Carve between the boarder of La Thuile and Courmayeur, two neighbouring resorts bubbling with Italian ambiance.
With 194km of runs between them, these two close-knit resorts are a haven for beginner to intermediate skiers. Linked to the La Rosière ski area in France, 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 & 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 its 1,800m altitude location, La Thuile experiences perfect levels of snowfall in the ski months, making it 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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