La Rosiere, France

  • Resort height: 2642m, 8667ft
  • Highest lift: 2610m, 8560ft
  • No. of lifts: 39
  • Guide Lift Pass Price: £181
  • No. of slopes: 74
  • Total piste length: 150km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Geneva: 3 hrs 30 mins

    Grenoble: 3 hrs 30 mins

    Train transfer: 45 mins

Snow: Intermediates: Snowboarding: Off piste: Après-ski: Non skiers:

What’s New in La Rosiere?

La Rosiere ski resort’s rosy service was made even better last season with some improvements to the free bus service helping everyone get back to their La Rosiere accommodation or La Rosiere chalets as efficiently as possible. The snow pack also got a makeover with 10 new snowguns to make skiing in La Rosiere’s sun even more of a breeze.

 

Overview of La Rosiere

La Rosiere ski resort is as rosy as its name suggests. Occupying some prime south-facing slopes at the end of one of the most exciting ski valleys in the world, La Rosiere might be smaller and quieter than some of its neighbours, but the resort’s pleasant pistes and sunny disposition do not fail to delight (especially the kids) making it an excellent choice both for families and free-riders.

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The San Bernardo ski area is made up of La Rosiere and Italian resort La Thuile, meaning it is one of the only French resorts able to offer heli-skiing. You could even get a history lesson on a La Rosiere ski holiday – this is the alleged spot that Hannibal marched his elephants through the Alps, the site that gave its name to those loveable giant St Bernard dogs and the setting for a stand-off between the Italians and the French during the Second World War. These days, most events take the form of winter sports competitions, with world class events and competitions for children and juniors held annually.

 

La Rosiere ski resort is made up of two villages, the original La Rosiere Centre and the newer La Rosiere chalets of Les Eucherts, linked by a lovely level path through the trees, the free bus service or the pistes above. The locals are very passionate about their resort and all that sun keeps everyone in a good mood, this is one smiley ski station. The fine panoramic views that overlook three (yes, three!) of Europe’s most iconic peaks – the Mont Blanc, the Monterosa and the Matterhorn – complete the picture. Skiing in La Rosiere definitely makes for happy ski holidays.

Skiing and Boarding in La Rosiere

Skiing in La Rosiere is lovely. The wide open slopes near the top give way to wonderful wooded trails down at resort level and everywhere gets plenty of sun, yet still offers snow-sure ski holidays at 1850m. With 150km of pistes, the ski area is on the small and quaint side, but there are more than enough runs, plus some powdery off-piste to keep you busy.

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If you’re new to skiing or like to take it easy, you’ll be pleased to hear that most slopes are not too steep and the resort is easy to navigate with uncrowded, well-marked and beautifully groomed pistes. High speed chairlifts cover all the main pistes but snowboarders may bemoan the lack of gradient and the reasonably high number of drag lifts (the long and flat Bellecombe drag should definitely be avoided but it is possible to circumnavigate most others), but before advanced boarders or skiers turn their noses up, it should also be noted that this is one of the only resort’s in France able to offer the ultimate rush of heli-skiing, thanks to the Italian link. There is also a snowpark, boardercross and skicross to show off on, or for a new challenge, try ski-kiting.

 

For beginners, there are easily accessible, high-quality nursery slopes in both La Rosiere Centre and Les Eucherts and nice blues above, especially from the top of the Roches Noires chair. Intermediates will enjoy the varied terrain and red after red across the three bowls. If you’ve always fancied heading off-piste or are looking to improve in the powder, the Zittieux area offers some interesting terrain which is patrolled but not piste-bashed – perfect for the budding extremist. Experts won’t want to miss La Thuile’s piste 3, which is dedicated to local hero Franco Berthod, hosts European Cup Downhill Competitions and plunges at up to 73% gradient down into the village or the 11km red run down from Chaz Dura (2579m) to La Thuile for some serious thigh-burn. Just don’t get stuck on the Italian side when the lifts close because it will be a long night.

Lift Passes in La Rosiere

The San Bernardo area is a perfect of example of a resort having something for everyone. The Full area lift pass available covers both La Rosiere on the French side of the border and snow sure, north facing La Thuille over on the Italian side. In each location there are a range of pistes, tree runs and open expanses to suit all abilities as well as some great off piste terrain.

 

Apres Ski in La Rosiere

La Rosiere is primarily a family ski resort and this is reflected in its après-ski offerings which cater very well for the kids. The big event weekly is the ESF ski show on a Monday evening, where you can marvel at the skiing then warm up with free hot chocolate, vin chaud and taxis back to your La Rosiere accommodation all evening.

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Bigger kids will want to have a go at husky-sledging, snowmobiling, paragliding or a helicopter ride and there are also the usual facilities in the Espace Form fitness centre (sauna, jacuzzi, gym and weights room), plus a cinema, bowling alley, ice rink, indoor climbing wall or a spa for the parents. Various crèche and kindergarten facilities are available or take the whole family for a visit to pet the St Bernard dogs in the town centre.

 

The nightlife in La Rosiere ski resort is limited, however, the bars all know how to have a good time. Most are found in La Rosiere Centre but there are also an increasing number of options in smaller Les Eucherts. No ski trip would be complete without singing along to a covers band so make sure you head for Le Petit Danois bar at least once. If you fancy yourself as the star you can serenade the other guests with a spot of karaoke at Arpin’s or for dancing, head for Le Pub which rocks until late. A more refined evening can be had at Clay’s Piano Bar. Bar Fusion in La Rosiere Centre or La Grange and Kitzbuhel in Les Eucherts are also fun.

Dining Options in La Rosiere

Gourmet food lovers are in for a real treat on a La Rosiere ski holiday. La Rosiere restaurants are warm and cosy like the rest of the resort, but the best thing about having a ski link with an Italian resort is that you can fill up on French patisseries for breakfast, then pop over the border for a real Italian pizza at lunchtime, before heading back for a delicious dinner at your La Rosiere chalet.

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On-mountain dining options on the La Thuile side include the Maison Carrel, near the Argillio Express chair which boasts alpine ambience, great food and magnificent views over the valley. Le Foyer Bar (by the Chalet Express lift) offers reasonably-priced pizza, crêpes and sandwiches from its self-service panoramic restaurant or the warm and welcoming old mountain restaurant of Lo Riondet serves up a wide menu of fantastic Aosta Valley fare, including soup, polenta, pasta, cured meats and cheeses. On the La Rosiere side, L’Ancolie is the perfect place for a beer on the terrace. In resort, high-quality alpine classics and Savoie specialities can be had at the Genepi or Les Marmottes, which also serves an amazing escalope Marguerite.

Ski essentials in La Rosiere

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    Snowboard £100 £85 £138 £117
    Snowboard | Boots £136 £115 £185 £158
    Child   (6-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £67 £57 £88 £75
    Ski | Poles | Boots £88 £75 £136 £115
    Snowboard £67 £57
    Snowboard | Boots £88 £75

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    Latest Snow
    Last Snow
    Sun 2nd Apr
    Temperature
    -6.00°C
    Lower Snow Depth
    22cm
    Upper Snow Depth
    125cm
    Weather Conditions
    Another glorious day
    Piste Conditions
    The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
    Lifts Open
    14 out of 38
    Last Report Update
    Fri 28th Apr