|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our apartment is in the best and sunniest area of La Thuile, a 2-minute ski/skate or 4 minute walk to chairlifts and cable car: the first-floor split-level apartment has a large living area and luxurious fitted kitchen, with a south-facing balcony looking onto the ski area (or the condo swimming pool in summer), including the nursery slopes with 'baby park' and 'magic carpets' for beginners and the Rutor glacier, upstairs two bedrooms, one double and the other with twin or double bed arrangement, full bathroom and separate WC. Beautiful all-new bathroom, WC and new bedroom furniture installed December 2012!
Ski from door to chairlifts and cable cars which take you up to 2600 metres and over 150 km of pistes. The apartment is in a condo in the newer part of village, everything easily reached on foot. Self catering but nearby restaurants, pizzerias etc. Wonderful wildflowers, walks, hiking, biking in summer (2 chairlifts open), easy treks to spectacular waterfalls, see marmots, pick mushrooms and blueberries; from Courmayeur take cable car up Mont Blanc to ski the Mer de Glace glacier from there or just visit Chamonix on French side. Also summer tennis, archery, horse-riding and mountain bike hire. Golf and ice skating in Courmayeur. Canoeing and artificial ice skating in village, rafting from Pré St Didier.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS! February saw the World Cup Women's Downhill and Super-G competitions; more competitions to come, as well as the traditional Easter competitions for all age groups. Once the snow melts, Bataille des Chèvres, a 'new' tradition with goats replacing cows which joust for supremacy... a great local event with lots of good food and drink on offer too!
The local tourism board ('Pro Loco') is very active and organises walks to see the old mines, to the waterfalls etc, and organises interesting talks and shows (in Italian only, I'm afraid). Also snow-shoe walks which sometimes have stops for good local food and/or drinks. Cinema in high season, films occasionally in English but mostly Italian.
CONSIDER SUMMER STAYS!
La Thuile is seriously worth a summer stay:
JUNE is when the wildflowers are at their best. Days are sunny and fresh, inviting long walks - see marmot cubs emerging from their burrows, other wildlife (maybe glimpse the rare and ultra-protected eagles nesting on the crags of the canyon between La Thuile and Pre St Didier). The waterfalls are abundant with meltwater and around mid-June the Petit St Bernard Pass is opened again for the summer, so you can drive into France for some more exploring.
Trout fishing is also rewarding (permit required - buy locally)
JULY 15/16 2016 will see round 4 of the Enduro World Series in La Thuile, a firm favourite location. Whether spectator or competitor, it promises to be a great week!! Find more info on the dedicated website!
JULY AND AUGUST are traditional holiday months for children and hikers. The mountain huts offering meals as well as a place to sleep are open, so you can do longer treks up to the Rutor glacier or in the Gran Paradiso National Park. Mountain biking, rafting, pony trekking etc are also in full swing. Also pick fabulous porcini mushrooms, blueberries and raspberries.
And for ski fanatics, of course you can ski the Mer de Glace on Mont Blanc all summer (get a guide though!) or just take the cable car from Courmayeur as far as you want to go, even down to Chamonix on the French side, and back again.
I am British and my husband is Italian. We and our two adult children love this apartment and use it for skiing and for active summer holidays too, but are glad to be able to share it with like-minded people, who will treat it with the care we do. We keep the apartment nice and redecorate or add new features on a yearly basis
We love the situation - sunny and with great views. The fact the block is almost exclusively owner-occupied means over the years we have made a lot of friends here - and each chooses their own holiday time, so the pool is never crowded and in ski season 'full houses' are pretty much limited to Christmas and New Year and Carnival weekend.
Our flat is just so convenient for the slopes, for shopping and for its unique views - there is no part of the village which is better situated!
'Brilliant skiing, perfect snow and sunshine. Apartment exactly as described. Many thanks'. Matthew, Feb. 2006
What can I say? This was our 4th visit to La Thuile staying in this property and we are looking to return next ski season for our 5th visit. We are 2 ski loving couples in their 40’. I do find it very disappointing that Philip M should submit an unfair & unjust review. Yes … ok if you are looking for the most absolute luxury then this is not for you however we find this property to be absolutely as described fairly by the owners with a fair price tag to match. Since our first visit in Jan 2011, the owners have made a number of improvements & refurbishments. As we like to eat in a few times during the week the kitchen/dining area is important to us. The Kitchen is well equipped & fully functional & there is a good range of pots & pans, crockery, utensils etc. The mugs are of a decent size for a good cuppa in the mornings & there are a range of glasss for your choice of evening tipple! In fact the owner provided some decent wine glasses in our 2nd year as a result of feedback from us in year 1. Can’t say fairer than that! The dining table is a good size for the 4 of us & the new padded smart dining chairs are comfortable. There is a new flat screen TV for those who want that & the sofa seating is comfortable. The bedrooms are sufficient for 2 couples, the beds are comfortable & plenty of hangers & wardrobe space. The bathroom is newly refurbed as per the pictures. The shower is powerful which for 2 ladies with long hair is a god send ! There is also the benefit of a small bath tub which is welcomed for soaking tired ski legs. Yes, it’s not a full size bath but hey … most places you only get a shower cubicle! The toilet is separate which works well with 4 sharing. Overall the location is excellent for 4 skiers, close to the ski lifts. As we also like to dine out, we find the location also excellent to stroll to the village to bars & restaurants. We have found the owner Lorraine to be most helpful pre & post visit & always accommodating regarding our arrival & departure times. Like I said, we are looking to go back for a 5th year!
