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Development of the Snow Front and Beginners Area of La Tania

A big meeting of the Courchevel Conseil Municipal tonight with the restructuring of the beginners area and bottom of the Folyères piste under discussion. Following the 4th Feb meeting and visit to La Tania, the go ahead may be given tonight.

The above illustration is 2 years old and shows the Troika drag lift removed with 2 covered “magic carpet” travelator type lifts replacing it. The main Folyères piste is diverted to the apartments building side and over the swimming pool. This leaves a dedicated beginners area without downhill traffic.

Before and after below:

Whilst plans to enhance the beginners area are very welcome, the plans also include raising the piste considerably before the (existing) swimming pool area and having a tunnel to access the beginners area to avoid crossing the Folyeres Piste (we’ve coped for 30 years mind!). We’re not sure if this is still in the current plans though – and it would appear to cut the village off from the main downhill piste. Usually there are artists impressions in the plans so a proper visualisation can be made of how things will look when finished, but we haven’t seen any.

The cost of this development was estimated at €1.2m back in 2019, not a lot compared to the hundreds of million of euros spent on a ski race in 2023 😉 !

As for maintaining ski in/out access from the apartments and the provision of an “above ground” swimming pool in the Summer we’ll have to see – it that going to be a giant paddling pool? The Swimming Pool is the main USP for La Tania in Summer so it is essential that it is retained in some form or another.

Not sure how many residents, ski companies, local businesses, accommodation providers, apartment owners or even clients themselves have been consulted but the meeting is open to the public tonight (17:00 in the new Alpinium Building, Le Praz). If anyone is going please let us know what happens….

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