Espace San Bernardo

When reaching the top of the mountain, you can choose to ski down the French or Italian side, a unique selling point of an Espace San Bernardo property. It offers over 150km of slopes connected by 38 lifts with the capacity to carry about 58,000 people per hour.

The area promises incredible skiing and snow-kiting as well as paragliding. It is also worth noting that La Rosière is the last place in France where you can Heli-ski. Banned throughout France, La Rosière’s proximity to Italy means it’s the last place in France you can charter a helicopter for an unforgettable day of never-ending virgin powder slopes, just for you… And being able to sample French and Italian gastronomy in one fell swoop is what keeps the gourmands coming back to the region.

The two villages that make up San Bernardo provide each of their own flair, but are both generally quieter, sunnier and smaller than their neighbours. This area is largely focused on a wide single slope and a few exciting activities such as forest hiking. Both villages are built in a chalet style that offer a few shops and small but delicious restaurants. Locals add the charm, but this area tends to be on the quiet side, so don’t expect an all-nighter here.

Being small, it provides great efficiency to get to the slopes, and with the added free ski-bus you won’t have to worry about travelling up the mountain.

The experts say

The Aosta Valley is not only great for the sunshine and for the more expert slopes – it provides the opportunity to try some of the local gastronomy. For that alone, it’s worth the trip to La Thuile.

The property market in Espace San Bernardo

The French side of Espace San Bernardo has a traditional Savoie architecture,, which is what you would expect from an Alps property. It holds lodges, ski chalets and other ski properties for sale that are very well priced. On the Italian side, you are more likely to find modern properties.

A newly built property for sale in Espace San Bernardo is likely to come with a swimming pool and other amenities, which make the purchase even more interesting to families. The price for a one-bedroom can range from €150,000 to nearly €300,000 depending on the view, the size and of course how recently it was built.

How to Get There

By Road

On the La Thuile side it is less than an hour from Chamonix, France and two hours from Geneva using the Mont Blanc tunnel. As it is part of the Aosta Valley, and its very efficient highway system, it is just one hour’s drive from Turin, two hours from Milan, and three from Genoa.

By Air

The nearest airports are Turin, and Geneva.

Weather

Spring / Summer

Due to its south- and north-facing slopes, it is almost its own microclimate. Espace San Bernardo tends to be either flooding with sun or bountiful with snow from November all the way to the end of April. Because of its traditional appeal and generally great weather, the area is popular all year round. The slopes are green in the summer with average highs of 26°C on sunny days.

Fall / Winter

A negative side of the climate is that the slopes can be closed down if a bad storm comes in from the west, which can happen a few times during the season.

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