La Thuile is a stunning Alpine town that sits at 1441m above sea level in the Aosta valley which bordered with France and sits under the highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc. This small Italian ski resort has in recent years exploded onto the mountain bike world radar thanks to the hard work of the Enduro World Series organisers and the La Thuile MTB trail builders. What they have created is one of the best kept secrets in the Enduro MTB world, this place is incredible and judging by their future plans to link up La Thuile with La Rosiere in France this resort is only set to continue growing for many years to come.
Why is La Thuile so good for Enduro MTB holidays
La Thuile is located only 2hrs max from Geneva airport which make getting here super simple, you blast along the motorway toward Chamonix soaking up the incredible views and then enter the Mont Blanc tunnel. This 11km long beast runs under the heart of the mountain and exits into Italy, the land of amazing coffee, Galeto and Pizza.
From the tunnel it's 25 minutes into La Thuile where you are greeted by stunning old Italian Chalets, a huge river running through the centre of the town flowing down from the glacier sitting at 3500 metres above the town and beautiful olive skinned locals, smiling from cheek to cheek.
La Thuile is an epic mountain bike holiday destination
In 2014 La Thuile held it's first Enduro World Series mountain bike event and it proved to be a huge success with world wide coverage and the riders claiming the trails were some of the best they have ever ridden.
There is a vast area for riding in La Thuile with it's highest point reaching 2600 metres, from here you can descend all the way down to the village it's self dropping over 1200 metres on the way. 1200 metres of decent from one trail accessed via two lifts. The terrain in La Thule is very natural with some relaxed, winding trails all the way through to some of the steepest most technical stuff you will find in the Alps, that's what make La Thuile the incredibe MTB holiday destination it is.
What are the trails like in La Thuile
Considering the Enduro World Series have chosen to hold their events here in 2014, 2016 and having just confirmed for 2018 you can be assured the the enduro and some downhill riding in La Thuile is world class. There is something here for everyone. With steep, rocky and technical descents dropping over 700 metres in elevation to smooth, bermed flow trails that wind effortlessly down the mountain La Thuile is a great destination for your MTB holiday regardless of your ability.
The lifts open in La Thuile from the 01st July through until the 03rd September, so it is a relatively short season out in Italy but they really do make up for it with the variety and quality of trails on offer.
One of our favourite trails is called Cambogia, this trail is 3.64k in length and drops 670 metres in elevation from a starting point of 2270 metres. This is a Black trail and rated as very difficult with some seriously technical descents with rocks, roots and some exciting exposure on the mountain.
Another firm favourite is La Tour, a Red trail that is 5.1km in length and drops over 770 metres in elevation from the top. It winds down some epic gullies covered in pine needles with smooth berms and also some more technical sections suitable for all riders.