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Punta Bagna Motorcycle Festival in Courchevel

This weekend saw the massive Punta Bagna Motorcycle Festival in Courchevel. The main events over in 1850 where we noticed work on the Hotel Pomme (aka Pomme des Pins) has started at last.

Winter Season Passes in Summer, Brides Buses & Weekly Program

latania.co.uk/resort/week/week.pdf

The free shuttles between Brides les Bains & Courchevel are running from next Sunday (the 10th of July) to Sunday 21st of August; and like last year only on Sunday (the timetable of this bus line is already included in those of the Courchevel valley timetable).

The Brides Tourist Office is waiting for timetable validation from the Brides Town Hall for the free shuttles between Brides les Bains & Meribel, these buses are running only on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Info here: https://www.brides-les-bains.com/ete/guide-du-village/liaison-transport/.

As we thought, confirmation that the Winter Season Lift Pass is only valid in Summer for people under 18 and students under 26 or those who have a sport license. For the last 20 years (at least) a season pass was always valid in Summer – and no one was told it wouldn’t be when they purchased this Winter but that’s the usual Courchevel secretive way…

An extension season pass for Summer is €100 as a pedestrian, & €150 for VTT (price for the summer season, for the 3 valleys, except TC Masse & Cime Caron). Most bikers will now bin the lifts and get an e-bike!

The La Tania swimming-pool should open on Monday afternoon; we’ll know if yes or no on Monday!

La Tania Summer 2022 – The Latest Information

The refurbished heated outdoor pool is ready for Summer – Phew!

Summer Life in La Tania

The La Tania Tourist Office will be open from Friday 01 July to Friday 26 August, every day from 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00.

The La Tania Tennis Court is closed due to subsidence. Tennis is available in Le Praz and bookable via: https://courchevel.simplybook.me/.

The Volleyball Court will be open and is awaiting a sand delivery soon.

Outdoor Table Tennis tables have been requested – awaiting further information.

The refurbished outdoor heated swimming pool will be open from Sunday 03 July.

The season starts with the Punta Bagna massive motorcycle event from Friday to Sunday 01-03 July.

Punta Bagna Program

Punta Bagna Additional Shuttle Buses

Pub Le Ski Lodge opens at 17:00 on Thursday 30 June – as always the Moules Frites all you can eat on Thursdays and the original Alpine Fish “n” Chips on Fridays all Summer long.

Bouc Blanc opens Friday 01 July.

Le Farçon has been open since 17 June.

The Crèche is open from 28 June until 26 August for children from 4.5 months to 6 years old, Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:30. resa.creche@mairie-courchevel.com

La Tania gondola is free and open 7 days a week.

Summer 2022 Maps, Mountain Bike Routes, Hiking Paths, Fishing Guide etc.

Summer 2022 Courchevel Mountain Bike Map (inc e-Bike routes and Col de la Loze cycling track)

Summer 2022 Courchevel Hiking and Footpath Map (inc Via Ferate Routes)

Summer 2002 Courchevel Vilages Maps

Summer 2022 Courchevel Fishing Guide

Summer 2022 Courchevel Heritage Guide

Summer 2022 Courchevel Lac Rosiere Guide

Summer 2022 Meribel Mountain Bike Map

Summer 2022 Meribel Hiking and Footpath Map

Summer 2022 Meribel Villages Maps

Summer 2022 Three Valleys Mountain Bike Map

Summer 2022 Three Valleys Hiking and Footpath Map

Summer 2022 Three Valleys Ski Lifts Opening Dates for Hikers and Bikers

Courchevel & La Tania Lifts – CONFIRMED for Summer 2022

The Courchevel Ski Lifts open this Summer for hikers & bikers on 01 July 2022 and will be open 7 days a week until 26 August 2022 (inclusive).
Opening Times for Summer 2022:
  • Vizelle Gondola 09:30 – 16:30
  • Verdons Gondola 09:30 – 16:40
  • Praz Gondola 09:30 – 16:45
  • La Tania Gondola 09:30 – 12:30 and then 13:30 – 16:45
The La Tania Gondola is free and all descents are free.
In previous years Tuesday is the day with the most lifts open across the Three Valleys. Just Pionniers and the 3 Vallees Funitel in Val Thorens are closed (they did only open on a Wednesday anyway).