We just returned from 1 weeks skiing in la Thuile. We have been renting accommodation for the last 15 yrs so feel we have some experience on this matter. La Thuile is a great ski resort but we were very disappointed by the low standard of the accommodation..the apartment was very small and the 2 bedrooms were very cramped. The beds were very uncomfortable with very hard mattresses on a metal bed. The lounge had very old and dated sofas , with things like fluorescent lighting in the sitting area. The kitchen was well equipped and convenient to use. The bathroom was new but had a very small bath.Sound proofing was a real problem in this concrete block of flats. We could hear every noise from the next door apartments, My advice is to look elsewhere for a higher standard of accommodation until the owner does a major upgrade.
We flew to Milan, a fairly easy and stress-free 2 1/2 hour drive - mostly dual carriageway. Upon our arrival in La Thuile, the apartments were simple to find with a huge sign on the roof, and parking right outside.
An ideal apartment for 4 people, it was very cosy and with a constant supply of hot water. Lovely views and particularly good cooking facilities.The decor is rather 70s, but putting scrabble tiles on the tablecloth squares was particularly satisfying ! The bathroom is apparently about to be updated,this will be much appreciated as the current bath with a step halfway took us by surprise on a number of occasions!
A couple of suggestions for improvements : it took ages to brew a decent quantity of coffee for us all at breakfast using the little pots provided,a large caffetiere(or similar) would be really useful.We also found the double bed really hard,a comfy mattress and some softer pillows would make a huge difference.However, these are small niggles and we had a great holiday.
The skiing was excellent - varied and interesting. We had about a foot of snow on night two and day three, which was an unexpected bonus, and made for some fabulous skiing the following days ! We tended to ski La Rosiere in the mornings and La Thuile in the afternoons. There are plenty of every grade of run, from easy blues, through easy and harder reds, right up to one or two very challenging blacks. The return to town is fairly hard, especially in slushy end of day snow, and beginners may be well advised to get back down on the gondola. I think that the longest we queued for any lift all week was about 45 seconds, and we were frequently the only people on some runs ! Ski rental is good from Berthod Sport, and if you rent from them, you get free use of the locker facilitles at the gondola station, saving you carrying them up there every morning ! The weather and visibility can change incredibly quickly up top, so always take too many clothes, and a piste map !
As it was pretty much the end of the skiing season quite a few restaurants had already closed,but we had many excellent meals, in particular at the Coppapan(just beyond the gondola station) and Pepita Caffe, perched above the BP garage ! Bars were a bit limited, but the gin and tonics were always on the generous side.
All in all a very relaxing,peaceful holiday,thanks to Lorraine for her very efficient service and a property in an excellent location
The apartment was ok, if becoming a little dated, the recently refurbished kitchen being the exeption and much appreciated. Perfectly adequate and comfortable, I would say ideal for 4 persons but 6 would be feasable using the lounge sofa beds. There were just the 2 of us father and Son 54 and 30yrs so we had plenty of space. We cooked every night exept our last and did cooked breakfasts each morning, kitchen pots and pans sufficient but perhaps some due for replacement.
We found the apartment to be generally clean, sadly though previous occupants had left a number of areas below the standard I would expect. It took the edge off our exitement at the beggining of the holiday to have to clean out the bathroom and the oven and much of the cutlery, but being ex military got on with it, once done no further cleanliness issues, this is a rare occurance we were told.
The heating was excellent, often sleeping with the windows open (and -17degrees outside), hot water always available.
The location is superb for skiing, we found that you could walk a short way up the road and join the piste to ski down to the Gondola, at the end of the day you could almost ski up to the block.
During our stay the other apartments in the block were almost all empty for most of the week so it was very quiet.
We found La Thuile to be as we had researched, a quiet resort with limited nightlife but with adequate facilities.
There are shops available for self catering, within the planibel there is a supermarket slightly higher prices than the norm but not expensive by resort standards, there is also a butcher in the same complex along with other shops and a takeaway.
In the village about 10-15 mins walk are further shops and a pharmacy, and also a number of cafes and restraunts.
Being at the head of a valley it remains quiet and there is little to do at night, this was however our main reason to stay here so no suprise.
THE SKI AREA
The ski area was excellent, superb snow(though this was the best year for snow in the alps for over 25 years).
