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Tour de France comes to La Tania – All you need to know…

Update: Crowd RestrictionsA limit of 500 people from Courchevel side (walking or cycling and arriving before 13:00). A limit of 1000 people walking or cycling from the Méribel side. Access will be controlled in the final 500m before the summit. of 500 people from Courchevel side (walking or cycling and arriving before 13:00). A limit of 1000 people walking or cycling from the Méribel side. Access will be controlled in the final 500m before the summit.

The La Tania Col de la Loze finish is on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Le Tour has been moved due to the pandemic from it’s normal June/July slot to take place from Sat 29 August 2020 to Sun 20 September 2020.

Day 17 is the 168km mountain stage from Grenoble to Méribel on 16 Sep 2020. This not only includes the famous Col de la Madeleine but it then finishes at the top of Col de la Loze above La Tania on the brand new cycling track that goes up there. The Stage 18 start the following day is from Méribel Altiport to La Roche-sur-Foron.
The 2020 Le Tour Route Map

The last time Le Tour was in La Tania was 2005 and was a huge occasion – well worth a trip out to see it.

See our ride down from Col de Loze to Méribel last Summer – it’s actually almost easy to hit 80km/h on the straight bit of Boulevard du Loze even on a Mountain Bike!

The arrival of the peleton at the Col de la Loze is scheduled between 16:45 and 17:45 (estimated times) on Wednesday.

Access via cycle is available from Verdons on the tarmac track to Col de la Loze and the walking route is from 1850 to Verdons and then via the Lac Bleu path. Covid-19 restrictions are in place with limited viewing areas at the finish – will be unlike other finishes we’ve seen on TV then!

Many teams are staying in Courchevel and the altiport will be used by Le Tour on 16 September. Road closures and diversions will be in place – see the dedicated page on www.savoie.gouv.fr

Bars open are The Drop Inn in Le Praz, Funky Fox, La Boulotte, & La Cabane in 1650 and Bar de la Luge in 1850. Restaurant 1928 (Roc Tania) is open at the Loze summit if you fancy the climb up.

Covered car parks in Courchevel are free but no ski lifts are open in the Courchevel Valley.

Don’t forget to check-in at Col de la Loze 2304m – La Tania

List of all businesses, bars and restaurants open in the Courchevel Valley

List of all businesses, bars and restaurants open in the Méribel Valley

In Méribel bars open include La Tsaretta, Jacks, The Tav, LdV (open from 7am), Barometer, Le Blanchot, La Fromagerie, Le Refuge, Le Spot, Petits Oignons, La Terasse du Mottaret and Les Rhododendrons on the track up to the Col de la Loze.

The Saulire Express 1 Gondola will be open (free) from La Chaudanne in Méribel on Wed 16 September to give access to the Cold de la Loze track viewing points.

Saulire Express 1 will open on Wednesday for the stage finish

Golf Chairlift from Méribel Village will open on Thursday 17 September to view the start (“grand depart”) from the Méribel Altiport.

Thursday – The “depart” and access from the Golf Chair in Méribel Village
Lodge du Village will be open from 7am for breakfast!

The Full Event Programme / Brochure from Méribel Tourist Office

BBC Tour de France Coverage

Official Le Tour Page 

More information on this stage of the Tour at www.letour.fr/fr/etape-17

Covid Secure Measures & Flexible Booking Policies in place from La Tania Companies

Nearly mid-way through September and traditionally the busiest booking period for Ski Holidays. The local businesses in and around La Tania are doing their best at offering flexible, protected booking policies and making plans for Covid Secure Ski Holidays.

Far too much negativity about, could be the best season ever if the slopes are quiet! So book now – #TheSnowMustGoOn

Extreme Ski Services offer a state of the art cleaning service using the latest disinfectant technology for spraying/fogging and protecting against viruses for 30 days.

Alpine Escape – All guests booking one of our chalets for winter 2020/2021 will benefit from our Covid-19 money safe guarantee. Of course, standards in the chalets will be higher than ever, and we are ready to adapt our service to be flexible to your needs.

The Freeride Republic – Book with confidence using our new COVID19 refunds policy. Our ski holidays for 2021 are available with a full refund for COVID19 cancellations up until 7 days prior to your travel date with refundable deposits of just £50.00

Snow Retreat – New booking conditions are now available allowing a full refund up to a week before arrival in the case of travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ski-Dazzle – Book with confidence – no quibble cancellation policy due to covid. Chalets available on a Self Catered Basis only this winter (catering and drinks delivery options available).

Ski Magic – We have put together a clear policy to provide protection should COVID-19 related government restrictions mean that you are unable to travel. This guarantee applies to all new and existing bookings for holidays between 1st December 2020 and 30th April 2021.

Ski Amis – Ensuring the safety of our guests is very important to us following the pandemic.  Although it is very early to tell exactly what measures will be required for holidays coming up next season, we will be ensuring that all of our staff and chalets are taking the utmost precations and sticking to all measures required of them.

