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La Tania Green Run being prepared – looks ready!

The green poles are in place and the green Plan Fontaine down to La Tania has been groomed – looks like this will open on Saturday – a great start to the season!


Confirmed Lift & Piste Opening Schedule for Saturday 15 December 2018

Since the snow at the weekend S3Vs teams have been working flat out preparing the slopes and producing mammoth amounts of cannoned snow.

S3V have confirmed  the opening of lifts is as planned – from way back in August – with nearly the whole ski area open except for the Chanrossa area and some duplicate lifts not running (Coqs and Chapelets the only significant ones not running).

See you Saturday, first lift at La Tania Gondola…!

The Opening scheduled from Saturday – Full Size Image
Top Bashing!

Perfect corderoy

The new Grangette Gondola today…

Very comfy cabins – and LED lights in the evening for the Luge

The top station above the road in 1850
Snow Cannon mounds pile up outside the La Tania lift pass office

Piste Bashers at work in La Tania today


 Thanks to S3V, Courchevel Tourist Office, Freeride Republic and La Tania locals for the pics


What a Day! Snow Conditions Update…

The first proper day of the season as it was sunny and cloudless.

A lot more open today in Courchevel and snow cannons were blasting all the way along Folyères down to La Tania ready for the weekend opening.

The Three Valleys access today was via Méribel but high winds stopped the Bruyeres second stage opening so there was no access to Val Thorens today (as Côte Brun was also not open).

The whole area is gradually opening up and a rough non-professional estimate is that 90% of pistes could be opened at the weekend. Looking like a “better than average” start to the season.

A rough estimate of snow depth on Moretta Blanche is 70cm.

Official snow depth on Saulire is a base of 125cm with 69cm of fresh snow over the weekend.

Runs down to La Tania officially closed and Folyères was much to hard with all the snow cannoned mounds of snow – we hear the read was good though!

More pics from today here

Looking down Suisses  late afternoon from near the top of Saulire – Full size image
Snow Cannons blowing in La Tania this afternoon – Full size image


Days like these… Why we go skiing & snowboarding!

As good as it gets this morning (or is it better than that?).  La Tania locals bagging first lifts once again – this time on Chenus…

Get Yourselves Out Here! Click on the images for full size pics

“Safe” off piste on the meadow – Avalanche Risk remains at 4/5 HIGH RISK
Lac Bleu still a bit thin – but it is is only 11 December…
And then Biollay opened…
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Meanwhile back in La Tania…


Snow! Pics from this morning in La Tania & Courchevel

La Tania this morning!

Empty slopes this morning in Courchevel and plenty of fresh snow for those wo’ve made the effort of getting up the mountain. Strong winds and the associated avalanche risk means Saulire is unlikely to open today. The off piste avalanche risk is now at 4 out of 5 (HIGH RISK).

The altiport drag lift is now open expanding the area for beginners and the next scheduled lifts to open (although probably not today due to the conditions) are Aiguille du Fruit and Chenus.

Saulire reporting 51cm of fresh snow bringing the base up to 111cm and further snow showers forecast all day.

Empty slopes in Courchevel this morning…
The La Tania Bear Sign!
The first snow clearing job of the season for many this morning
Le Praz now all white…
La Tania Webcams…

Thanks to Nic & Joey and The Freeride Republic for the pics this morning.


Opening Day in Courchevel – Fresh snow & roasted marshmallows…

Bellecote wide & complete past the Courcheneige Hotel

New Live Ski Bus Arrival Information now available

Scan the QR code at the main stops for a link to the live information. 

The La Tania link is here:

All the free ski bus timetables are here:

Praz, Grangettes and Jardin Alpin lifts are free for pedestrians getting to work every morning between 08:35 and 09:00. 


First Lift of the Season – who else would it be?

La Tania first lift stalwarts Nick & Joey in the first gondola of the season out of Courchevel this morning – good work!


Courchevel Opening Tomorrow – Further Updates & Free Parking Details

For opening day tomorrow, Saturday 8th December 2018 the lift schedule currently remain as reported earlier in the week but further lifts and pistes will open as soon as possible with the expected snowfall and the operation of snow cannons as the temperature drops.

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Free Car Parking will be available at:
– Bellecôte (Courchevel 1850)
– Grangettes (1550 Village)
– Dou du midi (1550 Village)

Further details and prices for opening week here

Bouc Blanc piste above La Tania waiting to be groomed for the first time

La Tania today – expect a transformation over the weekend…


Courchevel Opening Day on Saturday 8 December – Update on lifts & piste opening from S3V

Update from S3V Ski Area Management Company
Despite difficult conditions (natural snow has been in short supply and temperatures have not been conducive to artificial snow production), we have deployed significant resources to offer from Saturday, 8th December the best skiing we can. This will be illustrated in particular by the production of artificial snow at full capacity as soon as conditions permit, with grooming machines working and teams manually carrying snow on to the slopes if necessary.

Encouraging prospects!
The situation should improve rapidly thanks to favorable weather conditions to ski on new pistes every day. Meteo France have announced sharply lower temperatures and regular and consistent precipitation on Saturday & Sunday. In addition next Monday and Tuesday, there is persistent cold weather conducive to snowmaking.

Openings scheduled for December 8
Forecast to open in the Courchevel valley on Saturday:
* Saulire Cable Car
* Verdons Gondola
* Jardin Alpin Gondola
* Tovets Chairlift
* Tapis du Golf Magic Carpets
Lift and piste openings will increase very quickly as conditions improve.

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The opening of The 3 Valleys connections for the first time will be by:
* La Saulire between Courchevel & Méribel
* Les 3 Marches & Tougnète (from 9/12) between Méribel & Les Menuires
* Le Col de la Chambre between Les Menuires & Val Thorens.

Prior to the middle of next week it will be difficult to actually take advantage of the whole of the 3 Valleys.

More lifts and pistes will be opening every day. Follow the opening information in real time here
Prices for next week:
1 day adult Courchevel Valley = €31.90  (3 hours = €26.90).
1 day Children Courchevel Valley = €25.50.

For those staying a week, it may be worth checking the lift & piste openings to choose between skiing in the valley of Courchevel or The 3 Valleys:
6 days adult Courchevel Valley = €159.10, about €26.50/day with 1 Aqualudique entry to Aquamotion.
6 days Children or Family Pass Courchevel Valley = €127.20, about €21/day with 1 Aqualudique entry to Aquamotion.

And for the 3 Valleys (connections may be difficult until the middle of next week):
6 days 3 Vallées adult = €244.80, about €40/day.
6 days Children or Family Pass 3 Valleys €195.80, about €33/day.

The multi-day packages have the advantage that you can benefit from volume discounts while benefiting from the new lifts and piste openings throughout the week.