La Thuile offers excellent skiing, good value for money, and relatively few crowds. Linked to the French resort of La Rosière, the combined San Bernardo ski area has over 152km of runs. The resort has benefitted from recent investment, with two new six-person chairlifts and five more red runs being opened.
The terrain is some of the most varied in the Aosta Valley and is an intermediate's paradise. The extensive and varied piste network is suitable for all standards of skier and you can even enjoy views of the Matterhorn or Mont Blanc as you ski.
Your lift pass includes two days skiing in any other Aosta Valley ski resort, including Champoluc, Gressoney, Cervinia and Courmayeur, so you can explore all the region has to offer. From Courmayeur you can hop on board the Mont Blanc Skyway cable car to its highest point, Punta Helbronner, at 3,466 metres. The cable cars rotate 360 degrees on your ascent so you can appreciate the surroundings from every angle. At the summit enjoy incredible views of the peaks from the terrace or, if you're brave enough, step out onto the glass floor.
Snow conditions in La Thuile are excellent due to the north-facing position of the slopes and the resort is renowned for being snow-sure. La Thuile's location also means you won't find slopes packed with weekend visitors and the slopes stay relatively quiet all week long.
The village of La Thuile has retained much of its centuries-old character with family-run hotels and local bars and restaurants. You will find relaxed Italian style Après here, so grab an aperitivo and some bar snacks and enjoy the atmosphere. As it borders Italy and France the cuisine here is a fusion of both countries, the best of both worlds.
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