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La Rosiere

A quiet French resort giving snow lovers access to not one but two countries! Hop between French La Rosière and Italian La Thuile domains with the standard San Bernardino lift pass for a mountain culture overload. Go as easy or hard as you like from cruisey beginners slopes to fast paced kite skiing on the other end of the speed scale.

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At a glance: • Off piste snow cross • Ski France & Italy • Famille Plus label resort

Great for: • Families • Beginners • Kite Skiing • Snowshoeing

A quiet French resort giving snow lovers access to not one but two countries! Hop between French La Rosière and Italian La Thuile domains with the standard San Bernardino lift pass for a mountain culture overload. Go as easy or hard as you like from cruisey beginners slopes to fast paced kite skiing on the other end of the speed scale.

La Rosiere Resort

A quiet French resort, this little village oozes calm and is just the ticket for those looking for a ski break with space to spread out on the slopes.

Perched on the Franco-Italian border, La Rosière can be found just under two hours drive from Chambéry. Regular bus transfers take train travellers from Bourg Saint-Maurice to the resort. Place your bags and luggage down upon arrival and take a second to appreciate the spectacular views over the sweeping Tarentaise Valley below.

Once you’ve stored your things safely in your accommodation, take a twilight walk through the lit up, traffic free streets of La Rosière 1850. Seek out your local supermarché and dairy stores for all your weekly supplies including cheese - and lots of it! Sample the finest French mountain cuisine of cheesy tartiflettes and fondues at restaurants like Le Genépi and L’Ancolie, followed by the lightest of pizzas over in Italy at the Ristorante Pepita Café and Pizzeria le Dahu in La Thuile.

A forest of wood and stone Alpine chalets, ski hotels and apartments open their doors to all ages at La Rosière, inviting couples, families and groups alike to their cosy interiors.

On the slopes, however, it’s quite a different story. Intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders go wild with the ski area’s jungle gym of snow zones with a spot of kite skiing. Especially suited to family ski holidays (with the accredited Famille Plus label to recognise it) this is a fantastic place to take little ones to learn to ski. Thirty-three wide, short beginners’ runs will build debutant skiers and boarder’s confidence: they’ll soon be taking the Roches Noires Express chairlift to try out longer blue runs.

With the standard local ski pass of San Bernardino, ski the Espace San Bernardo which covers 160km in French La Rosière and Italian La Thuile.

Stats & FAQ

Location: France, Alps.

Established: 1961

Open: December - April

Downhill: 160km

View our detailed La Rosiere snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our La Rosiere snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Chambéry128 km, 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 33runs 41%

  • 32runs 40%

  • 15runs 19%

Top Altitude:2650m
Bottom Altitude:1200m
Resort Altitude:1850m
Longest run:11km
Slope Orientation:N S
Vertical Drop:1450m
Skiable Vertical:1450m
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:160km
Beginner slopes:41%
Intermediate:40%
Advanced slopes:19%
Lift Pass Price: 194€ (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: La Thuile, Val d'Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne and Valmorel

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in La Rosiere

Thirty three beginners’ routes are ideal for first time skiers to become familiar with the slopes. From La Rosière 1850m centre, watch time fly as you go up and down the green runs of Clarines, Ecureuil the Forêt and the like. Then it’s all aboard the Roches Noires Express to push yourself to the next level of blue runs. Beginner boarders will be grateful for the Roches Noires and Landelieres chairlifts, offering long, sloping blue runs with all the practise space needed for Traversing heelside moves.

Intermediates should make use of the San Bernardo lift pass and see La Thuile for some Italian forest runs to put you through your paces - stop by the red San Bernardo leading down to La Thuile for the longest run. Climb up 2188m to the Col du Petit Bernard where the Fourclaz Express and Piccolo San Bernardo Express provide a series of wave like red runs, riding up and down the zig zag formation of the pistes of the Secteur Col du Petit Saint Bernard. Crash over the peaks towards Gran Testa for further intermediate runs.

La Rosière knows the kind of challenge advanced snow lovers like and they’ve created the black classified Zittieux snow cross to trail off piste through Alpine forest. Follow the Fontaine Froide down for a descent with breath taking views over the Tarentaise Valley below.

Add one snow park, one boarder cross, one snow cross and one snow kite area, and you have La Rosière’s magical potion of ski fun! The snow park is a rainbow of blues, greens and reds including boxes, rails and big air. The boarder cross offers raised curves and slalom gates to keep you on the ball. Above La Rosière 1850m, snow kite departures require a fast track gear change that’ll have you flying down the slopes.

