Overview of La Rosière
The traditional village of La Rosière is located in the heart of the Haute Tarentaise at 1850m, perched high on a sunny plateau above Bourg St Maurice, with a reputation as a friendly, family resort. La Rosière ski resort is linked to the Italian resort of La Thuile to form the expansive Espace San Bernardo ski area.
La Rosiere is located at 1850m in the middle of Haute Tarentaise and along with neighbouring Italian resort La Thuile, it forms the huge Espace San Bernardo ski area.
Perched on the sunny flank of the upper Tarentaise Valley above Bourg St Maurice, it’s nicknamed ‘the balcony of the Tarentaise’ due to its gorgeous geographical setting.
A traditional, family-friendly ski village, it sits across the valley from Paradiski hotspots Les Arcs and Villaroger, but it's quieter, snow-sure slopes are ideal for families. Children and novices can find their ski legs on its roomy nursery slopes, there are plenty of blue and red runs for intermediates and a smattering of more challenging black runs for advanced skiers – not to mention thrilling adventures like heli-skiing across the border in Italy!
Situated close to the Petit St Bernard pass, La Rosiere is usually the highest point accessible by road when this iconic border crossing closes in winter due to the heavy snowfall it experiences thanks to its position next to Mont Blanc.
With a good choice of comfortable family-oriented accommodation, some of which is ski-to-door, pet friendly and includes spa and pool facilities, plenty of activities for all the family and a selection of friendly restaurants and bars, La Rosiere is the perfect ski resort for any family that wants to chill out, take advantage of quality slopes that are much less crowded than some of the more well-known neighbouring resorts, and socialise in a serene atmosphere amidst stunning Alpine scenery.
Skiing in La Rosière
When you’re skiing in La Rosiere, you’ll find a great choice of intermediate and advanced runs on both sides of the border, with superb steep north facing pistes and pristine fresh powder. Here’s some more interesting information on skiing in La Rosiere:
La Rosiere’s main “Front de Neige” base area and ski lifts are situated at the upper west side of the village and you’ll find a second base with access lifts at Les Eucherts. Both areas have good novice zones and the network of cruisey blue zones right above allow beginners to progress to intermediate level at a natural pace.
If you’re an intermediate skier in search of slightly trickier pistes, try the descents slicing through the trees towards Les Ecudets from the west end of the resort.
The lion’s share of the ski area in La Rosiere lies above the tree line on the expansive slopes that range up northwards on a ridge descending from the Italian border. The east side of this territory is the beating heart of the resort’s skiing opportunities, with an efficient lift network delivering you to thrilling red runs winding down to Combe des Moulins – there’s usually plenty of fresh powder between the pistes and this is an awesome area for improving intermediate skiers.
The 2800m Mont-Valaisan ski area opened at La Rosiere at the end of 2018 at the eastern end of the resort and expanded its offering to the tune of six red runs accessed by two six-person chairlifts. It’s the highest skiing in the entire Espace San Bernardo and unlocks even more off-piste skiing on the north side of the Aosta Valley.
There are three free ski lifts for novices and an area of green runs close to the Lievre Blanc and Clarines lifts. If you’re starting from the fundamentals you can learn the basic ski moves here before progressing to longer green runs and wide blue pistes nearby.
Intermediate skiers also enjoy tackling the long connection across to La Thuile and there are more tricky tree-lined runs on the Italian side as the slopes are set lower down. Check the weather before you leave as the link is sometimes closed. Prepare for a long trek too – it’s 11km there and back and involves taking several drag lifts although it is well worth it to have a gorgeous Italian lunch.
Although La Rosiere isn’t the most famous French ski resort for advanced skiers, that doesn’t mean that there are no black runs and off-piste adventures to be found. There are 15 black runs accessible in the resort and ski instructors or mountain guides can take you to the best off-piste areas. The 3km long Franco Berthod piste might be the most gnarly run in La Rosiere and you can Heli ski over or the Italian side although it’s prohibited in France.
Snowboarding in La Rosière
La Rosiere is also lots of fun for snowboarders and there are plenty of fantastic spots for freeriding, catching big air and perfecting your tricks. Here are the crucial facts for snowboarders in La Rosiere:
Because La Rosiere is relatively small compared to some of its neighbouring resorts, experienced snowboarders can conquer the terrain in the immediate vicinity quickly. However, factor in its sister resort of La Thuile and the Aosta Valley’s 900 miles and you’ve got a huge winter wonderland with plenty of fresh pow.
There’s 150km of pistes spanning France and Italy here, with long tamer runs on the French side and rugged terrain and more wooded runs in the Italian section.
Catch the Poletta Drag Lift to the Poletta Snow park, where you’ll find a 300m long course with increasingly tricky rails and kickers, a shaper on duty to keep the park in perfect condition and a funky soundtrack that keeps the party bouncing.
Snow Conditions in La Rosière
With a resort height of 1850m and slopes ranging from 1175 – 2610m and 160km of pistes, La Rosiere boasts a higher average snowfall than some other renowned resorts. Here’s some more info on its snow conditions:
Despite its high snowfall, La Rosiere slopes are somewhat exposed to sun and wind, so snow quality is variable on different slopes. In contrast, snowfall is lower in partner resort La Thuile, but its sheltered geography means it sometimes retains quality snow for longer.
In a storm, the best place to shelter is the trees at the foot of the resort at Le Gollet, but please bear in mind that this is a small area. La Thuile has more woods, but in inclement weather the lifts linking the two resorts sometimes close for safety reasons.
