The best-kept secret in the Haute Tarentaise Valley, the family-friendly resort of La Rosière is a real hidden gem. Situated at an altitude of 1,850 metres, La Rosière is often overshadowed by its high-profile neighbours Tignes and Val d’Isere but offers excellent skiing conditions plus some of the most competitive property prices for a high-altitude resort in the French Alps.
Set on a plateau with spectacular views of Mont Pourri towards Les Arcs, La Rosière’s strategic location on the Franco-Italian border allows you to ski the sunny South-facing slopes of the Espace San Bernardo in France before heading over the border to enjoy an afternoon’s heliskiing in La Thuile, Italy.
Easily accessible by plane and with a daily Eurostar service from London to nearby Bourg-Saint-Maurice, La Rosière is the ideal resort for those in search of a second home in the mountains.
A year-round destination
One of the top-ranking ski resorts in the Northern Alps for snowfall, La Rosière’s ski season runs from December to April with over 150km of pistes to explore in the Espace San Bernardo plus 6km of cross-country and Nordic ski trails. Suitable for skiers of all levels, La Rosière has several beginner’s zones and as a Famille Plus resort, there are lots of activities to try off-piste including ice skating, snowshoeing, luging and dog sledging. A dual-season destination, once the snow melts, La Rosière offers a full range of outdoor sports and leisure activities including the highest 9-hole golf course in Europe.
“In addition to offering more competitive property prices than other high-altitude resorts in the French Alps, La Rosière’s guaranteed snowfall and lower skier density mean that you’ll enjoy fewer crowds and fresh powder on both sides of the border.”
Camille Letuve, Partner & Adviser, French Alps
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Known as the sunniest ski resort in the French Alps, La Rosière features traditional chalet-style architecture with many properties built from local Savoyard wood and stone. Conveniently situated on the Franco-Italian border, La Rosière is a great choice for European investors or those looking for investment opportunities in a central location. With increasing demand for real estate in the region, the properties currently for sale in La Rosière range from ski-in ski-out apartments overlooking the slopes to modern complexes with luxury amenities and family chalets with large gardens and private parking.
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Below you can find key details about La Rosière as a resort so you can better understand the pros and cons before you visit.
- La Rosière is a laid-back ski resort where the focus is on family-oriented activities
- The resort has seen significant investments since 2018 with a 1km Fun Cross Track, a luxury spa and 2 new ski lifts
- Not yet as well-known as neighbouring resorts Val d’Isère and Courchevel, La Rosière’s slopes are generally quiet with practically no lift queues
- An up-and-coming resort, investing in property in La Rosière shows strong potential for capital appreciation and rental income
- Now is a great time to invest in La Rosière as it's likely that prices will go up as the resort expands in the next few years.
- The only dual-country resort in the Northern French Alps with double exposure North and South plus 360° views on both sides of the border
- Guaranteed snow cover thanks to the village’s proximity to Mont Blanc
- La Rosière is set on a South-facing plateau so the resort is sometimes exposed to high winds but its position also means you can ski in glorious sunshine all day long so it’s a small price to pay
- Many of the best slopes are on the Italian side of the border and getting there can take a little longer but skiing La Thuile’s extensive network of pistes will more than make up for it
Why is La Rosière a good resort?
A relaxed family-friendly village with a reputation for sunshine, La Rosière is a great choice for those looking for a second home in a snow-sure resort in the heart of the French Alps. Linked directly to La Thuile in Italy via the Espace San Bernardo lift network, La Rosière offers access to over 150 north and south-facing ski slopes, with 8 snowparks, a boarder cross and a funcross adventure course for kids of all ages.
Non-skiers also have more than their fair share of winter fun with activities such as ice skating, dog sledding, snow kiting and even a bar/restaurant inside a giant igloo set right on the slopes and accessible by ski or on foot. In February the resort celebrates the arrival of Mardi Gras with a masked carnival and during April, the resort hosts the annual Musifoliz festival, a family-friendly event which sees musicians and DJs light up the slopes with live music for 4 days.
