La Thuile

Ski resorts in Italy
La Thuile was an important coal mining town before World War II. Today, mining is only a distant memory and the village has completely transformed into a tourist destination. The old village still remains but is located some distance from where the lifts are. The new and modern Planibel hotel complex is located just next to the lifts. La Thuile is situated next to Courmayeur on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc mountain range, but unlike Courmayeur, the lifts at La Thuile take you across to the French side where they connect to the La Rosièra lift system.

The locals from Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, Tignes and other neighboring villages love picturesque La Thuile for its Italian food culture and for the lift connections with La Rosière. The classic and well-prepared Italian pistes are also adding to the popularity of this place. The off-piste areas can be reached by lift, and cross-country and heli skiing are also available at relatively reasonable prices.

La Thuile Snow forecast

  • Monday
    0.2 in rain
    Rain showers
    3 mph
  • Tuesday
    0.1 in rain
    Rain showers
    3 mph
  • Wednesday
    0.2 in rain
    Rain showers
    3 mph

Facts about La Thuile

Slopes (Total: 86)
Green Learning / beginner:8
Blue Easy:24
Red Intermediate:47
Black Advanced / Expert:7
Total length of pistes:93.2 miles

Lifts (Total: 35)

Vertical drop
La Thuile Vertical drop
Mountain high: 8665 ft
Vertical drop: 3937 ft
Mountain low: 4728 ft

Cross country skiing
Tracks:7.5 miles
Lit tracks:0 miles
Artificial snow:0 miles

Country: Italy
Aosta Valley

Reviews for La Thuile

What do you think about La Thuile?
Annelie Gustavsson
Annelie Gustavsson (Guest)
Great skiing in and off side piste ! Great village and welcoming atmosphere ! Great food as always in Italy !

Jens (Guest)
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Great place for those who want to go instead of standing in a lift queue or knee with rookies on the slopes. Plenty of space everywhere and good opportunities when it has snowed.
Great for families with a large area on the sun side with nice more easy slopes.

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Charlotte (Guest)
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Public empty slopes (v.7). Really good restaurants on the slopes. Not so challenging for anyone who wants to go black pistes, but if you like a glassy ride it is perfect

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Good forest skiing that is easy to reach from the lift. Good off piste on the slopes north of Pont Serrand. Hike along the border with Pointe de la Luie Blanche and meet the piste again further down the valley.

Christian (Guest)
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Excellent to go with children. Nice atmosphere in the village, great restaurants both in the valley and on the mountain. Good variety of rides and easily accessible off-piste. Some people in the elevator in the high season (v.9) The only negative was that some lifts are of older standard and are cold to sit on a park bench in the -20

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La Tuile together with La Rosiere forms a beautiful lift system that, despite its size, had a bit of a glimpse of the giants Les Arcs, Tignes and Val d'ize, etc. surrounding this gem. Amazing slopes and really gorgeous views of the beautiful blanc-masievets side (Italy side). I have never had the privilege of living in any of the towns but living in Courmayeur when I was there, but combining courmayeur with La Thuile is definitely not something I do for the last time. The only negative I have to say about the resort is that it can be surprisingly wind-sensitive to lie in the alps and the slope could be a bit steeper at their places.

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A real gem!

Cozy places to eat on the hill, good piste on the slopes and really good off-piste. We got an absolutely fantastic and sultry ride that started on open mountain, crossed into sparsely wooded forests and ended in dense forests on the downhill mountainbike paths back to the village.

Tip is to live in Courmayeur and go to La Thuile over the day because the village is not so much to have, only 30 minutes takes easy road. Then you also have close to several other really good systems.

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We were 3 families with children between 10 - 15 years who were in La Thuile v. 8, 2007.
We think skiing was perfect for all ages. Wonderful snow, perfectly pisted slopes and the sun shines 6 days in a row. There are long wonderful slopes that suit the average kids and a pair of black ones that were quite challenging for the more advanced. If you want to go offpiste there were all possibilities on the side facing France. However, most people seemed to stay in the slopes. The advantage for us was that the system is clear and all the stops end in the same place in the village, which meant we dared to let the children go for themselves. Not a lift queue for the whole week. It was mostly Italian in the hill and after lunch they were left in the sun. If you want to have a party in the evening or do not miss after-ski, this is absolutely the wrong place. But for children families, La Thuile fits perfectly.

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Tib spent one month in La Thuile 2006.

There are lots of orörs snow on the other side of the mountain where there are relatively little slopes and where the connection to the French side is. Heli-skiing should be tested here as it is absolutely amazing when sneezing has fallen.

The slopes in La Thuile are nothing further, perhaps for families with children. My party is just a big plateau where you stand up. Perceived the lowest parts of the system as extremely hot, always!

La Rosier, the French side has quite ok skiing but quite flat.

You can easily catch the bus from La Thuile to Courmayuer which is worth a visit. Varied ride, but small!

La Thuile as a city is terrible. There are no nice restaurants and definitely no nightlife. In the pub your people only go on Fridays ... Non-existent after-ski.
The village itself ends in the shadow in the afternoon, and then it becomes faint, no outdoor areas to sit and relax after skiing.

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spent there two days, just then there was new snow a bit of people and canoeing so I think it was top.

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