The good news is that La Thuile’s 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.
Beginners have nursery slopes in the village and at Les Suches, as well as long blue cruisers to inspire confidence on the upper mountain, but downloading is essential as the return to La Thuile is strictly intermediate-plus. Intermediates will find it easy to accumulate mileage on the extensive reds and blues, especially as La Rosiere’s pistes are equally user-friendly.
The Col de Forclaz area has some decent black runs with plenty of off-piste options, but the tree runs down from Les Suches – Diretta, Muret and Berthod – are the real honeypot. As always in underused resorts, snow fields that would be tracked out in Chamonix are skiable for days. Enjoy.
This is a great place for snowboarders to learn, especially as there’s no need to take a drag-lift to reach a raft of carver-friendly cruisers. Experts will appreciate the challenging freeride terrain, in and out of the trees.