La Rosiere Apres Ski

The hustle and bustle of après ski will be mostly coming from the restaurants and bars of this family-friendly resort. Le Relais du Petit Saint-Bernard’s hotel holds a classic family restaurant, where talented chefs serve up Savoyard family favourites with heart. Its impressive bay windows offer views over the sunny Eastern and Southern slopes and there’s plenty of space for more tables to accommodate groups, great if you’ve got a large gang! On a romantic ski getaway and fancy a cosier location? Le Genepi restaurant offers a cosy wooden Alpine interior, with crafted chairs for two. A little higher up on the price scale, this is worth the money for the fine French cuisine on offer. Don’t forget to order a shot of Genepi for a strong finish to an already strong meal.

If you like to party and warm bars just won’t do, a livelier atmosphere can be found at Le Petit Danois. They have the beer, the DJ and the BBQ for a classic shindig. Look out for their famous fancy dress events for a memorable night out!

Away from the ski slopes, La Rosière is a big fan of snow shoe walking. Three pedestrian paths are served by a multitude of snow sporting organisations. Walk through enchanting forest trails as you revel in the sheltered quiet. But baby, it’s cold outside, so when you feel like you need a little rise in temperature, the Ô des Cimes and Matsuzaka spas are ready and waiting for you to slip into a warm pool and relax those aching joints.

Best time to go

Best time to ski La Rosiere

When is the best time to ski La Rosiere?

Top slope heights of 2650m and 398 snow cannons provide the San Bernardo ski domain with snow sure conditions throughout the season. The resort itself catches a good amount of sun with its south facing position. Later on when the ski season is coming into the Spring, the La Thuile area of the ski domain is perfectly placed on a North facing mountain where you’re likely to find better preserved snow. As a resort that’s more on the petite side compared to its neighbours of Les Arcs and Tignes, visitors are in for a quieter ski experience on the slopes, with plenty of space to ski or snowboard to your heart’s content on wide, gentle runs. You can usually ski La Rosière from mid-December up until late April.

Peak Dates

Take a festive walk with a reindeer sized Saint Bernard dog this Christmas at La Rosière. A sac full of goodies for kids and adults alike will leave skiers with a warm, yuletide glow. Browse La Rosiere Christmas ski holidays ‣

Celebrate with loved ones under a firework lit sky this New Year at La Rosière. Choose between a festive Savoyard meal in one of the restaurants or party in the local pub for a night to remember. Browse La Rosiere New Year ski holidays ‣

It’s usually slope style competition time at half term at La Rosière. Teens bring their best material and moves to win their place on the resort’s snow park, boarder cross and snow cross. Browse La Rosiere Half Term ski holidays ‣

Ski the sunny south facing La Rosière domain in the morning, heading on over to the north facing La Thuile area for the fresh afternoon snow this Easter at La Rosière. Sledges, slalom and snow park competitions are great fun for kids this Spring. Browse La Rosiere Easter ski holidays ‣

