La Rosière, France

La Rosière is a family-friendly ski resort located in the Haute-Savoie region of France. The nearby region of L’Espace San Bernado includes the Italian ski resort, La Thuile, so visitors to the French town can enjoy an international atmosphere and around 150 kilometres of pistes.

How to get there

The nearest airport to the resort is Lyon, which is 125 kilometres away from La Rosière. Numerous airlines offer flights to Lyon departing from airports across the UK. By car, the journey between the airport and the resort will take around two and a half hours. Tour operators are likely to offer airport transfers as part of a package deal.

Alternatively, visitors may want to take advantage of cheap flights to Geneva, which is located approximately 160 kilometres away from La Rosière.

If you do not want to fly, you may want to consider taking a ferry or the Channel Tunnel to the continent and driving to La Rosière in your own car. Be warned, however, that the journey from Calais will take at least 9 hours.

You may also want to consider taking a train to Bourg St-Maurice train station, from where you can catch a local bus or taxi to take you to La Rosière.

Who does the resort cater for?

La Rosière is particularly popular with families. Crèche facilities are provided by many hotels for very young children, whilst kindergartens and activity centres are available to entertain older children whilst their parents enjoy the slopes. Many ski schools provide ski and snowboarding lessons on nursery slopes for kids as young as 3.

There are also plenty of facilities away from the slopes to keep children amused, including indoor rock climbing. Numerous events are organised throughout the year to entertain families, including sleigh rides, Mardi-Gras celebrations, and circus acts. Regular demonstrations of synchronised skiing and big jumps are also great for families with children.

A variety of other activities will also entertain families, couples, and groups of adults. Numerous public footpaths provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery and fresh air away from the slopes and Nordic and Snowshoe walking are becoming increasingly popular. If you would prefer to take a break from physical exercise, dog sled rides are also available.

Thrill seekers can enjoy activities including parachuting, parascending, and helicopter rides. You may also want to try snowkiting. This sport involves being pulled along on a snowboard by a large kite. Instructors are provided to help you get the most out of a sport which most people are unlikely to have tried before.

Nightlife in La Rosière is primarily centred around bars and restaurants and is ideal for those seeking relaxing evenings after days filled with physical activity. The vast majority of bars and restaurants will welcome young children.

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation on offer in the area surrounding La Rosière. Families are likely to be attracted to hotels, guest houses, and apartments located close to the nursery slopes. Groups of adults may also appreciate the freedom offered by self-catered apartments, whilst couples may prefer to stay in a guest house or hotel.

The best place to look for available accommodation is the La Rosière Official Website. One page on the website allows you to search for and book accommodation to suit your needs and can be found here. If you need help making a booking you can also e-mail the reservation team on reservation@larosiere.net or call +33 (0)479 06 83 92.

Slope Information

The area of L’Espace San Bernado enjoys excellent natural snowfall, but snow cannons are also on hand to ensure good coverage throughout the entire season.

The L’Espace San Bernado region is particularly good for expert and intermediate skiers. When visitors eventually tire of the 12 black runs and 32 red runs available, there are two slalom stadiums and a ski jump to keep confident skiers entertained.

Whilst the area caters well for advanced skiers, less confident skiers and beginners will also be well-served by the nursery slopes. Numerous areas are suitable for children and are used by instructors in the ski schools to introduce kids to the sport.

Snowboarders may find some parts of the slopes a little too flat but most should still be able to find plenty to entertain them for the duration of their stay.

Resort Vitals

  • Resort elevation: 1850m
  • 150km of pistes
  • 16 chairlifts
  • 12 black runs
  • 32 red runs
  • 23 blue runs
  • 6 green runs
  • 73 pistes
  • Maximum vertical: 1500m