Visitor reviews for La Rosière Ski Resort
January 06, 2019
Edmond Nico from Italy
In the last few years La Rosiere has completely changed it's face and with the addition of 2 new chair lifts taking one up to 2800m it has put itself on the map of top ski resorts in the Alps. Together with La Thuile, in Italy, it offers one over 150km of piste runs. It is one of the best kept secret spots for off-piste skiing in the Alps mainly due to it's low number of tourist beds in relation to it's lift capacity. La Rosiere has only 4000 tourist beds in the resort and an uphill lift capacity of over 50,000 skiers per hour. Other nearby ski resorts have equal beds to uphill capacity. This means pistes are empty especially in low season periods and there is plenty of off-piste for everyone. I've skied untracked off-piste even 5 days after a snow fall which is pretty much unheard of anywhere else. It's my favourite off-piste paradise.
La Rosière Ratings
Overall: 4.2. Based on 23 votes and 27 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Rosière.
Public Transport: 4.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Rosière, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near La Rosière, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Rosière.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at La Rosière, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Rosière is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Rosière relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Rosière, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Rosière are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Rosière is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Rosière, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) La Rosière usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.6
(1) The staff at La Rosière are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Rosière are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.9
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Rosière has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at La Rosière, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.9
(1) Not even a kicker at La Rosière, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Rosière, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Rosière has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.9
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.4
(1) Overall, La Rosière is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.3
(1) Overall, La Rosière is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 06, 2015
Sam C from United Kingdom
La Rosiere is not a big resort and is mostly seen as a place for families. It is very quiet and not big for nightlife. Having said that it was a great place to go as a couple of snowboarders looking for an adventure. We went in the last week of Jan and had non stop fun. The lifts were so quiet we never queued and the pistes were so empty we were still getting fresh tracks well into the morning. Off-piste was our domain alone it seemed, and we had endless runs through the trees off the side of the main run down to les Eucherts; never got boring. There is so much off-piste between the Plan du Repos and Fort chairs that we were still getting freshies at 4pm the day after it had snowed; that has never happened in a major resort! The drag lift to Italy is a bore for snowboarders but doable, and the runs through the trees there quite fun but we found the snow not as good over there.
One thing you have to do when you're in La Rosiere is try snow-kiting. You can do this either with skis or a snowboard and is inexpensive and great fun. Get lessons and gear from flymountains, instruction in English or French. You can really go uphill as well as down, and get big floaty jumps; it's amazing. There's not many resorts you can do this, so definitely worth a go.
December 30, 2013
Dan from United Kingdom
Have been to La Rosiere twice and about to return with Esprit. Esprit aim at the family market and have several chalets here, with obviously good reason. It's a relatively quiet resort on and off the snow with plenty for beginners and intermediates. Not the most advanced lift system, but the small queues easily compensate. Conditions are often excellent, good snow fall and lots of sun, but it can get very windy and cold.
Although there isn't a massive range of very hard piste, for the advanced skier, there is quite a lot of off-piste opportunity. I'm relatively experienced and if I hadn't spent a lot of time with the family (leading around the blues on the La Rosiere side) I might have got bored by day 3-4. The link to La Thuile allows a decent day trip. However, I'd be cautious taking youngsters or anyone without a couple of weeks skiing behind them across the long, flat drag lifts to La Thuile, it could be a hard walk back to the beginning if you come off (not snowboard friendly, either).
I don't take any notice of the night life in any resorts (I don't go to the trouble of going up a mountain to listen to dodgy dance music and then nurse a hangover anymore...), but La Rosiere doesn't seem very lively i.e. a perfect resort for families/young children.
January 28, 2013
Howard Beanland from United Kingdom
We spent a week in La Rosiere from 12th to 19th January. We stayed in Eucherts, which is fairly quiet, with a limited number of restaurants open in the evening. Our apartment, in Les Balcons de la Rosiere, was pretty much ski in/ski out. The weather was quite poor - mist and snow most days and very cold. There are few opportunities to ski outside the main bowl in La Rosiere below the tree line. The bottom part of Marmottes was usually out of the mist. However, the red run down to Ecudets was excellent and was usually covered in untracked powder first thing in the morning. The lift back up the mountain is, unfortunately, rather slow, taking the best part of 15 minutes. The black run down to the same lift was a fairly soft touch.