La Rosiere Ratings & Customer Feedback
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Average Rating 4.1 out of 5
Obviously we are very bias to this resort as we did our season there. It is our favourite however may not be for everyone. 1) Best Bar has to be Petit Danois – based in the main resort – definitely a seasonairs bar and in the evening very busy. Live bands and good music. Also do a mean Pizza. You can also hea... + more
Alec Fowler, Manchester
5 out of 5
La Rosiere is lovely, it has everything we want from a ski resort. I thoroughly enjoyed our week here in February, so much so that we’re going to buy somewhere here when we retire. The area has runs for mixed abilities and the time of year we went wasn’t that busy at all. For young families, the resort has ... + more
M. Frankland, Lancashire
5 out of 5
We love La Rosiere and have been there three times now. It’s very family friendly which is perfect for our children (aged 7 and 9) and for us there’s easily enough for a weeks’ worth of skiing, with plenty of skiing over to Italy if it’s open. The area is south facing so you get a lot of sunshine, but its h... + more
Charles Leather,
5 out of 5
The weather was a bit foggy in April, but overall La Rosiere is a good resort and I would recommend it to other families. It’s close to the slopes and the children’s areas are good. There’s a little nursery area with an escalator as well as a play park nearby which was great. + more
Matt Mitchell Farmer,
5 out of 5
We’d been to La Rosiere before and had an excellent week here with the children, we’ve already booked next year’s holiday here! If you’re teens or 20-somethings looking for nightlife it’s not the place for you and you won’t find 5000 black runs either, but it’s an excellent resort for beginners and child... + more
Steve, Gloucestershire
5 out of 5
Snowed like mad here on the second week of February. We thought there might be trouble getting home but it was fine. We usually have great weather when we ski, and this was probably the worst we’d ever seen – 3 days the light was bad and it was very snowy. It’s not anyone’s fault though and it made the reso... + more
Laurie, West Yorkshire
4 out of 5
Neither of us had been to La Rosiere before – it’s quite a quiet resort, but it’s nice. Considering it was towards the end of the season we got quite lucky as it snowed the night we got there, which saw us through the next few days (though it was a bit windy at times). One of us has done quite a lot of ski... + more
Ben & Rachael, Powys
4 out of 5
There wasn’t a massive amount of snow over New Year’s, so we had to go high – but it was still good. La Rosiere is a quiet but very nice resort and it’s possibly somewhere we would consider going again. It’s probably more a resort for intermediates, there isn’t much for advanced skiers and there weren’t ... + more
G. R., UK
4 out of 5
First time in La Rosiere and I thought it was quite special. The resort was quite busy (turned out it was Parisian half term) and I would have preferred it to be quieter, but the snow quality was good. The runs are very varied – I’m an experienced snowboarder and my wife was a new skier and we managed to find... + more
Stephen,
4 out of 5
Straddling the border between France and Italy, La Ros has plenty of groomed skiing between the two - if you laid out the pistes of the San Bernardo ski area from end to end, they’d run from London to Birmingham. Some of the finest, if you enjoy shooting through the trees, are the glades above Italian La Thuil... + more
Cass,
5 out of 5
La Rosiere came up as a last minute holiday and we really enjoyed it – it’s a nice little village. You have some nice views of Mont Blanc and could ski over to La Thuile which has views of the Matterhorn. The area has a bit of everything although there weren’t so many boarders around. There was plenty of sno... + more
Mr Bowness, Cumbria
5 out of 5
I like La Rosiere, the location is really nice and the village is good. There’s always quite a lot of stuff going on each night... out of the week they had an event on 5 of the nights including adult only tobogganing, a freestyle ski show and a torchlight night where you ski down in the dark. You can normally ... + more
Val, Highland
5 out of 5
Luckily the snow was good while we were in La Rosiere even though it was a hot week. We had glorious sunshine the whole time. It was starting to get mushy towards the end of the day down at the bottom of the slopes. I wouldn’t have wanted to go the week after. It’s a great resort for families, it’s quite lim... + more
Jo, Bristol
4 out of 5
La Rosiere is great for families. Everything is nearby. It’s quite a small place, there isn’t so much there. We went bowling one night, but it was in the neighbouring village and it was a bit of a trek to get there. The ski area is really open, there aren’t many trees. You can see all the off-piste because o... + more
Suzanna Burroughs, Bromley
4 out of 5
It’s lovely! We are hoping to go back next year. We are very experienced skiers, so experts I suppose, and the skiing around La Rosiere wasn’t really sufficient, however we went over to La Thuile where it is more challenging. It’s definitely more of a resort for beginners. We met some nice people while were ... + more
Jackie, West Wickham
4 out of 5
The resort is quite compact, not very extensive. We also went early in the season and there was not much snow towards the bottom of La Rosiere and La Thuile. For après ski we went to Avalanche in the main town centre in La Rosiere which I would recommend. + more
Jill,
4 out of 5
Generally, we thought La Rosiere was good, the fact that you can link across into La Thuile was important. If it was just La Rosiere my son and I would probably have done it in 2 days, but the fact that we could pop over meant that it was fine. I would probably recommend it to beginners, the ski school was exce... + more
David,
4 out of 5
We had a lovely time in La Rosiere, it’s such a good place to bring the family if your kids are learning to ski. They all had a great time with their instructors, who really pushed them so they came out a lot better than they’d started. I wouldn’t recommend the resort for really good skiers but for little ki... + more
Mrs McNeill, Greater London
4 out of 5
My experience of La Rosiere may have been slightly impacted by the weather of which there were blizzards for the majority but to me La Rosiere felt a bit small with me repeating runs on a daily basis. It was challenging especially for a snowboarder to get to the Italian side of the result due to a drag lift bei... + more
Timothy Journeaux,
3 out of 5
The resort itself was absolutely lovely, even though it was purpose built it’s probably one of nicest places we’ve been to. The skiing itself however was limited – it was very exposed at the top and although the weather was good, the snow wasn’t absolutely brilliant. To get over to Italy you had to use some... + more
ANON, Essex
3 out of 5
It took us about 3 days to ski the whole area. There was more to do on the La Thuile side of the ski area, we preferred this side. There were some very nice little runs through the trees, and these are better protected from the elements. It was late in the season and it did become slushy at times… going down t... + more
Mark, Bournemouth
3 out of 5
We found the ski area really limited and there wasn’t much to do apart from going over to La Thuile. It would be really good for beginners, maybe going up to intermediates but I don’t think we would return. + more
Joyce, South Lanarkshire
2 out of 5
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Families in La Rosiere

