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Wed 11 Mar 2020
The Perfect Day. #mint


Fri 06 Mar 2020
Courchevel Elections – Candidate Information, Manifestos and Presentation Times in La Tania

For those interested in the upcoming municipal elections, here are the 3 dates in La Tania when candidates will present their manifestos. Events are held in the La Tania Cinema opposite the Tourist Office and below the Ski Lodge. While we’d never tell anyone how to vote, we think Isabelle represents a real change rather […]


Thu 05 Mar 2020
Adventures on the Bourne Glacier yesterday

Absolutely magnificent up there on Tuesday…


Mon 02 Mar 2020
The Ronnie Loves Music Week 16-20 March 2020

The Rond Point in Méribel hosts its annual Ronnie Loves Music Festival from 16th to 20th March 2020. Featuring many of their regular live acts plus the excellent Beatles tribute band Patchwork, along with OMG It’s The Church!, DJ Yoda and Shaka Loves You! Music kicks off each day from mid afternoon and it’s all free! […]


Thu 27 Feb 2020
4th Edition of Fly Courchevel 28 & 29 March 2020

Get a scenic flight for only an unbelievable €40 and ride THAT runway (Courchevel Altiport is rated the 7th most dangerous in the world)! The 4th edition of Courchevel Fly takes place on the weekend of 28/29 March 2020 with scenic flights, demonstrations, air shows, pilot meetings and parachuting & aerobatic displays. First flights are […]


Tue 25 Feb 2020
3V Escapade in a Day success for the Waterfield Family

From Ian:The Waterfield family – Beth (13), Jenny (9), Anna and Ian – completed the Escapade yesterday.Setting off at 0900 from The Tania Gondola, and the first queue of the day, we finished at Foret, at 1621 (1630 at the top) before heading to the Bouc Blanc for a celebratory pression/orangina.We pretty much followed the […]


Fri 21 Feb 2020
Further School Holidays Activities 22-29 Feb 2020

Activities for Half Term in La Tania include:Free Welcome Drink in front of the Tourist Office, Sunday 23 Feb at 16:30. Kids Parallel Slalom, Tuesday 25 Feb at 17:00. The Torchlit Descent with La Tania ESF, Wednesday 26 Feb at 19:00. In Courchevel 1850:The Ski Show Spectacular takes place on Tuesday 25 Feb from 19:00. […]


Wed 19 Feb 2020
La Tania Celebrity Watch – 2020 Update so far…

Time for an update to the La Tania Celebrity Watch – it’s been a bit thin on the ground the last couple of years but we’ve managed to scrape together a few for an update… Georgia Toffola (aka Toff) spotted en route to Courchevel 1850 in December (no, not that one). Best known for Made in Chelsea and […]


Mon 17 Feb 2020
Piste Bash Festival 2020

Back for its 7th consecutive year – Piste Bash Festival 2020 promises even more laughs, sliding and dancing in and around Méribel from 9th to 13th March 2020. Comedy shows, slopestyle and cabaret combine with electronic and acoustic music to provide a high octane week of fun for all ages. Ticket are now on sale […]



Latest S3V Update – 3 Years to the Skiing World Championships & Night Skiing on Verdons this Wednesday

It’s 3 Years until the Alpine Skiing World Championships are held in Courchevel and Méribel from the 6th to 19th February 2023 (that’s right, smack in the middle of Half Term – so book early for 2023!). The impact on skiing should be minimal with just the Roc de Fer piste in Méribel and the […]



FREE STUFF – A list of freebies across The 3 Valleys

Although sometimes prices can be eye watering in Courchevel 1850 and other places across the 3 Valleys there is quite a bit of free stuff… What have we missed out? Free Welcome Drink at the La Tania Tourist Office on Sundays at 16:30. Free Wifi at Pub Le Ski Lodge, La Taiga, Le Bouc Blanc […]


