Purpose built in 1961 on a south-facing plateau to an attractive design sympathetic to Savoyard traditional architecture, this French family resort has been lift linked to Aosta Valley resort La Thuile since 1984-5 over the mountain border in It
It’s one of France’s best resorts with a good-sized, exciting ski area stretching over the border in to Italy and a resort base that has seen lots of modernisation to add the latest facilities and attractions but somehow La Rosiere still remains an undiscovered gem for most Brits, who are more likely to head to Les Arcs across the Tarentaise Valley or perhaps a neighbouring resort like La Plagne, St Foy or even Val d’Isere.
But that’s all very good news for those of us who have discovered the delights of La Rosiere – the key points of which are:
1. One of the best snow records in the region – the resort is one of the highest in the Alps at 1850m.
2. A big ski area with 100 miles of piste, equipped with a lot of fast modern lifts, and extending over the Italian border.
3. One of the sunniest resorts in the region.
4. Family friendly – with recently built off-slope facilities like a nursery, bowling and ice rink.
5. Lower than average prices for the region for your lift pass and other in-resort costs.
6. Easy to access big name ski areas nearby including Pardiski and Espace Killy.
High, snowsure, sunny and extensive, La Rosiere shares its 100 miles (160km) of slopes with neighbouring La Thuile, just over the Italian border. There are 80 runs in total – with plenty for all ability levels (including 15 graded black), and it’s easy for every quite early intermediates to ski across the wide plateau to Italy for a pizza or pasta lunch, then grab a lift back.
For the most part the terrain is made up of those wide fast French motorway style runs we all love, but on the Italian side there are more classic narrow winding pistes and experts will find on and off piste challenges on both sides of the border. Freestylers have a couple of terrain parks to test out and may even be tempted to try kite-skiing, for which La Rosiere is a Mecca up on that plateau, whilst well-heeled advanced skier can even opt to invest in a little heliskiing once in Italy (it’s banned in France).
Most of the modern accommodation is in La Rosiere’s Les Eucherts district which has its own bustling centre with shops, bars, restaurants, six-lane bowling alley, ice rink, ski nursery and school. These are all modern, state-of-the-art facilities built in the past decade. The resort also organises a weekly firework display and torch lit descent and sledging.
You don’t need to go there as Les Eucherts has all the services and facilities you’ll need but if youi wish to visit La Rosiere’s main centre is a short free bus ride away (the service runs until 11pm) or it’s a pleasant stroll there along a pretty forest track.
Espace San Bernardo