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La Rosiere Ski Resort Guide – Skiing in France

All encompassing La Rosiere Ski Resort Guide including recommendations on the best ski runs, snow conditions, food and accommodation for the ski area.

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La Rosiere and La Thuile Ski Area

La Rosiere Ski Resort in the French Alps is one of those beautiful ski areas that is a true hidden gem. It is part of the Espace San Bernardo Ski Area which crosses the border between France and Italy.

La Rosiere is located on the French side while La Thuile makes up the Italian portion.

While La Rosiere is not as well known as its big brothers and sisters such as Les Arcs, La Plagne or the Three Valleys, all located within 1 hours drive, this charming Ski Area benefits from much quieter ski slopes and the snow conditions are just as good.

La Rosiere and La Thuile Ski Area

La Rosiere Ski Resort Basic Statistics

The Espace San Bernado ski area containing both La Rosiere Ski Resort and La Thuile Ski Resort has over 160 km of groomed pistes. 38 ski lifts crisscross the two powder filled bowls that make up the Ski Resort areas and offers a wide range of slopes to suit all abilities.

  • Lifts: 38 (1 Cable Car, 7 high-speed detachable chairs, 11 chairlifts, 16 surface lifts and 3 learner conveyors)
  • Downhill Ski Trails: 80 made up of 8 Green, 25 Blue, 35 Red and 8 Black runs.
  • Beginner: 40%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced: 20%
  • Cross-Country Trails: 12 km
  • Snowmaking Coverage: 20%
  • Highest Lift Elevation: 8,665 ft. / 2,641 m
  • Ski Resort Elevation: 6,070 ft. / 1850 m
  • Vertical Drop: 4,806 ft. / 1,465 m
  • Terrain Parks: 2
  • Halfpipe: None
  • Restaurants On Ski Area: 11
  • Bars on Ski Area: 4
  • Ski In/Ski Out Accommodation: Yes
  • Night Skiing: No
  • Ski Season Open/Close: Mid-December to late-April.

La Rosiere Ski Resort Piste Map La Rosiere Ski Resort Piste Map

Download the full-sized La Rosiere Ski Resort Piste Map.

Positives

La Rosiere faces south with spectacular views over the Tarentaise Valley along the French Alps. This also means that the days are longer and you are blessed with sun throughout the day.

Mid-week the crowds are non-existent and you can easily ski all day without hitting a queue for the chairlifts. Even during the busy Christmas/New Year period and February school holidays the crowds move quickly with no queue lasting longer than a few minutes.

Ultimately this means more skiing time and less standing around. And with the ski connection to La Thuile Ski Area in Italy you won’t get bored skiing here.

Very experienced ski schools who can cater for beginners to advanced skiers wanting a few extra tips. Plus there are three free chairlifts for beginners to start on without forking out for a ski pass.

Basically there is something for all levels of skiers to enjoy at La Rosiere Ski Resort.

Negatives

While having the sun all day on La Rosiere Ski Area is great, during the end of the ski season this can prove problematic with conditions turning slushy. Therefore it is best to ski in La Rosiere first thing in the morning before heading across the border to Italy and the north-facing slopes of La Thuile.

Be aware that the connection between La Rosiere and La Thuile has to be made via a VERY long drag surface lift.

As there are a high number of surface lifts, this can be particularly daunting for first time snowboarders. Although after a few times you will master the technique. You can also easily explore the entire La Rosiere Ski Resort just using chairlifts.

La Rosiere can be affected by high winds due to its openness. This means that the La Thuile connection may be closed from time to time.

La Rosiere Ski Resort Guide

On-Piste

The only trails in La Rosiere that don’t get groomed every night are the black runs. This means that every morning the very wide trails are perfect for warming up your legs with big turns before tackling the steeper bumps.

While there are not many Green Trails, don’t let that put you off if it is your first time. The Blue Trails are perfect for learning on and you will be whizzing down them with ease. Even the Red Trails are easy enough that skiers on their first week are able to tackle them after a few days on the slopes.

Best locals on-piste run

My favourite trail is definitely the never-ending top to bottom red groomed run from Roc Noir chair to the base of Petit Bois. You can get a lot of speed up without worrying about other skiers.

Off-Piste

Since La Rosiere is much quieter than some of the other ski resorts in the French Alps, you will find untracked lines of powder over 3 days after a snowfall. Even if you are skiing with beginners you can ride the same areas and chairlifts together due to the open bowls of La Rosiere. As the rest of your group snowplows to the bottom of the run you can dart off-piste and easily meet them at the same chairlift.

There are lots of small cliff-drops and challenging black trails for the more experienced skiers wanting to ski back-country runs, in-bounds.

