Alpine Skiing At The New Club Med La Rosière, France
Those of us who are passionate about skiing in Europe have our fingers crossed that this winter, we can once again fly across the Atlantic for some serious snow time in the Alps. Among the newest resorts to consider for a European ski trip is Club Med La Rosière, which is set to open for its first winter season.
This Club Med was scheduled to be up and running last winter and well, we all know how that turned out. They did manage to open for the summer season and now they’re geared up for winter 2021-22.
Situated 6,400 feet above sea level in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps, the all-inclusive ski property offers sweeping 180-degree views of the surrounding region and has ski-in/ski-out access. It’s located in the heart of Espace San Bernardo, an enormous ski area that straddles France and Italy, linking the resorts of La Rosière in the Savoie Region of France and La Thuile in the Aosta Valley of Italy.
La Rosière itself is one of those rare French resorts that faces south. It looks across at the more famous resort of Les Arcs, earning its nickname of “the Balcony of the Tarentaise.” The ski area effectively combines those two essentials of a perfect European ski vacation: good snow cover and sunshine. The latter is a huge consideration among European skiers, on a continent where winter sun is far from guaranteed.
It’s the all-inclusive part that attracts so many European skiers to Club Med, which operates more than 20 resorts in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, in the mountains of China and Japan and soon, at Le Massif in Quebec, Canada. Skiing is a notoriously expensive sport, especially for families, and while Club Med is hardly bargain-priced, it does offer a measure of cost control.
The new resort is a 4-Trident resort, Club Med-speak for a four-star property. It has 395 rooms, done in a simple, Alpine style with pine accents and marble baths. There are some interconnecting rooms for families and other with private balconies. The mountain views from many of the rooms are memorable indeed.
The all-inclusive nature of Club Med means accommodations, meals, beverages, Wi-Fi and nightly entertainment are included. So is unlimited skiing and snowboarding with complimentary lift passes and lessons for the duration of the stay.
Note that the skiing at this resort is an intermediate’s paradise, not to mention brilliant for beginners. For intrepid advanced skiers looking for a challenge, off piste is the way to go, ideally in the company of a guide. It’s also one of the few resorts in France that offers heli-skiing.
Other Alpine activities include Nordic walking and snowshoeing, mountain-facing yoga workshops, and amazing views of Mont Blanc when you take the Front Express chairlift to the top to a panoramic walkway offering 360-degree views over the highest peak of the Alps.
Après ski, there’s a steam room, a heated indoor pool equipped with high-speed jets, and a relaxation room with a 180-degree view of the Tarentaise Valley. One of the few extras at the resort are treatments at the Spa by CINQ MONDES, which are not included.
The culinary theme is the local, hearty Savoyarde cuisine. Think specialties of Savoie and the Aosta Valley, like fondue savoyarde and polenta with porcini and ceps. San Bernardo Gourmet Lounge offers all-day and evening service with a bar, wine cellar, and terrace. Le Mont Valaisan features five dining areas surrounded by rustic, wooden partitions and mountain-inspired design. The cuisine here is a more sophisticated blend of Italian and French cuisine.
For more information, visit Club Med La Rosière.