La Thuile Italy
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
La Thuile in winter is a great ski resort, particularly loved by the British, and offers over 150km of pistes including those of La Rosiere, the French resort to which it is connected. Every season brings updates to the pistes and lifts, and all levels from complete beginner to advanced competitive skier are catered for. The season is long, usually with good snow until mid April.
After a day on the slopes, or if the weather is bad, pamper yourself at the Spa in Pre St Didier, where there are outdoor hot baths with views to Mont Blanc and a vast range of (pricey) massages on offer. A free wonder is a walk up past the baths into the 'Orrido' (canyon) of Pre St Didier, over a Roman bridge and up along the river Dora to a truly spectacular waterfall (photostop essential!). You can also catch large trout in quieter pools (licence required).
Outside the skiing season La Thuile is quiet but beautiful. There are many well-signposted walks, such as the 'Waterfalls' – the first of three spectacular falls being only 15 minutes from Les Joux, easily reached from La Thuile by shuttle bus. The second and third falls are reached after crossing pine forests and meadows bright with mountain wildflowers, blueberry bushes and wild raspberries. For the energetic, the walk continues up to the Deffeyes refuge just below the Rutor glacier; you can overnight (booking essential) and walk on the glacier (consult the tourist office in La Thuile for organized excursions and equipment needed)
Local customs are still strong here. Look out for the calendar of 'Batailles des Reines', intensely competitive 'battles' between dominant cows organized throughout the valley. One is held at the Petit St Bernard Pass (French-Italian border, just above La Thuile) around mid-August. Highly recommended is also Midsummer's Day at the Pass, the only day in the year when the setting sun drops behind the mountains in such a way that darkness falls all around, but the remains of a stone circle stay sunlit. The Pro Loco sometimes organizes Druid ceremonies and/or special celebrations, special meals at local restaurants and evening entertainment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Video player|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The North West Italy region
The Aosta Valley (Italian: Valle d'Aosta (official) or Val d'Aosta (usual), French: Vallée d'Aoste (official) or Val d'Aoste (usual), Arpitan: Val d'Outa) is a mountainous semi-autonomous region in northwestern Italy. It is bordered by Rhône-Alpes, France to the west, Valais, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south and east.
With an area of 3,263 km2 (1,260 sq mi) and a population of about 126,933, it is the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. It is the only Italian region which has no provinces (the province of Aosta was dissolved in 1945). Provincial administrative functions are provided by the regional government. The region is divided into 74 comuni (communes).
Italian and French are both official, though the native population speaks also Valdôtain, a form of Franco-Provençal (Arpitan), as home language. In 2001, 75.41% of the Valdotainian population is French-speaking, 96.01% declared to know Italian, 55.77% the Valdotainian Franco-Provençal patois, and 50.53% all of them.
The regional capital is Aosta.
Ski resort La Thuile/La Rosiere
Majestic mountains, enchanting glaciers, small and big lakes, waterfalls and stream, this is La Thuile! In winter or summer, La Thuile is a mix of poetry and nature, framed by a valley which learned how to maintain authenticity throughout time.
Éspace San Bernardo
From the end of November to the end of April La Thuile offers an extensive choice of slopes for all difficulty, from numerous and gentle “blue” slopes for beginners to the more challenging and fun varieties of “ red” slopes for intermediates, to the most difficult “ black” slopes where inclines can reach 78% for expert skiers. Thanks to a particular microclimate and to abundant snowfall slopes are always covered in snow but if that it's not enough there are 300 snow-making machines.
Thanks to the international connection with the French ski station La Rosière , La Thuile has always attracted ski enthusiasts for its big area, in fact with a single lift pass it offers 150 km of slopes connected by 35 lifts with a capacity to transport 45.000 people per hour .
The Petit Saint Bernard pass, at an altitude of 2188m, is located at the crossroads of winds, between France and Italy. It is among one of the places which receives the biggest quantities of snow in the Alps, and it is quite usual to see 5 to 8m on the ground up there. With its wide plateau, its small hills and cornices built by the wind, the Petit St Bernard pass is a magical place for snowkiters. And as a “cherry on the cake” we kite there facing Mt Blanc !
Founded in 1964, “La Scuola di sci di La Thuile” now boasts 63 ski teachers of the highest technical ability and professionalism.
More of the classical downhill, cross country or snowboard ski teachers, there are instructors specialized in techniques such telemark, carving, snow blade and free ride.
Ski teacher are available to adventurous who want to explore out-of-bounds (off-piste) skiing with exciting but safe runs.
Heliskiing - Alpine guides
By helicopter skiers are taken up to the summit of the Rutor glacier (3.486 m.) or the Miravidi glacier (3.051 m.) where an Alpine guide leads the way down through very unique scenery.
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