La Thuile can be easily accessed from Geneva airport, just 135km and 2 hours to the north. Or, from the south, Turin airport is just 160 kilometres away, with the transfer also coming in at just 2 hours. This makes La Thuile a popular choice for many skiers, further adding to the appeal of both its sizeable and diverse skiing area, and energetic town.
Located just on the Italian side of the French-Italian border, the town is a mixture of new and old, and visitors will have the option of staying in traditional family-run hotels, in catered chalets, and in quaint apartments. Or of booking into the Planibel, which is a large modern development, part-hotel, part-apartments, equipped with a gym, spa, restaurants, and apres options.
In this way, La Thuile is a village that does most things very well. Because heli-skiing is prohibited in France, La Thuile allows those wishing to try it the chance to ski into France from an Italian trip, meaning it’s a very sought after destination for those wishing to make lines in the untracked French powder in the high peaks.
La Thuile, as well as having lots of apres and dining options, a great ski area, and a mix of accommodation, also commands some of the best views in the alps, with the Matterhorn on one side, and the mighty Mont Blanc massif on the other.
La Thuile highlights: A choice of old and new accommodation means the town attracts a lot of different groups, further adding to the metropolitan atmosphere here. Heliskiing also attracts its own crowd, and you can often see them sweeping up the mountains overhead.
La Thuile is best for: Everyone. La Thuile is a pretty resort with options to suit all, a lot of varied terrain, and access to La Rosiere over the ridge, included in the lift pass.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to La Thuile:
Of the 160km on offer in the San Bernardo area, more than three quarters belong to La Thuile. Two fast lifts will take skiers up to the Chaz Dura peak at 2,579m, and open the mountain up in its entirety.
From here, skiing in two directions is possible, with many runs dropping down the other side towards Col Du Petit Saint Bernard. This sheltered valley is otherwise inaccessible, and its high, snowy bowls provide a great place to hike and slash some powder.
On this side, there’s also a highpoint called Touriasse, from which you can catch the number 7 red and circle the entire mountain on your way back to La Thuile. This is a very long and unique red that just has to be sampled. Alternatively, on the resort side, make sure to catch the 18 and 6 red down to the gondola station — which while not quite as long, is equally wonderful.
Skiing down to La Rosiere is also recommended, as some great pistes can be found hidden away down there. As well, there’s a freeride zone that will definitely appeal to those off-piste riders among you.
First-time and beginner skiers: Beginners will love the two short lifts up from town which give access to a gentle switchback blue, as well as leading to the large beginner area located just next to the Planibel.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will love the network of reds crisscrossing the mountains, as well as the long, sweeping runs back to town on either side.
Expert skiers: Experts will find some great blacks hidden away — the number 2, 3, and 5, leading back to the resort are excellent when snow coverage is good. Otherwise, there’s a great black curving under the Fourclaz Express chair in Col Du Petit Saint Bernard.
Learn to ski and snowboard in La Rosiere
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in La Rosiere:
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What kind of ski lessons are available in La Rosiere?
Children’s Group Ski Lessons La Rosiere
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in La Rosiere (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons La Rosiere
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons La Rosiere
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in La Rosiere can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding La Rosiere
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in La Rosiere. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons La Rosiere
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in La Rosiere designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!