Sunny self-catering 2 bedroom flat for ski from the door or hiking La Thuile
First floor split-levelflat with stunning glacier/mountain views just one minute's skiing from the lifts in La Thuile, a resort offering over 150km of pistes in Italy and France (link with La RosiοΏ½re ski area). Great bars, restaurants, pizzerias, shops all just 3-10 minute walk away. Heliski for adventure lovers all year round. Sledging, snow park on slopes near apartment. Summer activities include heated pool (residents only), mountain biking,canoeing and rafting, hiking, tennis, fishing, view wildflowers. Nearby: spa and wellness treatments at PrοΏ½ St.Didier, golf, ice skating,horse-riding, people-watching at Courmayeur, or take the cable car up Mont Blanc, ski down over the Mer de Glace with a guide. Lots of entertainment/activities at Christmas, Carnival and summer tourist season organized in the village. Ideal for families and friends, active or healthy relaxing holiday. Apartment extremely well heated in winter, delightfully cool in summer.
Accommodation Summary : Upstairs: double bedroom with glacier view, bunk bedroom w L-shaped arrangement, not one on top of the other. Possibility add camp bed. Bathroom with short bath w shower head, basin, bidet. Separate lavatory. Downstairs: open plan kitchen-spacious living-dining room with extendable table. 3 sofas with mattresses, 2 can be used for extra sleeping Read more
Activities Guide, Central Heating, Restaurant-Dining-Guide, Local-Activities-Guide
Non Smoking Only, Children Welcome
Notes on Amenities :
Linens and towels provided on request (15 euros/person/week). Bath mat, kitchen mat and kitchen tea towels provided. Open stairs and sharp angles on furniture make apartment less suitable to families with toddlers. Perfect for older children and adults alike!
Places to visit/things to do Winter: ski, skate, spa (Pre St Didier), sledge (large bobsleigh on balcony for visitors to use and take care of!) Summer:walk, hike,mountain bike, play tennis, horse-riding, swim/sunbathe in condo pool or at public pool at Les Suches (2000 metres, go rafting or canoeing on the Dora rapids, go to Batailles des Reines (traditional and colourful non-violent pushing fights between mountain cows from Val d'Aosta and French neighbours), see all mountain animals/birds in the wild or at wildlife Parco d'Introd, Visit Val d'Aosta Castles and museums, take cable car up Mont Blanc, make a day trip into France for those yummy crepes (pancakes) and cheeses.... celebrate Midsummer at the Petit St Bernard Pass on the only day of the year the sun sets magically over the druid stone circle... Visit the St.Bernard dogs near the Great St. Bernard pass, the Roman town of Aosta, from where you can also go ballooning over the Alps and much, much more!
Lots of good restaurants/pizzerias - our visitors' book is full of guests' favourites, including best on-piste food and toilets! My favourite place in the village is La Fordze, booking advisable everywhere in the skiing season. Several mountain restaurants pick you up and take you by snowmobile, which is a fun ride. Ski back if sober or take the snowmobile down again! Remember to try the grolle, coffee laced with grappa, flambeed and in a special multi-spouted cup (also known as the Coppa dell'Amicizia or Friendship Cup) which is passed around the table for all to share. Other mountain traditional specialities are fontina cheese, mocetta (cured sliced meat), lardo con castagne (thinly sliced cured pork fat eaten with warmed chestnuts preserved in syrup or honey), cheese fondue or raclette (cheese melted in front of you and scraped onto boiled potatoes or grilled bread), plus various soups and lots more cheeses...
Transport In summer a car is advised if you want to explore beyond the La Thuile mountains. If skiing, you can drive, hire a car or reserve transport from Geneva, Turin or Milan Malpensa airports, all convenient for La Thuile. Shuttle transport is per person and usually more expensive than hiring a car for the whole week! Remember you must have chains or snow tyres on the car in winter! Also ski buses from Milan to La Thuile, train not convenient. Good local bus service to Courmayeur and Pre St Didier, free shuttle around La Thuile in ski season.
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Posted by Charlie Review posted on 31-January-2011, 00:00:00
Convenient, cosy and close to the slopes. Great views from the balcony and a very well equipped kitchen for enjoying the local food. Functionality rather than Luxury, and that's a perfect combination for tired skiers on a budget. La Thuile is a hidden gem with good intermediate ski-ing and efficient lifts and a lift pass that allows 2 days out of 6 in nearby Courmayeur. We had a sunny week in early Jan with great snow - it helps!! We may be back to pick mushrooms, Franco!
