La Rosière - Off Piste Skiing
offers some extensive off piste skiing.
You must be aware that off piste runs are
not prepared or patrolled, and some can be extremely remote. Avalanche
transceivers should be worn for safety and due regard should be paid to
snow and weather conditions. You should check that your insurance covers
you for off piste skiing and be aware that you ski at your own risk.
des Moulins from La Traversette (at the top of the TS Du Fort chairlift)
offers extensive off piste skiing from 2396m (higher if you climb a bit)
to, snow permitting, the bottom of the Petit Bois chairlift at 1500m.
also ski from the top of the Roches Noires and Plan du Répos Noir chairlifts over the
back (north face) of Le Roc Noir - care should be taken that you do not, however, ski below the (snow
covered & closed) D1090 road if you want to be able to return to La
Rosière on skis. The marker poles for the road are visible.
off piste skiing is also available from the top of the Roches Noires chairlift,
again make sure that you do not ski below the D1090 road, although
the Les Ecudets chairlift can be used if you rejoin the piste system.
off piste opportunities are available on the Little St Bernard pass, using
the N90 road for access back to La Rosière. This road passes the
old hospice on the pass, which is now a museum and Chanousia, an alpine
garden (both are closed during winter).
Le Spot des Zittieux,
accessible from the top of the Roches Noires chairlift is a patrolled off-piste skiing area
allowing you to practise freeskiing techniques in a natural and progressive area.
Further details on off piste skiing and ski touring
opportunities are available, on request
are available from the ski schools for those who wish to ventire further
afield. Mont Valaisan and the Ruitor glacier offer ski touring opportunities,
along with other areas.
unusually for France, is also possible from La Rosière, with pick-ups
made from just over the Italian border (usually near the bottom of the
Piccolo San Bernardo chairlift).