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La Rosière - Ski Resort in Espace San Bernardo, French Alps - 140km of Piste (1100m to 2600m)
Purpose built in 1961 on a south-facing plateau to an attractive design sympathetic to Savoyard traditional architecture, this French family resort has been lift linked to Aosta Valley resort La Thuile since 1984-5 over the mountain border in Italy. The resort is especially recommended for children and also offers heliskiing in Italy.
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The French ski resort of La Rosière is part of the Espace San Bernardo ski area with access to 156 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in La Rosière itself (140km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Espace San Bernardo ski resort of La Thuile.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- La Rosière is able to augment natural snow, on 35km of ski runs, with 400 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 37 Ski Lifts of La Rosière are able to uplift 54,580 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to La Rosière are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in La Rosière
La Rosière is the only resort in Savoie which offers an international skiing area thanks to the link by ski lifts with La Thuile, in the Val d'Aosta Valley in Italy.
Ski area planners have endeavoured to create a balance between easy and more technical runs, with always wide, long downhill slopes through the forest as well as a snowpark, plenty of off-piste possibilities and the rare French resort option of heli-skiing (in Italy).
The resort has excellent skiing for all ability levels with north facing slopes, which along with its proximity to Mont Blanc, normally ensuring good snow conditions.
Beginners have three free ski lifts and a dedicated area on green runs besides the Clarines and Lievre Blanc lifts.
Intermediates will enjoy the terrain the most with seemingly endless blue and red pistes on both sides of the border that radiate out to the peaks of Le Belvedere and Chaz Dura. The Nuova and San Bernardo runs combined give a wonderful 11km run down to La Thuile for a lunchtime pizza.
Look out for the Napoleonic Fort at the top of the Mountain (on the border) which is an interesting feature. The Petit St Bernard Pass comes over the mountain here and in winter the road is actually a ski run. Bizzarely you ski past a road sign with speed limits on it (though apparently no road in sight, so it appears as if it's a ski speed limit sign!).
Experts have sixteen blacks to choose from, some of the steepest down through the woods above La Thuile. The runs are graded according to their steepest, with the best (worst?) a rather intimidating 72% plunge. There's also good off piste and heli skiing available with a guide.
Snowboarding in La Rosière
Snowboarders have a fun park to enjoy in La Rosière. The snowpark is 300m long with a 50m vertical. It incorporates a hip, nine table tops (Three rated red, three blue and three green), fun box and three rails. There is also a warming centre complete with music, tables and chairs.
A new skiercross and boardercross course was added for the 06-07 season. The Snow Cross Zittieux was also added.
Elsewhere on the slopes the predominance of chair and gondola lifts makes getting around the big and varied area pretty well hassle free. The long blues and reds up above the treeline is great terrain and then down in the trees there are natural features to hit on.
La Rosière Aprés Ski
There are several bars in resort including a piano-bar and a wine-bar as well as a discotheque. For karaoke try Arpin's Bar and for late night dancing, Le Pub.
Le Petit Danois' is a popular après ski spot with a terrace home to cold beers, live music, dj's and barbecue. The Fusion Bar is another place to be seen in the winter season.
The resort stages weekly organised events for community and family-friendly après ski fun. These include torchlit descents, firework displays, concerts, live bands and various theme nights. For the 2007-8 season an indoor ice rink and bowling alley were added.
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