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ANYONE GOT ANY OPINIONS ON LA THUILE, THINKING OF GOING THERE NEXT YEAR WITH WIFE AND TWO KIDS.
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No queues on the lifts for starters, uncrowded slopes. Some fine Restaurants. Good intermediates resort. The easiest skiing is at the top of the gondola, the runs back to the bottom are either black, or a long red run, so many chose to take the gondola back down as well. Seem to recall some runs get a bit flat in places so it could be awkward for boarding.
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And it links into La Rosiere
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Great place,

Good for all levels of skier
Planibel hotel or apartments very good as has swimming pool+ for the kids and close to the main lift.
links into La Rosiere (France) but have a long button on return so if the kids are young (under 10) they may find it trying.

Snow sure and the Italians are very friendly

Ski school right by the main lift and at the top of the gondola some nice blues and greens
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David, Good resort but I'd recommend La Rosiere first, it's sunnier and warmer, La Thuile can get very cold especially around the San Bernadino, high and open. Also I have a chalet in La Rosiere, for more information go to www.tracksvactions.com or email us on info@tracksvacations.com. Both La Rosiere and La Thuile have very comprehensive websites.
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David@traxvax,

You would say that wouldn't you? Wink
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I've not stayed there, but I've had a few days at La Rosiere/La Thuile, and quite like it. There's more variety of terrain and normally better snow quality on the Italian side of the area, and there's an old Napoleonic fort and some old mine workings to ski around, which is fun. Lots of long drags to get you over the border mean that novice snowboarders (like me!) may struggle though. An advantage to staying on the French side, if you take a car, is the easy access to better areas, like Paradiski & 3V.
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Definitely recommend it, Wonderfull mountain restaurants, quiet village, great cruising. With a couple of genuine blacks too.
Echo what snowplough says about the drag back from la rosiere. It must surely be the longest flatest drag lift anywhere.
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I missed out of my post the fact that one of the best mountain restuarants in Italy, if not the best, is in La Thuile. La Reonette on piste 7, which is an 11kms run from San Bernadino back into La Thuile. Absolutely the finest pasta and a great location, if you've over indulged at lunch, the run down to La Thuile is perfect, easy cruising, you're actually on the road, so hair-pin bends, bridges, etc it's brilliant. If you can manage to get past Le Reonette, ther's another restuarant in La Thuile called the Rascard which is worth a detour. In fact, you have to detour off piste7 or piste 2, with a bit of off-piste through someone's garden to get there but worth the effort. Magnificant pizzas, I think they offer about 50 different combinations.
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Yes, I think David Last is going to owe us all a Last Supper (does the chalet have a very long table, David?) if this continues.
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David, you'll just have to come out out and see for yourself, but as you know you're always welcome. Yes the dining room can be cofigured for a single long table.
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Ahh, David, Thanks for the memory. I'd forgotten about that run. Its a fantastic feeling knowing your skiing on snow covered public roads. La Reonette is indeed a wonderfull restaurant. I also remember a reasonably sized pond I nearly wiped out into on that run...
Now that could have taken some explaining at the bar.....
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Tree skiing in La Thulie gets a good write up in this months fall line skiing magazine.
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Only had one day there recently and skied across into La Rosiere. If you are into long easy cruising, then I have to agree. Absolutely brialliant. Mind you, weather was fantastic. As David says however, I believe that as it's all very exposed, it can be cold and windy if weather is wrong.

PS David, just tried getting into your site and looks like server is down?
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Only been for a day from Courmayeur. Was very good, but was also the coldest/windiest day's skiing I've ever encountered (but I enjoy that sort of weather, so it wasn't a problem).

If you do go and the snow's very good, Courmayeur's worth a visit for a change of scenery. I think La Thuile's covered by the Valle d'Aosta lift pass.
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There's a new trax site in development (95% complete) <a href= "http://www.amicis.net/tracksvacations/" > here </a>
re. La thuile:
1. the trees are v'fine but v'steep and not recommended when they’ve been rained on and you’ve ½inch of blue ice over 3ft of soggy powder!
2. And the blacks down to the village were so hard and blown clean that they’d boogered the back tines on a snow bison!
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skanky, I'm presuming you've never skied Cairngorm then?!?!? Twisted Evil
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David@traxvax wrote:
David, Good resort but I'd recommend La Rosiere first, it's sunnier and warmer, La Thuile can get very cold especially around the San Bernadino, high and open.

