La Rosiere Local Guide

What was already an excellent ski area – comprising 152km of linked slopes with neighbouring La Thuile in Italy – just got better for 2018/19. Two new fast six-pack chairlifts were built up Mont Valaisan to open up a fantastic area of off piste, as well as five new red runs. This has added more advanced terrain to the ski area, making it more varied than ever before.

The resort sits along the Col de Petit St Bernard road, which is closed off until the summer months and is therefore nice and quiet. Lots of rustic chalets, built in traditional Savoyard style, form the bulk of the accommodation in the resort. Don’t come here expecting a party, but there are some nice bars for a post-skiing drink, as well as several traditional restaurants.

The resort village has a very friendly feel because of its small size, sympathetic chalet-style buildings and lack of traffic.  As well as the footpath between La Rosière Centre and Les Eucherts, there’s a free bus that runs into the evenings.

In the last couple of years the resort has moved markedly upmarket, with the opening of its first four-star hotels. But most accommodation is still in apartments, some very smart with pools and spa areas.

Off-Hill Activities

The ski area’s link to Italy adds to its attraction because of the contrasting cultures of the two countries and the cheaper restaurant prices on the Italian side.

Restaurants

There is an Igloo Village near the bottom of the Plan du Repos chairlift. It is open 9am to 5pm, with an Ice Bar and cheese fondue and platters of mixed meat available for lunch.

The Moo Bar in Les Eucherts is the place to go for late night dancing and it sometimes has early evening kids’ discos.

Le Genépi - Exceptional food is served at the comfortable and cosy Genépi in La Rosière Centre. Starters include cassoulet d’escargots en croûte, tuna sashimi and scallops. Delicious mains include filet au poivre, honey glazed lamb with dauphinoise potatoes and seared duck breast with sour cherry sauce. As all desserts are to die for, the tasting plate with small helpings of them all is a good idea. Free genépi liqueur at the end of course.

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