La Rosière Overview
The purpose-built, La Rosière is the most low-key resort in the Tarentaise Valley. It lies at the same altitude as Val d’Isère and Courchevel (1,850 metres), but just doesn’t have the same crowds.
It is a great affordable destination for families, and for those who like the idea of popping over the border to Italy for pizza and pasta.
Ski season ends in…
Info & Stats
December 12, 2020 – April 18, 2021
At La Rosière, expect long, gentle, sunny slopes on the French side and more challenging skiing on the north face of the mountain, in Italy’s Aosta Valley.
Combined with La Thuile, there’s 160 kilometres of ski runs accessed by 37 lifts. They include 8 green slopes, 25 blue, 31 red and 13 black.
There’s also a terrain park, children’s terrain park, big air bag, boardercross and snow cross area for off-piste skiing.
Linked ski area
Espace San Bernardo (2 resorts, 2 countries):
La Rosière (France) + La Thuile (Italy)
160 km of runs
77 runs (8 greens, 25 blues, 31 reds and 13 black)
- 37 Lifts
Non-ski activities and experiences
At La Rosière ski resort the range of non-ski activities is vast. You can go sledging, fat biking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, paragliding, ice driving, ice diving or snow kiting.
There’s also a cinema, bowling alley and ice-skating rink, or wander among the stalls at the weekly markets.
The nightlife is pretty quiet, but there are a few bars and restaurants to choose from.
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to La Rosière from:
- Bourg St Maurice train station: 30min*
- Chambéry airport: 1hr 45min*
- Geneva airport: 2hrs 15min*
- Lyon airport: 2hrs 30min*
Resort altitude: 1,850m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Espace San Bernardo trail map
La Rosière Ski Resort Video
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- La Rosiere is in the only dual country linked ski area (Espace San Bernardo) in the northern Alps where you can ski in 2 countries on the one lift pass. Espace San bernardo connects La Rosiere ski resort in France and La Thuile in Italy. The ski area enjoys a double aspect to the South and North guaranteeing excellent skiing and a panoramic view from both sets of slopes.
- Experiencing 2 different cultures and lifestyles you have the best of both worlds – French cuisine one day, traditional Italian the next.
- La Rosiere is a high altitude (1,850m) ski resort with 180 degree south-facing views across the Tarantaise Valley. You have sun all day long while also having incredible and reliable high-altitude snow conditions. From dawn to dusk, La Rosière’s slopes are bathed in sunshine. With Mont Blanc and the Petit-St-Bernard Pass just a stone’s throw away, the Espace San Bernardo benefits from favourable weather streams that guarantee excellent snow cover from mid-December to the end of April, with one of the highest snow falls in France.
- La Rosiere is one of the very few ski resorts in France with an Igloo village. After a short snowshoe walk, you can spend the night in an igloo after savouring a cheese fondue dinner and then wake up to a stunning sunrise surrounded by nature in all its glory.
- The Petit Saint-Bernard Pass is one of the best snow-kiting sites in the French Alps, thanks to its regular winds and guaranteed snow cover at an altitude of 2,200m. It’s in the Top 5 best ski resorts in France for practising snow-kiting.
- La Rosiere also has the X-Treme Luge (single rail sledge like a roller-coaster descending 1,000m and reaching speeds of up to 45km/h) and the DVA PARK by Evolution 2 (transceiver park) which allows off-piste enthusiasts to come and practice avalanche victim searches.
- La Rosière is ideal for families and beginners alike. It also offers great off piste and untouched slopes that are much less frequented than in neighbouring resorts.
- People looking for a different culture, with La Rosiere, you get to experience both French and Italian hospitality as both resorts of La Rosiere (France) and La Thuile (Italy) are linked under the same 1 ski pass: Espace San Bernardo. Tick both France and Italy off your ski bucket list at the one resort!
- La Rosiere offers great value self-catered apartments, ideal for families and groups of friends. There is also a new 4-star hotel which opened December 2019 (Hotel Alparena & Spa) and brand NEW hotels also opening in December 2020 (Hotel Sky La Rosiere, Alpen Lodge and Le Diamant des Cimes apartments. This follows the first Hyatt in the French Alps which opened Dec 2017: Hyatt Centric La Rosiere.
- People looking for the best snow conditions while also getting plenty of sunny days and less crowded slopes than the usual big ski resorts in the Tarentaise valley.
Enjoying both French and Italian food and culture, get a hit of adrenalin down the X treme luge, or have a go at Paret, snakegliss, snow-kiting, or paragliding.
La Rosiere also offers many other non-skiing winter activities such as indoor rock climbing, bowling alley and ice skating (La Rosière has a 360m2 indoor ice rink). There is also a cinema.
Unwind in a truly relaxing atmosphere at the new Spa La Rosiere. Take in the stunning view, enjoy a magic moment in the panoramic sauna, soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool, recharge the soul with salt therapy. Many of the hotels and Residences also have great spas.
La Rosière is a 2-hour 25min drive by private transfer from Lyon Airport and 2hrs 40min from Geneva airport.
It’s a 30 min drive from Bourg St Maurice train station, the closest train station in France to La Rosière.
A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.
Next winter, La Rosière ski resort is scheduled to open from December 12th 2020 to April 18th 2021.
There are only 2 ski resorts linked on the Espace San Bernardo lift pass: La Rosière (France) and La Thuile (Italy).
January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!
La Rosière Accommodation
At La Rosière, you’ll find affordable, family-friendly apartments built in a traditional style.