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Skiing at La Thuile

Thu, February 21, 2013

We arrived home a few days ago from another fantastic ski trip, this time to La Thuile in Italy. La Thuile is a small traditional Italian village with a purpose built hotel/ apartments complex at the top end where the majority of skiers stay. The complex itself is not that pretty but it is right next to the slopes, so in an ideal location. By itself it would be quite a small area but the resort is linked to La Rosiere on the French side and two days skiing at Courmeyeur are included in the lift pass.

Piste map for La Thuile and La Rosiere
Piste map for La Thuile and La Rosiere



After our first half day of skiing we wondered (wrongly) if we had made the wrong decision about which resort to visit. Then it snowed!! For the next 6 days we had fresh tracks every day, often with bluebird skies!

view from La Thuile
View from La Thuile


We had a great day in Courmeyeur skiing with friends who are living in Chamonix. We skied the valleys either side of the resort. Beautiful surroundings and great to get away from the crowds without the need to tour.

Courmeyeur
Courmeyeur


Courmeyeur off piste
Fresh tracks Courmeyeur


Courmeyeur was great but we spent the remaining days exploring the area around La Thuile. It is such a family orientated resort that the off piste was hardly touched and we were getting fresh tracks four days after it snowed!

:la Thuile tour
La Rosiere Tour


La Rosiere Tour
La Rosiere Tour


Most of our time was spent off piste but accessed by using the lifts. On the last day things were fairly tracked out, so we put the skins on and went for a short tour. Only about half an hour off the piste we got fresh tracks all the way down to La Rosiere. Totally amazing touring area, and even though it hadn't snowed for four days it was hardly touched. We didn't meet many other people but almost everyone who we did see were wearing ABS type backpacks. We always carried a shovel and probe and wore a transceiver but it really made me think that it is hard to justify not having an ABS bag so its definitely something that I will look into.

Ortovox have a great easy to understand guidebook to avalanche safety.


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