Visitor reviews for La Thuile Ski Resort

La Thuile Ratings

Overall: 3.8. Based on 30 votes and 34 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.6

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Thuile is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Thuile has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.7

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Thuile.

Public Transport: 3.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Thuile, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.1

(1) No places to stay in/near La Thuile, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.3

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.6

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Thuile.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.3

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at La Thuile, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.2

(1) La Thuile relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at La Thuile, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Thuile are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Thuile is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Thuile, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.6

(1) La Thuile usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.1

(1) The staff at La Thuile are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Thuile are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.8

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.2

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.4

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.4

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at La Thuile, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 2.7

(1) Not even a kicker at La Thuile, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.0

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Thuile, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Thuile has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.0

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.1

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 2.8

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.9

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.5

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.2

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.4

(1) Overall, La Thuile is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.5

(1) Overall, La Thuile is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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April 02, 2009
Jimbob from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We stayed at one of the Planibel residences at La Thuile. Runs were good, especially the red ones (4+7) which take you down to the bottem straight from the main cable car. Food was good, my appartment was good and the supermarket was equipped with everything it should provide. I am a very amature skier; it was my first time last year, and La Thuile is brilliant for beginners.
January 05, 2009
TonyJ from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from La Thuile, staying over New Year 2008/9. We stayed at the Planibel Hotel (half board). Hotel - Rooms ok, not 5 star but perfectly adequate. Only one English TV channel (BBC World). Food was buffet style. Breakfast was very good, with hot and cold items - all you could possibly need was there. The evening meal was more of a lottery. the menu listed the items, but sometimes there were other things you did not have a clue about. Starts at 7.30pm, but be there by 8pm or some items will all have gone. You can usually find things you like. Big plus point - hotel next to slopes. Ski storage as well, so no lugging skis about or ski buses etc. Generally hotel good Slopes - snow was excellent. Lots of varied pistes for beginners and intermediates. Only a few drag lifts which is good for beginners. Food in restaurants not cheap - 3 euros for a can of coke, 4 euros for a plate of chips, 4 euros for a hamburger etc. Expect to pay over 40 euros for a simple meal for 4. Four main runs back to the village, reds 4 and 7, blacks 2 and 3. No blue run back, so beginners have to get the gondola down. Lifts - all good, with little queuing, despite the busy week. Some lifts are older and slower (La Combe, Chaz Dura), others are modern and quick (Chaz Dura Express, Bosco Express etc.) Overall, I'd definitely go back.
February 03, 2010
Paul Wilcock from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just returned form an excellent weeks skiing in La Thuile. It was our first visit but friends we were with had been before and recommended it. The slopes were really quiet,the weather was virtually perfect. One day when it was a bit windy at the top the childrens instructor took them down lovely sheltered red runs on the village side of the mountain. The childrens instructor was excellent, very friendly, spoke good English and took us on lots of different runs as we followed along behind the children at a discrete distance during their lessons. The weather during the week was great with clear blue skies. La Thuile is a great place for families as it is quiet both on and off the slopes and the Italians were very friendly. There is little choice of bars and restaurants however. About 3 good restaurants and maybe 3 bars of averege quality. No real Apres-Ski either which my wife and I missed as we really like to have a beer/mulled wine at the end of the day and talk about events in a nice cosy bar. We stayed in the self-catering Plannibel apts and found them to be of usual ski standard. That is - a bit basic but we had a room with a nice view, comfortable beds and it was nice and warm. Furniture and utensils are basic. No kettle for example. No nice big mugs for a brew. However, overall we were quite happy with everything and they were better value than the 70's style Plannibel Hotel. All in all, a good holiday at La Thuile and we would go back.
January 29, 2020
Ross from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
La Thuile is a great all-year-round resort. We have been a number of times over the last 5 years both in summer and winter. The mountain is good for the beginner and if you know where to go, great for the advanced skier and snowboarder. In summer the mtn biking is great and the views are incredible. The hill is good value for money, especially compared to Chamonix and Courmayeur. Having a car is definitely a good idea if not staying in the resort as the Aosta valley is stuffed full of resorts, some you have heard of and many you haven't.
December 25, 2016
Katie from Ski Italy Italy
We have been coming to La Thuile for years and we often take for granted how fantastic it is; great snow (even in Dec 2015) which is well pisted, a good range of runs that suit all abilities, efficient lifts and a range of restaurants from mountain huts to fast food places. Our only complaint is the lack of a bubble lift up to Chaz Dura so on windy days this can be off putting. The blacks to the village are fantastic when open, the famous no 3 has been used for the womans downhill in 2016. It is common to see top ski teams train here and in January the world Telemark ski championship is taking place. The village has a range of restaurants and bars although if you are young the apres-ski might be a bit limited. The locals go to a bar called Angela's bar but there is also a very nice cocktail bar in both the 4* and 5* hotel. Accommodation: something for all pockets so do your research. We stay in nearby Les Thovex which is a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk or a 10 minute trip on the ski bus.
April 25, 2012
