The village sits in a large basin, just below the Little Saint Bernard Pass, in a protected area of thick forest, dominated by the imposing Rutor massif and its fabulous glacier.
La Thuile was an important stop-off point on the road to Gaul. Under the rule of the Savoia family it served as a bulwark against invasions from France, and in the 17th and 18th centuries it was sacked on numerous occasions by French troops passing through.
After becoming a mining town at the end of the 1920s, La Thuile is today a renowned, superbly equipped tourist resort, although it has lost nothing of the typical charm of a little mountain village. In winter, the ski area is linked to La Rosière across the border in France, forming a single complex, one of the largest and highest in the Alps, which offers 150 km of runs, some medium difficulty, some ideal for more expert skiers. The abundance of snow, the high altitude and the position of the runs mean you can ski right on into late spring.
In summer, on the other hand, La Thuile is perfect for all sorts of open-air activities, from hiking to fishing, from mountain bike to rafting and much more besides.