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Resort guide to La Rosiere - France

Superb family ski resort with wide ski slopes and great intermediate ski terrain

Overview

La Rosiere resort information - a general overview

La Rosiere is built at an altitude of 1850m on the road which rises up from Bourg-St-Maurice towards the Col du Petit St-Bernard pass, ensuring a good snow record despite South facing slopes. The area links with its Italian neighbour, La Thuile, which opens up a large number of pistes suitable for beginners and intermediates but with no seriously challenging terrain. The combined ski area is called the Espace San Bernardo (the St Bernard pass is close by) with the French and the Italian sides of the ski domain offering two interesting and distinct skiing atmospheres. Enjoy a French croissant or pain chocolat with your morning coffee; then a delicious Italian pasta lunch near La Thuile before heading back to French La Rosiere for a yummy crepe at the end of the day. Crossing the Franco Italian border twice in a day makes for an interesting mountain experience!

The resort has been built in traditional chalet style, with attractive buildings many of, which are dotted discreetly in the woods. There isn't much to the resort except accommodation and a few shops, so the atmosphere is peaceful and due to the height of resort, there are fine panoramic views. After dark the apres ski scene is limited to a couple of bars and there is a reasonable choice of restaurants to sample - head to Genepi's for outstanding steaks.

There are two distinct residential areas to La Rosiere. There is the original ski resort and then connected by bus and one mile further around the mountain is the new development of Les Eucherts - this is where most of the chalets in La Rosiere are located. This new area has been very sympathetically designed and built - with its Croisette 'ski front' area of restaurants, ski hire shops and ski schools it have a very North American ski resort feel. Most of the chalets in this part of La Rosiere are very close to the hub of Les Eucherts and many are pretty much ski-in and sk-out for the ultimate in family ski holiday convenience.

La Rosiere is a very good choice of resort for beginners, intermediates and families as there is an exceptionally good branch of the ESF meaning you will be in very safe hands. For those wanting to push the limits a little then there is the opportunity to heli-ski in Italy which is just a couple of miles away.

160km

1,850m - 2,640m

Airports

CHAMBERY
(2hr 45mins)
LYON & GENEVA
(3hr 30mins)
GRENOBLE
(3hr 30mins)

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Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Attractive purpose built resort
  • Fair sized area of slopes shared with La Thuile in Italy
  • Good value for money especially the lift passes
  • Heli-skiing over the border in Italy
  • Good nursery slopes

Cons

  • Winds can close lift links with Italy
  • Snow is affected by sun in late season
  • Lots of slow lifts
  • Few on-piste challenges for experts
  • Limited apres ski

La Rosiere Resort Restaurants

The dining options are limited to The Chalet, Yeti, L'Oustal, Le Plein Soleil and Ancolie.

La Rosiere Mountain Restaurants

There is little choice unless you descend to the village for lunch. The Plan du Repos is a big self-service restaurant. The San Bernardo is well located on the boarder. In the village the Relais du Petit St Bernard and Petit Relais are the favourites.

La Rosiere Apres Ski

Apres ski is limited to a couple of bars in town

La Rosiere Nightlife

None to shout about.

La Rosiere Resort Map

La Rosiere Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: La Grange a Skis
Up to 45%
B Skiset: Snow Cimes Exclusive
Up to 45%
C Skiset: Olympic Sports
Up to 45%
D Skiset: Olympic Sports Centre
Up to 45%

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AlpineAnswers

The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.