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Safety Measures and Rules in place on Ski Lifts this Summer

Lifties will be wearing masks but still welcoming you with a smile – all have been trained concerning the Pandemic and to minimise the health risks as much as possible.

On Ski Lifts:

  • Maintain social distancing – new dedicated signage is in place.
  • Hand sanitiser gel is available at all list stations.
  • Wearing a mask in the queues and on all ski lifts is compulsory (from 11 years old).
  • A complete cleaning of all the gondola cabins in use is carried out at least once a day.
  • Ride the gondola cabins as a family or as a group of friends.

Remember the La Tania, Praz, Verdons and Saulire lifts are all free this Summer from 5th July until 28 August – More info on lift opening and other valleys prices here.

Full information on Summer activities, events, business openings, Summer free bus service and accommodation on our La Tania Summer Life page.

Via Ferrata around La Tania this Summer

Lac Rosiere Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata (by wire) is a safe rock climbing / scrambling activity where you are permanently attached to a fixed cable via a climbing harness with 2 via ferrata ropes and self locking carabiners (one is always attached to the fixed cable on the mountain) available to hire from the outdoor shops here.

There are 3 Via Ferrata courses in the Courchevel Valley

Lac Rosiere
Set in a beautiful location around the lake near Courchevel 1650 this is ideal for beginners with a 600m circuit that takes about 2 hours. There are a couple of “escape points” too if you don’t fancy continuing or crossing the 65m suspension foot bridge.

“Escape Point” on the Lac Rosiere Via Ferrata route

Mini Via Ferrata du Panoramic
Located beneath the top station of the Saulire Cable Car this short route takes around 20 minutes and again suitable for beginners but it is quite exposed.

Verdons via Ferrata
This is one of the highest via Ferratas in France and is very sheer & exposed as you climb near the summit of Croix des Verdons – it’s rated at D+ and special equipment and a guide is required for those not experienced, certainly not for those with any fear of heights!

It’s a near 1km route with a 225m climb and takes around 4 hours including access from the Saulire Cable Car and return down to Verdons.

9 year old Tom above Lac Rosiere
Via Ferrata Locations in red above
Download this Courchevel Summer Footpath with Mountain Bike Routes (2020 version soon)

Snowboarding Tips and Hacks That Will Have You Ripping the Slopes

Anyone not lucky enough to have gone skiing or snowboarding when they were younger will tell you that picking up a snow sport from scratch later in life is a tough ask.

Skiers find themselves knocking their knees together in a rigid snowplow position and snowboarders risk snapping their wrists every time they catch their front edge.

But for those who fight through the pain and persevere there is a whole world of fun to be had on either one plank or two. Here are some tips and hacks for budding snowboarders who want to get off the beginner slopes as soon as possible.

Buy Your Own Gear

Although La Tania has plenty of great rental shops for you to pick up a snowboard and boots from, there really is nothing quite like having your own boots, board and bindings, which will be infinitely more comfortable and responsive than rentals.

Take Your Mobile Phone with You

It sounds obvious but getting lost out on the hill is easy to do, especially in an area as huge as the Three Valleys.

Therefore you need to make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone with you, whether it’s just to check where the hell you are, call in an emergency helicopter for your mate who’s broken himself or just because you want to lump a free bet on your favourite team. If you do make it down safely, you can then follow the game in question at the Ski Lodge. Ask T-Wall for a free drink!

Train Before You Go

Many folk wonder why they get injured when they go snowboarding, but often the reason is because they haven’t prepared physically before setting off.

Make sure you do some snowboarding specific exercise routines in the weeks leading up to your trip. There are plenty of video tutorials online to check out.

Pistes Are Best in the Morning

La Tania and nearby Meribel and Meribel Village are places renowned for their après ski, but beginners should keep in mind that pistes, especially late in the season, are always at their best early in the morning.

When it comes to snowboarding, the early bird certainly catches the worm, even if you feel a bit the worse for wear.

Be Nice to Chalet Staff

Many chalet and hotel staff work in the alps purely for the pleasure of being in the mountains rather than financial incentives and keeping them onside can lead to all sorts of perks. Annoy them with ridiculous demands and you will receive zilch.

