France Ski Accommodation in La Rosiere, France

Description

La Rosiere sits at 1850m. The resort is purpose built but manages to retain the traditional alpine style with plenty of chalets and apartments dotted discretely throughout the resort.

La Rosiere has an extensive network of green and blue runs so it is a great choice for beginners, and it links with the neighbouring Italian resort of La Thuille making up the Espace San Bernado. La Rosiere itself consists of over 160km of pistes and has been expanded for the 18/19 season with the opening of two new chairlifts and five additional pistes.

The resort is family friendly and has been awarded the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ by the French national tourist board due to its child friendly accommodation and fantastic beginner skiing.


Getting There

The most common way of getting to La Rosiere is to fly. There are for local airports to the resort:

210km from Geneva (2hr10)
126km from Chambery (1hr40)
210km from Grenoble (3hrs)
230km from Lyon (2hr45)

Geneva has the most options of flights and is open all year round. Lyon has a large selection of flights from many European cities rather than the UK. Grenoble and Chambery are busy during the winter season but are closed during summer months.

There are several companies who offer both shared and private transfers to and from resort. It is recommended that you check travel arrangements before booking your transfer, especially if you are looking for a shared bus as these are less regular and don't operate on certain week days so you don't want to be left stranded at the airport:

Ski Lifts have been awarded the world’s best ski transfer operator in the world ski awards. They provide private and shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon and Chambery. 

Cool Bus provides private transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon. 

Bens Bus provides low cost shared transfers from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon.

Alti Bus provides shared transfers from Geneva, Chambery and Lyon. 

The closest train station to La Rosiere is Bourg St Maurice which is approximately 35 minutes away by road. The Eurostar runs directly from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent every Saturday between December and April and overnight every Friday from January to April.

Driving out to resort is a popular option for many families. You can either travel via the channel tunnel or take the ferry. 

it is important to note that there are many tolls when driving through France to resort which will cost approximately €75 in total.



When to Go

La Rosiere sits at 1850m and has a peak height of 2800m. The resort has a consistent snow record and is open from December to April. La Rosiere is one of the most family friendly resorts in the Alps so does get busier during school holidays, with prices higher during this time.


Where to Stay

La Rosiere is made up of two village, the resort centre and Les Eucherts. The two villages are located close to each other and are connected by road. It isn’t too far (approximately 15 minutes) to walk between the two or there is a local shuttle bus that runs between.

The resort centre was purpose built in 1961, however unlike many purpose built villages the resort has managed to maintain the traditional alpine feel. There are several chalets in the centre as well as many shops, restaurants and the ski school meeting point.

Les Eucherts is a smaller village. Many chalets are located here as well as key facilities and amenities within an easy walking distance. For ski access, the village has its own high speed chairlift and for learners, ESF have their own novice area and Evolution 2 offer a pick up and drop off service for guests staying there.



Getting around

La Rosiere is a compact resort comprised of two villages about a 15 minute walk apart so it is relatively easy to get around the resort on foot.

Alternatively, there is a regular bus running through Les Eucherts, L'Averne, Le Gollet, the resort centre and Maison du ski every 15 minutes. The bus is free and runs till 11pm every evening from Sunday to Friday.

There are taxis available in resort but it is advisable to book them in advance.



Apres

La Rosiere isn't famed for having a big party scene, however there is still a selection of bars for apres and a few stay open late. 

Our recommended bars in La Rosiere include:

Bar La Roz is a small but lively venue. You will regularly find people dancing on the tables and taking advantage of the cheaper drinks.

For those wanting to unwind in a more relaxed way over a peaceful glass of wine or champagne next to a cosy fire then Chez Le Gaulois is the place. This chilled out wine bar offers an extensive wine list in a calm environment. Also perfect for a pre or post dinner drink. 

Le Pub is La Rosiere’s closest venue to a nightclub. Staying open until 4am this spot is a great place to have a boogie and a drink or even enjoy some darts. 

