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Ski holidays in La Thuile combine Italian passion and French refinement to provide superb skiing and fantastic dining opportunities...
The ski area accessible from La Thuile is the Espace San Bernardo, which has around 150km of pistes and links the resort to La Rosière in France.
Espace San Bernado has an excellent snow record and the mainly east-facing slopes around La Thuile are refreshingly free of crowds.
Resort height: 1,441m
Best suited to beginners and intermediates, it incorporates areas in both Italy and France, as well as a wide bowl in between, with long, wide runs back into the village.
There is off-piste potential for experts as well though, including some of the most reasonably priced heli-skiing you will find in Europe.
Heli-skiing on the Rutor glacier above La Thuile is available between January and May and offers spectacular views, as well as plenty of opportunities to make fresh tracks through fresh snow.
It's not all about seeking out powder from the skies, however. Advanced skiers and boarders who prefer staying on piste can also try the dozen or so black runs accessible from the resort.
You can get to La Thuile by car or bus in about two hours from either Geneva airport or Turin airport...
There is also a train station in Pre-St-Didier, which is around a 30-minute drive away.
The heli-skiing opportunities in La Thuile can make it popular with advanced skiers and snowboarders...
However, while there are plenty of runs for intermediates, there are only a few groomed pistes to test the experts if a helicopter ride up to the glacier proves too costly.
Budget-friendly La Thuile is good for non-skiers, but is better suited to families than party animals...
La Thuile is popular with families, and the nightlife is pretty tame as a result. You can find a good atmosphere in some of the local bars, though, notably La Bricole pub and La Cage aux folles.
La Thuile is not a bad choice for non-skiers who can spend time at the local swimming pool or fitness centre, sweat it out in a sauna or try a bit of cross-country skiing. The village is also home to some charming shops, while a trip to the weekly market in nearby Aosta is a must.
Cost of living 8/10
Cheap and cheerful La Thuile's combination of low-cost accommodation options and well-priced restaurants means it is one resort where you can enjoy a truly value-for-money family ski holiday.
Attractiveness of the resort 5/10
There is some spectacular scenery in La Thuile, with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc across the Italian Alps. However, the rather mish-mash style of the ski in/ski out village is not to everyone's taste.