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Thu 07 Jan 2021
French PM: “Early Feb” Ski Resort opening possible, Bars/Restaurants closed to mid-Feb, UK border remains closed & more…

There will be no reopening of bars and restaurants before “at least mid-February” . There will be a point on January 20 to see if an “early February” reopening of theaters, cinemas, ski resorts and ski lifts is possible. The Prime Minister also announced that the border with the United Kingdom will remain closed “until further notice” and that […]


Wed 06 Jan 2021
Ski Area access rules until lifts open – Ski Touring now restricted on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri

There are new ski area access rules from 5 Jan 2021 until the ski lifts are allowed to open (no further information is available on when that might be – there could be an announcement on Thursday 7 Jan but still quite a few weeks away we expect). The full decree from the Mairie de […]


Fri 25 Dec 2020
A few Brexit Deal notes: EHIC Still Valid, IDP Not Required & Mobile Roaming Continues

As things begin to unravel… From the BBC:The deal on the future relationship between the EU and the UK was announced on 24 December. It says that all EHIC cards issued before the end of 2020 will be valid until their expiry date. After that, the UK will issue a new card. The UK government […]


Thu 17 Dec 2020
Update on pistes for ski touring & access rules for activities on the Courchevel ski area 19 Jan – 03 Jan

From 19 December 2020 until 03 January 2021 the following regulations control the access to the Alpine and Nordic ski areas across the Courchevel ski area. These new regulations are to allow activities to go ahead during the closure of the ski lifts in a safe Covid secure manner. Personal responsibility, respect for other people […]


Wed 09 Dec 2020
Update: Hotel Montana La Tania will open this Winter & more on Alpine Elements Administration

Hotel Montana WILL be opening this Winter and bookings are being taken, starting from around £100 per night for a double room inc breakfast. Looks like flexible booking periods will be allowed as they are no longer tied to weekend flights & transfer packages like Alpine Elements operated. Alpine Elements called in the Administrators yesterday, […]


Tue 08 Dec 2020
Latest Outdoormaster Goggles with easy Magnetic Lens change (and 25% off)

Outdoormaster have a new upgraded Goggle Pro Plus with super high definition, colour optimised, wide angle, anti-fog lenses. But the special part is the easy magnetic lens changing for those sunny mornings and the cloudy late afternoons when flat light descends and a change of lens is required (but 90% of the time you can’t […]


Mon 07 Dec 2020
The high tech ski gear worth buying ahead of your trip to La Tania

(Image via https://twitter.com/PopSci) Whether you’re a family looking to have some fun or a young couple desperate for a getaway on the slopes, La Tania is capable of giving you the ski holiday of a lifetime. Like with most of the modern world, though, technology can help make your trip go even better. Like with […]



Pomme de Pin (PdP) becomes Hotel La Pomme – Not another 1850 rip off is it?

Hotel Pomme de Pin was one of the few value for money places in Courchevel 1850 with Pizza from €11, Stella from €5.50 a pint and a great full on buffet meal deal too. Even the Veuve Cliquot Champagne at €50 a bottle (€55 for Rosé) was an unbelievable bargain for an on piste restaurant […]


Thu 03 Dec 2020
Courchevel Plans for Outdoor Activities, Ski Area Access & Services during lift closure

Courchevel is making additional plans to welcome visitors until the French government allow ski lifts to re-open. This includes a total of 85 outdoor activities, ski touring arrangements, resort entertainments and a coordination of all the restaurants offering takeaways and click & collect options. The Tourist Office, Mairee and Activity Providers all coming together and […]


Wed 02 Dec 2020
No December First Tracks on Saulire (yet) – More Snow Pics

Update: Two skiers did make it up today, just in time for Sunset…


Thu 12 Nov 2020
The Installation of the new admin/timing hut on the La Tania Stade

As we reported yesterday on the moving of the La Tania stade to the right hand side of the bottom section of the Bouc Blanc piste (as you look up) we’ve some pics of the installation of the La Tania Cub des Sports timing and admin hut. Thanks to Extreme Ski Services for the pics. […]



Ice Hockey & Gamble

Those who are into their winter sports will no doubt follow ice hockey, a sport that is one of the most popular both in the US and in Canada, with the internationally recognised National Hockey League (NHL). Like all professional sports these days, betting has become a staple part of the sponsorship and promotion of […]


Wed 11 Nov 2020
La Tania Comp Stade now next to Bouc Blanc Chair, the main piste re-routed across and down the old stade plus pics of the new beginners area.

