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Meet Sian your local La Tania / Courchevel Leggett Estate Agent

Sian Maher

Introducing Sian Maher
After arriving in Courchevel in 1995 for my first ski season I instantly fell in love with the mountains and all they have to offer. One winter soon became many and then, in 2006 I made Courchevel my permanent home with my two children and husband. With the children at local schools and Courchevel Ski Club, and running a busy physiotherapy business (Ski Physio) as well as our own property portfolio I have developed a sound understanding of the local housing market and opportunities available. I am sure I can help you find your Alpine dream too. 

The view from an apartment recently sold by Sian

Leggett is a french business with British roots who are the leading International estate agency in France. The huge range of marketing used will put your property in front of  the biggest range of buyers possible, from someone in the same village to someone on another continent. A team of agents who are all local, know the area and are French and English speaking.

The Leggett agents will work with you all the way through the sales process helping both buyer and seller to understand the French system. This includes an initial estimation, taking photos, collecting the information for a sale, organising obligatory diagnostic tests, marketing the property, organising buyer visits, negotiating the deal and preparing the sales papers for the buyer and seller for the notaires to write up the legally binding documents necessary for the sale. The agents will be there right to the end of the sales process, until you either get the keys to your new property or receive you funds from the sale.

Property is selling very well at the moment and Leggett are getting requests for La Tania so are looking for more properties in and around La Tania, so why not contact Sian on Sian.maher@Leggett.fr or phone 0033 (0)668 570 099 to see how she can help you with either selling your property or helping you find a property to fit your needs.

Sian’s property portfolio available online here

Leggett Buyers Guide

Leggett Vendors Guide

Travelling to France and back from England – what you need to know…

UPDATE/08/21: The NHS Covid Pass can now be uploaded from the NHS App to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay for ease of use and off-line access.

UPDATE 01/08/21: Although NHS QR Codes can be uploaded successfully to the French TousAntiCovid App, the Tac Verif App used to verify codes by cinemas, museums, etc and ultimately all bars & restaurants does not yet recognise them. NHS proof of (full) vaccination is accepted however. French Embassy Confirmation here

UPDATE 26/07/21: Check that your passport number is on pre-departure test certificate. Also some issues with maiden names on French docs, carry marriage certificate if necessary.

UPDATE 30/07/21: Aquamotion in Courchevel 1550/1650 is now requesting a Covid Pass prior to entry.

UPDATE 24/07/21: Crossed back over to France from the UK via Eurotunnel yesterday – almost normal and busy. Queued for 20 minutes at first ticket check then straight through customs check and passport controls (all on UK side now, straight out on French side). Was not asked for proof of vaccination or for the French Attestation document! 3 weeks ago you had to leave your vehicle and queue up to show all the documentation required.

UPDATE 22/7/21: Bozel Pharmacie no longer do antigen tests. Only Synlab in 1850, Bozel, Meribel and Moutiers by appointment . The social security code anyone can use on Synlab is 155555574102314. Thanks to Ralph, Willie, Liz and Joey for the info.

UPDATE 21/7/21: The French Government TousAntiCovid App will accept the QR Code of the NHS Vaccination Certificates so the proof can be uploaded in to the wallet on the App. It’s all in English and straightforward to use going forward as proof of vaccination when in France. There’s a “Border” display option for showing at Airports / Ports too. Thanks to Rosalind H for the heads up.

This info is correct from 19 July 2021 – as far as we know and always subject to change. Always check UK Gov Site and French Gov Site for the latest info.

Going Out from England to France:
If double jabbed then just the French Sworn Statement is needed (and a passport with 6 months left on it!). Children under 18 have the same status as parents (counted as fully vaccinated if their parents are).

Coming Back from France to England:
If double jabbed the following is needed along with a completed Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

  1. A pre-departure test within 72 hours of leaving France.
  2. A Day 2 and Day 8 test on return during a 10 Day self quarantine period.
  3. Optionally a Day 5 “Test to Release” PCR test to leave quarantine early.

Pre-departure test
Within 72 hours of departure an anti-gen / lateral flow type or PCR test available across France (pharmacies in Méribel, Courchevel 1650 & 1850 plus Bozel, they charge €25 euros anti-gen for tourists). Synlab do PCR for tourists for £43 in Courchevel and Bozel but anti-gen is ok for UK. www.pds.synlab.fr/laboratoire/default.aspx

Day 2 and Day 8 Tests
Available across the UK – can be done by post too. Shop around Boots charge £160 while Testing for All charge £95.

Day 5 Test to Release
This is optional and allows you to leave quarantine following negative PCR test result received after full 5 days back in the UK. For example arrive in UK Monday then test Saturday. You still need to do the Day 8 test too. These Test to Release tests are available across UK, again check prices, some from as little as £59 and TUI, Jet2, easyJet, RyanAir all have deals with providers.

