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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: (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 The previous address of 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

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 […]

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…

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