La Thuile Ski Resort

La Thuile mostly appeals to families and intermediates. Friendly, uncrowded and affordable, this attractive old mining village also has purpose-built accommodation next to the lifts. The Espace San Bernardo ski area which it shares with La Rosiere in France was recently expanded and is now big enough for most skiers for a week.

Initial impressions of La Thuile’s ski area can be misleading: often the first slopes that holidaymakers see are the steep black runs coming down from Les Suches close to the main lifts out of the resort. But these are the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of the pistes in La Thuile and La Rosiere are intermediate-friendly blues and reds.

Experts are not entirely neglected, though. As well the runs back to the resort (handy for time-pressed parents who want to do some quickly accessible challenging skiing), the new lifts at Mont Valaisan include a Freeride area for advanced skiers, and there are more serious off-piste and heliskiing itineraries that can be explored with a guide.

For beginners, there are nursery slopes at both village level and at Les Suches, and some gentle, uncrowded blues up the mountain to progress onto. The nursery slope lifts are not free, however, and there is no easy run back to the resort.

Overall the San Bernardo ski area is pleasantly varied, with treelined runs and open-bowl skiing, and whilst La Thuile’s slopes predominantly face North or East, La Rosiere’s are mostly South-facing. After the 2018/19 season Mont Valaisan  extension, there are now about 40 lifts and 85 runs and 150kms of slopes. That will do for most people for a week, but keen skiers should also visit Courmayeur, easily reached by bus and included on some lift passes.

The village is effectively divided into two: a purpose-built lift base with convenient but bland slope-side accommodation, and a more atmospheric old village centre. A free bus service means you only have to walk between them if you want to, so having a car in the resort is rarely an advantage, and the best way to reach La Thuile is via a transfer from Geneva airport. There are enough bars and restaurants to make the centre a nice relaxing place to wander around in the evenings but La Thuile is not a resort for hard-core, late night party enthusiasts.

La Thuile Pros and Cons

+ Excellent intermediate skiing;

+ Ski area just big enough for most skiers;

+ Attractive old village centre;

+ Lift queues are rare;

+ Good value;

- Weaker skiers have to return by lift;

- Not enough tough terrain for experts;

- Really keen skiers might prefer a larger area.

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La Thuile Statistics

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionAosta Valley
  • Base1,450 m
  • Peak2,800 m
  • Vertical1,350 m
  • Ski Area (Espace San Bernardo)3,000 ha
  • Beginner29 %
  • Intermediate55 %
  • Advanced16 %
  • Longest Run11 km
  • Ski Lifts39 
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts20 
  • Surface Lifts18 
  • Riders per hour 54,000 

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