The Alpine Generation – Book with peace of mind for Winter 20/21. For more details please see our updated Ts&Cs.

Alpine Action – We have now created a new-and-enhanced cancellation policy to give you greater peace of mind.  We will also be Covid-19 Ready, so please take a look at precautions & protocols that will be in our chalets.

Adam Affro & Freddie Fingers return to La Tania

Two thirds of Les Trois Têtes (where’s Kate?) , plus Rambling Roots Emma and their old man Rich at Pub Le Ski Lodge last night – they’ve still got it!

5 Months after lock down the Winter close down continues

Magic carpets in La Tania finally covered over for Sumer

With massive amounts of work going on creating the 2023 World Cup piste and the associated snow cannon system and reservoir it feels like some of the “normal” work at the end of the season was forgotten.

Yesterday the magic carpets in La Tania finally got covered up. There’s still plenty of netting, fencing and crash mats that usually get removed in place too.


Meanwhile in 1850 there’s some huge construction work in front of La Croisette. A big hole and retaining wall – possibly access to the underground car park for the new Stade construction? Anyone know?

Work in 1850 – New Stade piste and HQ Building above

Beach Party at Pub Le Ski Lodge

Swimming Pool Information for Summer 2020

The La Tania Pool

The La Tania swimming pool is open every day except Saturday with 2 sessions in operation this Summer for additional Covid cleaning operations and a maximum of 30 people.

Sessions from 14:00 to 16:10 and 16:40 to 18:50 cost €4 each. A bit 1980s but tight swimming costumes (budgie smugglers) are compulsory – no boardies/swimming shorts. Showers are compulsory and you mustn’t move the sun beds or umbrellas. Not widely advertised Aqua exercise classes take place at 11:15 on Tue & Thu, ask in the Tourist Office.

Aquamotion Adult Area

Aquamotion in Courchevel 1550/1650 has slides, gym, swimming lanes, lazy river, indoor & outdoor pools plus “Wellness” Areas. Costs €20 for adults for an afternoon session (you may be moved around when the additional cleaning takes place but you don’t have to pay again).

Free car parking and lockers, showers compulsory. Book on-line at aquamotion-courchevel.com

This €60m complex does allow shorts / boardies however!

3 Valleys Pass the way to go for 2021 as Courchevel prices are released

The Courchevel Valley Ski Pass (including La Tania) prices for 2021 have been released – there is now no Aquamotion entrance included and the duo / tribu discounts (for 2 or 3 people with the same passes for 6 or more days) have been withdrawn.

The difference between a Courchevel Valley 6 day adult pass in main season (€286) and a 3 Valleys pass (€321) is less (€35) than a 3 Valleys extension which will cost €39 for Winter 2020/2021. So as it was last season, if you’re going to ski just once over in to Méribel (and beyond) it’s cheaper to buy a 3 Valleys Pass.

Family Pass discounts for children over 5 and under 18 (kids are under 13 on normal passes) remain with a 6 day 3 Valleys pass costing €256.80 and a Courchevel pass €229. All passes must be bought together for a family and be the same type and duration – all pay the same amount but you don’t have to ski together!

With Tribu discount the 3 Valleys Pass difference is only €20 so the 3 Valleys pass is definitely the way to go next Winter!

Courchevel Main Season 2021

Courchevel Start & End of Season 2021

Full Information on all Ski Passes here

There are rumours that the Workers and Resident Season Pass discounts may be altered for Winter 2021 – we’ll update as soon as we hear anything.

More pics of the Bouc Blanc & Jockeys 2023 World Cup preparations

Looking down from Col de la Loze the extent of the work on the new tunnel under the World Cup piste near the La Tania Gondola Station can be seen.

The original start of the Jockeys piste that connected to the Bouc Blanc (well before the beginners magic carpet lift was installed) has been filled in to give a consistent gradient and will go over a tunnel that will provide recreational skiers access when racing is in progress.

The piste tunnel / bridge work
La Tania Gondola on the left
View looking up from the Gondola station
View from near the starting gate
The long shot…

Keeping Cool With Forest Walks At Altitude

Using the free La Tania gondola to gain height then following the Teddy Bear 🧸 path through the forest to the cross country ski track towards Meribel leads on to a spectacular walk to Méribel Village. At over 4500 feet and mostly in the shade of the trees it’s a pleasant retreat from the heat of the Sun.

The day finished with some music at Après at the Ski Lodge with Charlie and young Tom helping out too.

A breakaway group of cows tried to get the beginners magic carpet working in the centre of La Tania today…

The incredible wild flowers on display in the Mountains above La Tania

Arnica Montana, also known as Wolf’s Bane, Leopard’s Bane & Mountain Tobacco

The flowers are phenomenal this year especially the carpets of Arnica. Too early for the blue Gentians and you need to go higher up for Edelweiss. The mountains looking stunningly beautiful in Summer…

Some lovely wild Strawberries on Folyères too – the flavour difference to the mass production “forced” ones you get in UK Supermarkets is amazing.