Courchevel La Tania is a small ski resort in a very large ski area - Les 3 Vallées. Originally developed for the 1992 Albertville Olympics in the woods between Courchevel and Meribel, La Tania is a quiet, car-free, purpose-built ski resort that the planners mostly got right.
Skiing and snowboarding in Courchevel La Tania
La Tania’s local ski area
By the standards of its lift-linked neighbours, La Tania’s slopes are not very high (1400m – 2305m), but crucially they face north-west so hold their snow well. The blue and green pistes descending into La Tania are reinforced by snow cannons, so you can usually ski all the way down into the village, although you should expect slush if the weather is warm. And the mountainside below the Col de la Loze that La Tania shares with Courchevel-Le Praz (formerly known as “Courchevel 1300”) has the best tree skiing in the whole of the 3 Valleys, so it’s enjoyable to ski even in flat light.
The local slopes suit all standards. Beginners have a free child-friendly nursery slope in the village then longer green and blue runs to start exploring on. They can also get over to Meribel on an easy blue piste (Boulevarde de la Loze) or to Courchevel on an even easier green piste which goes to Courchevel 1850. Intermediate-level skiers can switch between the local blue and red runs. Advanced skiers have the black Eclipse piste that is used for World Cup downhill races (it’s one of the steepest on the circuit) that descends through the trees to Courchevel Le Praz with a vertical of about 1000m. Jean Blanc, Lanches, Dou de Lanches and Tetras are also graded black. For freeriders, the Col de la Loze accesses north-facing off-piste (near the Dou de Lanches run), east-facing off-piste (towards Courchevel from Chenus) and west-facing off-piste (from Boulevarde de la Loze towards Meribel) but only a guide can tell you whether it’s safe for freeriding or not, so hiring one is strongly recommended.
Les 3 Vallées ski area
Although La Tania has an interesting little local ski area, intermediates and above will want to explore at least the Courchevel valley, and most will want to discover the whole of the 3 Valleys. It’s quite simply the largest lift-linked ski area in the world, with skiing and boarding for every standard, and hundreds of runs to choose from. And the lift connecting the valleys are so good that it’s perfectly possible to ski over to Meribel, then carry onto Val Thorens, Les Menuires or St Martin be Belleville, and return to La Tania by a different route before the lifts close. But don’t dawdle and keep an eye on the time: whilst the lift connections between the valleys are excellent, the bus connections are virtually non-existent.
Accommodation and Staying In Courchevel La Tania
Despite it’s official ‘Courchevel’ prefix and small size, La Tania feels like a separate, self-contained resort rather than just an outlying suburb of Courchevel. It is not beautiful (too many apartment blocks) but it is well designed: everywhere is within a short walk of the lifts and pistes, and these descend into the centre of the village from where the ski lifts depart. This central area is pedestrianised, making it relatively safe for children and pleasant to wander around or linger in for some apres ski drinks. There are some ski hire shops (see section below for discounts and recommendations), a Tourist Office, a newsagent, a bakery, a supermarket, a post office, the lift pass office and about 8 bars & restaurants, so big it isn’t, and nor is there a lot of nightlife. There are a few cosy bars (see the Apres ski section) and Pub Le Ski Lodge has live music in the evenings, but that’s about it.
Hotels and Apartments in La Tania
The 3 star Hotel Montana has a health club with hot tub, pool, sauna and steam room, gym equipment, two restaurants, and a friendly warm and relaxing bar with comfy lounge. It’s a mere 75m from the gondola and in normal conditions you can ski back to it. Those wanting a hotel-like experience should also consider the various hybrid ApartHotels which have serviced apartments with some of the facilities of an hotel. For instance, the ski-in, ski-out Résidence Pierre & Vacances Le Britania has a delivery service for when you don’t want to cook. There are also dozens of ‘normal’ self-catering apartments. You can search all these accommodation options and more using the link below, which enables you to check availability, compare prices, see locations on the map and read previous guest reviews and ratings.
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Chalets and chalet holidays in La Tania
Specialist UK travel agency Alpine Answers has a good selection of chalet holidays in La Tania. Currently they are offering Ultimate-Ski readers a £20 discount per group booking so make sure you mention Ultimate-Ski on their enquiry form if you want to claim this. Search their La Tania chalets here >>>.
You can also book some self-catered chalets in La Tania direct using the link at the bottom of the Hotels and Apartments section above.
Getting to Courchevel La Tania
Nearest Airports to La Tania
La Tania is easily reached from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports. Approximate distances and drive times (in good conditions) are:
- Geneva International Airport (GVA) – 140 km / 2 hours, 15 mins
- Lyon-St Exupery Airport (LYS) – 180km / 2 hours, 10 mins
- Chambery airport (CMF) – 105 km / 1 hour, 30 mins
- Grenoble-Isere airport (GNB) – 175 km, 2 hours, 5 mins
Airport Transfers to La Tania
The best way to get to the resort is by a specialist transfer service, because you won’t need a car in La Tania. Even non-skiers who want to leave the village for a day can get to and from other parts of Courchevel by bubble lift and/or ski bus, and with all the skiing available in the 3 Valleys, you won’t want to drive to other resorts.
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Getting to La Tania by train
The nearest railway station to La Tania is Moutiers (“Moutiers-Salins-Brides Les Bains”), about 25kms away. To complete the journey La Tania, there are several buses a day – see www.mobisavoie.fr for bus times. Alternatively you can take a taxi. You can book one online through Ski-Lifts. The 25km taxi ride takes about 35 to 45 minutes door to door.
Trains from Paris for Moutiers depart from the Gare de Lyon and normally take between four and six hours. There are direct trains from Paris and also indirect services which usually involve taking a TGV to Chambery, Aix Les Bains or Lyon, then completing the journey onto Moutiers on either a regional TER train service or a bus.
Ski schools, private instructors and mountain guides in La Tania
As well as the ubiquitous École du ski Français, La Tania is home to a number of independent ski schools including Magic Snowsports Academy, New Generation, Ultimate Snowsports, Cab9 and Ski Class, and there are also private instructors and mountain guides. A good way to compare prices, check availability and see group options is to use CheckYeti.
Ski & SnowBoard Hire in La Tania
There are enough ski rental shops, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them when you arrive, and they seldom negotiate so book online if you want to save money.
SKISET has two outlets in La Tania and will give significant discounts of up to 50% if you book online in advance here.
ALPINRESORTS.com also works with rental shops in La Tania and in neighbouring Courchevel Le Praz and can secure big discounts if you book via this link.
Apres Ski Bars & Restaurants in La Tania
The restaurants of la Tania offer a varied choice. The Ski Lodge pub food is value for money for the hungry. Le Farçon has a Michelin Star, La Taiga is a bar and restaurant, La Ferme offers local specialties, Hotel Telemark serves good value traditional food , Les Chantarelles specialises in Crepes, Les Marmottons has varied Savoyarde fare, Le Chrome Bar has a small menu at decent prices and Hotel Montana has a varied local and international menu open to residents and non-residents alike. Ski Lodge has live music, and Chrome bar and Taiga bar are popular after dinner drinking venues,