“ La Thuile, located in the Aosta Valley, is a popular international ski area. „
La Thuile is great for skiing (no snowboarding). I'd suggest to ski on French slopes during the morning hours, and move to Italian slopes in the afternoon, when it is warmer.I'd suggest to avoid Roxi Bar for lunch. It is way too expensive; 5 euros for a slice of pie or 6 (six!) for a watery beer is definitely not acceptable, not only in La Thuile. You can get the same items for at least 1 euro less. Nonetheless it's very crowded and you have to wait on average 15 minutes to get your order.
Avoid Roxy bar for eating; Its very expensive , awfull and little portions
I've been to La Thuile three times, and it is a lovely resort.
The skiing is mostly very gentle and wide quiet slopes, great for beginners and intermediates, advanced skiers may get a little bored. I know the advanced skiers in our party do, but you can ski over to La Rosiere for an extended ski area.
The ski over to La Rosiere is good, but not particularly great for snowboarders as a lot of flatter bits to get through. On the way back there is a very long poma, about 2km long I think. So if any of your party are not that great on pomas it is good to know beforehand. The way over to La Rosiere is ok for advanced beginners, on the way back there is one run, I think it is a red, it has a couple of steeper bits and a bend with netting which can be daunting for beginners, but it is do-able. I did it on my 2nd ski week and I'm a bit of a woose! When I was just beginning I loved the fact that I was on holiday in Italy and could ski over to France for lunch, what an adventure!
I love the bars and restaurants on the slopes, it's a great resort to ski to a couple of different places and stop for a beer or hot chocolate, and different choices for lunch. The Roxy bar is a good choice, on the way back from La Rosiere when you hit La Thuile, but you can ski down to it from La Thuile, but unsure of the run number, but you can do either a red or a black to get to it. The owners also have another place that we just found this year, so don't know if it is new or we just always missed it, it is on number 28 and is on a really nice quiet peaceful run. Would recommend this side as a lot quieter.
The first two times we stayed at the Planibel Hotel. It was really good, the restaurant had an excellent choice of food, it was buffet style, but there were various stations offering pasta, salad, meat dishes and amazing desserts.You could also have a steak cooked at your table for an extra cost. the staff were very attentive and friendly. It was a lovely hotel to stay in. The last time we were there in 2008, myself and my husband booked later than our friends and couldn't get into the hotel, so we booked one of the Planibel apartments.We were happy to do this as it meant we would have the opportunity to visit some of the restaurants in the town. One being La Bricole that I would recommend. We did eat a couple of times with our friends in the hotel restaurant and what a different experience it was to our previous visits. The choice of food was pretty bad, I really couldn't find much appetising to eat, and the staff were pretty awful. As some of our friends had booked separately, but all in the hotel, they were separated at dinners and breakfast, even when they explained that they were actually holidaying together they still wouldn't join them together at meal times! It took a couple of nights before this got sorted, but every meal time felt like the waiters just thought it was such a hassle and were very unhelpful and unfriendly. We were so happy we were in the apartments.
The apartments are very basic compared to the hotel, but if like us, most holidays it is just a place to sleep, then I would say it is fine for the purpose. Like the hotel they are at the foot of the slopes, there are about 4 buildings and it depends on which one you are in as to how far the walk is, but it is near, just want to point out that the hotel and one of the buildings are the closest.
We like La Thuile due to the fact it is a smaller resort, there are only a few bars and we tend to go to one in particular near the hotel, so easy when in a crowd to find everyone if all going out at different times.
Everytime we've been to La Thuile we've had great snow and fab sunshine so I think that has helped make it one of our favourites.
There are some lovely quiet runs throughout the resort feels like you are the only one there sometimes (like over number 28 way as previously mentioned).
We did the night trip to Courmeyour but haven't skied there, however I would recommend a trip to Pila if available, lovely little resort.
