La Rosière Ski Resort

With cross-border skiing, an entirely new mountain to ski on and one of the Alps’ best snow records, La Rosière is a fantastic choice for this winter’s ski holiday.

What was already an excellent ski area – comprising 152km of linked slopes with neighbouring La Thuile in Italy – only got better for 2018/19. Two new fast six-pack chairlifts were built up Mont Valaisan to open up a fantastic area of off piste, as well as five new red runs. This has added more advanced terrain to the ski area, making it more varied than ever before. Just make sure that if you’re crossing the Italian border you return before the last lifts close – the taxi ride back will be extremely expensive!

The resort sits along the Col de Petit St Bernard road, which is closed off until the summer months and is therefore nice and quiet. Lots of rustic chalets, built in traditional Savoyard style, form the bulk of the accommodation in the resort. Don’t come here expecting a party, but there are some nice bars for a post-skiing drink, as well as several traditional restaurants.

Our La Rosière Resort Ratings

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  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Pros

Fantastically varied, cross-border ski area

New Mont Valaisan sector is excellent for off piste

Attractive and rustic village – very different to the bustle of nearby Val d’Isère

Cons

Storms can close the link across to Italy

Sunny lower slopes can become slushy

Resort is quiet – party lovers should head to other resorts

La Rosière Skiing and Snowboarding

Just above the village lie the resort’s nursery slopes, all of which are sunny and gentle. Beyond this, learners will have to tackle the network of blues below Roc Noir, but most of these are pretty mellow. Once these are mastered, confident intermediates will have free reign over the linked ski area with La Thuile – just note that you need to catch long draglifts to get across.

The shadier slopes of La Thuile are slightly steeper, with lots of excellent groomed reds and a couple of blacks. Before the new lifts were built the challenges on the French side were somewhat limited, but the Mont Valaisan sector has several steeper red runs and is home to some fine off piste, particularly slightly later in the winter when the rocky terrain has been fully covered.

  • Total Pistes: 152km
  • Green: 6%
  • Blue: 36%
  • Red: 48%
  • Black: 10%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 5.2km
  • Lifts: 34
  • Altitude: 1176m – 2800m

La Rosière Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

La Rosière Resort

The location of La Rosière means that it is nice and quiet in the winter – when the mountain pass is open, the road running through it can be busy. Throw in spectacular views over the Isère valley and the setting is ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing and picturesque stay.

Lots of the accommodation is in well-appointed chalets so you won’t need to eat out too often, but there are some good local eateries to choose from on your chalet host’s night off. Several bars are dotted around town too, offering a relaxed atmosphere – the après ski here is nothing like a few kilometres away in Val D.

How to get to La Rosière

Getting here form Geneva and Chambery is easy, but transfer times are quite long. Perhaps the best way to arrive to the resort is to travel via the snow train and then catch the short bus ride up from Bourg St Maurice.

  • Chambery airport: 2 hours
  • Geneva airport: 2.5 hours
  • Calais: approximately 12 hours driving (612 miles)

La Rosière Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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