La Tania is a family friendly pedestrian ski resort in the Courchevel area of 3 Valleys. The village itself sits at 1400m among truly awe-inspiring scenery yet just 25 minutes' drive from Moutiers. Originally a small hamlet between midway between Meribel and Couchevel, La Tania is nestled in the heart of a fabulous spruce forest and has managed to be preserved with emphasis on wood and traditional materials.
La Tania is the youngest resort in the 3 Valleys and so the resort is entirely pedestrian with parking located on the outskirts.
La Tania was developed for the 1992 Albertville Olympics by the same award-winning team of architects responsible for Avoriaz, and who were once again determined to respect the natural beauty of the exceptional setting. Recent years have seen the six original timber-clad apartment blocks in La Tania’s traffic-free heart joined by smaller chalet-style developments, but the village retains its compact and cosy feel, and is largely hidden from the outside world by its peaceful, wooded setting.
Designed with skiing in mind this purpose built resort has a rather modern touch to it, as opposed to rustic alpine. It’s very practical for skiing with a lot of the accommodation being ski-in ski-out centred around the Front de Neige. However perhaps doesn’t demonstrate the alpine touch you may find in other resorts as it’s a relatively new purpose built ski resort (built in 1991) so lacks the history/style of old alpine villages.
The development of tourism in La Tania has been done in accordance with the environmental protection requirements constituting the most wooded area of the 3 Valleys. La Tania also has the Green Resort Award.
Probably the French Alps' best-kept secret, La Tania enjoys a fantastic location in the very heart of the world-famous Three Valleys ski area - the worlds biggest linked ski area. Unlike the rest of the 3 Valleys, La Tania has a wooded ski area in part. To link to nearby Courchevel is relatively easy. Take just 2 ski lifts to Col de la Loze and then ski on to Courchevel, Méribel and the whole 3 Valleys. From the slopes above Courchevel there are good views to Mont Blanc and over to Champagny/Bellecote in the next valley. La Tania Le Bourc Blanc lift - capacity has risen by 32% thanks to increased power on this detachable 6 seater chairlift. This also means a fast links between La Tania and Loze sectors to Courchevel.
3 Valleys benefits from excellent snow coverage - the minimum altitude level for skiing is 1300m and the max is 3230m. This means that a huge 85% of the ski area is located above 1800m. 2000 snow making machines cover 1/3 of the ski area as well. The 3 Valleys offers wide ski runs that are maintained nightly by 80 piste grooming machines. While its illustrious neighbours Méribel and Courchevel grab all the media attention, La Tania quietly gets on with doing what it does best: providing skiers in the know with an attractive and affordable base from which to explore the immaculately-groomed and near-limitless terrain of the world’s largest ski area.
New for 14/15:
Two New Six Seat Chairlifts For Courchevel
Courchevel is spending €17m replacing two old chairlifts and a gondola with two new state-of-the-art six-seat detachable chairlifts.
The new lifts are just a small part of the €140m spend announced last season by the 3 Valleys lift companies to spend on infrastructure improvements by 2019 – 70% of it on upgrading lifts. This summer Courchevel has also spent on more new low energy snowmaking and run improvements.
The first new lift, the Forêt chairlift, replaces an old four-person gondola with a faster, more comfortable lift which will provide a better connection from the village of Courchevel Le Praz. It has more than double the capacity of the old lift it replaces at 2,400 skiers per hour compared with 1,000 previously.
The second new chair lift in L’Aiguille du Fruit in Courchevel Moriond replaces both the Gravelles and L’Aiguille du Fruit chair lifts in the Creux area improving the connection between Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel. It will transport 3,300 skiers/hour which is a higher capacity than the two previous structures put together and will improve the visual impact requiring 11 pylons instead of 30.
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page.
No. of slopes 96|
580 snow cannons, 45% covered, 28 pistes. 455 hectares.
