La Rosière in A Nutshell
La Rosière is a charming, family-friendly ski resort located on the French side of the Espace San Bernardo ski area that it shares with La Thuile across the border in Italy. Sitting at an impressive altitude of 1,850 metres, the ski area covers up to 152 kilometres of snowsure pistes that climb as high as 2,800 metres. It has an excellent snowfall record and its high altitude ensures great conditions on the slopes. It is also often referred to as the “The Balcony Of The Tarentaise” thanks to its sunny, south-facing slopes which overlook the entire valley. Although smaller and quieter than its larger and more popular counterparts in France's Tarentaise Valley, La Rosiere does offer a unique and absolutely fantastic skiing experience. Its location in the Alps allows skiers the privilege of enjoying its excellent snow conditions on pistes while soaking up the sun which bathes the valley all day. In addition, La Rosiere is also one of a handful of resorts that offers cross-border skiing. This means you ski across the border and enjoy a tasty, authentic pizza for lunch and still make it back in time for an evening fondue savoyarde!
Places To Stay in La Rosière
La Rosière ski resort offers a wide range of accommodation options suitable to just about all visitor profiles visiting the resort from large groups of friends, romantic couples, solo travellers and families. Take your pick of individual and group chalets, cosy apartments of different sizes, charming boutique hotels and even a campsite.
La Rosière Best Bits
Le Mont Valaisan
Opened in December 2018 in La Rosiere, the Mont Valaisan area added an additional 6 red and 1 black piste to the Espace San Bernardo ski area; taking the altitude of the ski area to 2,800 metres. Accessed by the Moulins and Mont Valaisan chairlifts, Le Mont Valaisan has lush, north-facing slopes with excellent snow conditions and a dedicated freeriding area. This part of the ski area offers the ideal challenge for advanced and confident intermediate skiers in search of thrilling, high-altitude downhill runs. It features spectacular views over Mont Blanc, Mont Pourri and the Ruitor Glacier. The freeride area in particular is known for its deep powder and wide-open bowls.
The Panoramic Experience.
An absolute jaw-dropping experience, visitors here are treated to a 360 panoramic view of the areas in the valley across France and Italy including the Mont Blanc. The Panoramic Experience offers a simply astounding view of the majestic mountain range from a walkway on top of the Fort chairlift. It can be accessed by both skiers and pedestrians and has a photo point where you can take personal images and selfies. This experience is sure to get the adrenaline pumping; not for the faint-hearted.
La Rosière Restaurants
La Grange is a traditional Savoyard brasserie that serves authentic, mountain culinary specialities. Located in the Résidence Les Balcons de la Rosière, La Grange is a rustic homage to the region; with its interior designed in the traditional Alpine style wood and stone finishes. The menu is a delicious combination of both traditional delicacies and international favourites from traditional raclette and Savoy fondue to tasty pizzas and risottos.
Le Genépi is a cosy restaurant in the heart of La Rosiere’s resort centre. A staple of the resort since 2005, it is a warm and friendly, family-run establishment by a French chef and his English wife. The menu features a wide range of a la carte dishes as well as set menu meals. The food is a fantastic blend of sophistication yet wholesome, home-style cooking. The menu features some absolutely tasty starters such as cassoulet d’escargots en croûte, tuna sashimi and scallops which can be followed by some of the local area's tasty main dishes and delicacies. Le Genépi is also well known for its lovely desserts but perhaps its warm and hospitable atmosphere is also equally revered and appreciated by both locals and visiting holiday-makers.
Le Flocon is the perfect stop for a delicious pub-style meal in La Rosiere. It is a modern, Alpine-style bar and brasserie with a fantastic, wide-ranging food menu. The recipient of Trip Advisors Travelers Choice Awards in 2020, Le Flocon is one of the resort's best places to eat out. Open from 9 am every day, stop by in the morning for a delicious crepe or pancake. The lunch and dinner menus are extensive and filled with delicious options across the board. Le Flocon is also well known for its fantastic pizzas and burgers menu ( which includes a Raclette Burger!) but it is also well known for its healthy salad bowls as well for visitors looking to keep it all the way healthy. Stay after your meal and have some additional fun with the pub games at Le Flocon. You can book a bowling alley, play some table football or have a go at a pinball machine as well. The general atmosphere here is great and it's the perfect place for an evening meal and a bit of unwinding from the day's antics.
La Rosière Bars And Clubs
Highly regarded as one of La Rosiere's well-known bars and hangout spots, Le Comptoir is a brilliant spot for just about all apres-ski types. It has a fantastic pub atmosphere in the Counter; the first floor of the pub where people can have their pick of one of 12 draft beers, watch live sports, access the sunny terrace, host visiting live bands and dance to DJ sets. The Counter Floor is the upper level of the Le Comptoir which is its designated wine and cocktail bar; offering a more sophisticated experience and a fantastic view of Mont Pourri. Open every day from 11 am to 2 am, you can always expect a fun and lively evening in Le Comptoir.
With the lovely restaurant on the ground floor, head upstairs to the Oyster and Sushi After-Ski bar and club for a unique apres-ski experience at the Via Ferrata. It is a fancy bar and club with a heavy cosmopolitan vibe. It is also perhaps one of the spots to visit in La Rosiere if cocktails are your preferred choice of drinks. It has an 18-page drink menu that features a long list of cocktails, vodkas, whisky, wine, champagne and more. The atmosphere is always lively and it's the perfect place to kick off your evening apres ski with cocktails, sushi and oysters.
A resort favourite, Bar 1850 is a lovely French bar that feels like your local away from home. Always vibrant and lively there, Bar 1850 is the local's watering hole in La Rosiere. It's a traditional Alpine pub that serves food and drinks and where sports enthusiasts can also catch up on the latest sporting events. If you are after a chilled out evening with some beer and some conversation, Bar 1850 is the perfect location for that.