Review of La Thuile

16th February 2009 by Nick Jeffreys 

We have just returned from our third successive year at La Thuille, and the desire to support the best hotel I have ever stayed in has finally outweighed my inclination to keep the resort a secret.

We have now skied during school holidays and in term time, if anything, in term time it is just too quiet so there weren’t enough people in ski-school for the children. On the two previous trips both children have loved the ski-school, really friendly instructors who speak pretty good English.

Per other reviews, the runs are almost literally deserted other than at weekends, where you might find someone already at a lift queue around the main lifts. The lift system is modern and because all the runs are so long I don’t mind sitting on a chair-lift in-between, so I have not found them slow. The skiWe have just returned from our third successive year at La Thuille, and the desire to support the best hotel I have ever stayed in has finally outweighed my inclination to keep the resort a secret.

We have now skied during school holidays and in term time; if anything, in term time it is just too quiet so there weren’t enough people in ski school for the children. On the two previous trips both children have loved the ski school, really friendly instructors who speak pretty good English.

Per other reviews, the runs are almost literally deserted other than at weekends, where you might find someone already at a lift queue around the main lifts. The lift system is modern and because all the runs are so long I don’t mind sitting on a chairlift in between, so I have not found them slow. The ski area is incredible, comprising three main areas which are quite different. I have skied all my life and in good conditions there are some really good blacks down to the village. They tend to be very steep so suffer in thin snow but we have always had good enough snow, even in 2007 when there was very little about and the village was snow free.

The main purpose for the review is the Hotel Du Glacier, run by Susanna. There are about 17 rooms but it feels like half a dozen, Susanna is like Mr Ben, she appears whenever you need anything and literally nothing is too much trouble. The children go downstairs after skiing and get hot chocolates while you shower, she drove and got a take-away once when my daughter was really unwell so she wouldn’t have to go out in the cold, personally managed all the interaction with the doctors on that occasion, organises taxis, books tables for dinner and was born to run a hotel. Most people at the hotel clearly go back again and again. Oh, the rooms are nice, comfy, clean and spacious enough but this is not what you will leave thinking about.

The predominant runs are long, wide, very fast reds, lack of mogul fields is the only real minus, you would do well to hit every run in your first holiday. A lack of borders terrorising the slopes is one of our main favourite attractions and the runs are wide enough with lots of semi off-piste to the sides to keep them where they should be - away from skiers. There is a new chairlift down in the village this year which allows a bit more skiing without having to go up the mountain, but really you go up either by chair or gondola.

Avoid the main ski-hire place and get equipment from Only Ski, no comparison, you can just walk in and you get service and great skis. Lift passes similarly easy to arrange locally. Hire ski and boot lockers either from Berthod or Only Ski then just walk across the field to the hotel in normal shows - at most a 5 minute walk, with an ice cream for 1 euro a nice way to end the day

Susanna, and I suspect most hotels direct, charges the same every week, so a DIY holiday at half term here is really good value, we tend to fly to Geneva just because Easyjet goes there from near us, less than 2 hours easy drive.

It is true that there isn’t a lot going on in the village, La Grotte is really friendly and does great pizza, great steak and proper Italian homemade deserts, we don’t need much more than that on a ski holiday!-area is incredible, comprising of three main areas which are quite different. I have skied all my life and in good conditions there are some really good blacks down to the village. They tend to be very steep so suffer in thin snow but we have always had good enough snow, even in 2007 when there was very little about and the village was snow free.

The main purpose for the review is the Hotel Du Glacier, run by Susanna. There are about 17 rooms but it feels like half a dozen, Susanna is like Mr Ben, she appears whenever you need anything and literally nothing is too much trouble. The children go down-stairs after skiing and get hot chocolates while you shower, she drove and got a take-away once when my daughter was really unwell so she wouldn’t have to go out in the cold, personally managed all the interaction with the doctors on that occasion, organises taxis, books tables for dinner and was born to run a hotel. Most people at the hotel clearly go back again and again. Oh, the rooms are nice, comfy, clean and spacious enough but this is not what you will leave thinking about.

The predominant runs are long, wide, very fast reds, lack of mogul fields is the only real minus, you would do well to hit every run in your first holiday. A lack of borders terrorising the slopes is one of our main favourite attractions and the runs are wide enough with lots of semi off-piste to the sides to keep them where they should be - away from skiers. There is a new chair-lift down in the village this year which allows a bit more skiing without having to go up the mountain, but really you go up either by chair or gondola.

Avoid the main ski-hire place and get equipment from Only Ski, no comparison, you can just walk in and you get service and great skiis. Lift passes similarly easy to arrange locally. Hire ski and boot lockers either from Berthod or Only Ski then just walk across the field to the hotel in normal shows - at most a 5 minute walk, with an ice cream for ?1 a nice way to end the day

Susanna, and I suspect most hotels direct, charges the same every week, so a DIY holiday at half term here is really good value, we tend to fly to Geneva just because Easyjet goes there from near us, less than 2 hours easy drive.

It is true that there isn’t a lot going on in the village, La Grotte is really friendly and does great pizza, great steak and proper italian homemade deserts, we don’t need much more than that on a ski holiday!

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