The resort of La Thuile is just over the Italian border from Bourg St. Maurice. Technically it is possible to get there using the Ecudets chairlift which is just 5 minutes up from Bourg but we have found that it is much more economical in terms of time and money to run a van uplift to the top of the Col du Petit St. Bernard. This takes around 1 hour. From the top you can ride directly down to La Thuile without any climbing.
Once there you will find 2 chairlifts accessing a dozen fantastic purpose built mountain bike trails that range from intermediate to advanced. The majority of the riding is below the tree line and it's the flow of these trails that makes the area really stand out. Essentially these are purpose built singletrack trails making use of natural features rather than out and out downhill tracks. A real contrast to the natural singletrack and DH courses in other local resorts.
The route back to Bourg involves taking both chairlifts up followed by a 200m fireroad climb that takes around 20 minutes. From here there is a descent back down to the Col on a mixture of singletrack and fireroad. Then a short roll down the road to the start of an awesome singletrack descent all the way to Bourg. Available July and August.
Price - 320 euros for up to 8 riders