A Famille Plus resort, La Rosière is fully set up to welcome young families with several ski schools and lots of safe learner areas for children in Les Eucherts. A cross-domain resort which is linked to Italy via ski lift, the Espace San Bernardo allows you to ski across the border from La Rosière to La Thuile with just one ski pass.
A high-altitude resort which is slightly off the beaten track, La Rosière’s slopes tend to be much quieter than neighbouring resorts Val d’Isère and Courchevel with little or no lift queues. Offering excellent value for money, we predict that the resort’s sunny climate, wide open slopes and guaranteed snowfall will see it become increasingly popular in the next few years.
A paradise for foodies, both La Rosière and La Thuile are renowned for their excellent restaurants with everything from Savoyard specialities such as fondue and raclette at Le Genépi to grilled BBQ meats at L’Ancolie or delicious gourmet burgers at Via Ferrata. If you’re looking for some laid-back après-ski fun, le Blue Bar offers a decent game of pool with a few beers while le Village Igloo promises an unforgettable evening in their Igloo bar as you dance the night away at 1850m and -5°c.
The village centre is well supplied with grocery shops including 2 supermarkets plus several delicatessens which sell local specialities including delicious cheeses, cured meats, jams and liqueurs. The local bakery opens early to provide you with warm croissants and pains au chocolat before you hit the slopes while the Coopérative de Bourg Saint Maurice offers guided tours with cheese tastings plus the loan of raclette or fondue equipment.
Why is a property in La Rosière a good investment?
Ideally located on the Franco-Italian border, La Rosière is the gateway to Espace San Bernardo which links the Northern Alps with La Thuile in Italy’s Aosta Valley. An up-and-coming resort which is increasingly popular with international visitors, La Rosière has seen extensive developments over the past few years with the creation of 30km of new slopes plus two new ski lifts since 2018. Connected to the Eurostar service from London via nearby Bourg St Maurice, La Rosière’s real estate offers excellent value for money with strong upside value thanks to the resort’s altitude and average snowfall of 6.4m every season.
What’s the skiing like in La Rosière?
Boasting both north and south-facing slopes, La Rosière is accessible to skiers of all levels with 3 ski schools and several beginner zones in Les Eucherts. The resort features a wide range of interlinked blue slopes including a run that takes you to the Col de la Traversette overlooking the remains of La Redoute Ruinée and then on to the Petit St Bernard Pass for a panoramic view of Mont Blanc. La Rosière’s Mont Valaisan sector boasts 5 red pistes and two six-person high-speed chairlifts with steeper and more challenging slopes over the border in La Thuile.
There are 2 snowparks, one in La Rosière and the other in La Thuile plus a snowkite introduction zone up at the Petit St Bernard pass in addition to 3 ski touring trails and 6km of cross-country skiing trails.
For those in search of the very freshest powder off-piste, La Thuile offers the ultimate heli-skiing experience across the glorious open backcountry of the Aosta Valley.
If you’re looking to leave your skis behind for a while, La Rosière also offers a wide range of snow activities to get your adrenaline going including x-treme luging, snake gliss, paret and yooner sledging plus paragliding and bubblefoot.
To keep you in tip-top condition out on the slopes, La Rosière also offers pre and post-slope yoga and pilates sessions to help prevent injuries and relax those leg muscles after a hard day out on the slopes.
What can you do in La Rosière in the summer?
Once the snow melts away, La Rosière transforms from a ski resort into an idyllic Alpine summer camp with endless activities on offer on both the French and Italian sides of the border
Hike your way through La Rosière’s Alpine trails to spot some of the local wildlife including hares, deer, wild boars and eagles soaring lazily overhead or follow the stream through the forest that surrounds the resort and enjoy lunch in a hidden picnic spot with a carpet of wildflowers.
Head over the border to La Thuile to check out the waterfalls in la Cascate del Rutor, try your hand at trail running or jump on your bike to take on some of the area’s trickier descents in La Rosière’s bike park which features three DH trails and six Enduro & eBike loops, with a vertical drop of up to 1200m.
Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline pumping with a day spent paragliding, rafting, or canyoning, while those in search of more laid-back activities can enjoy a round of golf at La Rosière’s 9-hole course or head out for a day’s horse riding, tennis, archery or fishing in the fresh mountain air.
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