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“OK but not amazing”
Review of La Thuile

La Thuile
Ranked #53 of 250 things to do in Valle d'Aosta
Certificate of Excellence
Whitburn, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“OK but not amazing”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

We selected the resort after reading the 'amazing' reviews however our experience was a little different. The village is small as expected but generally ok, we stayed at the Le Miramonti hotel which was very very good.
Our main issue was with the variety and grading of the slopes, in a mixed ability group we found that the 'easy' slopes, other than a relatively low number of 'core' runs were not so easy for the less confident so they ended up doing a small variety of runs over and over. The rest of us were happy with the variety of reds and blacks. It was also impossible for the less confident to ski down to the base from the gondola unload at mid mountain as the slopes were all red runs, not particularly demanding in themselves but enough to put off the less confident which meant a gondola back down for them rather than ending the day enjoying a pleasant group ski.
The other issue was the constant warnings of off-piste being dangerous due to the unpredictable snow.......a bit of a disappointment.
The most enjoyable thing was having almost deserted slopes during the week and not even that crowded at the weekend.
In our opinion not in the same league as Cervinia but OK

Visited February 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Great Trip”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Just returned from a week snowboarding in La Thuile and had a great time. The resort was way less crowded than most euro resorts, and we didn't see a queue all week.

There are plenty of great runs, suitable for a mix of abilities, ranging from wide empty blue runs, to steeper reds and tree runs down into the town. While we were there there was lots of snow, and therefore tons of powder just off most of the pistes, so a great place to experiment with a bit of safe off piste boarding/skiing. There were a lot of snowboarders there, and my husband and I both found the slopes fun on our boards. The chairlifts are very cold/windy, so make sure your face is well covered before getting on them.

The town is small and lovely, with everything in easy walking distance. The food and drink were great and reasonably priced, including the restaurants on the mountains. The stand out treat for us was the Chocolat shop, where you can get delicious hot chocolate, cakes, and loads of hand-made chocolate creations.

We stayed in the Planibel apartments, which are situated practically on the bottom of the slopes. You could stumble from our apartment to the main Gondola and some chair lifts in about a minute.

The apartment was clean, large and had everything we needed. There is a supermarket and a fantastic Italian deli right in the complex, and some nice restaurants and bars close by. There is also a swimming pool with a gym and sauna, which costs 10 euros (think it's free for hotel guests). You do have to wear a swimming cap, but these can be bought in one of the nearby shops for about 6 euros.

The resort and town aren't very rowdy, and the place seems great for families or people who just want to relax. Great resort, great snow, great runs. Would definitely go back.

Visited January 2013
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Athens, Greece
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing Resort”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

After one day in courmayeur we chose to ski La Thuile on the second. We were not disappointed! Big resort, lots of runs, few people (it was a Sunday!) and connection to France. Snow conditions better than courmayeur thanks to the cooler temperature and my beginner girlfriend had a good time and even ventured on one black!

Visited February 2012
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Colchester
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110 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Links with La Rosiere France make this a large and enjoyable ski area”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Great resort with varied skiing. Links to La Rosiere worth he effort. Lunch at the Rascard restaurant in La Thuile excellent.

Visited February 2012
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United Kingdom
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“Love La Thuile”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Have just returned from La Thuile, it was my first ski holiday so I'm not really qualified to comment on how good the resort is overall, though the friends I travelled with (who are experienced ski/boarders) said it was a great resort.

I took lessons at the ski school and cannot compliment the instructor enough, in 5 days he took us from not knowing how to put on ski boots on day 1, to parallel turns by day 5. The classification of runs as blue, red and black is very broad ranging. One red I went down was fine and really enjoyable, another was much too steep and I had to get off my skis and slide down a really steep part on my bum (I am a bit of a scaredy cat!). There isnt really warning on the piste map of how different each run is other than the colour, the warning tends to be the hill gradient on the sign at the beginning of the run (by which time you've passed the point of no return).

If you are experienced you will have no problems, beginners shouldnt be put off because there are some really great runs, I would take advice from locals though before setting out to ensure you dont end up in a sticky situation.

The village has all the amenities you need for a great holiday, plenty of restaurants and a very reasonably priced supermarket. I recommend fondue or hot chocolate at the Chocolat shop.

Visited February 2012
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