Befriend your chalet staff or buy them a few drinks while watching the footy, and before you know it they could be showing you the best off-piste areas in the resort or sorting you out with a free wax and edge service on your board.

More work taking place in and around La Tania

Work continues on Jockeys piste for the 2023 World Cup.

The road to the chalet area in La Tania is being resurfaced.

More resurfacing and building work in Le Praz going on too – quite a mess at the moment, hopefully it improves before the Summer season opens.

Work on an extension to the Chrome Bar has started (they never open for Summer anyway).

The current bar will be the restaurant area and the new area the kitchen and bar.

New flowers near the bridge and some tidying up of the terracing through the village.

New steps near the Cinema / Sherpa Supermarket have been built.

Thanks to Betty for posing for the pics!

Work continues on the 2023 World Cup Piste

The top of the (old) original Jockeys piste that joined the Bouc Blanc above the La Tania gondola is now being reshaped with more earthworks taking place. The start of Jockeys was moved down towards the Bouc Blanc and a beginners area built there.

Jockeys is now much wider, straighter and the rollers / flatter spots taken out for racing – spoilt for recreational skiers in many people’s opinion but the hope is it could become an iconic race piste in the future to help improve Courchevel’s image and brand.

The beginners magic carpet lift is being removed and we guess will be relocated plus a tunnel is being created so skiers from the Fôret chairlift and Arolles blue piste can access the La Tania area with crossing the black race piste.

Further work at the top of Folyères is taking place too – could be connected to the new snow cannon reservoir on Col de la Loze above or just more drainage, anti-corrosion, reshaping / landscaping work.

Summer Lifts & Prices plus details on the new chairlift for this Winter

La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020

The Summer lift opening for The 3 Valleys from the 4th July 2020 has been announced. Great to see some Saturday opening in Meribel and St Martin / Les Menuires for weekenders (Courchevel & Val Thorens still believing that Saturday is a changeover day only unfortunately).

There will be certain protection measures, social distancing and restrictions put in place on the lifts – a rehearsal for what may apply in Winter.

La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020

Winter Season passes from 2019/2020 are valid for the same areas.

No Plantrey lift this Summer so no access to the tracks that have been built down to the Bouc Blanc – a real shame this as it’s a good link back to La Tania and even access to Méribel via Col de la Loze is not too difficult up the tarmac cycle track on a Mountain Bike.

Looking like no lift opening for Le Tour de France finishing above La Tania on 16 September – a missed opportunity surely? Or to keep the crowds away?

The only new chairlift this Winter in the 3 Valleys is the Bouquetin 6 seater high speed detachable replacing the old Plattières “eggs” gondola. The cabins were sold off this Summer – they were €500 each and sold out in minutes.

From the top of Plan des Mains & Chatelet chairlifts and the newish Plattières gondola this new chair will rise from 2400m to 2700m allowing fast access to Les Menuires via Roc des 3 Marches. There are also 30 new snow cannons being installed in the Méribel Valley guaranteeing access to Les Menuires and Val Thorens areas bringing the total to 887 and covering 64% of the valley’s ski area.

The 3 Valleys has a ski guarantee – we’ve more skiing than anyone else!

Meanwhile in Courchevel work continues on the 2023 World Championship piste (used to be Jockeys but becoming unrecognisable now) , a further 76 new snow cannons are being installed (now 806 in total covering 56% of the ski area) and a new reservoir of 170,000m³ is being constructed at the top of Col de la Loze with a gravity feed for cannons requiring no electricity.

La Tania Gondolas heading down the mountain

The renovation of the La Tania gondola is due to take place with ultimately higher capacity and speed improvements taking place. The gondola cabins are being taken away – this lorry load spotted outside The Drop Inn in Le Praz – we’re unsure if this is for a refurb or for a replacement like the ones on Mont Vallon which was rumoured a while back. They’re certainly not for sale anyway!

Further investments in signage and the renovation of toilets across the ski area is also being made plus further work and promotion on the Freeride Lab area where the Creux Noirs lift used to give access – no news on the promised drag lift replacement though.

