Friendly and affordable La Thuile is a popular choice with UK skiers. Originally a mining town, it’s now a purpose-built ski resort with a modern lift-base complex, as well as the old village across the river. With extensive easy slopes, and free childcare on offer, La Thuile is particularly good for families. But with ski links to La Rosière too, its appeal to skiers who want to venture a little further afield is still significant. Between the two resorts, there’s 150km of slopes on offer, served by 35 lifts.

What the experts say

  • The quality of skiing is incredible from beginner to advanced. For advanced skiers and boarders, Black #3 has 75 percent gradient. The blue runs from the top of the gondola are perfect for beginners. You’ll find great reds on the left side of the mountain, Reds #18 and #31 are favourites.
  • La Clotze is the restaurant on the mountain with graffiti walls and amazing burgers. It’s brilliant for après and has a DJ from 11am when the sun shines. Rifugio Lo Riondet is another recommendation. It is a beautiful family run restaurant along Red #7.
  • La Creche offers modern twists on classic Italian dishes. At night the mountain restaurant Rifugio Lo Riondet can be reached by snowcat for amazing raclet and homemade genepe. Back in town you’ll find Le Coq Maf a lovely steakhouse with a wonderful atmosphere and is always busy and friendly.
  • La Thuile’s lofty altitude means great conditions but it can also mean severe weather. If the wind gets up head to sheltered La Rosiere and enjoy a glass of Vin Chaud. Come spring La Thuile’s predominantly north facing slopes ensure snow conditions stay good longer than many other resorts.

More About La Thuile

About the resort

Relatively quiet and family-friendly, La Thuile is comprised of two distinct parts: a purpose-built lift base with quick access to the slopes, and an older village steeped in history dating back as far as the 12th century. Linked by a free service, there are various accommodation options in both parts, as well as bars, restaurants and other amenities.

On the mountain

La Thuile is a great of mix of magnificent intermediate terrain, great reds and ferocious blacks through the trees, and easy blues and good nursery slopes for beginners. Links to La Rosière create even more diversity for all skier levels – and the uncrowded nature of La Thuile’s ski area makes it a hugely appealing choice for all too, especially families, and advanced skiers looking to ski fresh tracks.

Off the mountain

While other resorts have more on offer once the slopes have closed, La Thuile still has a few shops to browse as well as a swimming pool and plenty of restaurants and bars to sample. Non skiers will like the marked walks on offer, and the chance to take the gondola up the mountain for lunch with a view.

Where to stay

A wide range of accommodation is available here to cater for all budgets including some good four star hotels, family-run guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments, a youth hostel and a campsite. To book or for advice, contact one of the La Thuile specialists listed below.

Packages and tour operators

A number of UK tour operators can assist with arranging all elements of your holiday to La Thuile including accommodation and travel from the UK and can advise you on the best accommodation options for you.

UK Tour Operators in the Aosta Valley