Proof of Vaccine
Check the days after 2nd jab for validity (7 or 14 days or a month depending on vaccine) and use the NHS App for proof.

The French Covid Health Pass system for access to cinemas, museums and theme parks comes in to play this week and will be ultimately extended to shopping centres, leisure facilities, restaurants & bars. The NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will be allowed instead of the EU Covid Digital Certificate according to the Consular General at the French Embassy – more here or take paper copy of NHS document.

Other Parts of the UK
Check for differences in the requirements if travelling to / from other parts of the UK:
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland

Un-Vaccinated Etc
For anything else other than the above (like those un-vaccinated) you need recent pre-arrival tests and reason for the essential travel etc. Check the Government Websites for full information and the latest changes.

La Tania spotted in INEOS 4×4 advert

A great spot by Rich Roberts of Geraint Thomas riding through La Tania on the new INEOS Grenadier 4×4 advert.

The full advert for what looks like an (original) Land Rover Defender Clone below:

INEOS founder Jim Ratcliffe (Britain’s richest man) contributed £17m towards the re-development of the Courchevel Stade. His daughter trains with Courchevel Club des Sport.

He also owns the Portetta hotel in 1650, sponsors what was the Sky cycling team, finances the British boat in the America Cup, owns Swiss football club Lausanne-Sport and French Team OGC Nice.

Fête des Bûcherons Lumberjack Festival in La Tania

Great to see so many people enjoying the sunshine in La Tania today….

Summer 2021: Spectacular Wild Flowers around La Tania

This Summer the wild flowers seem more spectacular than ever…

Euro 2020: England v Italy

11 July 2021 – England 1 Italy 1
AET Italy won 3-2 on pens

Luke Shaw gave England the lead after only 2 minutes and for the first half an hour we were the better team but 2nd half we struggled and inevitably Extra Time and Penalties followed…. Enough said about it and the shambolic Wembley stewarding and policing. Onwards to Budapest in seven weeks time…

Work begins on removal of Troika Lift and the upgrade of the La Tania beginners area

Work has finally started on the upgrade to the snow front area in the centre of La Tania. This will massively improve the facilities for beginners with 2 magic carpet / travelator type lifts replacing the current Troika drag lift.

These 2 free lifts will be open to all and will be separated from the main Folyères pistes which willl loop around them keeping beginners and kids safe from skiers heading straight down to the village or gondola.

Artist impression of the new lifts in La Tania

New Extension to the Downhill VTT Track on Creux

There’s an extension to the downhill VTT track down Creux being constructed. It’s not finished yet but looks like it will take you above the link piste back to 1850 rather than having to join the main piste / track.

Latest from S3V on Summer Lifts, Opening Times and Tariffs

The Courchevel Ski Lifts open this Summer for hikers & bikers on 03 July 2021 and all will be open 7 days a week (for the first time) until 27 August 2021 (inclusive).

  • Saulire Cable Car 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

Only the La Tania Gondola is free this Summer but all descents are free. Mask must be worn and note that lifts can be suspended in bad weather (like thunder and lightning storms!).

Pass TypeAdultChildTrio
Pedestrian and Mountain Bike
1 Lift Section86
2 Lifts Section139
Pedestrian
1 Day1811
1 Week (7 Days)5433141
Summer Season163112
Mountain Bike
Introduction (3 Hours)151039
1 Day2314.5057
Liberty (3 Days)5031123
1 Week (7 Days)8452210
Summer Season264163

Purchase Passes From the vending machines at:

  • Alpinium, Le Praz
  • Maison de Moriond, 1650
  • La Croisette, 1850

Or from the S3V lift pass counters at:

  • S3V Office, La Croisette, 1850
  • Tourist Office, Alpinium, Le Praz

Or on-line of course.

Mountain Professionals with clients involved in Summer Sports Activities that require use of lifts can get a 30% discount (proof required). These include:

  • Mountain Guides
  • Mountain Bike Instructors
  • Paragliding Instructors
  • Orienteering Instructors
  • Hang Gliding Instructors
  • Climbing Instructors

Pub Le Ski Lodge opening for Summer on Friday 11 June 2021 – The Earliest Ever!

Pub Le Ski Lodge opens for Summer on Friday 11th June 2021 with the original Alpine Fish n Chips on Special and a promo on Moretti as Italy v Turkey kick off Euro 2020 at 21:00.

The first England game v Croatia (who some of us will be at!) on Sunday 13/6 will see a Sunday Roast and Dessert on Special… Get Yourselves Down Here! Come On England!

Looks like the crew this Summer will include Harriet, Connor, Fusil, Luke, Shaun & Steve (all TBC of course!). We look forward to the Cocktail of the Day at Sunset!

The Ski Lodge will be open until the end of August. The Ski Lifts in Summer for bikers and hikers open on 3rd July.

Ski Lodge staff recovering from the Winter in Capbreton a few weeks ago…

Summer 2020 fun at Pub Le Ski Lodge