We’ve got some clarification on the location of the La Tania Stade competition piste thanks to The Freeride Republic and Snowbound Transfers – cheers for the pics guys! The Stade is now relocated to the right of the Bouc Blanc piste (looking up) next to chairlift with the main Bouc Blanc piste now to the […]


Wed 04 Nov 2020
New Outside Bar at Pub Le Ski Lodge in La Tania

Further investment to help with Covid secure service this Winter sees a new outside bar on the terrace at Pub Le Ski Lodge. There’ll be snacks such as Paninis, Chilli Wedges, Soup, Pies and Loaded Nachos available too. Meanwhile the Chrome Bar has a new extension – we understand that will be the bar area […]


Tue 03 Nov 2020
Aldi Ski Range available from 8 Nov 2020. Pre-order now

The excellent value for money Aldi ski gear is back. Available from 8th November 2020 (pre-order now) and some in-store kit too. We’ve Seasonaire tested the jackets in previous years and they stood up remarkably well – the waterproofing / breathability performance was very good for the price however these details are missing for the […]


Thu 29 Oct 2020
Outdoormaster Polar Bear Boot Bag reviewed – another value for money product

Another quality, yet affordable product from Outdoormaster. The Polar Bear Boot Bag is more than just for carrying boots you can get a whole load of gear in it. With a boot pocket on either sides with venting and drainage holes for wet boots there’s a separate compartment in the middle for helmet, gloves, goggles […]


Wed 28 Oct 2020
Cable Transport for Winter 2021 & Confirmation of an increased frequency of the La Tania Free Ski Shuttle Bus

At a meeting yesterday the Mairie confirmed that the Praz and Grangettes gondolas will be open from 07:45 until 23:30 from 12 December 2020 until 11 April 2021. In an effort to reduce car traffic the number of free ski buses will be increased on the Saint Bon, Le Praz and La Tania routes. A […]


Mon 19 Oct 2020
Product Review – Outdoormaster Goggles

It’s the time of year to be thinking of new gear for the coming Winter and we’ve been looking at some ski goggles from Outdoormaster. A decent set of goggles is often overlooked but makes a massive difference as soon as the perfect weather changes and sunnies aren’t an option. When snow, rain, fog, wind, […]


Fri 16 Oct 2020
The New 2021 3 Valleys Piste Maps Analysed…

Always an exciting time when the new piste maps become available – we’re still trying to get hold of the Les Menuires / St Martin individual valley map for 2021 but the rest are now available for download on out piste maps page at: latania.co.uk/skiing/pistemaps.htm La Tania / Courchevel The most obvious work this Summer […]


Mon 28 Sep 2020
Advanced Ski Instruction – Why?

Blake from SkivoAcademy trains people to become ski instructors to the highest levels. He runs his ski instructor training programme in Courchevel and most of the instructors in this area that come through the system have done at least some of their training with Skivo Academy. We caught up with Blake and got his thoughts on […]


Sun 13 Sep 2020
Tour de France comes to La Tania – All you need to know…

Update: Crowd Restrictions – A limit of 500 people from Courchevel side (walking or cycling and arriving before 13:00). A limit of 1000 people walking or cycling from the Méribel side. Access will be controlled in the final 500m before the summit. of 500 people from Courchevel side (walking or cycling and arriving before 13:00). […]


Sat 12 Sep 2020
Covid Secure Measures & Flexible Booking Policies in place from La Tania Companies

Nearly mid-way through September and traditionally the busiest booking period for Ski Holidays. The local businesses in and around La Tania are doing their best at offering flexible, protected booking policies and making plans for Covid Secure Ski Holidays. Far too much negativity about, could be the best season ever if the slopes are quiet! […]


Sat 22 Aug 2020
Adam Affro & Freddie Fingers return to La Tania

Two thirds of Les Trois Têtes (where’s Kate?) , plus Rambling Roots Emma and their old man Rich at Pub Le Ski Lodge last night – they’ve still got it!


