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Sat 07 Dec 2019
First ride on the new €16.5m Le Praz Gondola

Not quite first lift but La Tania locals some of the first to ride the new gondola this morning. Very smooth and very quick – under 6 minutes to the top.


Fri 06 Dec 2019
Bouc Blanc and down to La Tania looking magnificent

On the eve of Courchevel opening the preparations on the La Tania side (opening next Saturday) continue with the Bouc Blanc piste and the views down to La Tania looking magnificent. A word of caution from those in the know: This area is officially closed until next Saturday (14 Dec 2019) and there’s plenty of […]


Thu 05 Dec 2019
New Praz Gondola and Courchevel Stade looking good this morning



Mobile Phone Offer from Three – 8GB for £8 a month with unlimited texts & calls

Is this a no-brainer? Three have always led the way in including roaming before anyone else, it now stretches to 71 countries including Australia and the USA. Although there is a “fair use policy” and technically you’re not supposed to use it permanently abroad but we don’t know of people being blocked in using it […]



Team La Tania hit the Suisses Powder

Another beautiful sunny day so a skin up Marmottes and then time to drop in to Suisses… Only 2 more days until the lifts open in Courchevel!


Tue 03 Dec 2019
La Tania Medical Centre Update for Winter 2020

The fully equipped La Tania Courchevel Médical Center is situated next to the lift pass office by the La Tania Gondola station. Further information on the facilities are available here Update for Winter 2020 Joining the team this Winter season is Dr Johan Walch, a young doctor specialising in sport pathology. An active sportsman, he […]



Skiing Above La Tania Today – But who did Gazex?

Fabulous pics from a hike up the La Tania drag lift track and beyond this morning. A good 60cm of snow and time for a first few turns of the season from the usual suspects… Magnificent! But who put first tracks down Gazex?


Mon 02 Dec 2019
135cm base on Saulire – 7 December Lift Openings Confirmed

With 135cm on Saulire and a 65cm base in Courchevel 1850 the lift openings have been confirmed for opening day this Saturday, 7th December 2019 until 13 December (subject to the usual provisos regarding weather, safety, maintenance etc.). Also announced is on Saturday all kids under 13 ride free for the day. The lifts planned […]


Mon 25 Nov 2019
Sunset Sons UK Tour hits the Toon… Win a signed Album!

It might have been a Sunday night but no worries in Newcastle as Sunset Sons (aka The Cheerleaders from their time in La Tania) rocked the Riverside tonight with a great set. All the oldies plus tracks from the new album Blood Rush Déjà Vu too which was perfect for the late afternoon Sunday drinking […]


Thu 21 Nov 2019
Beaujolais Night at The Drop Inn, Le Praz

The annual Thursday night session before Val Thorens opening weekend on the Beaujolais Nouveau down in Le Praz. The usual suspects in attendance…



The New Praz Gondola – Information Video

A new video has just been released showing the new gondola off – now only a 180m walk uphill to La Croisette instead of 360m…. There is direct ski access to Plantrey chairlift (not open until 14 Dec) although we reckon it will need a push when heavy / sticky snow – and Tovets top […]


Mon 18 Nov 2019
Confirmation of Lifts & Piste Opening for weeks beginning 7th & 14th Dec 2019

From the 7th December the Saulire cable car, Verdons, Jardin Alpin and Chenus gondolas plus the Biollay, Pralong, Suisses and Aiguille du Fruit chairlifts plus the Golf beginner lift will open. The Grangettes gondola in 1550 and the new Praz gondola from Le Praz will be open for urban access (pistes will remain closed). From […]


Sun 17 Nov 2019
La Tania locals enjoying the early snow…

Some of the Alpine Escape team enjoying the early snow conditions around Verdons today.


Tue 05 Nov 2019
50cm Snow Depth on Saulire

An update from the Lift Company / Ski Area Management S3V today reporting a snow depth of 50cm near the Saulire summit above Courchevel. More snow is forecast this week but snow making is still set to begin in the next few days with temperatures set to plummet – this will start and help prepare […]


Sun 03 Nov 2019
Sunset Sons Album Launch at Beyond Vinyl, Newcastle

Great to see another band who regularly played in La Tania releasing new music. Blood Rush Déjà Vu is the new album from Sunset Sons and we had a little acoustic preview in indie record store Beyond Vinyl tonight. The UK Tour kicks off in a couple of weeks followed by some European dates too. […]


Fri 25 Oct 2019
London Ski Show 2019 Review

Now called The Daily Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Festival in association with Turkish Airlines! Haven’t really worked out where you’d go skiing with Turkish Airlines but never mind… Back in the year 2000 we had a reunion of over 40 La Tania Seasonaires and to get in to Olympia on those days early to grab […]


Mon 14 Oct 2019
3 Valleys Piste Map 2019 v 2020 Differences Animated

The 3V changes displayed in a GIF along with the Courchevel / La Tania piste map changes (La Masse hasn’t got bigger, just the artists alteration to aid clarity). The new lifts, pistes and other ski area developments are detailed in the What’s New in La Tania & The 3 Valleys 2020 – The Definitive […]


