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La Thuile ski resort. Approaching 2200m on the Les Suches gondola.
La Thuile ski resort. Approaching 2200m on the Les Suches gondola.
La Thuile should be spelled with a 'P' for powder!
La Thuile should be spelled with a 'P' for powder!
The Fourclaz chairlift services La Thuile's most interesting off piste terrain.
The Fourclaz chairlift services La Thuile's most interesting off piste terrain.
Mountain splendour at La Thuile.
Mountain splendour at La Thuile.
The Les Suches base area at La Thuile.
The Les Suches base area at La Thuile.
Pristine powder below Chaz Dura at La Thuile.
Pristine powder below Chaz Dura at La Thuile.
Approaching La Thuile village on the Diretta piste trail.
Approaching La Thuile village on the Diretta piste trail.
Ski and snowboard in Italy or France at La Thuile.
Ski and snowboard in Italy or France at La Thuile.
The Chaz Dura chair services La Thuile beginner and intermediate piste.
The Chaz Dura chair services La Thuile beginner and intermediate piste.
Not hard to see why Powderhounds loves La Thuile ski resort.
Not hard to see why Powderhounds loves La Thuile ski resort.
The Belvedere is the highest point at La Thuile - 2641m.
The Belvedere is the highest point at La Thuile - 2641m.
Crossing the border from La Thuile into France on the way to La Rosiere.
Crossing the border from La Thuile into France on the way to La Rosiere.
La Thuile has steeper terrain for the more adventurous skier.
La Thuile has steeper terrain for the more adventurous skier.
Perfect La Thuile on and off piste terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers.
Perfect La Thuile on and off piste terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers.
A picture from La Thuile speaks a 1000 words!
A picture from La Thuile speaks a 1000 words!
The Piccolo San Bernardo chair - a spectacular setting on the north side of La Thuile.
The Piccolo San Bernardo chair - a spectacular setting on the north side of La Thuile.
The Roxi bar and restaurant at the base of the Fourclaz chair is excellent.
The Roxi bar and restaurant at the base of the Fourclaz chair is excellent.
Relax in style at the Roxi in La Thuile ski resort.
Relax in style at the Roxi in La Thuile ski resort.
La Thuile ski resort base area.
La Thuile ski resort base area.
Ski La Thuile.
Ski La Thuile.

La Thuile

La Thuile Ski Resort Italy

La Thuile ski resort in Italy is a fun, low key, snow magnet near the head of the Aosta valley.  At the end of the road in winter, a short distance from Courmayeur, close to the border with France and surrounded by Mont Miravidi, and the Rutor Glacier, La Thuile has all the mountain splendor one could ever wish for. 

Loads of beginner and lower intermediate piste terrain, a wonderful off-piste, reliable snowfall, plus fun challenges for the more advanced and adventurous, makes La Thuile a great ski destination and Powderhounds favorite.

La Thuile Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

La Thuile is a ski resort of skiing and snowboarding terrain contrasts. A huge area of flattish beginner and lower intermediate terrain above Les Suches is juxtaposed against the fast, steep (and frightening!) world cup course ski course immediately below (the excellent combination of #2 Diretta & #3 F.Berthod trails). Long, awkward traverses, particularly for snowboarders, end in fun intermediate cruisers and interesting (read sometimes challenging) off piste terrain.  

The lift system at La Thuile isn't super modern, but it is perfectly adequate. No crowds and no queues = no need for ultra modern high speed lifts. The pick of the lifts (and terrain) is on the north facing side of La Thuile off the Fourclaz, Belvedere and Petit San Bernardo chairlifts (where you will find skiers from La Rosiere poaching the powder!).

The longest run in La Thuile is the 11km long San Bernardo (#7). It is essentially the snow covered road down from the Petit Saint Bernard pass. Marked intermediate, but really a beginner trail, it realistically is more of a relaxing journey of discovery where, in true Italian fashion, one can link up several restaurants and bars on the way down to La Thuile. With several long flat sections, snowboarders need to avoid it at all costs! Jump onto the bottom of #2 and #3 for a super fast finish.