Le 1850 is located directly opposite the Tourist Office in the resort centre. This venue features a wine and tapas menu, ideal for those post-slopes munchies. 
They often have live music and aim to show many of the major sports matches on one of their TVs. 

Moobar combines a disco and a nightclub in the centre of Les Eucherts. Despite being a nightclub the venue promotes a laid back atmosphere until 4am. 

For sports fans wanting to watch the latest match Le Comptoir is the place to head to. Located in the heart of the resort centre, this venue is a traditional British pub offering simple food and reasonably priced drinks. When there isn’t any sport on then there will be live music or resident DJs.  


Eating out

There are plenty of restaurants in La Rosiere that offer a wide range of cuisine suitable for all budgets. Here are some of our favourites:

La Grange serves a variety of Savoyard, Italian and traditional local dishes. The restaurant is set in a typical wooden farmhouse decorated with lots of cows to celebrate the towns farming history. This is located in the centre of Eucherts. 

Le Genepi is located in the heart of the resort centre. They have an extensive a la carte menu and a substantial wine list. They offer a selection of set menus for both lunch and dinner at very reasonable prices. The restaurant has a lovely south facing terrace ideal for the sunny spring afternoons. With steaks and pierrade on the menu, there is something to please most diners. 

L’Antigel is one of La Rosiere’s finest slope side restaurants. Just off the Tetras piste this offers a modern restaurant with a great menu full of mountain classics sure to re-energise you for an afternoon skiing. 

Aux 3 Ours is a lovely tea room in the centre of Eucherts. Whether you want a snack or something more substantial this venue offers a cosy setting next to the ice skating rink. 

L’Ancolie is a fab lunch time spot. The chef frequently fires up the bbq offering some great grilled foods. Also open in the evening you can savour delicious ribs, steak, venison, fondue or even some fish dishes next to a roaring log fire. If you are staying a little further away the restaurant offers and complimentary pick up and drop off service on request. 

Le Plan du Repos is a mountainside restaurant with incredible views at the peak of the Roches Noires Chair. There is pedestrian access here so it is an ideal place to meet non-skiers in your group for lunch. 

La Traversette is located the base of the Fort chairlift with a wonderful sunny south facing terrace. There is a snack bar as well as a formal restaurant. Fondue can be ordered but the restaurant must be notified at least 24 hours in advance. 

Le Relais du Petit Saint Bernard offers a lunchtime brasserie style menu and a traditional Savoyard menu in the evenings. The evenings also offer some great value set menus. The chef’s set menu always comes highly recommended by previous guests. 

The Accroche Coeur offers a variety of international and French cuisines. They also do some incredible seafood platters on Fridays which must be booked in advance. They also have an extensive liqueur selection from all over the world. Located in the centre of La Rosiere the restaurant is easy to get to providing a convenient and delicious dinner option. 

Le Flocon offers both lunch and evening services in the centre of Les Eucherts. They serve a selection of hearty favourites such as burgers, pizza and steak. It is a good option for big groups as they have a large space so can easily create large tables.



Activities

La Rosiere is one of the most popular resorts for families visiting the Alps and the resort offers a host of activities off the piste which is ideal if you have a non-skier in the group or if you don't plan on skiing all day.

As well as shops, bars and restaurants, La Rosiere offers the following non-skiing activities:

Ice Skating
Bowling
Cinema
Sledging
Snowshoeing
Kids activities including snowman building, panda walks and snow challenges
Altispa with brand new swimming pool, salt room, sauna and 3 jacuzzis
Paragliding
Dog sledding
Snake gliss
Ice driving




Ski School

La Rosiere has some good ski schools who are able to offer both group and private lessons that cater for all skiing and boarding abilities whether it's your first time on the mountains or you are looking for a guide to help you explore the valley.

Group lessons are more sociable and will generally work out cheaper but they will be less intense than one-to-one tuition. Most ski schools will happily talk through the different lessons they provide to assess which one is right for you.

It is recommended that you book your lessons in advanced, especially if you are travelling during a peak week as lessons do get booked up quickly and you don't want to miss out.

