Top Lift: 2641m
Ski area: 160km of piste
Adult lift pass: 175-205€ for six days
In a Nutshell
La Thuile shares its slopes with La Rosiere on the French side of the Col du Petit St Bernard. The road over the pass is closed in winter, but the ski link is easy, though potentially windy and chilly.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
La Thuile in the Aosta Valley is a schizophrenic resort, part picturesque old village harking back to a coal mining heyday before World War 2, part Planibel Centre concrete jungle at the bottom of the lifts. Even a decade ago, disused mine workings dominated the valley, but the comprehensive clean-up has resulted in attractive restaurants and bars in the village. Sadly, La Thuile was less discerning when it picked its Planibel architect. Ugly when it opened, the Centre is now weary as well.
One of the resort’s good points is that the slopes are underused and underrated. Two fast-track lifts, the Les Suches cable-car and the Bosco Express chair, access the mid-mountain area, the focal point for connections to Chaz Dura, Gran Testa and Belevedere, the half-way point for La Rosiere across the border in France.