Pedestrian Passes (3 Valleys) Prices 2022:

  • One trip €8.50, Two trips €13.50 (Kids €6.50 amd €9.50)
  • One Day €19 (kids €12)
  • One Week €56 (kids €34, Tribu buy 3 at the same time €144)
  • Season €168 (kids €116)

Mountain Biking Passes (3 Valleys) Prices 2022:

  • 3 Hours €16 (Kids €11, Tribu €42)
  • 1 Day €24 (Kids €15, Tribu €60)
  • 3 Days €52 (Kids €32, Tribu €129) – Note the days are not consecutive days.
  • 1 Week €86 (Kids €54, Tribu €216)
  • Season €268 (Kids €1682)

Summer 2022 Free Bus Timetables

Low Season – Fri 01 July to Saturday 09 July 2022 AND Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August
Main Season – Sunday 10 July to Sunday 21 August
End of Season – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
Méribel Méribus Timetable 1 – Les Allues / Méribel Village / Chaudanne from 02 Jul to 28 Aug
Méribel Méribus Timetable 2 – Altiport / La Chaudanne / Mottaret from 02 Jul to 28 Aug

Brides Les Bains Buses to be confirmed.

Summer 2022 in La Tania

All you need to know on our Summer Life in La Tania page including the What’s On Guide, lift opening details, all the Summer walking maps & moutain bike routes and all the Summer activities on offer.
Summer Events Diary
Summer Self-Catered Accommodation
Hotel Montana is open this Summer too!

Summer Life in La Tania

Unfold your love for Winter Sports in La Tania

Snowboarding and other winter sports are immensely popular in the world of both sport and leisure. Among Europeans, going on a winter holiday to one of the great resorts in France or Switzerland is a great winter favorite. La Tania and the 3 Valleys are at the very top of the wish-list for many, as the conditions there are among the very best in Europe. With an area spanning more than 600 km, with more than 200 ski lifts, they have the largest connected slopes in Europe – making it a desired destination for both amateurs and skilled snowboarders.

As the Premier League season unfolds, we are also in the beginning of the winter season, and lots of people are going to want to combine their resort holiday with watching the games. The games are often shown in La Tania, and if you want to know what the stats by KickForm are, you can simultaneously stay on top of that. Because even though making predictions will forever be difficult when it comes to football, there are still lots of people who enjoy the excitement of seeing the predictions and stats provided by experts. And imagine having a great day on the slopes, followed by watching the games. Not at all a bad holiday – the combination of football and winter sports is unbeatable for many.

Choosing the right resort

La Tania is unique in many ways. Because not only is it a popular destination for snowboarding and other winter sports, it’s also one of the best places in Europe when it comes to the diversity of resorts and options when it comes to accommodation. With 12 resorts distributed across The 3 Valleys, there are lots of options for tourists who visit. Each resort has a different and unique character and style, making it possible for guests to pick the perfect fit for them.

Because even though winter sports are the main reason people come here, the accommodation is immensely important too. Because after a long day on the slopes, what you want is to come back to a great resort, where you can truly enjoy the rest of the evening and get ready for the next day of winter sport fun on the slopes. Providing guests with rest and comfort in the beautiful surroundings of the mountains, makes for the ultimate combination with the fun of winter sports and is the reason why people choose to come back again and again. 

La Tania well represented in The Bozel Sport Merit Medals

La Tania were well represented in The Bozel Sport Merit Medals given out by the Mayor last week.

Ava Desmond, Katie Jardine, Sophia Van Vloten, Cara Desmond and Jack Jardine representing La Tania Club Des Sports all received medals as La Tania (as always) punches well above its weight.

You can follow latania.co.uk sponsored skier Jack Jardine on his Instagram at jack_jd_ski

New Poubelles, Public Toilets, Road Improvements & ESF Chalet in La Tania

Infrastructure upgrades currently going ahead in La Tania – hopefully minimising the work in July & August and the swimming pool area protected from the construction site.

The roundabout in La Tania has had a makeover, there are re-modelled bin and recycling areas, the planning notice for the new public toilets near the (smaller) Tourist Office has gone up, the ESF Chalet construction has started in earnest and some building / preparation work in the gondola end car park is underway as the fist signs of the Muretta Village project starting up.

Thanks to Ralph from the Free Ride Republic for these latest pics. Click on the images for full size photos.

Latest La Tania Special Offers

Self-Catering Apartments & Chalets

All La Tania Accommodation

La Tania Transfers

3 Valleys Lift Pass Prices for Winter 2023 Released

The latania.co.uk lift pass page

The lift pass prices for The 3 Valleys have been released with the headline 6 day pass price set at €350 for next Winter. This compares to €330 last season, so a 6.1% price rise.

