La Thuile Village

La Thuile is a quiet, family-oriented ski resort with a modern tourist accommodation and leisure centre set alongside an historic centre which still retains the character associated with a traditional Alpine village.

Named Ariolica in Roman times, La Thuile was an important town on the route from ancient Rome to Gaul.  The San Bernardo pass remained one of the principal routes between Italy and France right up to the 18th century. Renamed La Thuile in 1760, it became an important coal mining town with some 1,400 inhabitants at its peak. Later, as the mines went into decline, it gained popularity as a mountaineering centre, and in 1862 two Englishmen, Mathews and Bonney, climbed the Rutor for the first time having stayed in la Thuile.

Nowadays it's very much a town of two halves.  The modern and convenient, but not very atmospheric, half is close to the Les Suches gondola and the pistes coming down the mountain. This is dominated by the Planibel complex of hotel, apartments and leisure centre.  The other half is the old centre of town which is much more visually attractive with some nicely restored hotels, traditional buildings, authentic restaurants and charming local shops, but it's more than five minutes' walk to the lifts and slopes (and sometimes a lot more). Fortunately however the ski bus service which connects the two halves, is free and efficient, and runs till the small hours. 

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Nightlife

The range of leisure facilities and varied piste network make La Thuile an ideal base for families and mixed groups looking for skiing first, and après-ski second. That said, there are a number of good restaurants on and off the slopes, andsome friendly, informal bars in the attractive old town. There is one night club/disco that stays open late and things hot up a little on Saturday nights and public hilidays when it also becomes more noticeably Italian as the weekenders arrive from Turin, but overall La Thuile is not a ski town for hard core party crowd.

Ski hire and equipment rental in La Thuile

There are plenty of ski rental shops, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them when you arrive. Some hotels and tour operators have recommended shops, but they rarely offer the best value even if they give a small discount (usually 5% or 10% at most) to the hotel or tour operator's guests. Generally, if you want to save money, you're much better off booking in advance with a reliable service provider like the one below.

Pre-book with Skiset in La Thuile and save up to 50%

Skiset has an excellent reputation for hiring out good modern equipment for skiers and boarders of all standards and has an outlet in La Thuile very close to the main lifts - you can check the exact location here. If you book online in advance, you can save up to 50% on what you would pay if you walk into the shop. You will also save time when you arrive in the resort, because your ski rental equipment is reserved, fully prepared and ready and waiting for you. Check Skiset advance booking discounts currently available in La Thuile >>>

Further details

La Thuile Tourist Office
Consorzio Operatori Turistici La Thuile
Via M. Collomb, 3611016
La Thuile (AO)
Tel: +39 0165 884179
Email: lathuile@turismo.vda.it
Web: www.lathuile.it

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