EXPERIENCE CROSS-BORDER SKIING
LA ROSIERE, BETWEEN France AND Italy
Perched at an altitude of 1,850m, just beside the Petit-Saint-Bernard pass, La Rosière is a carefully-guarded slice of paradise, a resort that has managed to retain its authenticity and village atmosphere.
A subtle blend of Savoyard and Aosta Valley (Italy) traditions, La Rosière opens the door to an international ski area, the Espace San Bernardo, which boasts 160km of slopes that straddle the French-Italian border.
It is the ONLY French-Italian ski area in the northern French Alps.
Skiers of all abilities are able to explore the Espace San Bernardo, whose quiet slopes offer great skiing for all levels. In no time at all, you can pop over from the French side (La Rosière) to the Italian side (La Thuile) for a spectacular change of scenery! You will suddenly find yourself immersed in the romantic sing-song of the Italian language, so why not go and savour some delicious pasta at the Pépita Café? When you get to the bottom of the slopes in La Thuile, a minibus will be waiting to drive you to the restaurant half a kilometre away, to save you from walking in your ski boots. Extending a warm welcome to all patrons in Italian, French or English, this restaurant serves a superb skier’s menu!
Eaten too much? Once the minibus has dropped you back at the slopes, all you have to do is hop on the cable car then let your skis glide all the way home.
If you fancy exploring the ski area further, Lo Riondet is a superb restaurant housed in a characteristic Valodôtain chalet on slope no.7.
A taste for snow sports
The Espace San Bernardo boasts fantastic sunshine and two mountain faces offering stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Ruitor glacier, Mont Pourri and the Petit St Bernard pass.
It is an ideal playground for snow sport enthusiasts thanks to its Snowzone (snowpark, snow cross and boardercross), cross-border snowkiting spot on the Petit St Bernard pass (to try your hand at snowkiting, contact San Bernardo Kite school), expanses of off-piste terrain, and slopes that wind through the Italian pine forest down to La Thuile. Powder-hunters can head to the
Zittieux snow cross, a non-groomed but secured off-piste area that gives competent skiers the opportunity to taste the feeling of freedom that you get when heading off-piste. It goes without saying that all users should be equipped with a shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver, and should consult the ski patrol before setting out to check the conditions. Instructors from the resort’s Evolution2 and ESF ski schools are on hand to guide you off-piste and give you tips and advice so that you can make the most of these magical moments.