A mother-of-three tells us all about her ski holiday experience in La Rosière….
8am – The whole family hops on the train to La Rosière! This year, we decided to leave the car at home to avoid the traffic in the valley. When we arrive into the nearest train station (Bourg Saint Maurice) a coach is waiting to take us up to resort!
3pm – No need to queue up to buy our lift passes! We booked online via the lift company’s website, so our whole family’s lift passes are waiting in our accommodation’s reception. A great way to save time!
5.30pm – We head to the sports shop to collect our ski equipment (which we reserved in advance via the shop’s website). The shop’s friendly staff greet us with a smile and help to fit our pre-ordered equipment.
7.30pm – The caterer knocks on our door to deliver a delicious tartiflette for dinner. Yum! What a relief to sit around at the table after a tiring day travelling.
8.30am – Beep… the kids’ mini bus is outside. Our teenagers are collected by their Evolution 2 instructors in time for their Junior Academy course!
9am – I drop our little one off at his Piou Piou lessons. No need to collect any lesson cards from the ESF office: our online booking confirmation is all we need!
2pm- After a lovely lunch on a restaurant terrace, we get back on the slopes to explore the Espace San Bernardo, with its 4 free ski lifts for beginners. The Lutins magic carpet, which is covered in a transparent tunnel, takes children gently up the slope. An ideal playground for tiny skiers, here they can glide down the nursery slope in safety. Older children can explore the Petit-Saint-Bernard adventure trail with its games and child-sized modules!
5pm – After a busy day, the whole family meets at the bottom of the slopes and tidies their equipment away in our ski locker. We slip on our snow boots and head off to enjoy a delicious crêpe.
9am – “Les Galopins” Kids’ Club looks after our youngest for the day. He’s got a fun-filled day ahead! Early learning activities, outdoor and indoor games, arts and crafts, entertainment… I hand him over to the Galopins staff with a light heart – I know he’ll have a wonderful time.
Meanwhile, we spend the day skiing with our older boys on the Espace San Bernardo. The wide variety of slopes has something for all abilities. In just a couple of lifts, we drop over onto the Italian side, where we enjoy some delicious pasta and pizza on the Italian slopes. We stop off to do a bit of shopping in La Thuile, buying a chunk of Parmesan and a bottle of Limoncello, then come back over the border into France to test our Freestyle skills on the snowpark. Starting with the ground-level modules (20cm) in the mini-snowpark, you can start small then progress onto the more challenging equipment in the Poletta snowpark!
10am – One of my teenage sons swaps his skis for a snowboard for the day… As the resort’s ski hire shops all offer free equipment swaps, he almost wishes he’d done it sooner!
8.30pm – After another tiring day, we catch one of the resort’s free shuttles, which drops us off by the cinema. We have a choice of two sessions, featuring the latest releases and films for children.
10.30am – Today, we’re spending the day together off the slopes. We set out for a walk along the resort’s groomed footpaths. On the way, we have an impromptu snowman-making competition and snowball fight!
2pm – We head to Les Eucherts indoor ice rink for a skate! With skates for all sizes of feet (from size 27, UK children’s size 9), a trolley to help our youngest skate independently, and free tuition from an ice-loving instructor, the children have a whale of a time!
9am – On our last day, our teens want to show off their newly-acquired skills so they head out onto the slopes. Meanwhile, we take our youngest, proudly brandishing his Piou Piou badge, on the Petit-Saint-Bernard adventure slope, a special area with a host of original and fun modules. It’s lovely to be able to ski on the slopes with him, thanks to his free lift pass for under 5s.
With a host of entertainment activities organised throughout the week – snowman-making contests, snow challenge, sledging races, Panda trail, family-friendly shows, and much more – in La Rosière, children take centre stage so that their parents can enjoy a real holiday. You will go home with some valuable memories to share forever!