We did get across to La Thuile on several occasions and there is more skiing in the trees. The red run 6 down to the resort was good, and red 7 was better than some reviewers have indicated. Most of the other runs above the tree line are wide unchallenging reds and blues. There are three lifts on the Petit St Bernard Pass side of the resort. We only did the red runs next to these lifts and they were all good. It's best to do these in the afternoon as they were shaded and very very cold in the morning. This side on the mountain can be quite windy and one morning the Fourclaz Express closed just as we got to it. The only way back to any skiing from there was the long red run 7 right back to La Thule. On a more positive note, both the Fourclaz and the San Bernadino Express lifts are covered which helps to keep the wind chill at bay.
The two drag lifts from La Rosiere to La Thuile aren't really a problem. They are long, but not very steep and I suspect that you would get equally as cold if you were on a chair. It is possible to miss out the second drag by skiing a long traversing blue/red down to the Fourclaz lift. From here you can access the excellent red runs (17 -21) on the left (south) side of the La Thuile.
Returning to La Rosiere required a bit of effort. The two long blue runs from the top of the Belvedere chair have several flat spots on them and boarders might find themselves doing a bit of walking.
Overall, the two resorts will provide enough interest for intermediate skiers for about 3 days and beginners will enjoy the open area above La Thuile and the blue runs around Eucherts and La Rosiere. For advanced skiers there’s not much to go at. We never queued for a lift all week!
April 01, 2012
caroline marlow from United Kingdom
Have just spent a week in La Rosière with 4 beginner children. Thought the ESF were brilliant, my eldest progressed to red runs by the end of the week. The little ones enjoyed the snow garden and their skiing ability improved no end.
Not a lot of night life but decent meal sitting on the terrace at Le Petit Danois.
Very sunny resort though the snow held up well considering. Skiing on the top towards Italy was a good bet as snow held a bit longer as not all south facing slopes.
Would definitely return.
March 12, 2012
Debbie from United Kingdom
Just returned from a great week in La Rosiere.
Excellent snow and really quiet pistes. We complained if we had to queue for 2 minutes at any lift (only happened twice all week), so different from most French ski resorts.
My 5 year old went to ESF which I was concerned about as I hadn't heard good things about ESF in other resorts but he loved it and his skiing improved so much. The British Director of La Rosiere ESF is shaking things up and it shows, I would certainly recommend it.
Great family resort with plenty of skiing for the week. We will be going back next year.
February 24, 2012
Justine from Bahrain
Spent a great week at Chalet Oliver in early Feb 2012. Staff were great and nice food.
We were blessed by great snow conditions and good pisting. Perhaps the good snow conditions meant the reds weren't too scary at La Rosiere or La Thuile?
If you want a private lesson, I'd recommend Francois at Evolution 2. He gently picked up on things I never knew from years of group lessons and I left with good tips for improvement.
February 17, 2012
danny from United Kingdom
Stayed in La Rosiere from 28/01-04/02 2012. Loads of fresh snow excellent conditions. Make sure you make the most of the variety of slopes linking La Rosiere and La Thuile, the Italian side has more tree lined runs. The apres ski is ok, some good bars to go into straight from the slopes. Good resort for beginners and intermediates. There are some challenging blacks on the Italian side. Overall, great resort and great skiing, would happily return. We stayed in chalet Hahnenkamm, no fuss, good food, good hosts. Again, would happily return there.
January 24, 2012
Jimmy Mac from United Kingdom
We traveled to La Rosiere in Feb 2011. There had been little fresh snow for a month or so, but the resort was 95% open, with only the lower runs below the resort closed, and the runs down to resort getting pretty slushy in the afternoons. The snow came again with a vengeance as we left. Fantastic for kids. A six year old first timer ended up on the reds on her last day, and really felt like she'd conquered the mountain. La Ros is cheaper than almost anywhere else for lift passes etc, as it is not the biggest resort, particularly if the pass into Italy is closed. That said, if you are there with small kids, you are unlikely to cover hundreds of miles a day, unless you are the selfish type that doesn't see their kids between 8 & 5.30. We had ample time to get to Italy and back, in time to pick up our daughter after lunch, and then tootled about with her in the afternoons. Nearly car free, everywhere walkable, many chalets ski in / ski out and very friendly. If you are after a monstrous apres-ski / night scene, you will be disappointed, but there are plenty of drinking holes. An all round, family friendly resort. We're going again this year.
April 30, 2011
Andrew Underwood from United Kingdom
La Rosiere was great for skiing.
However, we stayed with Crystal at their "La Rosiere apartments". The apartment was dreadful as was the service provided by the tour operator. I would never travel with this company ever again.
I wish I had seen the shirley salariya's review before booking with Crystal!