Just before Christmas La Rosière, with its smaller, neighbouring ski station of Les Echeurts, opened up the major new mountain face of Mont Valaisan – previously only accessible to off-piste skiers. Two new six-seat chairs – Moulins (Windmills) and Mont Valaisan – give the ski area a new lift-served altitude of 2800 metres (9185ft) plus the extensive snow coverage that goes with it.
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 varied, with tree runs, a great snow park and good off-piste, as well as an ungroomed ‘freeride’ area.
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.