A traditional French skiing village which sits on the border with Italy. A quieter resort, proving a popular choice for families. Resort Height 1850m (6,105ft) with a skiing range of 1850m (6105ft) – 2642m (8668ft).
Sitting right in the heart of the beautiful French Alps is the small village of La Rosiere. This pretty resort is located in the Upper Tarantaise and Savoie skiing region, right on the French and Italian border – giving you the chance to ski freely in both countries.
It is a quaint setting, which sits south facing on the mountains, so you can be sure of capturing the full extend of the sun’s rays on a clear day. Another major advantage to La Rosiere’s prime location is that the resort catches the weather systems from both Italy and France. This usually ensures La Rosiere receives well above average snowfall for the region, with great snow conditions lasting right through late into the season.
The resort was designed in the early 1980s and has been built using many local ‘natural’ building materials such as wood, stone and slate for its ski chalets and hotels. So, what you won’t find here is a modern looking resort, filled with large concrete apartment tower blocks – instead, you can enjoy a smaller village style location with a distinct relaxed feel about it.
In 2006, La Rosiere was awarded the quality charter for families called ‘Famille Plus Montagne’. This literally translates as ‘Family and Mountain’ and was given to the resort as a result of the resort’s many child friendly facilities and activities. Needless to say, this status, the village style of the resort and its great snow record, make La Rosiere a brilliant choice for any family skiers.
Given its location right on the border, a stay in La Rosiere offers you the chance of skiing in both Italy and France, thanks to easy links with the Italian skiing resort of La Thuile. Between them, the combined skiing areas of La Rosiere in France and La Thuile in Italy make up a total of 150kms of piste territory, known as the Espace San Bernardo.
In general, most pistes in La Rosiere are wide and remain uncrowded, which offers skiers and families of all abilities the chance to ski leisurely amongst some stunning alpine scenery. There are 37 ski lifts in total which stretch across the mountainsides and provide effective transportation to and from the pistes.
Located right in La Rosiere itself, there are some great nursery slopes for complete beginners to practice on. As their confidence grows, new skiers can test their new found skills on the many lower green and blue runs that network around the resort of La Rosiere. These are mainly gentle, open and perfect for new skiers to start venturing further afield.
Intermediate skiers will find many tree lined pistes throughout La Rosiere which range from 1200m to 2650m in altitude – starting with the gentle greens, right through to the more demanding reds and a few black runs for the more strong hearted. Venture up to the Le Roc Noir and Col de la Traversette area if you fancy trying out some of the more steeper and demanding red runs.
For the more experienced skiers, take a day off from France and ski out to the Italian resort of La Thuile. When you set off, you will take in breathtaking views of views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Then, ski down to La Thuile through the trees, where you can treat yourself to a well earned bowl of Italian pasta for lunch. A truly international day of skiing with some stunning scenery en route.
Although a small village, La Rosiere has plenty of apres-ski to choose from – ranging from relaxed and quiet through to the more upbeat and lively. Try ‘Arpin’s’ bar for bit of fun and karaoke, or ‘Le Petit Relais’ which sits on the base of the slopes. ‘Le Petit Danois’ is another great venue which often has live bands playing.
There are also a good number of restaurants to choose from that cater for all tastes. Try ‘Le Genepi’ for traditional gourmet fare from the region in a warm and cosy setting. There is also ‘L’Ancolie’ which offers both an a la carte menu and fixed-price menus.
Every week there is a sensational Ski Show to watch with a beautiful night-time torch-lit descent down the mountains and in the school holidays they often add fireworks for the children.
During the day, you could try out some snowshoe walking, but if you are more adventurous you might want to consider having a go at snowkiting with lessons available in La Rosiere. Recreational fun is also to be had at the local bowling alley, ice-rink or cinema if you would like a well earned break from the snow.
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