La Rosière is a small, friendly and well catered ski resort in the Haute Tarentaise, Savoie region of France. The village differs from most other ski resorts in that it is south facing and sited on a plateau, rather than in the bottom of a valley.The resort is high at 1850m which, along with its aspect, gives fantastic views both up and down the Isère valley.
La Rosière is on the opposite side of the valley to Les Arcs with Arc 2000, Arc 1950 and Mont Pourri clearly visible. La Rosière holds the French snow record for a ski resort due, it is said, to the proximity of Mont Blanc. It is also one of France's sunniest resorts (La Rosière Tourist Office literature says it receives the same amount of sun, on average, as Carcassone!). La Rosière is a very friendly, safe, family- orientated resort offering good piste skiing as well as great off-piste and ski-touring opportunities. La Rosière connects with the Italian resort of La Thuile, giving an extensive ski area, "l'Espace San Bernardo", over, and on both sides of, the Little St Bernard Pass.

La Rosière is the last village in France on the D1090 (was the N90) road over the Little St Bernard Pass. During winter months, the pass is closed so the only traffic in La Rosière is local, with no through traffic.

La Rosière's ski area connects with that of La Thuile on the Italian side, giving combined pisted runs of around 160 km over l'Espace San Bernardo. These cover all levels of skiing from beginner (there are nursery slopes in the middle of the village) to expert. There are also extensive opportunities for off-piste skiing and ski-touring in both resorts and over the pass. The lift pass covers both resorts - a pass for six days or longer also allows a day's skiing in Les Arcs (accessible by road or by furnicular from Bourg St Maurice), Val d'Isère, Tignes, La Plagne, Valmorel or Avoriaz for 30.00 euros or Sainte Foy en Tarentaise (a little village but big skiing!) for 18.50 euros. Other resorts easily accessible by car include Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and satellite villages such as Les Coches, Peisey and Nancroix. has apartments in the centre of the village. Most are in Les Terrasses de La Rosière. The apartments sleep 4-6 people and are well equipped. Apartments have flat screen televisions, hi-fi and DVDs and most apartments are also equipped with dishwashers. The apartments are close together giving scope for larger groups, if required. On the ground floor of Les Terrasses are a bakery, AltiSpa, delicatessen, pharmacy, ski shop and 2 screen cinema. There are other shops, bars and restaurants in the main shopping centre, which is about fifty metres away. The commercial centre in Les Eucherts includes shops, bars, restaurants, an ice-skating rink and 10-pin bowling alley.

For ski equipment hire or purchase Colette Sport, a family run ski shop, close to Les Terrasses, offers expert and friendly advice and a good range of equipment and clothing. Colette offers clients of a 25% discount on equipment hire.

Click here to see Les Terrasses and other important points in La Rosière on GoogleMaps.

There are several restaurants in La Rosière providing good food at a reasonable cost - it is still possible to eat out for less than 20 euros or so including wine. Menus tend to be extensive and many offer local specialities including brasserades, fondues and raclette. For those wishing to "eat in" the supermarkets are happy to lend fondue, brasserade or raclette equipment (subject to availability).

There are three ski schools, all with English speaking ski instructors. Guides are also available for those who may wish to venture further afield. Day tours are organised at various times during the season. Unusually, for France, heli-skiing is also available, with pick-ups just over the Italian border.

It is easy to drive to La Rosière, it is about 600 miles from Calais, which can be done in, usually, 8 - 10 hours. Other options include the snow train, TGV or Eurostar to Bourg St Maurice and then bus or taxi up the mountain (bus fare about 10 euros) or flying to Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble or Geneva and hiring a car or taxi. Bus and train services are also available from French airports. See the Links page for more details.

The Little St Bernard pass is closed in winter to all traffic (the snow was still 17 feet deep in June a few years ago when they came to reopen the pass), so the only traffic in La Rosière is local. There is plenty of parking, including undergound ( includes an underground parking space for most apartments in the rental price).

The three 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 for individuals or groups. Group or private ski lessons are available in the mornings, afternoons or both with tuition for all levels from beginners to competition skiing. Further details are available below.

La Rosière also offers a patrolled off-piste area, Le Spot des Zittieux, a Boarder Cross track, a Snow Kite area and a Snowpark for freeriders. For those of a competitive nature, races are also organised each week.

