La Thuile Ski Holidays
Located in the Valle d’Aosta region of Italy next to the French border, the ski resort of La Thuile offers the perfect blend of both Italian and French culture. In fact you are as likely to hear French spoken as Italian as both are recognised as official languages in the valley. La Thuile was once a mining village but has transformed into a thriving ski resort. The resort is divided into two distinct parts; a modern purpose-built area at the foot of the slopes and lifts, and on the other side of the river, the historic village around which the resort has developed. The areas are linked by a free shuttle bus service.
The majority of the slopes in La Thuile are north or east facing and many lie above 2000m, both of which have contributed to La Thuile’s reputation for snow reliability. Perhaps a little less well-known than many resorts in the French Alps, La Thuile can offer a quieter alternative with fewer skiers on the slopes and shorter queues thanks to its efficient lift system. The uncrowded nature of the slopes has also made La Thuile a popular choice with families and children up to the age of 8 benefit from a free ski pass when accompanied by an adult.
La Thuile is a relatively quiet village with less après-ski than some other resorts but you can enjoy an aperitivo and some snacks in one of its bars after a hard day’s skiing and there is a selection of restaurants to sample both on and off the mountain.
Skiing in La Thuile
The ski area of La Thuile is linked to the French resort of La Rosière to form the Espace San Bernardo ski area totalling 160km. The ski area has something to offer skiers of all levels. Beginners can make use of the Edelweiss magic carpet and nursery slopes in the village before progressing to more challenging blue slopes at the top of the Suches cable car. Intermediates will enjoy the red runs leading to the Piccolo San Bernardo pass or over in La Rosière and there are some challengingly steep black runs through the trees and down to the village to tackle at the end of the day. There is also a snowpark in the Les Suches area known as the ‘Wazimu Snowpark’, which is Swahili for madness! If you fancy trying out another ski resort while you are in the Valle d’Aosta you can also take a bus to Courmayeur for the day.
For those seeking to improve technique or simply to learn the basics, the Scuola di Sci La Thuile offers private ski and snowboard lessons for children (5yrs+) and adults.
- Important information
Ski Area Espace San Bernardo: 160km Ski Range 1441-2641m Green Runs 8 Blue Runs 28 Red Runs 33 Black Runs 14 Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
- Distance from airports
Geneva 1h55mins Chambery 2h20mins Calais (ski drive) 577 miles