Fri 14 Feb 2020
Latest from S3V – The Freeride Lab and Lift Queues

Latest update from S3V, the La Tania, Courchevel and Méribel Mottaret Ski Area Management Company. It’s time to discover the Freeride Lab!This is a first in the 3 Valleys: an area of ​​the ski area entirely dedicated to freeride without direct ski lift access. There are 2 secure, ungroomed “pistes”, a DVA park (to practice […]



Half Term Activities From The Tourist Office in La Tania

Activities for Half Term in La Tania include:Free Welcome Drink in front of the Tourist Office, Sunday 16 Feb at 16:30Kids Lantern Descent, Sunday 16 Feb at 18:20 CANCELLEDKids Parallel Slalom, Tuesday 18 Feb at 17:00The Torchlit Descent, Wednesday 19 Feb at 19:00 In Courchevel 1850:The 2nd Fireworks Display of the International Festival with the […]


Mon 10 Feb 2020
Stunning Images from Hawthorn…

When he’s not being one of our local transfer driver heros he’s taking stunning pics like these… Check out Hawthorn Willson Facebook Page for more great pics. Click on the images for the full size pics.


Thu 06 Feb 2020
Al Jones does the Escapade in a Day (not that one!)

Monday 27th January 2020 Al Jones,  Pete Middleton and Jack Brown at the third time of trying completed the Escapade in a Day starting in La Tania on the first bubble and getting the last lift at Foret at 4.20. We skied the standard route including the off piste section from the back of Pointe […]


Wed 05 Feb 2020
Important Dates: La Tania Family Fête & Bring Your Sisters BYStival Reunion

La Tania Family Fête The La Tania Family Fête returns to the centre of La Tania this year and will be held on Easter Monday 13th April 2020. This family and kids orientated event consists of stalls, activities, an easter egg hunt, cake competition, plus tombolas & raffles as well as an outside bar, BBQ […]


Wed 22 Jan 2020
Simon & Bethan complete the Escapade in a Day – last one for now until February!

After coming here for years, we finally pulled our fingers out and had a shot at the Escapade in a Day… We followed Andy’s route from the 11th of January, but used Bruyeres 2 rather than Sunny Express to get to Becca. Great day out; early bubble from La Tania, lunch on the lifts, no […]



Congratulations Oliver, Martin & Zoe on completing the Escapade in a Day

La Tania regulars Oliver, Martin & Zoe completed the Escapade on 16th January. It was Oliver’s second time having completed the original route a few years ago. “We got one of the first lifts on the La Tania bubble at 9:03 and got the final Foret lift at 15:44 – giving us a time of […]



Mr and Mrs Slippery (& Neil) complete the Escapade in a Day…

More old people with the help of youngsters complete the challenge… From Michelle:Me, Alan and my cousin (Neil Stubbington) did the Escapade today. Quite pleased how we did, especially as Neil’s a boarder! Here are our timings taken from Ski Tracks – we started at 9am and clocked through our last needed lift (foret) at […]



Jean Blanc is our Piste du Jour again this morning!

Magnificent!


Tue 21 Jan 2020
Escapade in a Day – Another for the Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Phil and family… From Phil:What an enjoyable day skiing in the beautiful 3 Valleys sunshine with my two sons and daughter. Our attempt at the 3 Valleys Escapade in a Day Challenge was blessed with quiet lifts, fast pistes and a few cheeky beers at Col de la Loze to end our day. We […]


Fri 17 Jan 2020
More pics of the new Cime Caron Gondola under construction from Orelle

The 3 Vallées never stop investing in new infrastructure – this new gondola will give an alternative, faster, more comfortable route out of the 4th Valley from this December. For those coming out of the Orelle base there is also a new replacement gondola with the top station connected to the Cime Caron lift. The […]


Thu 16 Jan 2020
La Tania veteran Andy Lee does the Escapade in a Day

Andy & Kyle completed the Escapade in a Day on Saturday 11th January in perfect conditions with blue skies, quiet lifts and perfect pistes throughout the 3 Valleys. We see they skied back down La Masse rather than an unpleasant cruddy, crusty off piste run down via Lac du Lou to Plan de L’eau. From […]