Has to be said though, after the big thaw late November/early December when skiing from La Rosière we quickly moved over to the Italian side - far better conditions, (as well as a faster and better lift infrastructure, and considerably cheaper food!!) The extra sun in south-facing resorts can be a disadvantage at times.
That said, the two resorts are complementary, although an unfit friend who decided to do the link on snowblades quickly regretted it, there's some pretty flat sections to negotiate on the way across!
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masopa wrote:
skanky, I'm presuming you've never skied Cairngorm then?!?!? Twisted Evil


Only been there one June (the summer before my first skiing holiday - it was the inspiration), and though there was snow, and it was as cold, there was none on the pistes NehNeh
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I have been twice now and have just booked to go again. We tend to stop in the studios at the plannibel. I hate paying for half board when i enjoy eating out soo much.
I would recommend the ski school for any intermediates. Get Gino if you can. He's 63 and has been an instrutor at the resort for 44 years. Hope i'm that fit at his age.
Run 7 is fantastic but i would go for 7b at the top, its a bit steeper and not quite as long. Runs 6 and 9 are great reds with 9 being a very wide open hacking run. Very Happy

My favourite however is run 3/2, cant remeber which but it has a 70+ gradient for well over 300m with a nice hill at he bottom to slow you down.

Cant wait to get back.
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Hi Hornby, Welcome to snowHeads! snowHead
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Hornby, Welcome. Was there a couple of weeks back ("check out Snow Reports"), it's a pleasant, lively place in the summer months too.

Any recommendations for the best restaurant(s) in La Thuile?
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Hi Hornby, I got a bit of a surprise when I saw my name at the top of this, totally forgot I'd asked this. booked Alpe d'Huez instead though, but thanks for all the input everyone, much appreciated.
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Hi Hornby! Is that your real name or are you a fan of those little trains?
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PG, one of the best restaurants in La Thuile is the Rascard, its a little way out of town near to the baby lift. Take the road from the Gondola toward La Thuile but turn left at the bottom, a right urn leads into La THulie itself. The Rascard is signposted about 200 -300 metres along the road to the left. La Thuile is worth going to for cheap booze, it's a duty free area and there are a number of outlets close to the village centre. Another very good restaurant is the Reindet, which is on the Col de Petit Saint Bernard.
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Has anyone any more detailed info on the link to La Rosiere?
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Frosty, what details do you want? You can find info on both the La Rosiere and La Thuille websites. I can give you some more if you let me know what you're looking for.
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Plake wrote:
An advantage to staying on the French side, if you take a car, is the easy access to better areas, like Paradiski & 3V.
Bigger maybe, I'm not so sure about better. If you stay on the Italian side (La Thuille) you can get to Champoluc, Pila, Cervinia, Courmayeur and Chamonix.
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A visit to La Thuile is essential if you are staying in a nearby resort. I had a day trip there from Courmayeur and loved it. Good steep blacks through the trees and loads of cruising runs up top. Plus La Thuile has the best lifts I've ever encountered, plenty of new 4-man types, and no queues.
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Frosty ,

The link with La Ros is OK going from Italy>>>>>> France but the link back from <<<<<<<<<France has a long button which can be a pain in the bum literally. Embarassed

Still really worth it
will be going back myself one day
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Yes, the lifts are superb, and a mention really should also go to the public loos outside the Rizi at the foot of the Forclas (?) chairlift. Possibly the cleanest, best maintained conveniences in the World....
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Had gone from both the Italian and French sides. Can't beat the French side though if one wants to go off to other resort. It is the nearest resort from Bourg St Maurice, apart from Les Arcs. The bottom lift of La Rosiere at 1175m is only about 5 to 6 miles from the Bourg.

La Thuile has more charm and skiing is definitely more entertaining, restaurant good and no complaint about the chairlifts either. I think La thuile is bigger as well as having less skiers so it does look like a perfect place to be. I too have no bad memory of it. Also I seem to stay in the Italian side more irrespective which side I approch.
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Waitresses in the restaurants on the Italian side definitely make the trip worthwhile Cool (is this lowering the tone Puzzled )
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We're all tone deaf here. Got any photos?
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You live there! you don't need photos Evil or Very Mad
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I'll settle for a few photos of Cardiff barmaids, to remind me of what I'm missing...
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Well here's one of the boss at the Cardiff slope to keep you going. I'll take a camera next time I go to the pub Madeye-Smiley

Back to topic.........
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Unfortunately Hornby is my real name. Luckily it not the type of name that everyone takes the mickey out of you all through school Wink

My favourite restaurant in La Thuile is the Copper Pot/Pan which is underneath the lower gondella station. Really nice food and wine with a big open fire

I agree about the chair lifts. It's very common to be the only person on one.
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