The 2 new gondolas over in Orelle and the linked mid-station
A useful new route out of the “4th Valley”

Over in the “4th Valley” the gondola from Orelle is being replaced and is expected to open for December 2020. The brand new gondola linking to this and going right up to the summit of Cime Caron is under construction but with Covid-19 related delays the focus may be on the Orelle replacement and the Caron link may be delayed.

Work on the new La Masse gondola (going direct from base to summit, replacing the current 2 separate gondolas) is underway with a planned opening for December 2021 still on track.

Winter 2020/2021 Opening Dates and Prices for The 3 Valleys are here

Summer Lift Opening Dates Confirmed


UPDATE:
La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020.
Praz, Verdons, Saulire and the La Tania gondola will be open.

S3V have announced 2020 Summer lift opening (with certain social distancing restrictions to be announced) from 5 July until 28 August. This will also give them the chance to test any appropriate protection measures that may be required for next Winter.

No mention of which lifts or any confirmation of any Tour de France lift opening around 16 September as of yet. Last Summer the La Tania Gondola, Verdons, Plantrey and Saulire opened in the Courchevel / La Tania sector. We’d expect the new Praz gondola to open too in order to support the new car park and reduce traffic.

France is still awaiting an announcement on when restaurants and bars will be allowed to start limited opening – perhaps starting with social distancing on outdoor terraces with table service for example.

S3V have also announced a policy change on lift pass refunds. From this Winter lift passes will now be refundable up to the day before use and passes from 2-21 days will be reimbursed pro rata in the event of the ski area closing.

The Best Ways to Enjoy Every Season

Everyone has their own favourite season, but if you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that has four distinct seasons, it can be very enjoyable. It’s great to embrace the changing weather and get excited for the different activities that are available throughout the year. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy yourself as the seasons change. 

Winter
While winter may bring a lot of snow shovelling and windshield scraping, it also brings sports and activities that can only be enjoyed during the winter months. For people that love the high adrenaline thrills of sports like snowboarding and skiing, they live for the winter months and only hope the season lasts longer this year. One of the best experiences you can have is taking a vacation to a gorgeous ski resort and barrelling down the slopes for a weekend. La Tania is a well-kept secret amongst skiing fans, and it is truly one of the best places to enjoy the winter months. You might even run into a celebrity while you’re here.

Spring
Spring is an amazing season that most would say is the perfect temperature. When winter finally ends, you should be outside enjoying the fantastic weather and sunshine. In the spring, I love to travel and experience new cultures during a time when everything is not as busy as in the summer tourist season. Architecture tours are a great way to get outside and learn some of the rich history attached to different sites. In a country like Italy alone, you can see many famous historical places like The Colosseum, and The Leaning Tower of Pisa, or unique sites like Casino di Venezia, which first opened its doors in 1638 making it one of the oldest casinos in the world. 

For those that don’t feel like traveling, luckily there are many activities you can enjoy right at home in your own city. Riding a bicycle is great exercise and the perfect way to get outside. Spring is also the best time to start working on your home garden. From flowers to vegetables, you can transform your backyard into something spectacular. During the springtime, many sports like baseball and distance running get started, so if you are into fitness you can join a local league and meet some like-minded athletes. 

Summer
Of course, summer may be the favourite season for many people, and for good reason. With the sunshine overhead and the worries of winter far behind, this time of year brings out the best in communities and most people seem happier to be getting some natural Vitamin D outside. For cities around the world, summer means lots of festivals for everything from art, to music, to local foods and traditions. These can be some of the best opportunities to bond with your community and embrace local culture if you are traveling. 

No summer vacation would be complete without a trip to the beach however. It’s nothing short of magical to enjoy the sunshine and ocean on a beautiful beach. Regardless if that’s in California or Bali, there are many choices to pick from if you find yourself planning a summer beach vacation. 