Thanks to its proximity to the Italian border, la Rosière is the only ski resort in the Savoie able to offer heli-skiing. Choose from single or multiple drops and ski the Ruitor glacier (from 3300 metres with a 2100m vertical decent), the Miravidi (3065m with a 1800m vertical descent), the Freduaz (2900m with a 1700m vertical descent) or Mont Ouille (3099m). All outings are accompanied by qualified high mountain guides.

There are also facilities for cross-country skiers, walkers, snow-shoeing (with organised trips), Nordic walking, tobogganing, igloo-building (and you can choose to sleep in it afterwards!) and discovery trips (nature, culture, local cuisine, farm trips etc). Mountain guides are available for ski touring, ski mountaineering and other explorations.

Resort: 1850m
Skiing: 1176m-2570m
Highest lift: 2570m
Lowest lift: 1176m
Vertical drop: 1394m
Number of lifts: 19
Number of runs: 38
Total piste length: 55km
L'Espace San Bernardo (including La Thuile): 160km

  • Green/Blue: 22
  • Red: 12
  • Black: 4

Le Spot des Zittieux - ski off-piste in a patrolled area. Choose your lines in a natural and progressive environment.

Le Boarder Cross du Fort - let rip!

Snowpark du Lièvre Blanc - a mini snow park for kids

Snowpark de la Poletta includes 1 hip, 9 tables, 1 big air with bag, 2 handrails and 1 fun box.

Resort: 1441m
Skiing: 1441m-2611m
Highest lift: 2611m
Lowest lift: 1441m
Vertical drop: 1170m
Number of lifts: 18
Number of runs: 42
Total piste length: 105km
L'Espace San Bernardo (including La Rosière): 160km

  • Green/Blue: 11
  • Red: 22
  • Black: 9

L'Espace San Bernardo
Skiing: 1176m-2611m
Highest lift: 2611m
Lowest lift: 1176m
Vertical drop: 1435m
Number of lifts: 37
Number of runs: 80
Total piste length: 160km
Number of snow cannons: 455 on 35 km of pistes

  • Green/Blue: 33
  • Red: 34
  • Black: 13

L'Office du Tourisme de La Rosière
73700 La Rosière-Montvalezan

Tel: +33 (0)
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The three 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 for individuals or groups.
Group or private ski lessons are available in the mornings, afternoons or both with tuition for all levels from beginners to competition skiing.

Ecole du Ski Français
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Evolution 2
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Origin Alps Guided skiing, freeride skiing, heli-skiing, ski touring in the Espace San Bernardo and other local resorts for experienced skiers
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Please note that a photo is required for all ski passes of 9 days or more. There are photo booths in the Maison du Ski and Office du Tourisme.

Beginners: La Rosière has four lifts for beginners which are free, Clarines 1 and Manessier, near the Relais du Petit St Bernard, and Dahu and the Tapis des Lutins in Les Eucherts.

Free passes: Lift passes for the La Rosière domaine are free for those aged less than 5 years or over 75 years (proof of age will be asked for in each case). These passes are available from the Maison du Ski. If you want to ski in Italy, you do need to pay a supplement. This can be paid daily or purchased for any number of consecutive days.

Ski passes: Passes are available for 4 hours from the time of issue, for mornings or afternoons or for a number of days. A ski pass for 6 days to cover the Espace San Bernardo (both La Rosière and La Thuile) costs 211.20 euros for an adult, 158.40 euros for children aged 5-13, 179.50 euros for adults aged 65-74 and 97.20 euros for those 75 & over (2017-18 season).

A reduced rate 6 day Family Pass is also available for 2 adults and 2 children aged less than 17 at a rate of 691.00 euros. Further children aged less than 17 can be added for 158.40 euros each. A 7 day family pass costs 776.00 euros and an 8 day pass 856.00 euros.

Passes for 6 days or over give a reduced rate (approximately 50% of the standard day rate) for a day's skiing in Val d'Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Valmorel, Avoriaz and Sainte Foy en Tarentaise.

Season passes: Season passes are also available. A season's pass can be an economical alternative for those looking to ski in La Rosière and La Thuile for more than 4 weeks or so during a season.

On-Line Booking: Ski passes can be booked and recharged online at Please use code L17EDWU7R for a 5% discount if buying or recharging a ski pass more than 14 days in advance

La Maison du Ski
73700 La Rosière-Montvalezan

Tel: +33 (0)
Fax: +33 (0)

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). Activities include sledging, skiing and ski instruction, cross-country skiing, snow shoes etc depending on age. For older children, the ski schools have a "Jardin des Enfants" where there is supervised skiing and various courses to complete.

Further details are available in the "Kids" section.




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