Alpine Skiing At New Club Med La Rosière, France
Those of us who are passionate about skiing in Europe cross our fingers that this winter we can once again fly over the Atlantic for a good moment of snow in the Alps. Among the most recent resorts to consider for a ski trip in Europe is Club Med La Rosiere, which will open its doors for its first winter season.
This Club Med was supposed to be operational last winter and we all know how it happened. They managed to open for the summer season and now they are ready for winter 2021-22.
Located 6,400 feet above sea level in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps, the all-inclusive ski property offers 180-degree panoramic views of the surrounding area and has ski-to-door access. It is located in the heart of the Espace San Bernardo, a huge ski area straddling France and Italy, connecting the resorts of La Rosière in Savoie and La Thuile in Aosta Valley in Italy.
La Rosière itself is one of those rare French resorts facing south. It overlooks the most famous resort of Les Arcs, which has earned it its nickname “Balcony of the Tarentaise”. The ski area effectively combines these two essential elements of a perfect European ski holiday: good snow 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, Le Massif in Quebec, Canada. Skiing is a notoriously expensive sport, especially for families, and while Club Med is barely affordable, it offers a measure of cost control.
The new complex is a 4 Tridents complex, Club Med for a four star establishment. It has 395 rooms, furnished in a simple Alpine style with pine accents and marble bathrooms. There are some connecting rooms for families and others with private balconies. The mountain views from most rooms are truly memorable.
The all-inclusive nature of Club Med means that accommodation, meals, drinks, Wi-Fi, and nightly entertainment are included. The same goes for unlimited skiing and snowboarding with free passes and lessons for the duration of the stay.
Note that skiing in this resort is a paradise for intermediates, not to mention great for beginners. For experienced intrepid skiers looking for a challenge, off-piste is the way to go, ideally in the company of a guide. It is also one of the few resorts in France to offer heliskiing.
Other alpine activities include Nordic walking and snowshoeing, mountain-facing yoga workshops, and stunning views of Mont Blanc when you take the Front Express chairlift to the top of a panoramic walkway with 360-degree views on the highest peak in the Alps.
After ski, hammam, indoor heated swimming pool equipped with high speed jets and relaxation room with 180 degree view over the Tarentaise valley. One of the few extras of the resort are the treatments at the Spa by CINQ MONDES, which are not included.
The culinary theme is the local and hearty Savoyard cuisine. Think of the specialties of Savoy and the Aosta Valley, such as Savoyard fondue and polenta with porcini mushrooms and porcini mushrooms. The San Bernardo Gastronomic Lounge offers all-day and evening service with a bar, wine cellar and terrace. Le Mont Valaisan has five dining rooms surrounded by rustic wooden partitions and a mountain-inspired design. The cuisine here is a more sophisticated mix of Italian and French cuisine.
For more information visit Club Med La Rosiere.