Best locals run in powder

Ski to the top of Ecudets Chairlift and follow the Red Trail to the bottom. This run is usually left alone by tourists as other skiers will ski the wide open bowl in the next valley. This is also the best place for powder filled tree runs.

Ecudets Chairlift, La Rosiere Ski Area

Ecudets Chairlift after fresh powder

Terrain Park / Boardercross

La Rosiere Ski Resort is freestyle friendly with an excellent terrain park to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The ski resort’s main snowpark is 300 metres long and has a number of features including multiple table tops, hips, fun boxes and rails.

All of these features are graded from Green to Black so you can work your way up to harder, and bigger, tricks. The giant airbag is also available for anyone to try a new trick on.

A skiercross and boardercross course has been developed next to the Fort chairlift. Great fun for everyone to have a go and a chance to race between your group. You can even stagger the starts to make it fun for the kids.

Other On-Snow Activities

La Rosiere Ski Resort is not just limited to skiing and snowboarding. 20kms of cross-country ski trails and snow-shoeing trails will keep you occupied, even after dark.

If you are feeling like a little more adventure then it is worth trying out the extreme snow-kite and speed riding zones on the mountain which will get your adrenaline pumping. Or just take in the scenery while paragliding.

Heliskiing in La Rosiere is actually perfect. While Heliskiing is banned in France, you can catch your ride from La Rosiere across the border into the Italian Alps to ski from the top of a number of untracked mountains.

Lift Passes Cost

There are three free drag lifts for beginners, although these won’t get you very high up the slopes. The prices for full lift tickets include both La Rosiere Ski Resort and La Thuile Ski Resort:

  • Adult 1 Day : €38.90
  • Adult 6 Days : €186.00
  • Child Day (5 – 12 years): €27.20
  • Child 6 Days (5 – 12 years) : €130.20

There are also the full range of ski passes such as La Rosiere Ski Resort only, half-days and multi-day options. You can find them listed on the Official La Rosiere Ski Resort site.

Location / Getting to La Rosiere Ski Resort

Located only a short 25 minute drive from Bourg St Maurice in the French Alps, La Rosiere Ski Resort is perfectly located for international travellers looking for a snow adventure.

Bourg St Maurice is serviced by the Eurostar with direct day and overnight ski trains from London running twice a day on Saturdays. There are direct shuttle buses from the train station up to La Rosiere Ski Resort.

The best airport to fly into is Geneva,which is only a 2 hour drive, depending on road conditions. Grenoble Airport is an alternative located about 3 hours drive from the ski area. Both are accessed by excellent public transportation including buses and trains.

Consider hiring a car for your ski adventure so that you can explore other ski resorts if you are tempted.

Bourg St Maurice Sunset, French Alps

Sunset over Bourg St Maurice

Where to stay in La Rosiere

La Rosiere 1850m is the perfect ski in/ski out location with lots of options depending on your budget and needs. These include self-catering chalets through to 5-star chalets with full 5 course meals every night.

The other option is stay within Bourg St Maurice or the surrounding villages for those wanting to explore other ski areas. It does mean you will need to drive 1/2 hour up to La Rosiere ski area each day.

You can view the various Hotels in La Rosiere here.

Where to eat in La Rosiere

La Rosiere has three restaurants and bars on the mountain with the usual mountain style food and snacks. The finest dining can be found in the La Rosiere 1850m village itself.

The best coffee and hot drinks in La Rosiere can be found at the top of Fort Chairlift in a tiny slopeside hut. They have the best views across the French Alps and even have a snow cave for the kids to explore.

La Rosiere Ski Resort is best for…

Families or groups of friends who are looking for a quieter, and cheaper, week away skiing. La Rosiere Ski Resort will keep all levels of skiers occupied for the week. Especially if you venture into La Thuile a couple of times during the week.

Where else can you ski across the border for an authentic Italian pasta lunch before finishing back in France next to the fire with cheese and wine?

Insider Local Tip

On a nice day ski across the France/Italy border to La Thuile Ski Area, which is included in your lift ticket price, for better food and a chance to explore a different mountain. Kids will love the adventure and it will break up the week.

To find our more about La Rosiere Ski Resort then visit the Office of Tourism website for more information.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    What’s all that white stuff????? Definitely been in Central America too long….

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Hahaha yup you need to get away from the beach 😉 How about a trade?!

  2. Laurence

    January 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Crikey, comprehensive post! If I ever get round to doing some skiing in France, this one will be on the list!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Perfect for a beginner skier wanting some quieter slopes to try out for the first time!

  3. Jennifer

    January 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Perfect for beginner skiers you say? That would be us! I definitely need more lessons and Tim just needs practice. Looks gorgeous!