The winter season in La Rosiere usually lasts from mid-December to late Spring and the first week in March has often proven to be the peak time for ideal powder conditions.
Most recent figures show that La Rosiere has a total snowfall of 637cm, 34 total snowfall days, a largest snowfall of 45cm, maximum base depth of 272cm, average base depth of 168cm, maximum summit depth of 410cm and average summit depth of 235cm.
Apres-Ski in La Rosière
La Rosiere isn’t party central, but for a compact, bijou resort, the après-ski scene is surprisingly eclectic and amongst its cafes, bars, restaurants and night spots, there’s something to suit most tastes. Here are some hotspots where you can chill out or let your hair down in La Rosiere:
Moobar Night Club at Place des Eucherts is open from 10:30pm to 4am and offers beers, cocktails, live DJs and dancing – the perfect place for an after-party.
Le Mckinley is located at the foot of the slopes in La Rosiere Centre and has a sumptuous interior with open hearth as well as a south facing terrace where you can sip a beer in the sunshine and watch the action on the nearby pistes. It serves tasty bar meals as well as a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
L'Ancolie in Les Eucherts is housed in a lovely stone and wood chalet structure which offers breath-taking mountain views from its large terrace. Pop in during the day for delicious treats from its brasserie-style menu or alternatively, dine on specialities like rib steak, raclette and fish dishes in the evening.
Bar H-40 is the place to be when you want chic cocktails, vintage wine and fresh Belgian beer. The décor’s a delight too – think comfy armchairs, a roaring fire and expansive terrace with terrific valley views.
Le Flocon is a ski-to-door venue located at the foot of the slopes in Euchert that offers lovely views of Mont Pourri – and since it’s part of the local bowling alley, it’s a brilliant place to share a few pitchers of beer and try to score a strike or two!
Facilities in La Rosière
The hospitality at La Rosiere is excellent thanks to the first-class facilities on offer. From a well-equipped fitness centre to children’s sledging area, to activities like paragliding and ice skating, you’ll never be bored. Read on for the lowdown on facilities here:
Ski Hire in La Rosière
The most convenient way to arrange ski hire in La Rosiere is to pre-book through Erna Low. Years of experience in this resort mean we can always acquire high quality equipment for the best deals and arrange pick ups from the most convenient location for your accommodation, meaning that you can pick up your gear and hit the slopes without delay. To integrate ski hire in your holiday package, contact us for a chat.
Ski Passes in La Rosière
Pre-booking your ski passes with Erna Low also makes perfect sense – we’ll send your passes before you leave home, meaning you can start skiing straight away rather than wasting time standing in a queue. Ski pass offers are also available throughout the season – talk to us about offers that can include early-bird discounts and free child passes.
Spa and Pool in La Rosière
When you want to unwind and relax those muscles after a tough day on the slopes, there are plenty of spa and wellbeing facilities in La Rosiere. Spa O Des Cimes in the CGH building offers a range of face, body and beauty treatments for adults and kids and Spa La Rosiere is a 350 square metre relaxation zone with a salt cave, hot tubs and an amazing sauna with panoramic views of the valley below.
Shops in La Rosière
Whether you need to pick up everyday essentials, treat yourself to a local delicacy, or splash out on a souvenir for a friend back home, there are plenty of shops in La Rosiere to satisfy your requirements. At La Ferme de Montvalezen, you’ll find delicious delicatessen products like local jam and honey, as well as wines and liqueurs, while Boulangerie-Patisserie Ledeme is the best place to pick up a freshly-baked baguette or sweet treat. Carrefour Montagne is a well-stocked supermarket where you can purchase everything from cleaning products to healthy snacks and Skiset Olympic Sports in Les Eucherts is the perfect place to pick up some ski fashion for yourself or as gifts to take home.
Facilities for Children in La Rosière
La Rosiere caters for children so capably that it’s been awarded Famille Plus Montagne status – an official seal of approval that provides peace of mind for any parent thinking of holidaying here. Read on to find out more about the awesome activities on offer.
Ski Schools in La Rosière
There are a couple of recommended options when it comes to kids who want to learn to ski from scratch or improve their existing skills:
ESF La Rosiere is a long established ski school with meeting points in Eucherts and the centre of the resort – it has 80 experienced ski instructors and mountain guides and we can easily include ESF lessons in your package.
Private ski lessons are also available with ESF instructors – if your kids want to learn at their own pace and you believe that one-to-one instruction best meets their needs, we can also arrange this type of expert instruction.
Entertainment in La Rosière
As you’d expect, there’s lots for children to do here – they can choose from husky dog sledding, snowshoe excursions, ice skating, snow kiting, bowling, ice skating, a cinema and more.
Childcare in La Rosière
Les Galopins Kids Club caters for children between 18 months and 13 years old on a half-day or full-day basis. Kids enjoy supervised activities like snowman building, nature walks, board games and clay modelling, while meals consist of a hot and healthy main course, cheese, dessert and drinks.
Snow Little Child Care has an exceptional team of fully qualified, CRB-checked British nannies available on a daily, hourly, weekly and overnight basis – it’s headquartered at Bourg St Maurice.
La Rosière Mountain Info
La Rosiere is a high-altitude resort that offers exceptional ski quality and combines with Italian resort La Thuile to offer diverse skiing for all abilities of enthusiasts, with lots of steep north-facing pistes and quality powder.
The Eucherts Express and the Roches Noires Express are the two main ski departure points and provide access to the entire ski area.