Autumn
While everyone has their favourite seasons, Autumn might be the most underappreciated of them all. If you are lucky enough to live in a location with a true autumn period, you will find that it is one of the most beautiful times of the entire year. All of nature is changing and the air around you is crisp and fresh, watching the leaves change colours is one of the best parts of the season. With Halloween and many fall festivals coming up, it’s fun to decorate your home and get into the fall spirit. One of my favourite activities during this time is taking a trip to the local orchards and picking bags full of apples to take home. With the evenings getting colder out, this is the best time of year to curl up and watch movies on the couch by the fireplace. 

Deconfinement Plans / Rules for France – updated 01 May 2020

Translated from Maireinfo – 01 May 2020
Original below (2 pages)
Download English PDF here

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Winter 2021 Three Valleys Lift Pass Prices Announced

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Lift Pass prices for The 3 Valleys for Winter 2021 have been released with around the usually expected prices rises. Main Season, adult prices below:

One-day 3 Valleys goes up from €63 to €64.50 (2.4% increase)

Six-day 3 Valleys goes up from €312 to €321 (2.9% increase)

3 Valleys Season Pass goes up from €1336 to €1370 (2.5% increase)

Courchevel Valley and Wellness (inc Aquamotion) pass prices have yet to be announced.

Full details and downloads at: www.latania.co.uk/skiing/passes.htm

Duo and Tribu Discounts

The DUO pass discount was introduced in Winter 2014 for 2 adult passes, of 6 days or more, of the same type, dates and duration, bought together.
A 2021 Three Valleys 6 day pass is €311 instead of €321. A 3.1% discount.

The TRIBU discount is for 3 are more passes of 6 days or more, of the same type, dates and duration, bought together.
A 2021 Three Valleys 6 day pass is €306 instead of €321. A 4.7% discount.

The Duo and Tribu passes do apply right through to Season Passes.
3 x Tribu 2021 Three Valley Season passes bought together saves €180.
A 4.4% discount.

The Family Pass 2021

For 2 adults with 2 to 7 kids and minimum of 6 days:
All skiers pay the same price eg: €256.80 each for 6-day 3V instead of €321

They must be of the same type, dates and duration (minimum 6 days) and bought together. Note that kids in this instance are under 18 rather than under 13 for a “normal” kids pass and that separate passes are issued, you don’t have to ski together!

So in 2021 two adults with four kids who are aged 13 to 17:
6 Family Passes costs €1540.80 rather than €1926
Saving a total of €385.20 which is a full 20% discount

Snow Guarantee and Stats

The 3 Valleys is the biggest ski area in the World – it has 169 modern, high performance ski lifts, 600km of pistes from 3230m to 1100m with 85% of the skiable area above 1800m, 120km of cross-country tracks, 2535 snow cannons covering 53% of the ski area, 77 state of the art grooming machines for 1512 hectares of groomed pistes, 335 marked runs, 25 accessible summits, 6 glaciers, 1200 lift staff, 424 ski patrollers and over 3000 Ski instructors. Plus, they guarantee to have more skiing than anyone else…

All the lift pass prices details, opening dates, options, discounts & offers at:
www.latania.co.uk/skiing/passes.htm

Winter 2021 Opening and Closing Dates

All subject to change, snow cover, weather conditions, safety, staff availability, maintenance and utilisation with limited areas & lifts open at the beginning and end of the season.

La TaniaSat 12 Dec 2020 to Sat 17 Apr 2021
Courchevel 1850Sat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
Le PrazSat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
(for urban access only 5-12 Dec)
Courchevel Village 1550Sat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
(for urban access only 5-12 Dec)
Courchevel Moriond 1650Sat 12 Dec 2020 to Sat 17 Apr 2021
Méribel Valley inc MottaretSat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
Brides-Les-BainsSat 12 Dec 2020 to Fri 16 Apr 2021
Saint Martin de BellevilleSat 12 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
Les MenuiresSat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021
OrelleSat 28 Nov 2020 to Sun 9 May 2021
Val ThorensSat 21 Nov 2020 to Sun 9 May 2021
(partial from 21/11 subject to snow )
3 Valleys LinksFrom Sat 05 Dec 2020 to Fri 23 Apr 2021

 

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