Stay in a catered chalet such as Chalet Cervinia (which sleeps 8-10) for a family holiday with a dreamy five minute walk to Les Eucherts ski school meeting place. Some of our chalets offer their own nanny services for younger children- inquire with us for chalet childcare options when making your booking. Hotels often offer their own childcare facilities too as well as varying board types, so you won’t have to worry about cooking after a day on the slopes. Apartments often make the cheapest option for family holidays and with properties like Les Cimes Blanches being perfectly positioned on the slope side for ski in ski out opportunities, kids will enjoy the trip home as they scoot to the front door.

For a direct journey to La Rosière, take a look at our flight and transfer packages. We find the closest serving airport for your departure date, to keep travel time to a minimum, so your little monkeys won’t be cooped up for long. Self-drive holidays with channel crossings are a great idea for kids who don’t mind a lengthy drive- the countryside views are certainly worth it. And if you’ve already got your travel in mind and are just looking for accommodation, most of our hotels, chalets and apartments are available to book separately.

Awarded the esteemed ‘Famille Plus’ label for its top notch family facilities, you can be sure that you’re onto a winner with this resort. The two kids’ clubs of Les Galopins can be found in Les Chavonnes Hautes and L’Averne, accepting toddlers from eighteen months to twelve year olds for all their sledging, arts and crafts and siesta needs. Qualified instructors will take those old enough to ski up and around the beginners’ runs, so they’ll soon be able to give you a run for your money on the slopes. Beginners’ areas come with magic carpet and rope tow, so little ones won’t tire themselves out walking up the slope or on difficult ski lifts.

Continue the family competition of an evening doing some bowling at the Kitzbühel to see who’s the master of the clan. Other non-ski entertainment includes a cinema showing movies in both French and English and an ice rink, so kids will never get bored... And as parents enjoy a glass of vino at the rink side, you won’t be hearing words of boredom from the grown-ups either!

GroupsGroup Holidays La Rosiere

Apartments are an affordable option for large groups of people, and ideally located for daytime skiing and après ski activities set at the bottom of the pistes with a few minutes’ walk to the heart of town. Keep sole occupancy chalets in mind for luxury and a space all of your own in addition to a chalet host preparing your week’s meals. Enjoy a bird’s eye view over France with Sno’s flight and transfer deals to La Rosière, departing from your most convenient airport. For groups that like to bond on a road trip through some spectacular French landscapes, book one of our self-drive holidays, with channel crossings included in the price. If your friends live all over the country, then an accommodation only holiday may work out better for you, as each member of the party makes their own way over to la France.

This resort is perfection for groups of advanced skiers, as you put squabbles over who’s the best skier to the test. Race down the mountains with the aid of a kite propeller and dip in and out of Alpine trees on the off piste snow cross. For groups of varying abilities, a mixed selection of thirty-three beginners’ runs, thirty-two intermediate runs and fifteen blacks means all the gang can come along! From Le Belvédère 2641, find runs to sort all abilities. And if friends aren’t all that keen on the idea of skiing or boarding, but still wish to come along for some snowy fun, La Rosière offers its second pastime of snow shoeing, where all ages can enjoy enchanting views at an easier pace. Beat other non-skiers to the bottom of the sledding slopes to see who travels the fastest on their derrière.

And that’s not even talking about La Rosière’s group friendly après ski. Warm up your vocal chords in preparation for karaoke at Appin’s Bar. After a round of Chartreuse shooters and singing, move onto Le Pub, for some late night dancing.

Which are the best ski holidays in La Rosiere?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Les Cimes Blanches 7 £ 317
Les Marmottons 7 £ 254
Le Lodge Hemera 7 £ 340
Club Med La Roserie 5 £ 943
Chalet Papillon 4 7 £ 619
Chalet Papillon 1 7 £ 619
Chalet Papillon 2 7 £ 619
Chalet Papillon 5 7 £ 629
Chalet Papillon 6 7 £ 639
Chalet Papillon 3 7 £ 639

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