Our recommended ski schools in La Rosiere are:

ESF are one of the most established ski schools in the Alps, they have been running in the different resorts for over 70 years. They offer fully qualified English speaking instructors and offer a range of lessons including private and group sessions. Because La Rosiere is such a family focussed resort they also offer special lessons during the holidays such as the ‘Too cool for school.’ This is created for teenagers between the age of 7 and 17 to choose their own speciality to focus the lessons on. This could be snow park, freestyle, off-piste or boarder cross. ESF is also the chosen ski school for the lessons that Les Galopins Kids Club for younger skiers.

Evolution 2
 is a ski and adventure school who offer ski school for all abilities as well as several winter activities including paragliding, speed riding and dog sledding. Like the other ski schools they offer more specialised classes focussed for the teenage market who have completed ski school but still wanting new challenges. Their junior academy focuses on freestyle and freeride skiing. They also guarantee one full day skiing in Italy. They have a small group size of 8 people and include all the off-piste equipment as well as the necessary ways to use it all. 


Getting around

La Rosiere is a compact resort comprised of two villages about a 15 minute walk apart so it is relatively easy to get around the resort on foot.

Alternatively, there is a regular bus running through Les Eucherts, L'Averne, Le Gollet, the resort centre and Maison du ski every 15 minutes. The bus is free and runs till 11pm every evening from Sunday to Friday.

There are taxis available in resort but it is advisable to book them in advance.



Family ski

La Rosiere is one of the most family friendly resort and was awarded the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ in 2006.

There are several childcare options available for families in need:

There is one creche in resort with two branches, one for children 18 months to 3 years who won’t ski and then another for children between 3 and 13 years, The creche is located on the edge of the slopes in the resort centre. The building has all the amenities that you would find in a nursery in the UK  as well as a phenomenal outside snow play area.

Several operators are able to offer in-house childcare which is one of the easiest forms of childcare for families.

Ski Esprit offer a range of childcare from 17 months and ski lessons from 3 years, and have a large selection of properties in the resort.

There is also the option of booking a private nanny which offers flexible levels of high quality care:

T4 Nannies is known to have the ‘loveliest nannies in the Alps’. They have handpicked staff who offer high quality service for both private nanny during the day and babysitting service in the evenings.

Snowlittle offer a fully tailored service and are even able to help out with things such as the supermarket shop in self-catered chalets.  


Group Ski

La Rosiere is a relatively small resort with plenty of good value accommodation located close to the slopes. The resort is a popular choice for mixed ability groups with a good range of slopes for all levels and its extension into the Italian resort of La Thuille provides even more variety.

La Rosiere is family friendly but doesn’t have a wild apres ski scene instead the bars are moderately busy with a host of live music nights.


Childcare

La Rosiere is simply one of the most family-friendly resorts in the Alps. Along with the gentle beginner slopes, there is a decent range of non-ski activities to choose from if the weather turns against you, or if the children just want a change of activity.

The resort’s ice skating rink sits in the Les Eucherts part of town. Double-blade skating boots are available for small children, so the rink is very family-friendly. Lighting effects and a good sound system mean the rink’s regular disco evenings are good fun and aside from skating, visitors can enjoy ice hockey lessons with coaching and all the gear supplied. http://winter.larosiere.net/winter-ice-rink.html

There is a bowling alley in the Place des Eucherts offering a good number of lanes along with pool tables, sports coverage and live music.
http://winter.larosiere.net/winter-bowling.html

Snow shoeing is fun and adventurous for all ages, and is perhaps the perfect way to explore the mountain off skis. The trails head off into pine forest and courses of different gradients are available for show shoers young and old. If you’re lucky, you can spot a number of wild animals in the terrain outside the resort and the fresh air and valley views are just amazing.

The resort’s cinema, Le Ruitor Cinema, offers two screens with regular showings of recent films in both French and English. You can pick up a leaflet detailing the latest information on film screenings at the tourist office. http://winter.larosiere.net/winter-cinema.html


The Piste

Beginners

La Rosiere is a great resort for beginner skiers. There are several dedicated beginner areas with free lifts located beside the Clarines and Lievre Blanc lifts, this is a safe zone for beginners to practice before attempting the longer and more challenging runs further up the mountain.

