Montana Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel in La Thuile, bordering the Alps between Italy and France, with Mont Blanc as a backdrop. Mixing traditional alpine and contemporary design, and oozing Italian charm, it's perfect for families and long weekends.
Beautifully styled boutique hotel full of Italian charm
Short transfer from Geneva and Turin, ideal for weekend breaks
Uncrowded slopes and superb mountain restaurants
Vast ski area with links to La Rosière in France
Understated and friendly, La Thuile has its modern accommodation near the slopes, a little way from the traditional village. The modern lift system takes skiers to 160km of slopes with a good mix of nursery slopes, easy blues, challenging intermediate terrain and tricky blacks through the trees. The links to La Rosière in France and its proximity to Courmayeur and Chamonix means the Espace Bernardo hits the button for those who want to venture further afield. The slopes are relatively uncrowded, and the mountains dotted with great value restaurants serving incredible food. The easy transfers from Geneva and Italian airports means it works well for families and short breaks.
Montana Lodge & Spa is elegantly styled, with nature featuring heavily in every design detail, from the silver birch wall paper to the wooden furniture, it's a comfortable haven for skiers and non-skiers alike. The large lobby with its open fire, library and bar welcome skiers at the end of the day, and the huge terrace overlooking the Alps is a perfect lunch or hot chocolate stop. The rooms and suites are spacious and all have unrestricted views of the surrounding mountains. Stars Restaurant serves delicious, seasonal Italian food, focusing on regional specialties, and it's essential you try a pizza for lunch from the wood burning oven brought all the way from Florence. The hotel is particularly proud of its wine cellar, stocked with a healthy selection of vintage, local and international wines. The Spa is definitely worth a visit, with its range of bespoke holistic treatments, and comes with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, vitarium and Technogym.
For those seeking a refined resort and a luxurious hotel, La Thuile and the Montana Lodge & Spa are the perfect mix. With east facing slopes meaning excellent snow conditions and rarely ever a queue to the lift, you'll want to ski all day. But once you've taken off your skis, returning to the hotel is a joy.
When to visit
There's always something going on at Nira Montana. We especially like the wine tasting events.
The Nira Montana is on the edge of La Thuile, in the north west of the Aoste Valley in Italy. It's close to Courmayeur and the Italian / French border, with links to La Rosiere in France. An international ski pass covers both ski areas. The hotel is 300 metres from the slopes, with a complimentary shuttle taking skiers directly there.
Scheduled flights to Geneva, followed by a 2 hour transfer, Milan (Malpensa - 2.5 hour transfer and Linate - 3 hour transfer) and Turin - 2 hour transfer. Guests can hire a car, or Scott Dunn can organise a private transfer.