LA TANIA SKI AREA
“A very attractive budget base for the vast slopes of Courchevel and Meribel – and not bad looking for a purpose built resort”. Ski Guide of Great Britain 2010.
A gondola from the heart of the village leads up to the slopes with the nursery slope on your doorstep. To return from the village in La Tania there is an easy slope but the journey back from Courchevel involves a blue. The slopes directly above La Tania are wooded so it’s ideal for bad weather (probably the best place in the 3 Valleys for this!). Go up a little further and the slopes are open.
From the main gondola you can then take chairlifts/draglifts to bring you into Courchevel 1550 or 1850m. There is a fast link to Meribel via Col de la Loze.
For children, La Tania/Courchevel also benefits from the ‘Magnestick’ lift system
. Courchevel/La Tania/Méribel-Mottaret always on top of technology for skiers safety - three years after the development of Magnestick®KID - special safety for kids transportation on chairlift - La Société des 3 Vallées (S3V) who operates Courchevel / La Tania/ Méribel-Mottaret resorts will be the first skiing area in the world
with 100% of chairlifts equiped with the very new Magnestick®BAR (by 14/15).
Magnestick®KID - Magnets are used to hold a specially designed child’s vest to the chairlifts (Magnestick Kid).
- 8 chairlifts (Dou des Lanches, Plantrey, Biollay, Pralong, Roc Mugnier, Signal and Bouc Blanc ) are equipped with the technology in Courchevel making it the best equipped resort in the world.
Magnestick®BAR is the universal safety bar locking system. This innovative system can be adapted on all brands and all types of chairlifts. It works with the same "magnestism" technololy than Magnestick®KID. When the passenger pull down the safety bar, the bar locks automatically. It is then impossible to pull up the safety bar. It is automatically unlocked just before the arrival station. So no passenger can pull up the bar very far from the arrival and make other passengers uncomfortable.
The slopes at La Tania are North-East facing.
LA TANIA BEGINNERS
For beginners there is a new green run to the village meaning it’s now more attractive for beginners and timid intermediates. There are 9 free drag lifts in La Tania and surrounding areas – Troika in La Tania plus Envolée in Courchevel 1330-Le Praz, Roys in Courchevel 1550, Cospillot/Bellecote/Etoiles in Courchevel 1850 and Mickey/ Belvedere/ PetiteBosse in Courchevel 1650. There are also 4 practise ‘Zen Zones’ (La Tania, Courchevel 1300-Le Praz, Couchevel 1850 & Courchevel 1650). A beginners area opened at the top of the gondola served by a moving carpet recently.
LA TANIA INTERMEDIATES
For intermediates there are long rolling runs through woods back to the village. On the higher slopes you have a choice of 3 or 4 pistes. Both the red Lanches and black Dou des Lanches are challenging. 3 Valleys has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks.
LA TANIA EXPERTS
For experts, above La Tania the runs aren’t particularly challenging (although some of the blacks can be challenging just because of their length). There is good off piste terrain beneath the Col de la Loze ridge or try Courchevel.
The slopes of Courchevel are going to be one of few resorts in France to be equipped with a new snow-groomer with electric transmission. The cutting edge technology improves fuel consumption by 20-30% and removes all the uncertainties associated with transmission hyfraulic circuits. Eco friendly technology!
Things to do on the piste:
Stop zone (Grandes Bosses piste, Courchevel 1650)
– set off as quick as you can, see your speed displayed and find out whether you are able to fully control your skis.
Avalanche camp (Courchevel 1850)
– learn and practise techniques in the event of an avalanche
Zone Zen (La Tania)
– for novices, especially designed enclosed and safe for beginners and children. Free Troika lift in centre of resort.
– banked bends with turns and whoops. Set off 4 at a time.
Family park (Courchevel 1850)
– snowpark is underneath the Verdons gondola where you can also enjoy the Canyon fun area
Red indiens piste (Courchevel 1650)
- explore the red indians village (actvities and games)
The nearest terrain park is in Courchevel.