Apartment | Sleeps 2 - 8
- Town centre: 160m
- Ski In/Out: No
The perfect resort for beginners and families; especially when the sun is shining. Great value for money even in the 4/5 star accommodation. Access into Italy for your more advanced skier is a massive bonus.
Geneva: 3 hrs 30 mins
Grenoble: 4 hrs
Train transfer: 35 mins
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 for both families and free-riders.
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. 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.
Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a La Rosiere ski holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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