  4. Cheryl

    January 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Great guide! I don’t even know how to ski, but I’d love to go just to take in those spectacular views.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Just go up and enjoy some mulled wine and the views then! 😉

  5. Lynette E. Branch

    January 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    The nightlife in La Rosiere ski resort is limited, however, the bars all know how to have a good time. Most are found in La Rosiere Centre but there are also an increasing number of options in smaller Les Eucherts. No ski trip would be complete without singing along to a covers band so make sure you head for Le Petit Danois bar at least once. If you fancy yourself as the star you can serenade the other guests with a spot of karaoke at Arpin’s or for dancing, head for Le Pub which rocks until late. A more refined evening can be had at Clay’s Piano Bar. Bar Fusion in La Rosiere Centre or La Grange and Kitzbuhel in Les Eucherts are also fun.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Thanks Lynette for the extra info! Definitely agree with all your points and places to try for a night out 😀

  6. Sonya

    January 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Fab ski resort guide!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Thank you for commenting Sonya! Have you been to La Rosiere before?

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    The mountains are beautiful! Now, if I only could ski without falling down every 5 ft 🙂

  8. Ronny

    October 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    So cool that there are ski resorts in Europe where you don’t have to worry about lines during the week … always heard that hills over there are so busy!

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Why Should You Choose A Couple Resort as a Romantic Getaway

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There’s no point in planning a couple’s holiday retreat if you aren’t choosing a place that speaks of romance. Different couples have different tastes, some prefer long drives while some are into adventures. A majority of couples also turn to beaches or pick places that are known for calmness and quiet.

This is why it is important to know what your partner prefers so that you can choose a destination that fits everyone. This may be difficult, but what if there was a place that offered all of the above mentioned things? There is. A resort can offer you all this and much more.

You just have to find the best resort for the family and you are good to go. Remember that not all resorts are created same. For example, some are close to the beach while some are not. You need to find a resort that offers all the activities you are interested in so that you can have a great time when you go for a holiday with your partner.

Without much ado, let’s have a look at why you should go to a resort when you plan a picnic in the future:

Excursions Included

If you are looking for memory making adventures as a couple then a couples resort is your best bet. Most resorts have their own excursions that you can opt for. This removes the need to find travel agents as you can book all that you need from the comfort of your room just by dialing the reception.

You can experience heart pumping activities like snorkeling, boat rides, jet ski and a lot more.

There’s no need to panic or worry if you haven’t gone through any of these activities before as you will be provided with safety equipment and training before you embark on your journey.

While all these are adventurous options, this is not all that a resort offers. You can enjoy other activities as well such as a couples massage and other relaxing activities.

Most top class resorts have their own spas where you can relax and allow your mind and body to soothe.

Top-Class Meals

Meals are the soul of a holiday trip and bad meals can definitely ruin your adventure by ruining your mood. However, couple resorts are said to have trained and top notch chefs who know how to make the diners go wow with their cooking skills. There’s a wide variety of foods available at a couple’s resort.

You can look at the available menu before you book a resort so that you know what kind of food you will get at the resort. Many resorts offer all-inclusive deals where you pay a lump sum for your stay and food. This is a good option as it takes the burden off your shoulder and allows you to relax without any worries.

Romantic Spots

What’s your definition of a romantic spot? Sunbathing under an umbrella? Getting drenched in a jacuzzi with your partner? Expressing love on a boat while you’re in the middle of the sea? A couples resort can make all your romantic wishes come true and get you two connected like never before.

Let the receptionist know of your plan and they will make it happen for you. Plus, if you go for a couple resort you will be able to enjoy intimate moments without any trouble as they understand the importance of privacy and will provide you with all that you need.

Pack your bags and start planning your next trip tomorrow. The key lies in being on the same page as your partner and planning in advance so that you do not only save money, but also make every moment count.

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4 Uncommon Sights To Find In Australia

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Australia, a country with a rich, versatile and blossoming natural life. A country with amazing food, amazing people, and an amazing history. A trip to Australia can feel a little discombobulating in the first few moments if making the trip from a Western climate to here, as of course the seasons will be completely flipped on their head. However, the moment you exit the airport you’ll be greeted with the beautiful expanse of this wonderful country, and all it has to offer.

However, of course countries are known for many things, but it does feel like Australia is sometimes stereotyped a little too much. While beaches, great foods, crazy wildlife and hats with corks are to be found, as are plenty ‘g’day mates’ and kangaroos, that is only 0.01% of what this country has to offer. In the interest of finding you some wonderful uncommon experiences to see the hidden side of Australia, we have compiled a list of four uncommon sights you should find it more than worthwhile to visit.

