La Rosière is a charming resort, the ski area of which is linked with the Italian resort of La Thuile. With good beginner and intermediate slopes, it attracts a loyal following who love it for the friendly, relaxed ambiance.
There are some ski resorts that by rights should be better known - and La Rosière is one of these.
Perched on the mountainside at the end of the Tarentaise valley, the resort has a friendly village with low-key nightlife but plenty of good skiing and non-ski activities.
La Rosière has a mostly south-facing aspect and attractive chalet style architecture. There are two locations – the main village hub and the newer satellite village of Les Eucherts, with plenty of high-quality slope-side accommodation.
La Rosière's ski area, known as the Espace San Bernardo, has 160km of ski terrain and some great powder options too. Beginners will enjoy the local slopes, while if you are intermediate or advanced you'll enjoy forays into La Thuile, over the Italian border.
As a family-orientated resort, La Rosière is holder of a 'Famille Plus Montagne' award for high standards. The resort layout, with nursery facilities and beginner ski slopes just a few steps from most of the accommodation, keeps things low hassle.
La Rosière's 400m2 ice rink has ice skating lessons and ice hockey taster sessions throughout the season. If you're up for a thrill, you can leap from the summit of the ski area out towards the Petit-Saint-Bernard pass with a paragliding flight.
If you are after hectic après ski and full-on nightlife, then La Rosière isn't the best choice of resort. However, if you are happy with some friendly bars, then the resort can deliver.
Recent developments have seen self-catered residences of a very high standard. Les Cimes Blanches offers chalet-style apartments located near the slopes. In Les Eucherts, Residence Le Miravadi and Les Balcons de la Rosière are also popular with families.
La Thuile makes an excellent destination for lunch, spurring skiers on with the tantalising prospect of Italian cuisine after a thigh-burning assault on the resort. One of the best spots is Lo Riondo Refugio, located right beside Piste no.7 San Bernardo.
The nearest Eurostar station is Bourg St Maurice.
By bus: around 45 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
By taxi: around 40 minutes; about 90€ for an 8-seater taxi.
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