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A Ski Holiday in La Rosière, France

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Feeling like getting away and hitting the slopes?  La Rosière is a great ski resort and perfect for your needs.

Located in the territory of the commune of Montvalezan, in the Savoie department, at 1850 metres above sea level, La Rosière faces South with fine views across the valley to nearby Les Arcs.  You can ski with the most magnificent views in a snow-sure environment, perfect for singles, couples and families, with 160km of marked pisted runs (Espace San Bernardo).

It is perfect for those affordable family skiing holidays with its high altitude slopes, a good snow record and, more importantly, child-friendly slopes.
View of the valley from La Rosière
Photo: Llfabll

Children meet up for their ski classes at the resort outside the Grandes Alpes chalets.  Their instructors then lead them to the appropriate slopes, while their parents need only cross the adjacent car park to reach the lifts and be off skiing themselves.

The resort was developed in the early 1950's on the site of an old hamlet.  in 1984, La Rosière was linked with the nearby Italian resort of La Thuile via two fairly long drag lifts through the Petit St Bernard pass.  The pass took its name from the famous St Bernard breed of dog and also from a chapel nestling in the region.

While compared to its neighbour, Val d'Isère, the resort is relatively small, the ski area of l'Espace San Bernardo (which includes La Thuile) caters for all abilities.  Since 2008, it provides 6 green and 23 blue slopes for beginners, and 32 red and 6 black runs for the more advanced skiers, giving something for everyone.

On the higher pistes in La Rosière is Redoute Ruinée, a border fort built by France in the early 1890s.  It is in ruins, and public access to the interior is prohibited for safety reasons.

Of historical interest, Hannibal is thought to have marched his elephants through this area on his passage through the Alps.  Now you can take the family and see the same views as Hannibal (and his elephants of course) experienced.

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