History of La Rosière, alt. 1,850m
With its ideal location on the road to the Petit Saint Bernard pass, the high-altitude village of La Rosière began its touristic development in 1960. Prior to this date, the mountain-dwellers were all farmers, who would accompany their herds from village to village, up and down the hillside of Montvalezan commune.
In between the original rustic chalets, with their stone walls, wooden balconies and flagstone roofs, the inhabitants of La Rosière have gradually built new chalets and residences while staying true to traditions. Nestled between the Alpine pastures, which are still used for agriculture today, and the spruce forest, La Rosière has spread out to encompass Les Eucherts, another high-altitude hamlet located 800m from La Rosière centre.
The recent developments in Les Eucherts have enabled this village to function autonomously, as it now boasts its own tourist accommodation, ski lifts, ESF ski school, kids’ club, Tourist Office and sports shops, just like La Rosière itself.
A free shuttle bus service ensures regular and efficient liaisons between La Rosière centre and Les Eucherts in winter, and more energetic visitors can take a short walk between the two villages along the forest footpath. From anywhere in the resort, you can enjoy views of the surrounding Haute Tarentaise valley and the majestic Mont Pourri (alt. 3,779 m), which overlooks the neighbouring resorts of Les Arcs 1950, Arcs 2000 and Bourg-St-Maurice.
La Rosière often holds the record for snowfall thanks to its strategic position close to Mont Blanc and beside the Petit-St-Bernard pass. The ski season ends at the end of April. Due to its south-facing orientation, the resort is bathed in sunlight for 9 hours per day at Christmas time.