Tue 18 Aug 2020
5 Months after lock down the Winter close down continues

With massive amounts of work going on creating the 2023 World Cup piste and the associated snow cannon system and reservoir it feels like some of the “normal” work at the end of the season was forgotten. Yesterday the magic carpets in La Tania finally got covered up. There’s still plenty of netting, fencing and […]


Sat 15 Aug 2020
Beach Party at Pub Le Ski Lodge


Wed 12 Aug 2020
Swimming Pool Information for Summer 2020

The La Tania swimming pool is open every day except Saturday with 2 sessions in operation this Summer for additional Covid cleaning operations and a maximum of 30 people. Sessions from 14:00 to 16:10 and 16:40 to 18:50 cost €4 each. A bit 1980s but tight swimming costumes (budgie smugglers) are compulsory – no boardies/swimming […]


Tue 11 Aug 2020
3 Valleys Pass the way to go for 2021 as Courchevel prices are released

The Courchevel Valley Ski Pass (including La Tania) prices for 2021 have been released – there is now no Aquamotion entrance included and the duo / tribu discounts (for 2 or 3 people with the same passes for 6 or more days) have been withdrawn. The difference between a Courchevel Valley 6 day adult pass […]



More pics of the Bouc Blanc & Jockeys 2023 World Cup preparations

Looking down from Col de la Loze the extent of the work on the new tunnel under the World Cup piste near the La Tania Gondola Station can be seen. The original start of the Jockeys piste that connected to the Bouc Blanc (well before the beginners magic carpet lift was installed) has been filled […]


Fri 07 Aug 2020
Keeping Cool With Forest Walks At Altitude

Using the free La Tania gondola to gain height then following the Teddy Bear 🧸 path through the forest to the cross country ski track towards Meribel leads on to a spectacular walk to Méribel Village. At over 4500 feet and mostly in the shade of the trees it’s a pleasant retreat from the heat […]


Thu 23 Jul 2020
The incredible wild flowers on display in the Mountains above La Tania

The flowers are phenomenal this year especially the carpets of Arnica. Too early for the blue Gentians and you need to go higher up for Edelweiss. The mountains looking stunningly beautiful in Summer… Some lovely wild Strawberries on Folyères too – the flavour difference to the mass production “forced” ones you get in UK Supermarkets is amazing.


Mon 20 Jul 2020
Brides Bus Bike Rack Trailers Improved for Summer 2020

Much easier to use and with a capacity of up to 20 bikes the bike rack trailers on the Brides Les Bains free bus service are a welcome improvement. A couple of cracking routes down to Brides from La Tania – maybe not for the faint hearted when going full tilt mind…. The Brides Les […]


Thu 16 Jul 2020
Out and about above Méribel on Mountain Bikes and more work going on…

An abundance of wild flowers at the moment – a truly spectacular sight when you’re not concentrating on the great dedicated mountain bike tracks in the Méribel Valley. Les Cretes Restaurant about 400m along from the Tougnette / St Martin 2 summit on the way to Jerusalem has been knocked down and is being rebuilt. […]


Wed 15 Jul 2020
Work on the Ski Area in Courchevel & La Tania

Work on preparations for the 2023 World Cup continue with work now on the Bouc Blanc section of the slope down to Le Praz – looking like one steep and fast run now. At the top of the La Tania gondola (no sign of new gondolas yet but new cabins are promised) there is lots going […]


Tue 14 Jul 2020
Out and about on Mountain Bikes around Courchevel & La Tania

Went up the La Tania gondola and across to 1850 past the works for the 2023 World Cup. Verdons was quite busy so went down to Le Praz and up the gondola. Good hygiene and SD measures in place and masks being worn. 2020 Mountain Bike Map for The 3 Valleys They aren’t doing the […]


Wed 01 Jul 2020
Safety Measures and Rules in place on Ski Lifts this Summer

Lifties will be wearing masks but still welcoming you with a smile – all have been trained concerning the Pandemic and to minimise the health risks as much as possible. On Ski Lifts: Maintain social distancing – new dedicated signage is in place. Hand sanitiser gel is available at all list stations. Wearing a mask […]


