004
Laura Harris from United Kingdom
La Thuile is great with some wonderful off piste and brilliant views. Its worth a quick trip over to La Rosiere as well just to say you have skiied two countries in one day. Most definitely worth a trip here.