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La Tania Nordic Ski Club

The new La Tania Nordic Ski Club? Charlie, George and Lilly having some fun when the powder has been all tracked out!


A bit more sedate than Charlie and George’s usual jaunts… Couloir Hunting

 

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La Tania Medical Centre – Good Work!

Our friend Charlie had quite a wipeout early on in the season (on the blue Folyères run by the way) and bashed her leg up quite a bit although initial X-Rays showed nothing broken. Although large bruising she continued to hobble around a bit and thought she’d be skiing in a couple of weeks.

Anyway 5 and half weeks later and several hospital visits plus another X-ray they send her for an MRI scan and discover a tiny crack in her tibia. So small it didn’t show on 2 X-rays. The good news is that there doesn’t appear to be any ligament damage and she could be skiing again in 2 to 3 weeks….

Charlie says big thanks to Doctor Aude Joncquiert-Laterjet and her assistant Jacqui – really helpful and supportive, they’re a great asset to La Tania.

 

La Tania Medical Centre +33 (0)479 08 29 60
In the morning a telephone operator will take appointments by telephone. A secretary or a nurse will take charge in the afternoon. All emergencies will be accepted but we will try to see patients with an appointment as soon as possible. The centre is situated next to the La Tania gondola station.

Fully equipped with X-Ray equipment, stitching equipment as well as oxygen, nitrogen protoxyde, ventilation appliances and drip apparatus. Plaster cast and thermo-orthésis can be performed on site. Assistance can be given in case there is a need of transfer and repatriation through your private insurance.

In the case of a skiing accident the choice of Doctor and/or Medical Centre rests entirely with the trauma patient. As a “LA TANIA” patient you are entitled to request to be taken to the Medical Centre of La Tania for treatment. Obviously in an emergency situation the immediate care of the patient is the priority and the nearest appropriate centre or helicopter is used.

Piste Rescue +33 (0)479 08 99 00

Further Information Here

 


Still Smiling!

 

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New Half Term Bar Staff at Pub Le Ski Lodge

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Escapade in a Day Challenge – Nic & Will in to the Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Nicola Cheshire & Will Reed on completing The Escapade in a Day on 11 Feb 2017. Seen above with their 3 Valleys Escapade certificates and what looks like a new badge…

Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough…

The 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day is around 34 lifts, 100km and 17000m vertical (twice the height of Everest).

More details here

NB. You do this entirely at your own risk, act responsibly, take full ownership for your own actions and all of those with you, respect other people (& the mountain), ride within your limits, always obey the skiers & snowboarders code, observe all signs, pay attention to all notices & advice from Pisteurs, only ski off piste if fully equipped & knowledgeable, it’s not a race (you won’t be insured), but above all, take care, don’t wreck things for others & don’t even think of blaming anyone else if it all goes horribly wrong…

 

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Escapade in a Day Challenge – Andy Brown in to the Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Dr Andy Brown on completing (just about!) The Escapade in a Day on 28 Jan 2017.

A few of the compulsory lifts were closed but he made up for it we reckon and he’s included in the Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame.

Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough…

The 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day is around 34 lifts, 100km and 17000m vertical (twice the height of Everest).

More details here

NB. You do this entirely at your own risk, act responsibly, take full ownership for your own actions and all of those with you, respect other people (& the mountain), ride within your limits, always obey the skiers & snowboarders code, observe all signs, pay attention to all notices & advice from Pisteurs, only ski off piste if fully equipped & knowledgeable, it’s not a race (you won’t be insured), but above all, take care, don’t wreck things for others & don’t even think of blaming anyone else if it all goes horribly wrong...

 

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3 Valleys Lift & Piste Openings + Safety in the Alps

Getting close to 100% opening across The 3 Valleys now with a see of green open symbols across the piste maps. As usual there’s always some Stade pistes closed for competition use and the odd lift closed for maintenance reasons.

Currently across the Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel and Mottaret area the only closed pistes are the lower St Bon and Villages runs plus the Carabosse piste in 1650. The Tetras free ride area at the far side of 1650 is also officially closed.

At noon today 158 out of 159 lifts were running and all 72 green pistes were open with 136 out of 140 blue runs open.

The Escapade in a Day challenge has sen a few attempts already this season – updates soon.

Or for an easier day out try the Selfie’s in a Day tour…

Avalanche Safety
Very sad news from Tignes on Monday regarding the fatalities in an off piste avalanche over there.

While The Daily Telegraph sends out crazy emails with the title “Is it safe to Ski in The Alps?” we’d like to re-assure everyone that it is safe and avalanches on to pistes during opening hours are extremely rare if ever. These are managed and controlled areas where safety is of paramount importance. In addition, in the Courchevel ski area we’ve seen pisteurs insist on checking avalanche transceivers, closing lifts that access off piste areas and standing by roped off areas to prevent skiers heading in to danger (a sign and rope is often not enough unfortunately).

