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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 […]


Wed 08 May 2019
Win one of the last few 3 Valleys Charity Day T Shirts at the Bring Your Sisters UK Gig on 26 May 2019

We’ve the final few limited edition Bring Your Sisters T-Shirts from 3 Valleys Charity Day to give away – but you must be at the BYStival gig in Cobham on 26 May 2019… We’ve only got Ladies medium to give away (the only ones left!) – to enter email competition@latania.co.uk with the subject line BYS […]


Tue 30 Apr 2019
Congrats to La Tania regular James Williams on a London Marathon World Record

La Tania regular James Williams broke the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a snowboarder at the London Marathon on Sunday. Completing the Marathon in a time of 5 hrs 21 mins 50 secs, James was dressed in snowboard gear including helmet & boots while carrying a snowboard with bindings around the course. […]


Tue 23 Apr 2019
Season Over… Time for the UK Reunion – Bring Your Sisters present BYStival

The annual Bring Your Sisters Bank Holiday extravaganza takes place on Sunday 26 May 2019 at Avorians Cricket Club, Cobham. 26th of May 2019 – Bank Holiday “Super Sunday”, no work Monday. BYS and friends will be playing in the Avorians Cricket Club, Cobham from 4:30pm. BBQ, outdoor bar and a chance to catch the […]


Mon 22 Apr 2019
It’s All Over… A Great Final Day on the Mountain

While Val Thorens and Orelle carry on until 5 May that’s it for the rest of the 3 Valleys but a great final day skiing (and more Marmottes!). Have a great Summer everyone wherever you may be heading… Great snow cover but windy today, yesterday was better. Still tonnes of snow. The last day started […]


Sun 21 Apr 2019
It’s that time of year… Marmotte Spotting at the bottom of Creux


Sat 20 Apr 2019
3 Valleys Charity Day Roll of Honour – The Big Thankyou!

The total amount raised on 3 Valleys Charity Day 2019 and at the La Tania Charity Ball after all our associated costs have been paid is €33,000. The 8th annual 3 Valleys Charity Day (and 19th charity event since we started in La Tania in 2002)  held on Wednesday 10th April 2019 in Méribel Village was […]


Wed 17 Apr 2019
The La Tania Charity Ball returns – 15 April 2019

After a hiatus of 6 years the La Tania Charity Ball returned on Monday at La Taiga with a fine looking bunch of guests… The charity auction raised €1750 for the 3 Valleys Charity Day charities – many thanks to Cool Ski Jobs, John and Lynn at Sunburst Sailing, Man and Wolf Beer, Sue and […]



Folyères still magnificent this morning with complete wide cover on 17 April 2019

Remember Biollay is closed (Pralong open) so head for the Sources drag when heading over from La Tania to miss out 1850. Click on the images for the full size pic.  


Mon 15 Apr 2019
More Escapaders in a Day – Good Work Nat, Maxim and Pat

From Nat:Myself, Maxim and Pat completed the 3 Valley Escapades on Friday 29th March 2019… The Verdet run was closed between OLYMIPIC and ST MARTIN 1 which, slowed us down. We still rode down it but it was horrible! We took a wrong turn after PLAN DE L’EAU and ended up doing this lift twice, […]



One for the Old School – guess what got groomed on Sunday…

Roped off for no apparent reason this old piste was groomed on Sunday… nothing gets passed us!


Sun 14 Apr 2019
M (for Magic, Magnificent, Marvellous etc) is the Piste du Jour this morning

MMMMmmmmmmmmm….



Opening Dates & 3 Valleys Lift Pass Prices Confirmed For Winter 2020

La Tania scheduled opening dates for Winter 2020 confirmed as 14 Dec 2019 to 19 Apr 2020. Opening dates are always subject to snow conditions, maintenance issues, staff resources, bad weather etc. A 6-day adult 3 Valleys Pass in main season rises €6 to €312 (1.96% increase) next season. Looking like the increase is just […]


Fri 12 Apr 2019
La Tania Saboia B Apartments to Reopen

The Saboia B apartment block in La Tania is due to reopen after the Arrêt de Peril has been lifted. The official closure due to structural issues around land slip / subsidence was announced on 19 October 2017 – reported here Remedial work has been completed and the building is safe and secure. Nexity will […]


Thu 11 Apr 2019
3 Network now providing 4G Roaming in France (at last)

The UK Three Mobile Provider has long been used by British Saisonniers as it was the first to allow free roaming in France (and loads of places around the World) long before any EU rules came in. We also never heard of any “fair use” restrictions being applied with plenty of people using their phones […]


Mon 08 Apr 2019
Poor Visibility and the Piste Markers with the highlighted tips

Sharing this information again after skiing in fairly poor visibility yesterday and amazed how many people don’t know this… All the pistes in The 3 Valleys have orange tipped piste markers on the RIGHT HAND SIDE as you ski down – so if you can only see one piste market you know which side is […]


Sat 06 Apr 2019
Escapade in a Day Success – Congratulations to Oliver

From Oliver:A successful attempt of the challenge on Monday 1st April.Had some problems with the route from runs/lifts being closed so a few extra lifts.Non stop all day apart from 1 dash to the loo.After Foret I was on 95k so though I had to do a few more to bring the total up to […]

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