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 to Italy. 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 170 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 funicular from Bourg St Maurice), Val d’Isère, Tignes, La Plagne or Valmorel 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.
Skiniks.com has apartments in the centre of the village. These 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.
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 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.
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 underground (skiniks.com includes an underground parking space for each apartment in the rental price).
There are several restaurants in La Rosière providing good food at a reasonable cost – it is still possible to eat out for less than 30 euros or so including wine. Menus tend to be extensive and many offer local specialities including brasserades, fondues, tartiflette and raclette.
For those wishing to “eat in” some shops are happy to lend fondue, brasserade or raclette equipment (subject to availability).
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. There is also an Extreme Luge near the entrance to the village – a four season ride down the mountain.
Lifts and Slopes
Lifts and slopes – La Rosière
Highest lift: 2800m
Lowest lift: 1176m
Vertical drop: 1624m
Number of lifts: 20
Number of runs: 44
Total piste length: 65 km
L’Espace San Bernardo (including La Thuile): 170km
- Green/Blue: 21
- Red: 16
- Black: 5
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 de la Poletta includes 1 hip, 9 tables, 1 big air with bag, 2 handrails and 1 fun box.
St Bernard fun cross – designed for the kids, but fun all the same!
Snowpark du Lièvre Blanc – a mini snow park for kids
Tourist Office Information
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.
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.
Ski Lift Passes
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.
Lift passes for the La Rosière domain 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.
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 239 euros for an adult, 179.50 euros for children aged 5-13 and 209 euros for adults aged 65-74 in the 2021-22 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 784 euros. Further children aged less than 17 can be added for 179.50 euros. A 7 day family pass costs 885 euros and an 8 day pass 981 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 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 three and a half weeks or so during a season.