Nambung Desert 

The Western Australian Nambung desert is around ninety minutes north of Perth. You can get there even more quickly with a good car hire. Of course, you might be thinking ‘what does a desert have to offer me?’ Well, nestled there are The Pinnacles, one of the most interest natural limestone developments to be found. Jutting out from the surface and spread along around a mile of land, this area almost seems like a natural form of ruins.

There is a storied history here. The aboriginals suggest that these limestone rocks are natural memorials to those who died in the quicksand. Of course, any and all residual quicksand is heavily cordoned off and maintained, so there’s no need to be afraid of this area. However, it can certainly make for an interesting trip, as this is the one and unique place you will ever see a site such as this. Be sure to bring your camera, especially if you’re interested in photographing strange shadows and compositions of nature!

Karlu Karlu

Karlu Karlu are also known as ‘The Devil’s Marbles,’ and for quite a funny reason. These two massive granite rocks standing parallel to one another on rock platforms. This area is a protected conservation reserve, due to them being a strong and spiritually significant area for the aboriginals. This means that it is known as one of the oldest religious sites in the world. Karlu Karlu roughly translates to round boulders, which lends credence and respect to the sight.

You can get here at the exact midway point between Tennant Creek (North) and the Alice Springs (South.) Of course, like any protected conservation effort, you can learn the history here, enjoy a guided tour and relax in the nearby facilities. However, if you’re into your natural history, the age and breadth of this site should give you some genuine pause for thought and wonder.

Wolfe Creek Crater

If you like your odd space history, where else is better to go than a meteoric impact? That is until Elon Musk allows us all to travel to Mars. However, the weather is much more pleasant in Australia, so this will more than serve for now. The Wolfe Creek Crater is located in the Western Australian outback and is of course the filming location of the popular horror series ‘Wolf Creek’. Luckily in real life the tragedies to be experienced here are zero, only a natural wonder and interest that something so small could produce a crater so large. Be sure to bring your hiking boots, and only stick to the predestined path if traversing this rocky landscape.

Nimbin 

If you have a little hippie in you, then it might do you well to visit Nimbin, one of the very first hippie communities to ever grace Australia. Luckily this place is still thriving today, with plenty of community-led stores, events, art displays and musical gigs for you to explore. Nimbin is very popular with tourists, and the self-sufficient community hosts festivals for them to attend every year. This can be quite a tiring place to visit, as almost everyone has profound energy for celebration all the time. However, if you’re looking to blow off some steam with people you’ll think you’ve known forever, then relaxing and enjoying this community can be one of the best things you’ll do on your Australian travels.

So what are you waiting for? A world of incredible Australian adventure lies just around the corner. Be sure to experience the most you can within the time allotted, and you’re sure to have one of the best vacations of your life.

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Perfect Your Car for an Offroading Adventure

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There is something awesome about offroading – the ability to just drive is so freeing it can get addictive! But if you don’t want to get stuck or find yourself in a jam, you will need to make sure that your car is properly equipped to handle the terrain in front of you.

Road trips are the best way to discover what the wild has to hold and travel beyond the safety of the city. There is so much land to explore and so many opportunities to get back to nature that you just can’t pass up a road trip when it comes along. Wherever you plan to go, here are the things you should never be without.

Car Snorkel

It sounds weird, but it does work exactly like a regular snorkel and allows you to take your car through deeper ravines without messing up the engine or exhaust. Airflow 4X4 Snorkels are great models to try and you can use their CAD templates to double check your measurements.

Even if you aren’t planning to cross deeper water, having a car snorkel ready is perfect for a spontaneous change of route or if the weather takes a turn and there is a lot of water to deal with all of a sudden. It’s also good to have when you find that you are going through a lot of mud.

The Right Tires

Depending on the terrain you plan to drive on, you will need to make sure your tires can handle it. Regular tires are just made for fairly smooth tarmac so if you want to go anywhere that doesn’t have a road like that, you will need to step up your game and have a look at an off-road tire guide to see which is best for your trip.

Getting the right tires is important because you need to have enough grip on multiple terrain types to get to your destination. You also need to make sure that the car is stable while you drive so you aren’t going to put your back out going over a bump. The better suited your tires are to different terrains, the more comfortable your trip will be and the safer it will be too.

Storing Extra Fuel

When you are far away from anywhere, fuel stations are, obviously, few and far between. This means that you need to think carefully about how much fuel you will need as running out in this environment is extremely dangerous. You could think about installing a long range fuel tank or bring jerry cans of fuel just in case.

Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that you have enough plus spare to get to your next fuel stop. However, do remember that your vehicle will be weighted down with all your food and water as well as your clothes and whatever else you want to take. This means that you will go through fuel a bit faster than normal – especially if you are using your car battery to cook.

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