La Rosière is a very child friendly resort and its layout makes it hard (although probably not impossible!) for children to get lost. During winter, La Rosière benefits from the closing of the Little St Bernard pass, meaning that there is no through traffic. The combination of being able to walk easily to most places in the village and the bus system also means that many of those who arrive in cars do not use them again until they leave, although for those that do want to drive to the pistes, there is ample parking.
This all helps to make La Rosière a family friendly resort and children are warmly welcomed by the resort, with some activities, such as the annual Easter egg hunt, laid on specifically for them (and at no charge). Bars and restaurants cater for children, with some even allowing the kids to hone their pinball skills.
The mountains are a fantastic place for kids, but do make sure that they are dressed to suit the weather conditions. They can get very wet when playing in the snow, so some spare, dry clothes, and, especially, gloves are always useful. To help get young kids "in the mood", click here to download a colouring book.
The ESF happily teach kids from absolute beginners through to advanced and competition levels. Progress is measured by the ESF's French wide system of "étoiles" (stars), culminating in the Etoile d'Or. There is then the choice to specialise in slalom, downhill, freestyle and ski jumping (the resort has its own ski jump) for those who wish to.
There is no reason why children should not start skiing as soon as they can walk properly, possibly around three years old. In La Rosière they can attend ski school from this age. However, before the age of seven or eight, most children do not master any advanced techniques, so they will not have missed out if they start a few years later. Be guided by the child: if they want to ski, fine; if not, don't force them.There are plenty of places for toboganning or snowball fights.
Kids Gear - The obvious problem with kitting children out for the slopes is that they're always growing. Don't be tempted to buy equipment too big for them to 'grow into' because it can make skiing difficult or even hurt your child.
Boots - Ski boots should fit like trainers - with enough room for toes to wiggle. It's hard sometimes to get feedback from smaller children so, if you can, take the liner out of the shell to get a better idea of where their toes are. Boots can be hired in the resort, and this is often the best option while kids are growing.
Helmets - It is advisable for all children to wear a helmet. Make sure it fits properly and that your child can still see to the sides and hear clearly. Helmets are available for hire in the resort.
There is a kids' club (Le Club des Galopins) in La Rosière where you can safely leave children (up to the age of 12) for either half a day or all day (they will provide meals, and/ or collect children from ski school, if required). Creche facilities are available for children aged 16 months to 3 years.
Outdoor activities include sledging, skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoes etc depending on age. An appreciation of the mountains and the environment may also be given.
Beginners aged 3 or 4 can attend ski lessons at Le Club des Galopins on a specially prepared area with a moving carpet and obstacles to ski around. These "Premières Glisses" lessons are designed to be fun and are supervised by fully qualified ESF ski instuctors. For older children, the ski school has a "Jardin des Enfants" where there is supervised skiing and various courses to complete, again in a protected environment.
More advanced lessons, up to and beyond competition level are held on the mountain.
The ski schools in La Rosière run a full range of courses catering for beginners to experts on both alpine and telemark skis and snowboards. Private tuition is also available. Baby sitting facilities may also be available through the Club des Galopins.
Le Club des Galopins
Tel: +33 (0)4.79.06.89.67
Fax: +33 (0)220.127.116.11.21
Web Site: www.esflarosiere.com
Ecole du Ski Français
Tel +33 (0)4.79.06.81.26
Fax +33 (0) 4.79.06.86.13
Web Site www.esflarosiere.com
Tel +33 (0)18.104.22.168.80
Fax +33 (0)22.214.171.124.83
Web Site www.evolution2.com
Origin Alps Guided skiing, freeride skiing, heli-skiing, ski touring in the Espace San Bernardo and other local resorts for experienced skiers
Tel +33 (0)126.96.36.199.11 or +33 (0)188.8.131.52.64
Web Site www.originalps.com
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