Wed 15 Jan 2020
MessyWeekend Ski Goggles Review

You may have seen our reporter Tim Wall wearing new goggles in last week’s Snow Report courtesy of MessyWeekend, the Copenhagen-based eyewear startup. We’ve now had a bit of time to ski with them and we’re very impressed so far… First impressions were good with the FLOAT goggles coming in a hard case with a […]


Tue 14 Jan 2020
Checking the groomed pistes – and then finding Jean Blanc untouched…

A reminder that the grooming schedule of the previous night’s piste basher work is available on the ski area smartphone Apps and on-line at: latania.co.uk/skiing/LTLiftsLive.htm (look for the piste basher symbol). Jean Blanc was groomed immaculately from top to bottom last week and hardly anyone noticed for a while! Always worth getting up for…


Mon 13 Jan 2020
Another Val Thorens Escapade in a Day – we believe you Leon, Klemen and Maxi

From Leon:Hello La Tania!My name is Leon and I am a 20 year old student from Switzerland. I’ve been visiting Les 3 Vallees together with my closest friends for the past 3 years now and this year we stumbled upon your “escapade in a day” hall of fame. We planned to make our try on a […]



Escapade in a Day – Congrats to Tamás Ocsovai from Hungary

Congratulations to Tamás Ocsovai  from Hungary on completing the Escapade in a Day starting from Val Thorens of 8 January 2020. Tamás said it was a perfect day and one of the greatest experience of his life! Well done Tamás! What’s all this about…. The 3 Valleys Escapade was the lift company promotion of visiting […]



Courchevel La Tania Tourist Office Email Address / Contact Details

Please note that the Tourist Information Office in La Tania now has the email address of latania@courchevel.com The previous address of info@latania.com does no longer work. Lots of information from friendly, english speaking staff with loads of leaflets, maps, booklets, timetables and brochures available concerning La Tania and the local area. Details of a huge […]


Tue 07 Jan 2020
And another Escapade in a Day! Congrats Pascal…

From Pascal:Yesterday I tried and passed the ‘3 valleys in 1 day’ challenge, starting from Orelle. It started very badly, with 30 minutes stuck in the 3 vallees express gondola at 9am, but finally I made up my delay all day long. Only “Col” and “Petites Bosses” were closed, I compensated by doing “Peyron” and […]


Thu 02 Jan 2020
First Escapade in a Day of the Season – Congrats to Chris, Katie & Matt

Congratulations to Chris & Katie on Ski and Matt on a snowboard who completed the Escapade in a Day on New Year’s Eve. Their route below: La Tania (9:00) Bouc Blanc Sources/Rocher De L’Ombre Saulire Dent De Brugin Golf (Foret rope pull at top of Golf) Legends Olympic St Martin 1 St Martin Express Roc […]


Fri 27 Dec 2019
Some more great tree runs in the Christmas powder from La Tania local Pikatchu

Pikatchu going hard on his favourite tree run… Merci Fabien!! rush du 22-23 décembre https://www.zapiks.fr/merci-fabien-rush-du-22-23-d.html


Thu 12 Dec 2019
New Smartphone App for Skiers – "Ski Nav"

A new free Smartphone app “Ski Nav” has been released this season. It’s a simple interactive piste map that lets you get directions like a sat nav. The view is angled like the official paper maps, and both the large Three Valleys map and the smaller Courchevel one are included. There’s a dem available on […]


Tue 10 Dec 2019
Powder Rules Apply!

The La Tania usual suspects putting some first tracks down this morning. A 1m base now reported on Saulire. Powder Rules Apply – Explained… Rule No.1 – No Friends On Powder Days (never wait for anyone, you’ll miss those first tracks, though waiting your turn on avalanche risk slopes is allowed). Rule No.2 – Everything […]


Mon 09 Dec 2019
A ski over to the 4th Valley to look at the progress on the new Gondola

Beautifully groomed pistes, blue skies and sunshine for a great ski over to Orelle (aka the 4th Valley) yesterday. Work has begun on the replacement of the existing gondola from Orelle up to Plan Bouchet and construction work on the new second gondola is well underway with pylons now in place. The completely new second […]


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 […]

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