Intermediates

The resort is great for intermediate skiers with 25 blue and 31 red runs. The majority of reds are relatively short and straightforward however both the Marmotte red and Frontaine Froide are long and challenging. La Rosiere links with the Italian resort of La Thuille which is a good run for intermediate skiers with the runs over the border and back totalling 11km.

Experts

La Rosiere isn’t particularly known  for its expert skiing but there are 13 black runs in the resort as well as some extensive off-piste routes. THe most challenging run in resort is the Franco Berthod slopes which is 3km long and has an impressive 72% angle. There are a few other good black runs to note including Ecudets and the unpisted Snowzone.


Ski School

La Rosiere has some good ski schools who are able to offer both group and private lessons that cater for all skiing and boarding abilities whether it's your first time on the mountains or you are looking for a guide to help you explore the valley.

Group lessons are more sociable and will generally work out cheaper but they will be less intense than one-to-one tuition. Most ski schools will happily talk through the different lessons they provide to assess which one is right for you.

It is recommended that you book your lessons in advanced, especially if you are travelling during a peak week as lessons do get booked up quickly and you don't want to miss out.

Our recommended ski schools in La Rosiere are:

ESF are one of the most established ski schools in the Alps, they have been running in the different resorts for over 70 years. They offer fully qualified English speaking instructors and offer a range of lessons including private and group sessions. Because La Rosiere is such a family focussed resort they also offer special lessons during the holidays such as the ‘Too cool for school.’ This is created for teenagers between the age of 7 and 17 to choose their own speciality to focus the lessons on. This could be snow park, freestyle, off-piste or boarder cross. ESF is also the chosen ski school for the lessons that Les Galopins Kids Club for younger skiers.

Evolution 2
 is a ski and adventure school who offer ski school for all abilities as well as several winter activities including paragliding, speed riding and dog sledding. Like the other ski schools they offer more specialised classes focussed for the teenage market who have completed ski school but still wanting new challenges. Their junior academy focuses on freestyle and freeride skiing. They also guarantee one full day skiing in Italy. They have a small group size of 8 people and include all the off-piste equipment as well as the necessary ways to use it all. 


Equipment Hire

There is a good selection of ski hire shops in La Rosiere, each offering a great range of winter sports equipment.

It is not mandatory but it is advisable that you book ski hire in advance to cut down on hassle and save some many as many stores will offer online discounts.

There are stores in both Les Eucherts and the centre.

Go Sport Montagne is located in Les Eucherts and has a wide range of skis as well as clothing including brands such as Roxy, Quicksilver, Rossignol and Salomon.  

Intersport have shops in both Les Eucherts and the town centre.They have a variety of ski and snowboarding equipment .

Sport 2000
have stores in both villages.


Lift Passes

There is one lift pass available in resort which covers the whole area (including La Thuille)

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking. The prices are in euros:

6 Days                   Full Area Lift Pass
Adult (13-64y)        211.20
Child (under 5y)     83.80
Child (5-12y)         158.40
Senior (65-74y)     179.50
Over 75y               97.20

Family passes are available for 2 adults and 2 children. The pass allows all members to pay the child rate but it is only valid on passes for 6 days or more and they must be purchased in the same transaction.

Discounted day passes are available every Saturday but must be purchase online before Thursday for the offer to be valid. This is great if you are arriving in resort on the Saturday and want to squeeze a few hours in before buying your 6 day pass.  

Group passes are available for 3 or more people, this is known as the Tribe pass. The pass carries a 5% discount and is only valid on passes purchased in the same transaction and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

For beginners, there are several free lifts in resort which are ideal for learners to find their ski legs before buying a full pass. The free lifts are Clarines 1, Dahu, Manessier and Tapis des Lutins magic carpet.



Piste
La Rosiere, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: -1° C
Wind: 11mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 2cm
Snow Depth
Top: 315cm
Base: 200cm

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