La Rosiere Snowboarding
The 24th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Friday 2 December 2016 06:44 GMT
East of Albertville and northeast of Bourg St Maurice, the La Rosiere ski domiane has 24 pistes served by 10 lifts. It is a family-friendly ski area that is perfect for beginners.
The La Rosiere ski domaine is connected to the La Thuile ski domaine in Italy over Petit San Bernard Pass. The combined ski region is known as Espace San Bernardo. But, keep in mind that the Petit San Bernard Pass interlink is known to close regularly due to weather since the area is known for high wind and scoured slopes. Overall, the Espace San Bernardo has 160km of pistes served by 38 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,430m (4,700 feet). If you plan to ride over to La Thuile, keep in mind that there isn't much at the purpose-built La Thuile base area -- you'll need to walk the 5 minutes into town or take the free ski bus.
Freeriders will be pleasantly surprised to discover the numerous Snow Cross areas in the La Rosiere ski domaine where there is plenty of controlled, off-piste powder to explore.
After a morning of riding, try the Genepi restaurant for lunch.
The small, quiet village of La Rosiere is not known for apres ski action or nightlife. But, when you are heading out for the night, check out La Grange or Le Kitzbuhel which are both in the adjacent village of Les Eucherts. There's also the Bar Fusion that is worth going to.
To reach the snowboarding at La Rosiere from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, take the route south to Seez. In Seez, follow the signs to La Roisere which head up a winding switchbacked road for 21km. The narrow road doesn't have many guard rails. Chains are highly recommened. If you are driving up for just the day, you may want to use the lower Ecudents lift station which is only 5km from Seez.
TIP: If you are planning to arrive by train, keep in mind that the regular bus up to the resort is primarily during daylight hours. After dark, the bus runs infrequently, if at all. Therefore, you will need to take a cab from the train station to the resort. If you plan to fly into Lyon, you may want to check the train schedule before buying your flight to make sure there is a convenient transfer. If you plan to arrive Friday through Sunday, the shuttle Altibus might be a more convenient option. Since there are not many trains or buses up into this region, you are highly encouraged to advance purchase tickets and reserve your seat.
Overall, La Rosiere is the 24th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France.