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Thu 29 Feb 2024
Still Freshies if you know where to look & Chamois on Chanrossa

A beautiful day and great skiing today in The 3 Valleys – still fresh tracks to be made if you know where to look, this from somewhere above Les Menuires…. Four Chamois spotted on Chanrossa this afternoon too, it’s Meteorological Spring tomorrow! Some queues at peak times at the traditional bottlenecks as half term school […]


Mon 26 Feb 2024
French Skiers – A Story of Persistence, Success, and Versatility

Les Trois Vallées, i.e., The Three Valleys, is one of the most renowned ski areas in Europe. Set in the Savoie department and partly situated in Vanoise National Park, this region is close to Italy and Switzerland. Such a geographically attractive position has been fertile soil for tourism and winter sports. Hence, La Tania and […]


Wed 21 Feb 2024
The Best Of The 3 Valleys – All Year Round

The Three Valleys, also known by the fancy moniker Les 3 Vallées, this spot is a dream come true for winter sports fans and nature buffs. Right in the middle of the French Alps, this place is famous for not just a humongous ski field—the biggest on the planet, might we highlight—but also it’s cool […]


Tue 20 Feb 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: Half Term and Soft Snow, but Kev and Josh Succeed

20 February 2024 Congratulations to Kev and Josh My son and I are staying in La Tania with my wife and daughter. My wife and I have skied all four valleys in a day several times (normally at quieter times such as January), but never quite to the extent of the Escapade with all the […]


Fri 16 Feb 2024
Summer Update from Courchevel Tourist Office

If you’ve never visited The Alps in Summer, there’s loads to do and the scenery is absolutely spectacular. See our Summer Life in La Tania page. The La Tania, Praz, Verdons and Vizelle gondolas will be open from 6 July 2024 until 1 September 2024 for hikers and mountain bikers. The Punta Bagna Custom Motorcycle […]


Wed 14 Feb 2024
Falcon Goggles from Outdoor Master with ZEISS Lens

We’ve been trying out the latest goggles from Outdoor Master over the last month – The Falcon with a ZEISS lens. Astounding clarity! Carl Zeiss AG is one of the leading lens manufacturers in the World – they started making microscopes back in 1846, developed focal imaging eyeglass lenses in 1912 and were the largest […]



French Long Stay Visa for UK Non-Workers – An Update

For those stuck in the 90 out of 180 days Schengen rule and not working in France the solution is the French Long Term Visa. This allows a straight 180 day stay (multiple entry & exits are allowed) as long as you can prove you have a valid passport, proof of funds, somewhere to stay […]


Fri 09 Feb 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: Iain J, a solo effort starting from 1650 Moriond

07 February 2024 Congratulations to Iain Iain J completed the 2024 Escapade route on 7 Feb 24 starting/finishing in Moriond, taking advantage of the final few quiet days before the start of the holiday season. This is the second time that I have completed the Escapade, the first being the old route in 2013.  That […]


Tue 06 Feb 2024
Masse Gondola – The Machine Room, well worth a look, great views and LEGO too!

The recently built “fastest gondola in the world” up La Masse named Pointe de la Masse has an exhibition area, machine room visiting area and an external viewing platform with amazing views. Well worth a visit just to see the Lego models but the restaurant up there has improved greatly too! Sadly La Masse doesn’t […]


Mon 05 Feb 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: A Solo Attempt – well done Roger

02 February 2024 Congratulations to Roger I completed the escapade solo on Feb 2 following the suggested route.  On the La Tania bubble at 9:01 and finished at Foret chair at 15:34.   I have attached screen shots from my Garmin app and the clock at Foret when I arrived.  Next goal is to plot a course […]


Sun 04 Feb 2024
The Last Snow Train of the Season – must do better

With the Eurostar / Thalys tie up we once again have a “Snow Train” where you can book without being part of an accommodation package. Unbelievably today 4 Feb 2024 is the last one of the season with the service ending before the half term holidays. Eurostar direct services replaced the old disco carriage trains […]



ESCAPADE 2024: A second attempt with a late start – just made it!

03 February 2024 Congratulations to Chris, Lee and Tony (again!) Yesterday Chris, Lee and Tony completed the Escapade. A late night watching the Rugby in the Ski Lodge led to a 09:22 start, missing first lift… Could the Escapade still be done… We visited all peaks and all towns so in theory it was a […]



ESCAPADE 2024: Chrissy, Melissa & Simon – 2 days in a row (nearly)!