Tue 01 Oct 2019
The Definitive What’s New in The 3 Valleys for Winter 2020 coming soon…

October already! Time for the complete round-up of all that’s new in The 3 Valleys for this Winter. Stay tuned, coming soon… To include full details on: New 10 seater Le Praz Gondola New 4 seater Grandes Combes Chairlift Tovets top station moved in 1850 New piste to Aquamotion and the new Hotel L’Ecrin Blanc […]


Mon 23 Sep 2019
Last Week to get Altibus Early Bird Tickets at 15% Discount to La Tania

The “Early Bird” promotion on bus tickets from Geneva Airport to the Tarentaise resorts ends on 30 September 2019. There’s a 15% discount on these non-refundable tickets and new for 2019 is kids under 13 go free (max 2 per adult). More details here Note however even the discounted prices are more expensive than shared […]



The French “unpenalized” law to carry a breathalyser kit is to be scrapped

The French Law that requires all drivers to keep a disposable breathalyser in their vehicle is to be finally scrapped under a new transport bill being introduced from this week. Originally it was to be brought in for July 2012, was then delayed until November 2012 and then postponed until March 2013. However in effect […]


Wed 18 Sep 2019
Work on the Jockeys Black Piste begins – Big changes to this iconic run

A notice preventing access to the whole area around the Jockeys Piste is now in force until 10th December 2019 while earthworks take place around “improving” the Jockeys piste for the 2023 World Cup Finals being held in Courchevel & Méribel. As soon as the award of the 2023 World Cup Finals hosts was made […]


Tue 17 Sep 2019
Updates on Hotel Telemark, La Tania Snow Front & New Green Run and New Creux Noirs Lift

Confirmation that Hotel Telemark is being converted in to staff accommodation for use by the Courchevel Mairee and S3V Lift Company Staff. So no public bar or restaurant, sad news. The planned new Green Run (to the skiers left of Folyères) down to La Tania and the new Snow Front Development have been postponed for […]


Tue 03 Sep 2019
The return of Hotel Telemark? Plus Today’s Cowatch

Some building work has started on Hotel Telemark in La Tania and according to the workers it will be open this Winter. If it will be called Hotel Telemark, if there will be a Bar & Restaurant and who is running it is still unclear (and if it will sell rooms on a flexible hotel […]


Mon 02 Sep 2019
La Tania New Green Run and Snow Front Update

Without any official confirmation it’s now looking like the promised new La Tania green run and new snow front / beginners area will not be in place for this Winter. The proposed new main Folyères piste to come across towards Le Farçon and Ski Lodge with the piste being raised 7m and a tunnel from […]


Sun 01 Sep 2019
The real sign Summer is just about over – the Cows return to go down the mountain


Tue 27 Aug 2019
Le Praz getting greener, new gondola main cables being attached and new gondola cabins for St Martin arrive



La Tania’s Fête des Bûcherons Lumberjack Festival 2019

Our reporter who understood it all says “Four teams, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland and France. Czechs way ahead of France in the final then the bloke fell off his inserted plank and the French nicked it”…


Sun 25 Aug 2019
Fête des Bûcherons Lumberjack Championship in La Tania today


Sat 24 Aug 2019
More Col de Loze events – partial closure Fri/Sat this weekend

This looks fun…


Fri 23 Aug 2019
The Fête des Bûcherons Lumberjack Competition returns to La Tania this Sunday, 25 August 2019

A day of festivities and competition, a real get-together for professional lumberjacks. Throughout the day you will discover the local expertise at the art and craft market. Sunday 25/8/19 between 11:00 & 20:3010.30am-12.00pm: Lumberjack contest.12.00pm: Food and refreshments.12.00pm-2.00pm: Pock-rock concert with the band Noiz.2.00pm-6.00pm: Lumberjack contest.10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-5.00pm: Entertainments, bucolic games (tree trunk sawing), wood […]



More Pics of New Praz Gondola and Top Station in Courchevel 1850

Work continues apace on the new Alpinium Building, underground car park and the new bigger, faster, more comfortable Praz Gondola up to Courchevel 1850. The top gondola station is now in place and the top station for the Tovets chair from 1550 has been moved down the hill a bit to accommodate it (it will […]


Wed 21 Aug 2019
Gros Murger Drag Lift in La Tania – Top Pylon Failure

Lots of work still to do on the Alpinium Building, Lake and Gondola in Le Praz for opening in December plus there’s the lift & piste down to Aquamotion and the huge earthworks on the Courchevel Stade going on too. Courchevel 1850 and Le Praz really has been a big building site this Summer… With […]


Tue 13 Aug 2019
Ski Job Recruitment Day at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead

Our friends at Cool Ski Jobs are once again running a Ski Recruitment Day at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 7th September . There’s a morning or afternoon session and all attendees will have the chance to hit the real snow slope at a great discounted rate before or after the events. […]


Wed 07 Aug 2019
The World Cup Summer Ski Jumping this Friday & Saturday 9/10 Aug 2019

One of the highlights of Summer is the annual World Cup Summer Ski Jumping in Le Praz where the brave competitors land on plastic instead of snow! Of course there’s a beer tent and live music too… Friday Programme: Ladies competition on the main HS132 Ski Jump 09.00-10.00: Official training – 1st jump 10.00-11.00: Official […]


Tue 06 Aug 2019
More Summer Pics – Méribel & further afield with more work and developments going on…


Mon 05 Aug 2019
Summer Pics around La Tania including latest work & developments

More photos from this Summer in and around La Tania…



Hoka Xtrail Podium & More Pics of Work around Courchevel

More pics of development work in and around Courchevel (our last post is here) plus the podium pic for the Hoka One One Xtrail on Sunday.


