La Thuile, at an altitude of 1400 metres, is the last village on the Italian side of the Petit Saint Bernard Pass into France and just 15 minutes from the Mont Blanc tunnel. Further down the valley lies Pre' St. Didier, with a spectacular waterfall and hot water springs famous since Roman times, now home to a luxury spa. In winter the road is closed about l km above La Thuile; numerous ski routes cross into France (La Rosière resort). La Thuile has several cross-country skiing tracks as well as over 150 km of alpine skiing with pistes to challenge experts and encourage beginners. Group ski classes start on Monday mornings and there are always English-speaking instructors for each level - a great majority of non-Italian skiers in the resort come from the U.K. Individual ski lessons can be booked every day - prices depend on time of day and season. Weekly ski passes allow you to ski one or two days in other Val d'Aosta resorts and also entitle you to discounted entry to the Spa at Pre St. Didier. Lots of free entertainment for children (and adults!) in main skiing season and in July/August. Summer trekking, rafting, mountain bikes, horseriding, archery, swimming. Courmayeur just 15 mins away. Shops sell local Fontina cheese and lesser-known specialities such as 'mocetta' cured meat, lard with chestnuts and Alpine herb liqueurs such as Genepy.
Ski weeks tend to get booked up up to a year in advance. So if you want to be sure of getting this apartment, book early!
Living room notes:
The seating cushions in the living room have been replaced with proper made-to-measure mattresses, although the width is slightly narrower than standard. Up to two additional people can sleep on these, though for practicality we advise keeping all baggage upstairs and using sleeping bags for quick night-to-day change and tidiness. Plenty of room in cupboards over stairs for storing baggage. The living room opens onto a sunny, south-facing balcony with stupendous views of the Rutor glacier, the swimming pool and surrounding play area, over towards the chair lifts and cable cars.
Dining room notes:
The dining table has two extensions which can be pulled out for extra visitors, or for studying and playing.
In addition to the tv (terrestrial digital only, receives some Italian and French channels), there are a video player and a cd/dvd player. All local tourist information and as skiing information brochures are in a large wicker basket, and a few books for adults and children (mix of Italian and English) are also on the shelf . Some guests have started leaving holiday books they have read - feel free to swap yours, just don't take the few dvds we keep there! We have also recently added some classic video cassettes for enjoyment of all
* Bedroom main - 1 Large double bed.
* Bedroom two - Twin beds can be made up as one double or two twins - specify requirement!
All beds are supplied with pillows and duvets. For extra people sleeping downstairs, sleeping bags are advised. Lots of extra blankets in apartment but never needed as apartment very warm!
Both bedrooms have large cupboards with shelves and hanging space, spare pillows and blankets etc and large windows. Main bedroom looks over pool, snow park and towards ski lifts etc as well as Ruitor glacier.
The second bedroom has a desk and chair in best spot for WiFi reception. The large window looks onto the private car park in front of the apartment, the Alpine soldiers' barracks, and the mountains behind. Beds, mattresses, wardrobe and chest all new 2013.
* Bathroom 1- Short bath with power shower, washbasin, bidet, towel heater. Lots of cupboard space and mirrors
* Bathroom2 - Toilet. Both bathrooms are upstairs. Both bathrooms fully renovated December 2012 with new tiles and fittings as well as plumbing
* Fully equipped kitchen.
* Iron & ironing board. Toaster.
Exceptionally large and quality supply of plates, cutlery, cooking utensils and pans. Pressure cooker, range of dishes for microwave oven, etc.
The beautiful solid walnut kitchen furniture was fitted in 2008 and includes two large stainless steel sinks.
Plenty of bars and restaurants in the village, plus shops (the supermarket even has a 24-hour vending machine in case you run out of milk or get the midnight munchies!)
Onsite facility notes:
Lovely open-air swimming pool for condominium only, open and heated July-August.
Parking places 1
Bedroom, Bedroom, Bathroom, Bathroom, Single sofa bed, TV, DVD player, CD player, 4 ring stove, ceramic hob, oven, grill, microwave, fridge freezer, balcony, heating, garden, parking, swimmingpool
Building statusPart of house - multiple occupancy
Property facilitiesNumber of bedrooms 2
Number of bathrooms 2
Number of seats in the living room: 10
Number of seats in the dining room: 8
Costs on siteDeposit: (€ 400 (On arrival, you must pay the security deposit in cash))
Distancespublic transport (Pre' St. Didier) 10 km
airport (Turin, Milan or Geneva) 160 km