03 February 2024 Congratulations to Chrissy, Melissa & Simon We did it today after my sister, Melissa, and I clocked 143km on Thursday but just missed Forêt as i’d cocked up missed Golf and were already on Legends so the detour back to rectify delayed us!  Joined by husband Simon today and completed with plenty […]



ESCAPADE 2024: Reinder, Bert, Reed and Gerard

01 February 2024 Congratulations to Reinder, Bert, Reed and Gerard. Les Menuires, February 1, 2024 Today we skied the Escapade with my brother, my American brother-in-law and a good friend. We started from our apartment in Les Menuires (Reberty 2000) and skied to Bettex to formally start the Escapade at 8:45 am. From there we […]


Wed 31 Jan 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: An 8 Year Old Completes The Challenge!

28 January 2024 Congratulations to Sean, Camille and Margot. Confirmation that Margot is the youngest ever person to complete the Escapade in a Day! Beating Toby Buckle (aged 10 in April 2009) and Jenny Waterfield (aged 9 in February 2020) Reporting in after a successful escapade with my kids today.  We were: Margot Deschamps (8 […]



ESCAPADE 2024: Paul & Divinder

28 January 2024 Congratulations to Paul & Divinder Managed to complete it today with little time to spare at the second attempt this holiday … we have a combined age of 109 so happy to complete the challenge! Some long queues didnt help but the improving snow conditions did! Paul and Divinder ESCAPADE 2024 – […]


Sun 28 Jan 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: The Belgians!

26 January 2024 Congratulations to Yves, Bert and Jeroen Being lifelong friends we like to push our limits. We’ve been skiing together for almost 15 years now and we actually had our own version of the Escapade a few years ago. Last month we found out about the latania.co.uk version and the rest is history. […]


Fri 26 Jan 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: Al, Pete, Phil, Dan & Nik

25 January 2024 3 Valleys Escapade completed. Nine started and five completed. (Top gear rules applied). Al Jones and Pete Middleton (second time completed in 2019 too) and Phil Leo, Dan Brenchley  (snowboarder) and Nik Mitchell. Mixed conditions: run of the day was Lory in the 4th Valley, whereas Verdet towards Saint Martin was a […]


Tue 23 Jan 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: Katie, Matt, Bex and Jonas

10 January 2024 As expected there has been another Escapade in a Day completed this season… Katie, Matt, Bex and Jonas all completed the famous 3 Valleys Escapade on Wednesday 10th January 2024skiing from the first lift of the day right to the final lift with a couple of runs added onto the end of […]


Mon 22 Jan 2024
ESCAPADE 2024: Tony, David, Wayne, Clint & Paul

20 January 2024 The first Escapade in a Day of 2024 (as far as we know!). Well done guys, great to meet you and glad to buy you a Toffee Vodka to celebrate in The Ski Lodge. Five of us from HORSHAM West Sussex – Tony, David, Wayne, Clint and Paul.  Started 9am first lift […]


Thu 11 Jan 2024
Beyond La Tania: 3 of the Best Olympic Ski Resorts To Visit

After the success of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, the surrounding region started to receive a lot more attention from travellers seeking a winter getaway. In particular, the La Tania region capitalised on this interest and turned itself into a popular family-friendly ski resort destination. A lot of places around the world have seen […]


Thu 28 Dec 2023
Franglish Comedy Festival 29 Jan – 02 Feb 2024

Stand-up comedy returns to Méribel in January with the Franglish Comedy Festival The comedy festival coming to Méribel will host the very best of Francophone and Anglophone comics. There will be English language shows, French Language shows and shows in both languages! Shows take place in resort venues and the main shows will be at […]


Tue 19 Dec 2023
Top Apps You Need on Your Smartphone When Travelling Solo

Google Maps: Navigational Companion Solo travel is an enriching experience that allows you to explore the world on your terms, embrace new cultures and discover your inner adventurer. With the power of technology at our fingertips, solo travellers can now rely on a variety of mobile apps to navigate unfamiliar destinations, connect with fellow globetrotters […]


Thu 14 Dec 2023
With these heated gloves, you’ll never have cold hands on the slopes again

By now the ski season has reopened in many ski resorts. Are you eager to hit the slopes again this year, but this time without cold hands? Good news: with the heated ski gloves from HeatPerformance® your hands will stay warm, not just a little, but comfortably warm.  Why are these gloves ideal for winter sports? We’ll […]


