Recently arrived back from skiing in La thuile (Feb 2012) having stayed at the Planibel Apartments.
The apartment itself was a bit shabby and dated and consisted of 2 bedrooms and a spacious communal area with dining table, small TV (only Italian channels except BBC news), and small kitchen (with 2 hobs, microwave, kettle and fridge), plus a small room to store your ski gear. There were 2 bathrooms, but the baths didn't look particularly clean and had a strange, rough surface which felt a bit slimy and unpleasant. The beds were comfortable enough and I slept well every night.
One thing I wasn't happy about was the cleaner hammering on my door at 9.30 in the morning insisting she was coming in and cleaning the room and wouldn't go away until she did!
The Planibel resort itself was great and was like a large holiday complex with ski shops, takeaway, 2 pubs, cafe, supermarket, deli, swimming pool, restaurant, etc. The bars were reasonably priced and the food in the restaurant was great - also reasonably priced - with excellent, friendly service.
Chair lifts and a cable car run from directly outside the complex taking you to some great runs for all levels of skier. It's worth noting that the easy blue runs are further up the mountain and that the only way back down is via red and black runs unless you take the cable car back down - I advise you get hold of a piste map!
La Thuile village is small and pretty with some nice boutique shops for souvenirs, a couple of restaurants, and a chocolate shop/cafe which is well worth a visit.
Despite the tired looking rooms I had a great time here and enjoyed some fantastic skiing.
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