Wed 24 Jun 2020
Via Ferrata around La Tania this Summer

Via Ferrata (by wire) is a safe rock climbing / scrambling activity where you are permanently attached to a fixed cable via a climbing harness with 2 via ferrata ropes and self locking carabiners (one is always attached to the fixed cable on the mountain) available to hire from the outdoor shops here. There are […]


Mon 15 Jun 2020
Snowboarding Tips and Hacks That Will Have You Ripping the Slopes

Anyone not lucky enough to have gone skiing or snowboarding when they were younger will tell you that picking up a snow sport from scratch later in life is a tough ask. Skiers find themselves knocking their knees together in a rigid snowplow position and snowboarders risk snapping their wrists every time they catch their […]


Fri 12 Jun 2020
More work taking place in and around La Tania

Work continues on Jockeys piste for the 2023 World Cup. The road to the chalet area in La Tania is being resurfaced. More resurfacing and building work in Le Praz going on too – quite a mess at the moment, hopefully it improves before the Summer season opens. Work on an extension to the Chrome […]


Sun 31 May 2020
Work continues on the 2023 World Cup Piste

The top of the (old) original Jockeys piste that joined the Bouc Blanc above the La Tania gondola is now being reshaped with more earthworks taking place. The start of Jockeys was moved down towards the Bouc Blanc and a beginners area built there. Jockeys is now much wider, straighter and the rollers / flatter […]


Tue 26 May 2020
Summer Lifts & Prices plus details on the new chairlift for this Winter

La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020 The Summer lift opening for The 3 Valleys from the 4th July 2020 has been announced. Great to see some Saturday opening in Meribel and St Martin / Les Menuires for weekenders (Courchevel & Val Thorens still believing that Saturday is a changeover day […]


Tue 19 May 2020
Summer Lift Opening Dates Confirmed

UPDATE:La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020. Praz, Verdons, Saulire and the La Tania gondola will be open. S3V have announced 2020 Summer lift opening (with certain social distancing restrictions to be announced) from 5 July until 28 August. This will also give them the chance to test any appropriate protection […]


Fri 15 May 2020
The Best Ways to Enjoy Every Season

Everyone has their own favourite season, but if you are fortunate enough to live somewhere that has four distinct seasons, it can be very enjoyable. It’s great to embrace the changing weather and get excited for the different activities that are available throughout the year. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy yourself […]


Sat 02 May 2020
Deconfinement Plans / Rules for France – updated 01 May 2020

Translated from Maireinfo – 01 May 2020Original below (2 pages)Download English PDF here


Wed 29 Apr 2020
Winter 2021 Three Valleys Lift Pass Prices Announced

Lift Pass prices for The 3 Valleys for Winter 2021 have been released with around the usually expected prices rises. Main Season, adult prices below: One-day 3 Valleys goes up from €63 to €64.50 (2.4% increase) Six-day 3 Valleys goes up from €312 to €321 (2.9% increase) 3 Valleys Season Pass goes up from €1336 […]



La Tania Classic Travel Poster from Colsy available on-line

Ex Ski Lodge barman Aussie Colsy created this great classic travel poster of La Tania during lockdown with having more than the usual amount of free time on his hands… “Hopefully this piece captures some of the magic of that little country town in the sky” If you didn’t manage to buy an old Plattières […]


Tue 28 Apr 2020
Old Gondolas for sale today – 28 April 2020 – for €500

The Plattières 3 gondola in Méribel Mottaret is to be replaced by a high speed 6 seater chairlift and the old (36 years) gondolas, many with unique paint jobs, are to be sold off for €500 each with the money going to charity. They are to be sold on the internet from “the morning of […]


Thu 09 Apr 2020
Above the Murk 13 March 2020. “We’ll get above this – Alway worth a look”


Fri 03 Apr 2020
Final Escapade in a Day for Winter 2020

Jan Barnett: Day Summary – We originally planned to do the 3VE on Saturday, but changing weather conditions and poor visibility put an end to that idea.  Mainly following the route posted by Andy Lee on 20 Jan 2020, we set off Sunday morning on the 2nd gondola out of La Tania at 9am making […]


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 […]

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