Sun 04 Aug 2019
Hoka One One Xtrail Courchevel 2019 start this morning

The start of the Hoka 34km trail in Le Praz this morning . The 54km race started at 4am – good luck everybody!


Fri 02 Aug 2019
Tovets Top Station gets moved and the work on Jockeys begins

The top station of Tovets up from Courchevel 1550 gets moved a little down the hill to make way for the new Le Praz top gondola station. Meanwhile the planning signs have gone up for the work on the Jockeys piste for the 2023 World Cup. No way some of those steep sections followed by […]


Thu 25 Jul 2019
S3V Update on new infrastructure in Courchevel

An update on the work on the new Alpinium Building in Le Praz, the snow front around La Croisette where the new Le Praz gondola arrives, the new piste and lift at L’Ecrin Blanc & Aquamotion plus Les Indiens Tribe return to the Indiens Piste in 1650! The official update is available in English here […]


Tue 23 Jul 2019
Electric Mountain Biking…

Cyclists riding up Cols is common place in the Alps – a weird sport to some and of course downhill mountain biking using the ski lifts to get height is a massive adrenalin sport too. Electrically assisted bikes are improving year by year as both battery technology and the manufacturing of electric motors efficienct increases. […]


Tue 16 Jul 2019
Update on the new Le Praz Gondola, Lake & Alpinium Building from S3V

The development work in Le Praz appears to be on track with the new, fast, 10 seater gondola set to open this December. Full details of the Alpinium Building with its underground multi-storey car park, tourist office, lift pass counters, running track on the roof etc are all in an earlier blog post here. The […]


Thu 11 Jul 2019
First Pints of Summer…

Not quite as important as first tracks of Winter but a week ago Pub Le Ski Lodge opened for Summer 2019 right through until the end of August. After much long and careful deliberation a three-way tie of Jason, Claire & Wombat has been declared. Early drinks before the official opening were found to be […]


Tue 09 Jul 2019
La Tania Swimming Pool Summer 2019

In what looks likely to be the last Summer for the open air La Tania Swimming Pool before it is filled in and the new piste and beginners area is re-modelled in the centre of the resort (some kind of temporary giant inflateable type of pool is being mooted as its replacement)… Prices are as […]


Sun 30 Jun 2019
Team La Tania at Glastonbury

A few Charity Day T-Shirts, Sebastian’s Action Trust crew and even the Dub Pistols…


Wed 19 Jun 2019
Écrin Blanc Residence at Aquamotion Prices Revealed

The new accommodation connected via underground tunnel to the Aquamotion complex between Courchevel 1550 & 1650 is set to open on 20 December 2019 along with a new chairlift linking the Écrin Blanc to Courchevel 1850 (and a bit of new piste we presume). There are 127 rooms and suites sleeping up to 500 guests […]


Tue 18 Jun 2019
New Security Scanners at Geneva Airport Installed – no need to remove liquids & laptops!

Already installed at a few European airports including the Luton Fastrack Security queue and coming to London Heathrow soon, the new ClearScan systems are now in place at Geneva Airport. The L3 ClearScan® cabin baggage screener uses CT technology and advanced algorithms to deliver the highest level of explosives threat detection at an unprecedented false alarm […]


Thu 13 Jun 2019
Another England Away Trip – Our Summer Distraction

The Nations League was always hard to like, understand or fathom out how to qualify and how it helped to Euro 2020 Qualification but… it ended up in a couple of games in Portugal as La Tania does Football once again. Easy and relatively cheap to access, stay, drink, eat and even get tickets for […]


Tue 04 Jun 2019
The 3 Valleys Biking Weekend 13/14 July 2019

Sat 13 July sees the classic downhill from the Saulire summit to Brides Les Bains – 17.5km length, 2100m vertical with top riders taking around 20 minutes! Sun 14 July is the “Rando Tour” with starting points at La Tania, Courchevel, Méribel and Brides, 15 to 75km open to all standards and dedicated ski lifts […]


Tue 21 May 2019
Le Praz New Lift Work Continues Apace & Lake Being Drained

The old gondola station has already been flattened and work continues rapidly on the new €27m Alpinium Building, 500 space underground multi-storey car park and new gondola lift up to 1850. There’ll also be a tourist office, lift pass office, function rooms with bar and kichen facilities, kids play area, 120 ski lockers and public […]

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