Living & Working in La Rosiere 1850
Photo credit: More Alps
After many (too many to mention!) seasons in the French Alps, we found ourselves living in La Rosiere 1850, just 25 minutes from the Eurostar station at Bourg St Maurice. The first thing that hits you every morning is the view. They call this resort the “Balcon de Tarantaise”because it is like living on a south facing balcony with the view down and across the valleys. Most days we can see the Tignes dam, St Foy, Les Arcs and La Plagne. Take one high speed chair lift up and Mont Blanc is right in front of you, just a few kilometres away.
The resort itself is really friendly, mainly because it isn't as large as some of the other mega resorts nearby, such as Val d'Isere, (just 30 minutes away). Within a couple of weeks of new staff arriving in resort early December, there are a few meeting places where everybody seems to naturally gravitate to. Before you know it, you have arrived on your own and then you've got a big handful of new mates to get out riding with… when you get your time off. That doesn't always happen in the first week or 2 - plenty of setting up chalets and running around.
All chalets, bars and restaurants in the resort are within 5-10 minutes walk of each other, so meeting up after work is always easy. After a few trips to Italy, (La Rosiere is linked with La Thuile, Italy) we have found some amazing tree runs, and more importantly, some amazing restaurants serving proper, authentic pizza and pasta. We still can't believe that we're able to ski and board to another country, have lunch and then get back for cakes and another colourful evening with plenty of great food and wine.
Working in La Rosiere
Once the Christmas and New Year guests have gone the regular dumps of snow have made a lovely thick base for enjoying the powder on virtually empty slopes. A great pay back for surviving one of the busiest weeks of the season!
By late February, we all feel that we've earned a pat on the back for being on the home straight with Spring around the corner. With more and more sunny days (usually 20-25 sunny days in March, plus 3 or 4 big dumps of powder) - March is most seasonnaires favourite month. Get the flip flops out after a day on the mountain and enjoy a few drinks with the sun on your face.
As I'm typing this now, we're looking out on Winter again… not bad for mid April… This new cold snap and 20cms and counting will breath new life back into the pistes and make us all get out for some of the fresh stuff.
Basically, if you're looking for a ski resort that also doubles up as a summer holiday for more than half the winter, La Rosiere is the place… Well, ask anyone around here with mahogany looking tan lines!
"If you're looking for a ski resort that also doubles up as a summer holiday for more than half the winter, La Rosiere is the place!"