Wed 13 Dec 2023
Skiing and snowboarding for millionaires

VIP resorts with casinos for the chosen few Amidst the pure white expanses of the world’s most stunning mountain ranges lies an exclusive playground for the rich and gambling-minded. Skiing and snowboarding have long been a winter pastime for both 1 deposit casino thrill seekers and nature lovers alike.  However, at the zenith of luxury and adventure, […]


Mon 11 Dec 2023
Medical Centre 2024 Update

La Tania Courchevel Medical Clinic Update 2024 Welcome everybody… Seasonnaires, Locals and Tourists. This year, the COURCHEVEL (La Tania) MEDICAL CLINIC will open 5 days a week Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:30. However there may be some weekend opening so please check the new website courchevelmedicalclinic.com or our facebook page. The COURCHEVEL MEDICAL […]


Fri 24 Nov 2023
Latest Pics Around La Tania As Snow Cannons Tested Before Snow Next Week

The Snow Cannons are finally firing up in #LaTania this evening as colder weather sets in and more snow is forecast from Saturday and next week. Looks like this was just a test and they will be in full operation next week. Perfectly normal for the snow to disappear from the warm ground on lower […]


Thu 16 Nov 2023
It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time…

Only a days recovery before Val Thorens opens on Saturday – a week earlier than planned! Thanks to Ralph at The Freeride Republic for the pics.


Sun 12 Nov 2023
Up Saulire, Down Suisses – Great Pics of Courchevel

Great pics around Courchevel after Ski-Dazzle’s Sallyann hiked up Saulire for some fresh tracks down Suisses yesterday. Good Work!


Fri 10 Nov 2023
10 Things to Do When It’s Wet and Cold Outside

Brrr! The rainy days are upon us. Now is that time of year when clouds crowd the sky, rain pours down, and it gets darker and darker, earlier and earlier. It can be a tough adjustment from the long, light evenings of summertime, but you can still make the most of this cosy time even […]


Thu 09 Nov 2023
La Tania Opens One Month Today!

And the Ski Lodge in 3 Weeks… Friday 1st December is First Pints day as Pub Le Ski Lodge opens for Winter. Celebrating it’s 30th year there’ll be a party or two this season as we go back to the 90’s…….


Mon 06 Nov 2023
First Tracks! Skiers Spotted On Saulire…

On Saulire this morning some Ski Tourers were spotted on the Webcams Probably the usual suspects but they may wish to remain anonymous – the usual warnings from S3V (the ski area mgmt company) regarding heavy machinery, cables, unsafe areas etc as the ski area prepares the terrain for opening will be along soon no […]


Wed 25 Oct 2023
Revolut’s Standing in Online Gambling Industry

Some gambling destinations are doing better than others in many ways. For example, a casino or sportsbook may have a long list of interesting games courtesy of top software companies but may lack customer support or payment services, and vice-versa. This situation is unending, and finding the perfect gaming venue seems almost impossible. Interestingly, some […]


Fri 20 Oct 2023
House for Winter Season Rental in Le Buisson (between St Bon & Bozel)

As usual, season accommodation is in short supply and the added issues of the closure of Saboia B in La Tania towards the end of the season isn’t helping either. This may help companies looking for staff beds or people wanting to do a season. Chris H has this house to rent in Le Buisson, […]


Mon 16 Oct 2023
Lift Pass Prices For Winter 2024 and the latest on free over 75 Veteran Passes

As we reported back at the beginning of June – plans to bring in charges for lift passes for the over 75s are happening. It looks like the prices have been approved by the relevant authorities and free skiing for over 75s will remain with a Courchevel Pass and a Méribel Pass (nothing to stop […]


Thu 12 Oct 2023
Update On The New La Tania Car Park – What We Know?

