The Three Valleys in the heart of the French Alps is the largest integrated skiing area in the world: 600 kilometres of skiing on 330 marked ski-slopes served by 180 ski lifts at between 1300 and 3200 metres. La Tania is in the Courchevel valley but only just - Meribel is just around the corner and both Meribel and Courchevel are easy for La Tania based skiers to reach.
Skiing & Boarding in La Tania
By 3 Valleys standards, La Tania's slopes are not very high - the village is located at 1400m and its lift go up to the Col de la Loze at 2305m - but crucially its slopes face North West and hold their snow well. The mountainside that La Tania shares with its neighbour Courchevel La Praz also has the best tree skiing in all the 3 Valleys, which is useful in flat light. The blue and green pistes back to the village are reinforced by snow cannons, so you can ski back to the village even if it has not snowed for a while.
There is also a good variety of local slopes. 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. Intermediates can switch between the local blue and red runs. Advanced skiers have the black run Dou de Lanches which connects with another black run (Jockeys) that decends all the way down to Courchevel Le Praz: the combined vertical is about 1000m. The Col de la Loze also 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.
The 3 Vallees
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 having access to this huge domain is the main reason most people choose to come to La Tania. And the lift connections between the valleys are so good that you really can ski over to Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin be Belleville, and return to La Tania before the lifts close. But don't get too carried away and keep an eye on the time: the lift connections between the valleys are excellent but the bus connections are either terrible or non-existent. And the cost of a taxi back from Val Thorens to La Tania will be horrendous.
Accommodation in La Tania
La Tania village centre is traffic free and is essentialy a pedestrian precinct where children can move freely and safely. There are some ski hire shops, the Tourist Office, a newsagent, a bakery, a supermarket, a post office, the lift pass office and 8 bars & restaurants. Big it isn't! The accommodation in La Tania is primarily chalets and apartments but there are a couple of small privately runs hotels as well. The 3 star 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 and is a mere 50m from the gondola. Search La Tania hotels, apartments and chalets and book online >
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 plenty of ski rental shops, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them when you arrive, and they seldom negotiate, but SKISET has two outlets in La Tania and will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online in advance here.
ALPINRESORTS.COM also works with rental shops in La Tania and Le Praz and can secure discounts of up to 60% 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, Chrome bar and the Taiga bar are late night venues which will have you partying until the small hours!
Getting to La Tania
La Tania is easily reached from Geneva, Chambery and Lyon airports and can be reached by road, in around 25 minutes from Moutiers. There are several transfer companies including:
GVA Transfers' modern fleet of vehicles includes cars, minivans, minibuses and coaches, providing quick and comfortable private transfers for individuals and groups of any size. GVA offer competitive prices, wait if your flight’s delayed, and their 24/7 office is available in case your plans change. At Geneva you’re always met by a GVA representative and taken to your vehicle, which is just a short walk away due to priority parking. Get a transfer quote and book online >>>
Bespoke airport transfers to La Tania that work around your flight times not the other way round. Mountain Rescue offers private door to door transfers in comfortable 8 seater minibuses running 7 days a week out of Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery airports. Free child facilities and DVD players on request. Last minute bookings available and secure online booking and payment system. Tel: UK +44 203 287 4588, France: +33 977 217 766. Request an airport transfer quote >
Getting to La Tania by train
The nearest railway station to La Tania is Moutiers ("Moutiers-Salins-Brides Les Bains"), about 25kms away.
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.
From the UK, Eurostar operates services to Moutiers from London St Pancras, which takes between seven and a half hours and ten hours. There are some direct trains with no changes, but these can take longer than services with one change in Paris, which necessitates getting from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon. If you take the Metro this is just two stops on RER line D (Direction Melun). Even allowing time to buy tickets and walk to and from platforms, this should not take more than 30 to 40 minutes. But if you have a lot of baggage, a taxi ride might be a better option.
There are also international Thalys train services direct from Belgium and the Netherlands to Moutiers. From Southern and Eastern Europe, services from Geneva and Milan go via Chambery.
To get from Moutiers station to La Tania, there are several buses a day - see www.mobisavoie.fr for bus times. Alternatively you can take a taxi. The 25km taxi ride takes about 35 to 45 minutes door to door.