Located in the upper Tarrentaise, in the National Park of Vanoise and about 6 km from the boarder of Italy, the snow sure resort of La Rosiere forms part of the L’Espace San Bernardo ski area. With a regular schedule of transfers from Chambery, Lyon and Geneva directly to the resort, arranging your travel shouldn’t be complicated, despite a slightly longer journey time in comparison to some of the other French alpine resorts. La Rosiere also enjoys the benefits of the Eurostar’s snow train link directly into Bourg Saint Maurice, about 25 minutes away.
Chambery Airport - 126km / approx 1 hours 40 mins
Private transfers are a good option and are available from Ski Lifts or car hire is also available.
Alternatively Altibus operate a regular transfer to Val d’Isere
Lyon Airport - 230 km / approx 2 hours 45 mins
Other than hiring a car and driving to Val d’Isere you can take a private transfer with Ski Lifts
You can also take one of the regular Altibus coach transfers
Geneva Airport - 210 km / approx 2 hours 10 mins
You can drive in a hire car or take a private transfers with Ski Lifts as above
Alternatively Altibus has a regular schedule of buses to Val d’Isere
Grenoble Airport - 210 km / approx 3 hours
Ski Lifts (see above) have private transfers and of course, a hire car option.
Autocar Monet operate a regular coach for travel to Val d’Isere but you will need to call and book in advance on +33 4 76 93 40 00
If you require a hire car for your ski holiday, there are a number of fantastic car rental companies based in Europe.
Trains arrive regularly into Bourg Saint Maurice, just 25 km from resort, which makes travelling by train to La Rosiere a very attractive option. From Bourg there are buses directly to the resort, however you may prefer to catch a taxi directly to your accommodation.
Eurostar’s ski train runs directly to Bourg Saint Maurice from London St Pancras leaving every Friday night and Saturday morning. The Friday evening departure travels through the night arriving in Bourg Saint Maurice at around 10am the next morning. This is a great option for those mile hungry skiers among us, whilst you’re going to lose some sleep, you’ll make this up with an extra half day on the slopes either side of your holiday. The Saturday morning departure leaves in the morning, arriving later that evening. Go to eurostar.com to have a look at train times and to book your tickets.
If you can’t travel during the weekend, there are also services that run daily from London to Paris. In Paris a change of station is required to Paris Austerlitz, where you can catch on of the domestic TGV services down to Bourg, again with an evening arrival time. Whilst this option is not quite as easy, it’s much more flexible.
The drive down to the Alps is not easy by any means, but if you don’t mine spending a bit of time behind the wheel then it is perfectly doable. The journey usually takes between 7 and 10 hours but this very much depends on the weather and traffic conditions. The scenery as you dive up the left side of the Tarrentaise valley is spectacular to say the least, with the scars of recent avalanches leaving trails of horizontal trees behind.
We recommend that you check the weather before you set off, and be aware of peak times. Try to avoid the weekend traffic driving up the valley when everyone is leaving resort after a day on the mountain. It is essential that you bring a working set of snow chains, especially for the windy drive up to this resort. The Gendarmerie have been known to pull over cars without chains or snow tires when the conditions get bad.
On arrival you’ll find free outdoor parking at the resort, however covered car parks usually cost between €30 and €50 for a week and are subject to availability. It may be worth checking the forecast before you choose the type of parking your going to use, it can be a pain digging your car out at the end of a good holiday!
For directions on how to drive to La Rosiere from the UK, we suggest you use at www.viamichelin.com who also offer estimations of your petrol costs and toll costs.