Piste maintenance was excellent also and the quantity and variety of pistes is very good. Many off the reds however are not red steepness, except in a few short pitches, many pistes being at the easy end of the grading. The exception to this being the blacks down the front back to the village (serious steepness in places).
The trip to France over the pass is fun.
We will no doubt be returning in the future.
Well what a great little resort with a great ski area! The apartment is in a fab location just a few minutes ski or herringbone from the chairlifts or 1 min further walk to the gondola. Apartment facilities are good & kitchen facilities excellent. We are 2 couples in our 40's who like to chill out & part self cater & part dine out & we found all we needed in the apartment & in the village. The apartment was cosy & warm & clean & tidy with a balcony. The old village is pretty & we found a couple of nice friendly bars & restaurants. The mountain restaurants are also of a good standard with very reasonable prices. If apres ski nightlife is your priority (crowded pistes & lift queues that go with it!!!) this is NOT for you!!! For us it's all about great skiing, good food & wine & friendly people........& it's perfect!!!! We have already discussed booking again next year...... so thanks Lorraine.... see you in 2013!!
We are a family of 5 and spent a wonderful week over New Year in La Thuile.
The apartment was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. We even baked a cake in the oven! The unlimited hot water was much appreciated by us all after a day on the slopes. The heating works extremely well so if you stay over the winter make sure you pack some T shirts!
La Thuile is a lovely spot and we have skied there several times. The apartment is extremely well positioned for the lifts and for restaurants, shops, bars and ski hire etc. The children enjoyed playing on the slopes outside the apartment in the evening where they were able to sledge or build snowmen/ have snowball fights! If you stay over New Year you have a perfect viewpoint of the amazing village fireworks from the balcony and there is plenty of space on the balcony to store skis and poles.
We would definitely recommend this apartment and hope to return ourselves.
2015-16 SKI SEASON OPENS NOVEMBER 28 2015, snow conditions permitting. Closes APRIL 10 2016 (still weeks of cross country skiing available, then the Alpine flowers, the walks.....).
SPECIAL EVENT 20 & 21 FEBRUARY 2016 World Cup Competitions at LA THUILE- Women's Downhill and Super G -
La Thuile, at an altitude of 1400 metres, is the last village on the Italian side of the Petit Saint Bernard Pass into France and just 15 minutes from the Mont Blanc tunnel. Further down the valley lies Pre' St. Didier, with a spectacular waterfall and hot water springs famous since Roman times, now home to a luxury spa. In winter the road is closed about l km above La Thuile; numerous ski routes cross into France. La Thuile has several cross-country skiing tracks as well as over 150 km of alpine skiing with pistes to challenge experts and encourage beginners. Lots of free entertainment for children (and adults!) in main skiing season and in July/August. Summer trekking, mountain bikes, horseriding, archery, swimming. Courmayeur just 15 mins away (but who wants to swap the peace of La Thuile for the traffic of Courmayeur?). Shops sell local Fontina cheese as well as lesser-known specialities such as 'mocetta' cured meat, lard with chestnuts and Alpine herb liqueurs such as Genepy.
Other Activities: Heliski, ping pong, billiards, gym, sauna, Turkish baths, quad hire (summer), luxury spa Pre St Didier (water 37°C open all year) Eco-ice rink in La Thuile and full size rink in Courmayeur, Indoor climbing-bouldering wall (all year) in La Thuile and outdoor climbing in several areas of La Thuile (summer only)
Golf: Courmayeur golf club 15 minutes away
SNOWPARK at Les Suches for adrenaline snowboard/ski fun to music; SNOWKITE @ Petit St.Bernard pass. Ski, snowboard, telemark classes Italian and English at all levels. Beginners start on nursery slopes in the village: two 'moving carpets’ and a small ski-lift before graduating to blue, red and black runs 'up the mountain'. The longest piste is red n. 7, which is 11 km (though with tempting bars and restaurants to slow your progress). Pista 3 is the famous black piste which in 2016 will again host World Super G and women's downhill competitions. There are a boarder cross area and a special off-piste area on the French side, as well as new and bigger chairlifts in several areas on the Italian side. Cross-country ski lessons, four well-kept tracks starting in the village. Check out info, prices on lathuile.net website. Heliski on the Rutor glacier. Year-round skiing on Mont Blanc - drive to Courmayeur (10 mins) and book thrilling but not too challenging ski down the 'Mer de Glace' (Alpine ski guide required) even in high summer
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£343|
NB. Rates are for rental for up to 4 occupants. A small additional charge may be made for 5th/6th occupant(s) at owners' discretion, depending on age of guests, season etc. LONG STAYS (2 weeks+) outside main ski season and days July 27-Aug 16 (when minimum stay is already 2 weeks), discounts on rates. Please enquire.
AUGUST ONLY (Long) RENTALS final cleaning of apartment can be arranged (extra)
20% to make reservation. Remainder 2 weeks prior to arrival
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.