Catered Ski Chalets La Rosiere France
La Rosiere is situated high on the Petit St Bernard Pass that links France and Italy. A small, high altitude ski resort, it grows year on year in both popularity and size. The skiing is very good, particularly for intermediates and La Rosiere catered ski chalets offer great value for adults and family ski groups. We particular like the fact that you have the French ski convenience whilst being able to pop over in to Thuile in Italy (Aosta Valley) for a great Italian lunch.
Skiing La Rosiere
Growing in popularity, La Rosiere skiing allows you to ski France and Italy on the same and on the same ski pass. Great for intermediates, the ski resort is situated at 1,850 and with skiing up to 2,610m. Whilst a sunny ski resort, La Rosiere nevertheless has a good snow record.
The runs are predominantly red and whilst most confident beginners will enjoy La Rosiere, it is very much an intermediates resort and has only limited skiing for experts. Here at Chalet Ski Holidays we particularly love the fact that you can ski France in the morning, and then pop across into Thuile in Italy for a great pasta lunch (our children love the pizzas) midday. Then skiing the afternoon in Italy before the trip home over the top back into France.
Despite its rising popularity and the increasing number of chalets popping up year on year, it still retains its small village charm with all chalets tastefully built in stone and wood. Most chalets are either next to the piste or two minutes walk away. Despite its relatively small appearance, it has a lot of amenities too with ten pin bowling, a swimming pool, cinema and ice rink, all ‘just round the corner’!
Restaurants and bars are limited compared to the larger ski resorts, but it has a handful of bars and places to eat. Shops are however limited and those that are in La Rosiere are mainly based around skiing.
La Rosiere Family Ski Holidays
La Rosiere is a great family ski resort although it is better suited for children who have learnt to ski and confident on red runs. This said, there is a nursery slope just above the resort and at 1850 it has a good snow record.
Expert and Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding
La Rosiere is not for the extreme skier but there is skiing in between the slopes and there are some gentle off piste runs off the Combes des Moulins. This said, the off-piste should be evaluated and treated with caution and checked by a competent person for stability as some off-piste areas are particularly prone to slides (avalanching).
Eating Out On The Mountain
On the La Rosiere there is Le Plan du Repos or La Travessette offers a ‘fast food ‘ solution but for us it is a must to ski over and pop into Thuile for the Italian lunch. If you are on a family ski holiday the children will love Thuile as it is a pasta and pizza delight! Maison de Niege is easy to find right on the slopes and serves some great pasta and gnocchi dishes. For pizza Le Foyer was popular with children for the pure theatre of choosing what went on top.
The Park de la Poletta has been recently introduced and a popular choice for intermediate freestyle skiers and snowboarders. On La Thuile side there is the Wazimu Snowpark as well.
The main choice is between ESF and Evolution 2. Elite Ski offer British tuition however as an alternative.
The après-ski in La Rosierr is limited compared to its more illustrious neighbours, but nevertheless there are a small selection of bars in the centre that get busy and some that have music. All create quite a good atmosphere. One of the liveliest is probably La Petit Danois and the younger crowd. For a more relaxed après-ski Clay’s Piano Bar is a favourite.
La Rosiere Restaurants
La Rosiere restaurants mainly focus around good, traditional Savoyard dishes. If you however like French food, and don’t necessarily want just a Savoyard only option, Le Genepi in the centre is a good place to try. This said, our top tip for the night off is Le Turia which offers beautiful French dishes cooked and presented very well in a beautiful, warm and traditional alpine interior.
La Rosiere doesn’t have a nightclub of such although Le Pub has late night dancing until the early hours.
Getting Around The Resort
With the exception of chalets in Les Eucherts, most chaet properties are within 200m to 300m of the piste and centre and few will therefore need to use the free Navette Ski Bus service that operates regularly in the resort.
La Rosire may be a relatively small family orientated rsort, but it packs a big punch in terms of non-ski activities, all in the centre and therefore just a short (often just 200m) stroll away! There is a ten pin bowling alley, an indoor swimming pool, cinema and ice rink