La Rosiere is a bit of a diamond in the rough, woefully overlooked by many. It doesn’t have a jaw-dropping vertical, and nor is it part of one of the huge ski areas like Ports du Soleil or the Mont Blanc. But it does sit very prettily at 1,850m, is one of the most beautiful purpose-built resorts in France, has south-facing sun-drenched slopes, a view of Les Arc across the valley, and it together with neighbouring La Thuile in Italy forms the Espace San Bernadino with 160km of well-groomed pistes with a variety of terrain, a snow park, and an entire dedicated freeride area. Skiing over the border for lunch is a real delight, and the north-east facing slopes of La Thuile offer a nice change and greater challenges to more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Yeah, we’re not sure why you’ve never heard of it either.
You can get to La Rosiere by car in under three hours from either Geneva or Grenoble, and while that’s a lengthy transfer compared to some resorts, both are just a little over 200km, and much of the time is spent climbing into the mountains, making the lengthy drive very scenic.
La Rosiere is a Savoyard resort, which means plenty of pretty chalet-style buildings and a quaint village atmosphere. The best thing about purpose-built resorts is usually the infrastructure that accommodates it. And La Rosiere is no exception. The switchback road that climbs up to it is the classic series of alpine hairpins, and the view from the village is almost as good as the view from the top of the mountain.
There are two new six-seater chairlifts to tantalise potential visitors, and links over to the famous Aosta valley, too. But you won’t need to as the combined ski area (included under the La Rosiere pass) offers up 160km of pistes.
The village itself has a quiet atmosphere and is a far cry from the parties of the likes of Morzine or Les 2 Alpes. You’ll find traditionally built wood and stone chalets here perfect for families, and a good-sized ski area designed for children, as well as a fun park just for them, too. La Rosiere is definitely a laid-back choice for those looking to relax in the mountains.
La Rosiere highlights: Very pretty small Savoyard village with a laid back atmosphere, links to La Thuile, the Aosta valley, and a modern infrastructure.
La Rosiere is best for: Families looking for a relaxed mountain break at a traditional Savoyard village. Chalet hotels and a great beginner-friendly ski area make this the perfect family retreat.At once one of France's snowiest and sunniest resorts is a great option for beginner and intermediate skiers looking for value and charm or a change of scene from the resort's better-known neighbours like Les Arcs, La Plagne across the way or Val d’Isère & Tignes up the valley.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to La Rosiere:
There’s been some ski development at La Rosiere of late, so now the top lifts reach to 2,800m and give access to a long, snaking red run down the mountain. This is great news for the advanced skiers who were previously utilising the short reds down from the Roc Noir and Fort de la Redoute peaks, or having to jump over the mountain and traverse across to La Thuille to get at more challenging terrain.
Beginners will scarcely have to go out of the village to learn, and with a ski school area right above, there’s plenty for those starting off to do without going higher.
Though there’s plenty of manageable terrain for those with a little bit of experience, and a network of blues runs from the Roc Noir peak — plenty to keep progressing skiers occupied.
Two snowparks make this area even more interesting, and jumping off the side of the Tetras blue run will give those chasing powder a dedicated freeride area with some natural features plenty of room to stretch their legs.
As the treeline approaches, you can join back up to a nice red and head further down to Ecudets at 1,190m and catch the lift from there back up.
Going further afield will let you access the Col du Petit Saint Bernard area, which is on the other side of the mountain. There are some long blues and reds here and this area is well worth exploring. There’s also some great blacks and reds to get the heart pumping.
Over in La Thuile, there are lots of blacks and reds to suit the more daring of you, and if you feel the blues over at La Rosiere aren’t challenging enough, making the trip over is definitely worth it. The trip back then, late in the afternoon, is even better, and the cruisey Carabinier/Faisan run back down to the chair is great fun — a long and straight highway that stretches endlessly into the distance.
First-time and beginner skiers: There’s lots to do close to the resort, and venturing up on the Roches Noires lift will give you everything you need. Lots of blues which all connect down to the resort.
Intermediate skiers: Intermediates can explore the surrounding terrain and take any lift they choose. There are blues and reds at every turn, and you’ll never find yourself in a precarious position. Marmottes and Chamois down off Roc Noir are great fun, as is 2800 and Combe from the new Moulins/Mont Valaisan chair.
Expert skiers: Experts will find a good black off the top of Roc Noir called Chevreuil, though will have to travel over the mountain to find anymore. Taking the Bellecombe drags will give you access to the Belvedere, and then over in La Thuile, you’ll find a lot more to the tastes of the advanced skier looking for more technical descents.
Learn to ski and snowboard in La Rosiere
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons La Rosiere
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in La Rosiere (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons La Rosiere
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons La Rosiere
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in La Rosiere can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding La Rosiere
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in La Rosiere. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons La Rosiere
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in La Rosiere designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!