The real fun at La Thuile is the off piste. Nothing too intimidating, but just enough to get your adrenaline truly pumping. The Powderhounds absolutely loved it; 40cm of super dry powder kind of helped as well. La Thuile is a great location to learn to ski powder due to the huge low angle off piste available, particularly above Les Suches and Arnouvaz.

For more detailed information see the Skiing & Snowboarding La Thuile page.

Heliskiing is possible from La Thuile on the surrounding peaks and glaciers. More information is coming soon.

Interlinked with La Rosiere Ski Resort

The La Thuile ski resort is linked by lifts and lift passes with La Rosière in France to form the Espace San Bernardo ski domain.  The Powderhounds think that everything is better on the Italian side, but you be the judge! Regardless the linked ski area creates a total of 15km of piste trails and over 3000 hectares of terrain.

Where is La Thuile, Italy?

Along with the Dolomites, the Aosta valley is the best known Italian ski region. La Thuile is located in the Valle d'Aosta but doesn't have the reputation (or panache!) attributed to the Aosta's best known ski resort, Courmayeur. Courmayeur is only 15km away (20min or so by car).

The closest major centre is Aosta, 50km to the east (50min by car).  Main international gateway airports are Geneva (134km), Turin (155km) or Milan (220km). 

Bus transport to La Thuile is available directly from Milan, Turin, Aosta and Courmayeur. A free ski bus does regular circuits of the town.

For more information see the Travel to La Thuile page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

La Thuile is located in the Aosta valley very close close to the superb Courmayeur ski resort and huge off-piste terrain from Punta Helbronner on Monte Bianco. Other great Italian ski resorts near La Thuile are the Powderhounds favorite, Monterosa Ski and the unheralded Pila above the city of Aosta.

Across the border in France past La Rosiere is the Tarentaise valley with the huge ski resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne (Paradiski), Tignes - Val d'Isere and the little secret stash of Sainte Foy. The legendary Chamonix is a short drive away via the Mont Blanc tunnel, or perhaps you might ski there via the 22km Vallee Blanche from Punta Helbronner.

La Thuile Accommodation

The town of La Thuile is perfectly situated at the base of the ski resort. A range of aging multi-storey apartment blocks are immediately across the road from the ski lifts & runs. What they lack in style is more than made up for in location and facilities. A huge number of shops, bar and restaurants are sneakily located at the base of all the buildings.

La Thuile's main town centre is a short 5min walk from the resort base. Hotels of varying quality, apartments, guesthouses and rental homes are spread along the way. A few excellent ski in options exist.

See all La Thuile Accommodation Listings - options for lodging only.

For more informaation see the La Thuile Accommodation Info page.

Facilities and Services

As expected of any large European ski resort, La Thuile has all the ski rental, ski school, bars and restaurant facilities one could require or desire. But ............ it does kind of feel a bit tatty and run down, as though it is past its used by date and needs a refresh. Case in point is the 'squat' toilet in the men's ablutions at the base of the Les Suches gondola. Ever tried to take a dump in ski boots in a slippery squat toilet. If at a mountain hut or rifugio - fair enough; in a ski resort's main base area - definitely not. That said, it doesn't change the snow and skiing - which is great.

On mountain restaurants and bars are as good as one would expect from any Aosta ski resort. 

Summary of Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Excellent snow quality and quantity.
  • Glorious range of off piste terrain for beginner to advanced.
  • Uncrowded.
  • Fun tree skiing.
  • Child friendly terrain.
  • Great value.
  • International border crossing!

Cons

  • Piste trails not challenging (with some notable exceptions!).
  • Some long flat traverses that are not snowboard friendly.
  • Dated base and resort facilities. 

Tours in or near La Thuile

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Tarentaise Valley Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 1,982
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 to 5 Days | 2 to 5 Nights | 2 to 5 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 732
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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    La Thuile Trail & Piste Map
  • La Thuile Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,450 – 2,650 (1,200)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7m
  • Lifts (17)(Espace San Bernardo - 37)
    1 Gondolas / cable cars
    11 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Late Nov to mid April
    8:45am to 4:45pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 52 (Espace San Bernardo -80)
    Longest run – 11 km
    Advanced - 27%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 27%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €43
    Child - €31