Off piste skiing will always carry an element of risk, even though in Tignes there was an experience guide and the snowboarders involved were well equipped. Please take care and think – even just going one at a time through marginal areas reduces risk and increases the immediate search team and chances of finding people.

Plenty of good information is available on-line – a good starting point here

 

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Escapade in a Day Challenge 2017

First attempt we’ve heard of for 2017 is Nic Chesire & Will Reed – Congratulations! Send us the rest of the info and a pic for the Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame.

The differences for 2017 are the Chapelets chair at the far side of 1650 is replaced by the short (but useful) Petite Boss drag lift and La Tania’s Bouc Blanc chair replacing Tovets in 1550 – A La Tania lift back in again! Looks like the mileage is slightly less now too.

The Escapade in a Day Challenge

 

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La Tania Local – French Champion in the Biathlon, Heidi Convard

You may see the poster above around the local area of Heidi Convard – The French under 14 Biathlon Champion.

Daughter of Kirsty (La Saucisse Savoyarde, La Tania’s Deli) and Bruno (Ex Ski Higher, Builder and Crazy Telemarker!), Heidi won the Biathlon and came 2nd in the Cross Country Skiing competing in the under 14 event (and she’s only 12!). Congratulation and Well Done!

 

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Additional Activities, Events & Services for the Half Term Holidays


Sunny this morning in La Tania but the snow has started!

 

The start of the French School Holidays this weekend for the next 4 weeks and a few extra activities, events and services available in La Tania.

Welcome Drink
Available every Sunday from 17:00 to 18:00 outside The Tourist Office

Additional School Holidays Entertainment and Activities
* Breakfast offered at the departure of the gondola, every Monday morning.
* Parallel slalom with ESF Ski School every Tuesday at 17:30.
* Night sledging every Wednesday.
* Lantern descents for children every Thursday, followed by torchlight descent by ski instructors with hot wine and hot chocolate offered in front of the Tourist Office.
* Snack N’ Games every Friday Après Ski.
* Bookstore Adélie & Flocon (books and workshops in English) on Friday 17th and 24th February.
* Carousel from Sunday to Friday in front of the Tourist Office.
* Magic show in the performance hall (on Thursday 16th and 23rd February)

Transport
Additional Moûtiers to La Tania buses and the peak season free local bus timetable here

Car Parking
Two outside free parking lots are available.
One covered parking lot – 1 day 11€ or 1 week 55€ ( with 100€ deposit) book at the Tourist Office.

Luggage Room
Opening hours: Saturday from 08:30 to 17:30. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 08:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, Friday 16:00 to 18:00.
Price: 2€ per luggage for 3 hours. Grandzeta: +33 (0)630 84 54 42

Ski Lockers
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 08:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
Friday : 16:00 to 18:00.
Saturday: 08:30 to 17:30.
Sunday : 08:00 to 09:00 & 17:00 to 18:00.
Contact Jacques at: +33 (0)630 84 54 42.
Ski lockers located next to the Medical Centre are used for Medical Centre clients only.

Aquamotion Special Offers
Every Saturday is «Happy Saturday» with discounted prices:
Aqualudique area: 8€ for children and 13€ for adults.

Events, Activities, Gigs and Parties Calendar
Updated every weekend at www.latania.co.uk/resort/week

 

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Selfies in a Day or Escapade in a Day?


Snow conditions not really allowing some of the off piste short cuts for the Escapade in a Day yet but the Selfie Machines in a Day is a fairly easy trip around The Three Valleys.

If you did it the ad-hoc unplanned way we did it – with lunch at La Boulotte in 1650 and a lift shut – then you just about ski Everest vertical in a day (8848m) with a round trip of 55km (around half the distance and vertical of the Escapade in a Day). There is a much better route if you think about it!


Full Size Image Here

The selfie machines are operated by the 3 Valleys App or going to http://selfie.les3vallees.com/3vallees/select/ on your smart phone, select the machine you’re at and take the photo when you’re ready, then enter your email address to get the link.

Will be nice to do it on a much better weather day too!

 


Col de la Loze at top of Lanches and Loze Express chairs – just on the start of the Boulevard toward Meribel.
 


Bottom of Plan des Mains and Mont Vallon lifts at the top of the Meribel Valley
 


At the top (ski to the left) of the 2 Lacs chair in Val Thorens
 


Top of La Masse (ski to the right) – In front of the Ibex, the only one not be a Selfie “V” sign
 


At the entrance to the BK Park near the top of Sunny Express above Les Menuires
 

And the top picture is at the top of the 1650 Signal lift (wasn’t working when we tried!)

Below is the Ski Tracks map and all the videos together…


 

 

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