Matt Johnson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I've been to La Thuile more times than I can remember now and not got a bad word to say about the place in relation to my personal interests. When I was younger me and my younger brother would go with our parents. Now we are both older (21 & 26 years old) we still return usually on a yearly basis and even took a friend with limited skiing ability last time. Me and my brother have been skiing many, many many times before and there's still runs that test us so if you're intermediate to expert there's plenty to test your skills with here. At the other end of the scale we took my friend with us on our last trip whose only experience was 1 week skiing with the army and he equally fell in love with the place. Runs for everyone to enjoy. We tend to stick more to the La Thuile side because the Long pulley lifts on the La Rosiere side are a drag (pardon the pun) and we've noticed that it's fairly busy over there compared to La Thuile where, as others have mentioned, you NEVER have to queue and quite often you get the mountain virtually to yourself. A hush hush tip in my opinion would be to set off up the mountain early and get as high as possible then head to the fair left side of the mountain (far left as you look up the mountain). Over that side we usually enjoy the long variety of red runs for a good 2-3 hours before we even see any other skiers and the snow is of perfect standard on and off the piste. You can work your way back across the mountain as the day continues. Only one or 2 bits of annoying flat that some complain about (red run 6 and the very long and boring red 7, I believe but that's from memory) red 6 is actually quite a good run that takes you from the gondola down to the bottom of the mountain, just keep your speed up when you access this run by going left immediately when you leave the exit to the gondola. It's not really a problem if you get even minimal speed up just a tight left hand turn that catches snowboarders out as it's flat for second. Red Run 7 is the only run I'd advise not to take depending on your interests. Very Long and once you're on it you're virtually stuck on it until near the end of it. Flat spots and such. Mostly used for the slower paced or people just wanting a mellow journey to the bottom looking at the scenery. (These people like my father will then complain at the bottom at how exhausting and long it was because there isn't much hill to it.) I'm strictly a skier so my opinions are based purely on those who love to ski but I've visited with people who have snowboard before and as long as you pick your routes carefully as a boarder you will love it. My brother snow blades the entire week and even though some reviews say there isn't much in the way of jumps recently they've made a new terrain park and we've always found plenty of jumps and runs that test skiers and snow bladers alike. Got lots of great jumps (and falls) on camera in La Thuile so don't think for a second that there aren't jumps and such. As others have reported there is no or limited nightlife. I personally go skiing for the skiing not to get smashed. Hot summer holidays is what I'd pay for if I wanted that. There is, however, more than what most reviews give credit for in La Thuile. We usually catch a good dinner at one of the many friendly places to eat scattered around the village then return to the apartments area where there is decent bars/pubs to set up shop in for the evening. The apartments are basic but for the price and location you cannot grumble. I love a hotel you can literally ski right up to and in La Thuile you can do just that. Get speed up and turn left at bottom of the slope outside the apartments and you can glide all the way to your door. Be careful of any people that may be about on the final slope though as these are learner slopes. Turin airport is only a short bus ride away from La Thuile which is pleasing as there's nothing worse when you're tired after your flight than an uncomfy bus journey for hours. Great views so make sure you take a camera up the mountain with you. You'll want to capture the views from various points on the mountain. Advice would be to make use of the mini market in the apartments complex. There prices are similar to UK supermarkets and taking small nibbles and water up the mountain with you will cut costs massively. The snow and weather is so good it's hard to complain about any of the conditions in La Thuile. The last two times I've been we've suffered a day of total white out. Which while this creates incredibly cold temps supplies lots of natural snow and for the brave among you, gives you a great challenge navigating your way down the mountain when you can barely see 2 yards in front of you. Phone signals are usually good but we always have a walkie talkie on each of us as they are a life saver if you get split up from those with you. The resort is highly underrated and that's just how I like it! Never any queues, quality snow, amazing variety of slopes for all levels.
March 19, 2007
Ian Wickham from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from a five night ski break to La Thuile. Not a lot of snow in the village but the slopes were in the best nick of the season. I agree with the guy below, Number 3 black was the steepest I have skied ( 73% gradient ). Not for the faint hearted. The resort was quiet but this break was without child, so with skiing all day all we wanted to do in the evening was to eat and sleep. Food prices varied between le brocole at 70E ( food great, service great, but not friendly !! ) and at 25E (yes, that price is for two) was La Grotta; low on presentation, high on value for money and they were really pleased to see us. Vino Rosso; three Euro's for half a litre !!!
February 05, 2010
David Francis from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been to La Thuile 4 times now and will go back in the future. The first time I had ever been boarding was here. Back then as a beginner I found the blue slopes perfect for gaining my confidence and by the end of the week (with the help of the great instructors) I even managed to go to La Rossiere and back (damm those button lifts!!). For the more experienced skier you’ve to go down black 3, I'm told it's the steepest piste in Italy @ 71% - scared the hell out of me. We stayed at Chalet Alpine, the owners Debbie and Eddie are wonderful people and are very friendly. I'm puzzled why this place isn't more popular, great slopes, no waiting at lifts and a few good restaurants. If I had to fault LT (La Thuile) it would be the night life as there is only a couple of places to go, but that would be me just being picky . It's a little hidden gem (maybe not for long) and fully recommend going.
January 13, 2008
jason murtagh from Ski Ireland Ireland
Just back from a week in La Thuile. Nice village, good selection of restaurants and bars. The nightlife is quieter than some resorts, but I went with a large group so we had fun anyway. Good selection of slopes for beginners to advanced. Black no 3 definately worth a try ! woohoo! You can also nip over the French side to La Rossier. Skiing is nice there too. Well worth a visit. I know my group are already planning a return visit to La Thuile. Ciao!
January 19, 2012
daniel from Ski Jamaica Jamaica
La Thuile is a perfect example of the Italian lifestyle - beautiful runs, snow every time (if you go there now "Genuary 2012" you can find the best conditions of all the Alps), the view of Mont.Blanc, Cervino plus the resident Rutor are impressing and the connection with La Rosiere allow you to ski or snowboard for 180Km of runs and more beautiful off-pistes. Unfortunately, the natives are not able to promote their beautiful places and offer good accommodations and services at a reasonable price: no snowpark for kids and very poor night-life, a place where young people can only get drunk in the night outside at -15 degree ! Suggestions for very good food Restaurant La Pepita and La Creche. Final suggestion "even in La Thuile do not ride so fast than your guardian angel can fly ! "