La Thuile is a popular skiing area located in the Aosta Valley (Valle d'Aosta). It is not very far from Aosta (the capital of Valle d'Aosta), Aosta is now recheable in less than an hour. It has one main hotel (Planibel Hotel & Residences) that has all the modern facilities one could expect: gym, swimming pool, ski hire, many shops (including a supermarket), game room etc. It is owned by ATA Hotels (www.atahotels.it) but the hotel is now operated by Tivigest (www.tivigest.com) but the residence is still operated by ATA Hotels. The nice thing is the fact that this hotel is right in front of the pistes, so you can wake up in the morning and take a short walk (not more than 3 minutes!) and you can put your skis or snowboard on!!!!! There are also many small and nice hotels around as well which are closer to the tradition of the Valle d'Aosta. If I were you I'd go to the residence or a small hotel because you can try some of the very nice local dishes. If you go to the Planibel Hotel you won't be able to try local dishes. Let's talk about the slopes. There are more than 150 km of slopes that also include the french part of La Rosiere. The charlifts and the gondolas are very modern, they are constantly changed by the Funivie Piccolo San Bernardo company that also operates the slopes. The slopes are usually in excellent conditions because the Gatti delle Nevi work on them all night!!! There are several ways of accessing France and the good thing is that there are no surcharges, it's the same Skipass!!! If you buy the Skipass in La Rosiere it includes only the French area and so to access Italy you need a separate one. Because the chairlift equipment is modern you rarely have queues (the only exception is Saturday and Sunday). The only time where you have problems skiing is when there is a lot of wind and so for security reasons some chairlifts are shut down. To know if the slope
, the chairlift or the international connection are open, you have electronic boards all over the place. The season always lasts until the end, even if the snow starts melting artificial snow is made. If you want a coffee there are several bars around the slopes where you can buy all sorts of stuff. The nice thing is that La Thuile is good for all ages, there are some very hard slopes, such as number 3 (black) but also some very nice and easy such as number 7 and 4. Slope number 7 is 11 kilometers long and is very beautiful. You can also start from France and go on to La Thuile non-stop. When you get up to Belvedere (means nice view), you'll understand why it's called like this. Each time I stop a minute in Belvedere and look around I'm surprised of what I see, it seems a painting, all the mountains around are just incredible and an explanation cannot describe them. There is also a very good ski school which even organises lessons in English. The school is very well organised and they speak at least 4 languages: Italian, Valle d'Aostan dialect, French and English. Night life is not bad neither, there are several discos and pubs and the Planibel Hotel organises many activities which vary from watching a movie to some fun!!!!! How to get there: Many companies have packages to La Thuile (Interski, Neilson, Thomson etc.) where you take flights from many UK airports, land in Turin and then take a bus to La Thuile. If you want to get there on your own there are no direct flights between UK and Turin and so you have to change at some airports (Milan, Rome, Bologna or Venice). Note that from Milan to Turin there are no flights but 3 buses a day so it might be better to change at other airports. La Thuile is definitevely a place to visit and especially ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!
I wondered if I should let you in on the secret of La Thuile. Even many adventurous skiers have never heard of it, and that's its beauty. It still hasn't yet been over-run by the hordes so you get the distinct feeling you have it all to yourself. La Thuile is right at the top of the Aosta Valley and just across the Italian/French border from it's neighbour, La Rosiere. It's easy to ski across and most visitors do. It makes a very good day out and adds even greater variety to the pistes of La Thuile. The small town of La Thuile sits at the bottom of a steep climb up to the main pistes. The slopes next to the upper town are for learners but the travel couriers organise fun nights there as well. We visited with Crystal and had a great night organised by them sliding down on "frying pans" in long snakes of riders. Of course, the booze and food helped. The upper pistes are reached via a gondola and a chair lift. There there are numerous pistes of varying challenges to suit all skills. Our absolute favourite was "Route 6", the red run back to the town from the upper pistes. It starts with a super gully run then down through the forest, emerging under the gondola. We regularly did "Route 3" down the other side back to the town, a much gentler run but very enjoyable after a long day on the slopes. The long, long run back via "Route 7" is also worth the effort though it does contain some slight uphill sections, which can be avoided by going off the piste to the right and under the road bridge. There's also a great bar half-way that always has a roaring fire and a friendly welcome. Because it's so far out it is also usually quite quiet. The scenery is magnificent, lying as it does right under Mont Blanc. The mountain bars and restaurants are excellent. There is even one near the bottom of "Belvedere" that plays R&B all day. We visite
d that one often. We travelled over to La Rosiere several times. There is one Restaurant half-way down to the town, at the top of "Plan du Repos", where the view from the terrace is simply spectacular. We were very tempted to stay an enjoy it but the pull of the slopes was in the end just too great. The town of La Thuile has a lot of variety. There are many splendid restaurants. We can recommend La Grotta and La Bricolle. The upper town is newer than the lower and comprises most of the apartments and large hotels. These are the ones that are right next to the nursery slopes. We stayed there, at the Planibel Apartments. Our's was excellent. There are discos for those who enjoy a lively nightlife plus a swimming pool who like to relax with a swim after a day on the slopes. We prefer another type of liquid for our relaxation! There are plenty of shops, supermarkets and the usual ski stores, some with quite reasonable prices for equipment. Courmeyer is a half-hour bus ride down the valley and well worth a visit, even if only to visit the town. It's much bigger than La Thuile with plenty of facilities but nevertheless very attractive. We will definitely go back to La Thuile again. Hopefully it won't have become packed out and spoiled by then.