Information on what we know about the new Parking Combou area in La Tania. As usual this is all subject to change as plans often completely change (or get cancelled) without any consultation and finding out solid information is very difficult. Note that Parking du Tal is the parking area up the hill from Le […]


Mon 09 Oct 2023
A Guide to Handling Bad Weather on a Ski Trip

Any experienced adventurer familiar with planning a trip that involves skiing, snowboarding or any other kind of snowy mountain activity will tell you that unpredictable weather can put a real damper on any carefully thought-out plans. The key to making the most of any situation is to prepare for the unexpected. This quick guide will […]


Sun 24 Sep 2023
30 Years of Pub Le Ski Lodge – time for a refurb (and a party)

The life and soul of La Tania since 1993 – Pub Le Ski Lodge is now 30 years old and is smartening itself up for Winter 2024 with a full on refurb. Tim and Deb started the pub shortly after La Tania was built – the new resort financed on the back of the 1992 […]


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Winter Wonderland in Gaming: The Integration of Skiing in Online Casino Games 

Adrenaline junkies are always looking for their next rush, whether it comes from outdoor adventures or casino games. Two activities that promise an invigorating thrill are skiing down a mountain and playing a favorite table game or slot machine. Game developers are capitalizing on the exhilaration of skiing by creating online casino games with winter […]


Fri 22 Sep 2023
Moretta Village Update

What we know so far… The plan for this extension to La Tania is around 15 years old but has changed a lot. Originally a new chair lift was planned to link with the Bouc Blanc chair and even a rope tow to connect the 2 “villages” was proposed. An all inclusive Club Med style […]


Wed 30 Aug 2023
The Return of the Ski Train (sort of)

The original overnight disco ski train disappeared long ago and the direct Eurostar services (as they were) were never replaced following the cancellation during the pandemic in 2020. The last couple of years have seen a direct service with the tour operator Travelski chartering Eurostar trains but offering package holidays only including accommodation, transfer etc. […]


Mon 31 Jul 2023
Closing of the Moretta Blanche run (lower section) for the 2023/24 winter in LA TANIA 

Message from S3V – As we expected but not what we were promised. The Moretta Blanche red run , which serves the Courchevel – La Tania resort, will be closed in its lower section  during the coming  winter 2023/24.The Plan Fontaine green run and Folyères blue run will remain open to serve the resort. This […]


Thu 27 Jul 2023
Summer Ski Jumping World Cup 2023 – Sat/Sun 29/30 July in Le Praz

The annual Summer Ski Jumping World Cup round in Le Praz takes place this weekend on 29 & 30 July 2023. A great event, drawing a large crowd and athletes from across the world. There’s a beer tent and music too! There are 4 competitions all starting from the 135m main slope. Full Program Saturday […]


Mon 10 Jul 2023
La Tania Tour de France 2023 Info

Stage 17 of the Tour de France is on Wednesday 19 July 2023. Riders are expected through La Tania between 16:28 (if av speed is 36km/h) and 16:57 (32km/h). The promotional “Caravan” convoy is due at 14:57. All times are TBC. In La Tania there’ll be a pop up bar at La Taiga with the […]


Sat 01 Jul 2023
Skiing vs Snowboarding: Which Winter Sport Reigns Supreme?

Winter sports enthusiasts are always torn between two exhilarating options – skiing and snowboarding. Both activities offer a thrilling experience on snow-covered slopes, but the debate on which one reigns supreme has been ongoing for years. Skiing, with its rich history and traditional appeal, has long been a popular choice for many winter sport enthusiasts. […]


Tue 27 Jun 2023
The new mandatory form to be completed by all property owners in France

UPDATE: Due to a large number of late filings and enquiries the deadline has been changed to 31 July 2023. There are also unconfirmed reports that there will be no prosecutions this year for not completing the form. See Press Release here From The Directorate General of Public Finances The housing tax on main residences […]


Mon 26 Jun 2023
2024 Lift Pass Prices – The end of the over 75s free pass?

We’ve seen the first issue of the public lift pass prices for Winter 2023 / 2024 for the 3 Valleys. Courchevel Valley prices have yet to be made available and need approval plus changes can be made if there’s a VAT increase etc (or maybe if electricity prices come down?). Season pass prices, insurance rates […]


Tue 20 Jun 2023
The Hidden Science Behind Winter Sports

The thrill of winter sports often masks the fascinating science that underlies each snow-covered peak, frosty ski run, and breathless uphill climb. The interplay between physics, biology, meteorology, and even psychology creates a tapestry of complexity that can enhance our appreciation of these activities. As we explore this topic, we’ll see that understanding the science […]


Wed 14 Jun 2023
Work on Saboia B begins

This Summer see further work on stabilising the ground around the Saboia B apartments in La Tania. Owners can’t rent out their places this Summer but all will be completed in time for Winter 2023/2024. Thanks to Richard K for the pics.

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