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Resort: La Rosiere
Country: France
Domain: San Bernardo
Author: Matilda.
Date: 20-27 Dec 08
Our holiday: Family ski trip with group ranging from 3 to 60 years old. 5 year old attended ESF 5 6 mornings and made a real improvement. He had attended swiss ski school when younger; think I prefer the swiss methods but ESF did a good job on improving and engaging him.
Website : http://www.larosiere.net
Basics : Flew to Chambery from Gatwick with SkiWorld.
Lift system : Mix of chair and drag lifts.
The terrain : La Rosiere side of San Bernardo mainly blues and reds. More challenging skiing to be found on Italian side of ski area. Perfect for our needs - more advanced buddies had got a little bored of this resort in the past. Marmotte a favourite for our group. Some great fun to be had once you cross the border into Italy.
The snow : Big dump the week preceeding out trip no fresh snow during the week - glorious weather for 5 of 6 days we were in resort. The weather was very kind to us with snow before we got there and blue skies for the rest of the week. However the last 2 days were incredibly windy and I believe this is not uncommon?! Lifts shut down and ski school curtailed sessions - perils of December skiing I guess?
Off-piste : Not my scene yet.
The resort : Nicely balanced resort with mixed accommodation sensitively constructed in keeping with local style. Noticeable expansion of the Les Eucherts end of the resort with new chalet apartment complexes being completed just in time for 08/09 season. We would return as we liked the resort and the way it was laid out.
Food : We were catered in chalet (excellent) but gave the kids lunch at the main cafe by the Les Eucherts chair lift. 8.50 euros for a monster pizza poved best value. Budget on 10 euros per head for lunch.
Accommodation : Les Balcons, chalet Choucas through SkiWorld. Did the job for us.
Costs:Ski hire through Intersports broke down to 89 euros per adult with an internet discount. Coffee / Vin Chaud 3.50 Euros. Lunch 10 Euros for chicken and chips. Overall the exchange rate was hurting us rather than the local prices.
Conclusion: Was nervous about La Rosiere as I had chosen it on the strength of some strong recommendations from the forums! It was the best fit resort that could meet most of my criteria for a xmas trip with a mixed group. It exceeded my expectations and offered something for a wide ranging group of skiings grandparents, 27 year old cousins plus a family of four with 2 kids under 5 - that's no mean feat. Staff in resort were v.helpful and that made a real difference. We will return at some stage.

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