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers
Posted by Jon Review posted on 25-January-2011, 00:00:00
This was our second trip to La Thuile. We stayed in the Planabel Apartments with a tour operator in February 2009, which wasn't the best experience. These were very basic apartments with cooking facilities that fell well short of the mark.
We thought we could do better on our own, and we certainly did! Having found this apartment, making arrangements for our two week stay with the owners was very easy going.
We also decided to drive down - it's only 580 mies from the Chunnel. Even with the price of fuel, which is 20% cheaper than in the UK at the moment, it seemed the better option. No airport hassle with check in times and extra baggage. We just loaded our skis, boots, clothing and a good Sainbury's shop into our NIssan Navara and set off (Soup and beans are 3-4 per tin, but the wine is cheap). The quickest way thru France is on the toll motorways. It's easiest to use a card for these. If you want to save a bit of money you can go round, but it'll take longer and use more fuel.
The way the weekends fell this year it meant arriving on Boxing Day afternoon, but the owners were most accommodating. The apartment is just as you see it in the pictures. Clean and functional split over 2 floors. The kitchen was just what we needed as we didn't want to eat out every night. If anything it was too hot, so we spent most evenings with the windows open! However, coming in from the slopes it was nice and cosy. If you want to brush up on your Italiano you'll find all the channels are in Italian or French. If not, or to amuse the kids, take a pile of DVD's for the supplied player.
As you can see from the pictures it's ski-in, ski-out. The skiing is very good with a mix of blue, red and black runs, although I do wonder at some of the classifications. A few of the blues could be red and visa versa. There's a map of the runs at www.lathuile.net together with a host of other information on the resort.
There are some good places to eat out and the chocolate shop is excellent, but pick your time well as is generally packed.
If you're looking for a vibrant nightlife I suggest you try you look elsewhere though. La Thuile is good for the skiing in the winter, walking and biking in the summer, and pleasant evenings.
If this sounds right for you then I highly recommend it. I'm quite happy for the owners to give you my email address if you want to know more.
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Posted by pensioner skier Review posted on 21-April-2009, 00:00:00
La Thuile is an old coal mining village that now caters for skiing and skiers.
I have been skiing La Thuile for the last 19 years (total ski experience over 50 years - unfortunately) and have not found better apartments so close to the slopes.
Access to La Thuile is usually very easy by air either via Turin or Geneva, both of which are no more than a couple of hour's drive away under normal conditions. Drive time from the Channel Tunnel or Ferries is about 12 hours comfortable driving.
The slopes and runs are suitable for beginners and intermediate except for the five black runs for the more advanced. One blue run is 7km long and another 6km long. The beginner's slope is 1km and is served by 3 chair lifts and a drag (no queues).
There are many restaurants on the slopes including La Foyer that can be reached by even the most timid beginner.
The apartment is well appointed for the self caterers (supermarket within 300 yards of the door) with a number of very good local bars and restaurants in the village on the occasions you may want to eat out. One very good restaurant is less than 200 yards from the front door. Come to that, everything in La Thuile is near to the apartment with nothing beyond a 10 minute stroll away. The Bank, the lifts, coffee shop, bar, restaurants, not to mention a shop that sells hot chocolate and cakes to die for, all under 10 minutes walk away.
There is a spa at Pre St Didier a short bus ride away (buses round the village are free for ski pass holders).
You can also ski nearby resorts for one or two days on the same La Thuile ski pass so you are not restricted to the one location.
The Property listing is very accurate. In fact, I would go further than the advert and say that it is well appointed, very clean and an ideal place to stay, with skiing to and from the back door. The main lifts from the town to the skiing area is a short 50 seconds on skis (a bit longer if you decide to walk it). You can also ski right up to the back door most winters so carrying skis is a thing of the past here. A snow play area is open of an evening for the youngsters and those that wish they were still youngsters.
This can be just as entertaining, but less energetic, if you imply watch the proceedings from the windows of the apartment whilst sipping your Martini.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
2 bed Holiday Rental Apartment in La Thuile Aosta Valley Ref:IT04553