La Rosiere is a small, family-friendly ski resort in France in a pretty woodland setting that shares the mid-sized San Bernardo ski area with La Thuile in Italy. The connection creates 150 km (nearly 100 miles) of piste between the two countries and offers sheer paradise for intermediate ability skiers.
La Rosiere has a good record for snow and sunshine and is an excellent resort for beginners, relaxed intermediates and stronger skiers who are prepared to look beyond piste skiing. The area also provides the rare attraction for a French resort of heliskiing over in to Italy, as the activity is banned in France.
La Rosiere and its satellite hamlet Les Eucherts have been purpose-built in an attractive chalet style high up the mountain at 1850m. Almost all the accommodation is within a few minutes walk of the lifts and pistes, and there is a free ski bus service as well. La Rosiere’s snow record is one of the best in France, but it does faces South, sand so if you are going late season, it will be slushy in warmer temperatures.
In the 2018/19 ski season, La Rosiere and La Thuile’s San Bernardo ski area has increased as a new sector at Mont Valaisan was created. Five new red pistes as well as two new 6-seater chairlifts now add to the resorts stats. The top lift will reach 2800m, the new high point for the whole ski area.
1176m – 2800m
December – April
La Rosiere offers convenience, which goes a long way when being introduced to skiing. The dedicated area of green (very easy) runs beside the Clarines and Lievre Blanc lifts are a great place to start and once the basics have been mastered, then there are longer greens and slightly harder blues to progress seamlessly on to!
This international ski area is ideal for intermediates who want to clock up some mileage. Ski up to the Petit Saint Bernard Pass and explore the reds and blues around La Belvedere. Or take the Nouva and San Bernardo runs, a total of 11km, down to the village of La Thuile for an Italian lunch. The Belvedere chairlift will take you back over the border.
There are a total of 12 black runs as well as a fully patrolled off-piste snowzone for experts. If you cross the border into Italy, you can try heli-skiing (usually Jan-Apr) on the Ruitor glacier or the Miravidi. There’s also a designated school and area for learning snow-kiting – skiing downhill with a small parachute on your back.
There are various Snowzones’ dotted around the ski area of La Rosiere. Adrenaline junkies have plenty to get extreme with, a snow park, snowcross and boardercross areas. Also, not many resorts can boast a dedicated and official snow kite area, a flat, often windy plateau at the top of the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard makes the perfect space to snow kite! The one snow park can be found in between the Stade de Slalom and the Poletta chair lift. It gets a lot of sun, which is often a good thing for a snow park and is well.
Not only does La Rosiere have fantastic local skiing & nightlife but there is also an abundance of additional activities for all ages and abilities
Inside the Salle Jean Arpin in the Maison du Ski there’s a huge climbing wall to explore. Including 5 anchoring points and 2 automatic belay devices available under supervision from ESF or Evolution 2. This is an easy way to introduce yourself, friends or children, into the world of climbing in a fun and safe fashion.
Hit new speeds and take off like a fighter jet when you snowkite on the slopes with EVO 2. If you are an adrenaline junkie looking for your next hit, let it be snowkiting. It costs 90 euros for a 3 hour lesson for skiers or snowboarders and is subject to availability and the weather.
A unique experience under 30-50 cm of ice. Ice diving is suitable for everyone, from beginner to expert divers. Diving is available daily between 10 AM and 4 PM and night dives on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6pm. Adult: 90 to 120 euros (minimum per person (day dive)). Group rate available for 6 people. 80 euros/person for a day dive 100 euros/person for a night dive.
The Too’n Ice Glisse ice rink is 360sqm of ice in the Place Des Eucherts. Boots, helmets and gloves are all available to rent down to a children’s size 8.
Snowshoeing offers a wonderful opportunity to really get out into the wilderness. Get away from the lifts and pistes to find some magnificent silent spots away from the crowds, and see some of the most stunning untouched scenery.
Enjoy the views not just from your next lunch spot, but from above as your fly across the French Alps. With EVO 2, their experienced pilot will take you for the trip of a lifetime around the alps’ most famous peaks, reaching an altitude of 4,810 m as you approach the majestic Mont Blanc! From 12/12/2015 to 22/04/2016 Adult: 148 euros (minimum per person) Child: 148 euros.
View the live snow report for La Rosiere here
La Rosiere is a sensible choice for a family ski break. The French government awarded the resort with Famille Plus Montagne due to what it has on offer. Everything is close – the nursery facility and children’s ski slopes for the youngest skiers all within a few steps of most of most of the accommodation. The restaurants are also all family-friendly and there are plenty of things-to-do for families off the slopes too.
For the youngest children The Galopins accept children aged 18 months and older in the excellent modern, purpose-built slopeside facility. Ski lessons are available (mixed with snow play) for children aged three years or older.
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Transfer from Bourg Saint-Maurice train station and Lyon, Chambery and Geneve airports. You can book your transfer thanks to Altibus.
Chambery Airport (135km away)
Lyon Saint Saint-Exupery Airport (210km away)
Geneva International Airport (215km away)
Take the motorway to Albertville. Follow the dual carriageway to Moutiers. Continue along the A-road (RN 90) to Bourg Saint Maurice. Then drive up to La Rosiere by the B-road (RD 1090) towards the Petit-Saint-Bernard pass and Italy.
Please note: If you are travelling from Italy via the Mot Blanc tunnel and Courmayeur or up through the Aosta Valley, the Petit Saint Bernard pass is closed in winter. This road is only open to vehicles from June to November: Go through Pre Saint Didier, continue towards La Thuile then up to the Petit Saint Bernard pass. La Rosiere is just on the other side of the border.
Snow Express coach from London
Snow Express runs a regular coach service to La Rosiere every week throughout the season. The coach leaves from London Victoria Colonnade Coach Station with an additional collection point at Stop 24 Services in Folkstone.
NCF Bourg Saint Maurice train station TGV-Thalys-EurostarGood plan: You can use the train-sharing Allons Bon Train to enjoy a good price.