To ski to La Thuile (Italy)
is extensive skiing available on the Italian side, allowing you to ski
right into La Thuile. If snow cover
is low, the area is well equipped with snow cannons, allowing access on
skis to La Thuile (1441 m) even late in the season.
Those who do not wish to ski to La Thuile from Les Suches can take the
La Thuile from La Rosière:- Take the TS Roches Noires chairlift
from La Rosière and ski across on Piste 43 (Belette) to the bottom
of the TS Du Fort (Tony in the La Traversette bar by the bottom of this
lift may be persuaded to offer a free coffee to early birds!).
Take the chairlift to the fort and then ski to your right down Piste 51
(Bouquetin) continuing to the bottom of the Bellecombe and Bellecombe
1 drag lifts. Take either lift to the top (these lifts are about 1.7 km
long). One now has several alternatives, but ensure that you have a valid
lift pass for Italy before continuing:
a gentle run to La Thuile can turn
left at the top of Bellecombe or Bellecombe 1 and continue on Piste 26
(Liaison) joining Piste 7 (San Bernardo). Continue past the bottom of
the Fourclaz chairlift (and Roxi bar - great hot chocolate) and this run
will take you to La Thuile (much of this run is over the road (closed
to traffic in winter!)
skiers can ski to La Thuile using
Pistes 18 and 6 (Ponteilles and La Nuova) accessed either by using the
Bellecombe 2 chairlift and following Piste 18. By the Offshore Bar continue
straight on down Piste 18 which joins Piste 6. It is worth stopping a
few hundred yards after the Offshore Bar for a great view of the Ruitor
Glacier and to hear the complete silence.
can also reach the Offshore Bar by turning left at the top of the Bellecombe
and Bellecombe 1 drag lifts using Piste 26 (Liaison) to the bottom of
the Fourclaz chairlift. Take this lift and at the top, ski straight ahead
on Piste 20 (Promenade) for a few hundred metres and then bear right onto
Piste 19 (Fourclaz) until you reach the Offshore Bar. Continue to La Thuile
black runs to La Thuile are well
catered for, but be warned - some of these runs are very steep and can,
at times, be icy. Piste 3 (Tre) should satisfy thrill seekers!
top of the Bellecombe and Bellecombe 1 lifts turn left using Pistes 26
and 7 to the bottom of the Fourclaz chairlift (by the Roxi Bar). Take
this lift and at top ski straight ahead on Piste 20 (Promenade) bearing
left towards Les Suches. One can reach La Thuile using Pistes 2 (Diretta),
3 (Tre) or 5 (Muret). Pistes 2 & 3 are accessible by skiing past the
Les Suches complex (top of the gondola), leaving it on your right. Piste
5 starts near the bottom of the Chaz Dura Express chairlift (just below
the Les Suches complex if you leave it on your left). Piste 3 also has
a testing upper section - this can be reached by taking the Chalet Express
chairlift from just below Les Suches and skiing down Piste 14 (Terre-Noire)
to the start of Piste 3 (this is just underneath the chairlift).
at the bottom of the Les Suches gondola station, is a convenient bar to
meet in if you decide to take different routes. La Thuile has a number
of other bars, restaurants and shops, although many shops are closed at
lunchtime. The ice creams in the Gelaterria are well worth the stop.
to La Rosière from La Thuile (leave around 1h 30 minutes to
return), take the Les Suches gondola and then ski down to your left to
the Chaz Dura Express lift. At the top of the Chaz Dura Express ski to
your left to the top of the Fourclaz lift using Piste 7.
Continue on Piste 7 (keep to the left after passing below the Fourclaz
lift) and join Piste 26 (Liaison) to take you to the bottom of the Piccolo
San Bernardo chairlift. This lift starts close to the Italian - French
border. Take this lift and follow signs back to La Rosière using
This will bring you to the bottom of the Chardonnay chairlift which accesses
the main La Rosière ski area. Take this lift. At the top you can
return directly to La Rosière using Piste 46 (Choucas) or make
your own way back.