Travel idea: Ski resort in the French Alps

High above the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, La Rosière at 6,000 feet features over 90 miles of ski trails, beautiful alpine views with Mont Blanc in the distance, and easy access to Espace San Bernardo on the border between France and Italy. Skiers, from beginners to experts, come here every season to enjoy the sunshine, generous snowfall, uncrowded slopes, and the pleasant camaraderie of this family-friendly ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ resort. There is a special small village “The Gallopins” for the kids in the center of the resort, a “Baby-Club” (18 months-3 year olds), and “Club-Loisirs” for ages 4-12. The clubs provide full or part-time care with or without meals and interesting programs for the different age groups. Three and four year olds can take ski lessons sponsored by the ESF (French Ski School). La Rosiere offers wonderful piste and off-piste skiing, equipment rental, ice skating, snow shoeing, and snow kiting, as well as the fun of apres-ski dining, bowling, and nightlife at the Les Eucherts center. A unique attraction at the resort is the opportunity to legally heli-ski into Italy as far as La Thuile. No vacation at La Rosiere would be complete without indulging in the pleasure and convenience of the catered ski chalets in la Rosiere.

Chalet Aimee – Located in the Les Eucherts area, it has 4 en-suite bedrooms, 3 double and 1 twin, with one extra toilet. Two bedrooms have bath and shower, and two with shower only. In addition to a full breakfast and afternoon tea, guests are served a sumptuous evening meal with wine and aperitifs before dinner. The menu features a variety of appetizers and gourmet entrees such as beef bourguignon and roast loin of pork. For dessert, the choices include chocolate mousse, winter berry crumble, and vanilla pannacotta. Enjoy coffee or tea in the spacious living area, which opens onto the balcony for magnificent views of the evening sky and the snow-covered valley below. Chalet Aimee offers the same amenities as the other La Rosiere chalets including airport/train ski-lift transfers, equipment rental, and early suppers at 6pm for children. Special menus on request.

Weekly Rates: $594-$1,498 p/p.

Chalet Christophe – This is a large chalet for up to 10 people, perfect for a group of friends or family, with 5 bedrooms, 3 double and 2 twin. Two en-suite doubles, one double shares the connecting bathroom with a twin, and the 5th bedroom is a twin. The open living and dining area (table seats 12) serves as a lounge area, and there’s a small kitchen off the dining area, typical of the catered chalet floor plans. Balconies on two sides of the chalet offer incredible views. Cots and high chairs, if needed, are free. Special diets and meal plans for children can be requested at time of booking. Everything you might need on your holiday are included in the chalet price including discounted rental equipment, satellite TV, private parking, and transfers. Three meals, breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner are freshly prepared by the chalet staff on 6 of the 7 days. They have one day off when you’re on your own to self serve or dine out locally.

Weekly Rates: $594 – $1,488 p/p.

Chalet Thomas – Another charming chalet in the La Rosiere complex, it has plenty of room for 10 people, with 5 bedrooms, 3 doubles, 1 twin, and one bunkroom with its own bathroom. It is fully furnished and equipped with bed linens and towels, complimentary toiletries, Wi-Fi, and lots of other amenities. The chalet has ample living and dining room space with picture windows on two sides for panoramic views of the mountains and valley below. The chalet hosts prepare breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner on six days, except for one day a week when they’re off duty and everything is self serve. This might be a good time to have lunch or dinner at one of the many fine restaurants at La Rosiere.

Weekly Rates: $594 – $1,498 p/p.

Chalet Valerie – This cozy, fully equipped chalet has 3 en-suite bedrooms and a loft type area upstairs with 2 single beds and hallway bathroom. The children would love their own special place away from the grownups. Although the chalet is somewhat smaller than others in the complex, it will comfortably accommodate up to 8 people. Balconies on two sides of the chalet provide wonderful views of the surrounding area. Great location in Les Eucherts, with shops, restaurants, bars, and an express chair lift. La Rosiere is a nice short walk or free bus ride from the center of Les Eucherts. The chalet staff prepares breakfast, afternoon tea, and a 3-course evening meal accompanied by before-dinner drinks and unlimited wine. Children can be served with an early dinner if you choose. Relax in the quiet luxury of the chalet and enjoy free Wi-Fi, DVD, and satellite TV, or pamper yourself with the mobile massage service after a day on the slopes.

Weekly Rates: $594 – $1,488 p/p.

Penthouse Chalet – The ultimate choice for a wedding or anniversary skiing party, families, or groups of friends for up to 14 people. Situated on the top floor of the complex, the luxurious ski-in ski-out penthouse is huge with 6 bedrooms, all with mountain or valley views. The bedrooms downstairs, 2 doubles and 2 twins, have full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a private balcony, as well. Upstairs there is a suite-type floor plan with a double and a separate bedroom. The 6th bedroom is a twin with a view of the mountains. A very large living and dining room arrangement features comfortable chairs and sofas, floor to ceiling windows facing the outdoor balcony, and a fireplace which adds a warm ambiance to a gathering place. Meals are served 6 days a week by the chalet staff, who live in a separate area on the premises. The Penthouse Chalet has a jacuzzi and hot tub in addition to the same amenities as the other chalets.

Weekly Rates: $796 – $1,794 p/p.

(Notes: Avg ski pass prices for 6 days, Adult – $256, Child 5-12 – $179, Youth 13+ – $224, Senior 65-74 – $205.

Chalet rates will vary depending on week and month. Packages and discounts available. Chalets are non-smoking, and no shoes can be worn inside. The resort staff provides helpful information and assistance.)

La Rosiere is easily accessible by plane from four airports (Geneva is just 2 hours away), by train from Bourg-St Maurice, or by car (a long, somewhat challenging drive.) It is an ideal, affordable destination with lots of great skiing for everyone, the opportunity for spectacular photography, and many other fun and exciting things to do for families or groups on a skiing holiday.

Sharon L Slayton

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