Carve across boarders in a trifecta of resorts bubbling with French and Italian ambiance – La Rosière, La Thuile and Courmayeur.
With 415km of runs between them, this close cluster of resorts is a haven for beginner or intermediate skiers. The petit resort of La Rosière is the place for a laid-back trip dedicated to gliding down the slopes away from the mainstream crowds. With south facing, sun drenched trails perfect for beginners and intermediates, more experienced ski connoisseurs can venture to the newly opened red runs of the Mont Valaisan area. Rise early for a more exclusive experience and be the first on the slopes before their official opening, or take a break to stroll across the panoramic footbridge at the top of the Fort Express chairlift, offering breathtaking views across France and Italy.
Linked to the La Rosière ski area and across the border into Italy, alpine aficionados have been keeping the former mining village of La Thuile in the Aosta Valley under their helmets for some time now. Here, unhurried days of leisurely family-friendly skiing, reliable snow conditions and uncrowded slopes define the resort’s ski area. Away from the pistes, non-skiing activities include wooded walking trails, snowshoeing and dog sledding.
Boasting unrivalled scenery on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur’s charm lies in its cobbled town centre where a heady dose of après ski life can be found. Before diving into the world of post-piste partying, thrill seekers and challenge setters can get their adrenaline pumping with guided off-piste runs and exhilarating heliskiing, while non-skiers can take in 360° views of the peaks on a rotating cable car ascending the face of Punta Helbronner. For those on a fleeting ski escape but wanting to make the most of Italy’s slopes, we recommend a day in La Thuile, a mere 45 minute drive away.
|La Thuile & La Rosière | Courmayeur|
|Altitude of resort||1440m | 1224m|
|Highest skiing point||2800m | 2763m|
|Ski area||160km | 42km|
|Number of lifts||38 | 17|
|Blue runs||33% | 33%|
|Red runs||50% | 52%|
|Black runs||17% | 15%|
Due to their 1,800m altitude location, La Thuile and La Rosière experience perfect levels of snowfall in the ski months, making them ideal for beginning and ending the season. While neighbouring Courmayeur also offers excellent skiing conditions, summer openings mean the most can be made of the lush Alpine greenery.
Beginners: **** | Intermediates: **** | Advanced: *** | Families: **** | Non-skiers: **
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