La Rosière (1850m) is perched high up in the Tarentaise Valley, not far, and within view of the huge Paradiski resorts and Val d’Isere/Tignes. It’s right on the Italian border and to hold its own has linked up with the Italian resort of La Thuile to make a good-sized, sunny, relaxed ski area known as the Espace San Bernardo. The La Rosiére village itself is in charming Savoyard style, with epic views of the surrounding mountains and south-facing terraces upon which to linger over après ski in the evening sun.
The skiable area of La Rosière is actually relatively small, but reasonably varied, with tree runs, a great snow park and good off-piste, as well as an ungroomed ‘freeride’ area. La Thuile’s pistes are more extensive, and accessed via a single link at the top of the resort – it does close in rough weather.
La Rosière is great for families and beginners – the village is small and convenient, the nursery slopes are good, and progressing off them and onto the blues is easy. Prices are comfortable too – there are a lot of chalets with benefits like hot tubs and those amazing views, and heaps of good places to eat, all at much better prices that you’d expect in the nearby mega-resorts.
MadDogSki visited La Rosière on our team trip, and were more than pleased with our choice – take a look at the video to find out why.