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La Rosiere v Val Cenis

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Looking to book a trip for new year 2018/19. Want to go somewhere new and debating between these two. 4 adults all good skiers with 4 children ages 5-13. A good ski school is really important. All offers of advice greatly appreciated.
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I have been to both resorts with my children and would pick La Rosiere for New Year week. The la rosiere ski schools (ESF and ESI) have a good reputation and your children would be more likely to be in an English speaking group than in Val Cenis. I also preferred the la Rosiere ski area which, if you include the Italian side, is more extensive than that of Val Cenis. They are also planning to open some new runs in La Rosiere itself next season.

Val Cenis is all north facing so I would imagine it doesn't get much sun early season..it is a better option for late March/early April, when la rosiere might be getting slushy (being south facing).

One thing to bear in mind with La Rosiere is that if your children are in ski school you will not have that long to ski in la thuile before heading back for ski school pick up. It would not be easy for young children or those in the early ski school stages to ski over to la thuile as they would need to be able to ski a red and take the two long drag lifts. However they would have plenty of runs to do on the La Rosiere side in the afternoons.
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I have also skied both with children and would echo the above comments about the likelihood of English speaking ski school (and other English skiers, though that doesnt bother me) and the aspect of Val Cenis slopes. Personally I prefer the Val Cenis area purely for the way all the slopes funnel back to the valley road as they are on the same face of the mountain, making it easier at the end of the day wherever you finish. I have never been in New Year but would expect LR to be the busier of the two, with the link back and forth from La Thuile the busiest.
I would choose to go back to VC before LR but strangely I would go to La Thuile before Val Cenis (better slopes than La Ros side and better, cheaper mountain restaurants if you are stuck on one side only)
But I would choose Valmeinier over both, another off track place I took my kids in school holidays to save money......
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Thanks folks. Decision day is tomorrow so of anyone else has any views please be quick!!
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@Scongie, So which resort did you book? snowHead
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Went with Val cenis in the end. Always like trying new places and the price was right!!
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@Scongie, Val Cenis is a lovely place to ski and hope you have a great time.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Thanks. Will post a trip report after the event. Shame there's so long to wait!!
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Glad you have booked. Val Cenis is certainly good value in terms of lift pass as well as accommodation. It has also had good early season snow in recent years. Hope you have a great time.
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