Duo, Tribu and Family discount deals continue for passes of 6 days or more.

No info on Season Passes, Courchevel Valley or Carré Neige Insurance prices for next Winter yet.

Méribel Valley (does not include Mottaret!) 6 day adult main season pass is up to €295 from €279 (a rise of 5.7%).

3 Valleys Main Season Prices PDF

Méribel Main Season Prices PDF

The latania.co.uk lift pass page

The Winter 2022 La Tania Montage

If you didn’t make the edit – try harder next year…

From Tignes glacier opening, snow cannon testing, new lifts, early snowfall, Beaujolais night, Val Thorens preview day, first pints of the season, Ski Lodge opening party, first La Tania runs and first lift of the season, more fresh snow, the Brit ban, a subdued Christmas & New Year and then we’re all #backstronger with Seasonnaire night, Burns night, Aussie day, long lunches, birthdays, marriage proposals, more first lifts, more snow reports, more great gigs, falling on blue runs, L’Eclipse first descents, Folie VIP, Ski Lodge theme nights (and shot nights), helicopter transfers, Bring Your Sisters, The Ski World Cup, Karaoke, brilliant April skiing, Méribel gigs, Jack Jardine winning again, The Seasonnaire Awards, picnics, Ukraine charity events, closing parties and back to Tignes for an end of season day out…
We had a blast!

Thank You

Thanks to everyone for their support this season especially all our advertisers and all the staff at Pub Le Ski Lodge, La Taiga and Ski Higher

A special mention to Tim & Debbie Wall, Ralph from Freeride Republic, Nick & Joey and Peter Richards Photography for all their work behind (& in front) of the camera.

Finally, thanks to everyone who Got Themselves Out Here and supported our local La Tania businesses throughout a very difficult time.

 We will all be #backstronger this Summer and for Winter 2023…

Work on the new ESF Chalet begins in La Tania

The La Tania ESF Ski School is getting a new chalet type building at the side of the piste near to the beginners area for next Winter. The facility will be used to store equipment, provide shelter in bad weather and host kids who are having lessons over lunchtime etc.

Congrats Maya, Beefstock & Flo on their Escapade in a Day

Surely the last report on the 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day for the 2022 Season – and sorry we were a bit late in getting this on-line! Thanks to Katy for the info.

Conditions were great considering we thought it wss going to rain, we actually got blue skies all day.

The only major hiccup was the closure of the run between Les Menuires and Plan de l’eau meaning we had to go all the way to the top and ski down into Val Thorens.

Bumped into Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte on Roc Mugner, making us temporarily consider ditching the escapade to ski near them but we came to our senses and made it down to Forêt with roughly an hour to spare.

What’s this all about?

The 3 Valleys Escapade was the lift company promotion of visiting (originally in 2006) 14 points across the Three Valleys and gaining a certificate & badge over the period of your holiday – then we had the idea of doing it in a day…

It’s probably the toughest day skiing ever for a recreational skier but lots of people have got involved over the years so we feature them in our Escapade in a Day Hall of Fame

This is no longer being promoted by The 3 Valleys but we’ll still stick you in the Hall of Fame if you complete it – send a Ski Tracks or similar trace in plus a pic of your group.

What started out as a late night “is it possible?” discussion became a challenge the following week – the history and our original route are here

Originally punch cards had to be stamped at each check point until electronic passes arrived – they could then be checked by the lift company. The original Escapade was 30 lifts, 13000m vertical and 70km and 2016 peaked with 34 lifts, 17000m vertical (twice the height of Everest) and around 100km total distance. It became a little less for 2017 and 2018 saw the use of the Roc de Tougne fast new chair instead of the drag plus we lost the Montaulever drag altogether. In 2019 we gained the new faster Legends chair out of Méribel and then an improvement in speed on the Mont Vallon lift too. 

It’s certainly getting easier with the improvement in lift infrastructure and we should make it harder for 2023 – there’s now the new Pointe de La Masse and Orelle-Caron Gondolas too! However, it’s still a big, big day out with every run top to bottom and all the planning, chatting, moaning (and lunch) kept for the time on the lifts…

The 2020 PDF route with the 19 “Escapade Lifts” in bold

REMEMBER: 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), ski & ride within your limits, always obey the skiers & snowboarders code, observe all signs, pay attention to all notices, advice & instructions from Pisteurs, only ski off piste if fully equipped & knowledgeable, it’s not a race (and you won’t be insured), think about the safety of others as well as yourself 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…..