Tempted by La Tania? Our helpful guide provides a handy lowdown on this fabulous, family-friendly French Alps resort
In a Nutshell
- Family-friendly, traffic-free centre
- Affordable, with plenty of low-cost accommodation
- Modern resort with excellent eco-credentials
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Purpose built as a dormitory for the 1992 Winter Olympics, La Tania ski resort has evolved into a picturesque little village with a surprisingly authentic ambience nestled in amongst the pine-clad slopes. Unlike some other purpose-built sites, the sympathetic architecture complements rather than overpowers the surrounding natural landscape. Set slightly above the village centre, a smattering of Scandinavian-style chalets adds a traditional chocolate-box finishing touch.
Located about halfway between Courchevel and Méribel, La Tania ski resort’s location is smack bang in the heart of the world’s biggest ski area, the Three Valleys. An abundance of chalets and good lift facilities, including a high-speed gondola, means that the pistes of Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens and the rest of the Three Valleys are within practical and very easy reach.
With its pedestrianized centre, the lack of traffic makes for a very relaxed environment and it’s also one of the cheapest resorts in the region. With plenty of well-priced catered or self-catering accommodation, a host of ski schools and diverse pistes, it’s ideal for a hassle-free family holiday.
“A picture perfect setting, diverse pistes and a well thought-out, pedestrianized village centre make for a superb family friendly resort.”
On the Slopes
The resort’s enduring appeal to families and groups of mixed abilities lies in its diversity of pistes. The lovely tree-lined slopes allow you to ski right back into the resort, and the north facing runs mean that, despite the relatively low altitude, it offers reliable conditions throughout the season. Facilities include:
- Access to the rest of the Three Valleys by high-speed gondola lift
- Snow canons to ensure reliable conditions
- Free drag lift for the beginner area
- Free hourly bus to neighbouring resorts
There are some excellent nursery slopes as well as the Trokia beginner’s slope, which can be accessed with the free draglift that runs through the village. For intermediates, while the rest of the Three Valleys is just a couple of lifts away, there are some excellent runs just above the resort. Two renowned ski schools – ESF and Magic Ski Academy – offer private and group lessons (with English speaking teachers) for skiers of all abilities and ages.
For advanced skiers, there’s a superb black run down to La Praz (hold on to your hat!) and, above the tree line you can test out your skills from Col de la Loze, which is served by the Dou des Lanches chairlift. The surrounding Courchevel Valley has some of the best high-octane off piste in the region.
La Tania ski resort has accessible links to Courchevel, Méribel and beyond to encompass the entire Three Valleys area. Having the world’s largest skiable area on the doorstep means the opportunity to explore more than 600km of pistes throughout the Tarentaise Valley.
Top tip: If you’re up for a little cross-country adventure, you can head off around a network of more than 100km of well-marked cross country trails that circumnavigate Méribel, Courchevel and La Tania ski resort.
Off the Slopes
As well as the vast opportunities provides by the wider Three Valleys area, there’s plenty to do when you want a break from the slopes in La Tania ski resort.
Snowshoeing is a fantastic family activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. You can strap on a set of snowshoes and head into the beautiful spruce forests for an invigorating hike to Teppes Clearing, which takes just 30 minutes (so it’s suitable for even younger children). If you get a taste for this highly enjoyable activity, there are plenty of other well-marked trails of varying lengths around Courchevel and Méribel.
Dine at the Famous Le Farçon
If you fancy a fine dining treat, you’ve found it! The Michelin-starred Le Farçon is renowned for its inventive gastronomy. Using the freshest local ingredients and a healthy dose of imagination, chef Julien Machet serves up creative, contemporary dishes infused with a traditional Savoyard charm. (The restaurant even caters to young palates with its delightful, specially adapted young gourmands menu.)
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Where to Stay
Our range of catered and self-catered accommodation in La Tania ski resort is second to none. Whether you want to kick back and let someone else do the cooking, or go it alone and do your own, we’ve got chalets and apartments of all sizes to suit couples, groups or families.
Chalet Elliot is one of our premium catered chalets, so if you’re looking to treat yourself, this picture-perfect home-from-home is the place to do it. The cosy, traditional interiors wrap you in a warm Alpine embrace, and the log fire and little touches of luxury like bathrobes and complimentary toiletries make it even more special. The two wings can accommodate up to eight guests in luxury and style. Other features include:
- Walking distance to the village
- Balcony with views over the mountains
- Nearby outside parking available
With 14 bedrooms, the spacious, log-cabin style catered Chalet Christine is a wonderful choice for large groups. Whether you book out the entire place or share it with new friends, Christine will make you feel right at home. With two living rooms, special family suites, and plenty of games and technology to keep the kids occupied, it’s an excellent choice for families. Other features include:
- Close to high-speed gondola lift and pistes
- Gorgeous cosy log fire
- Balconies with views over the mountains
Situated very close to the village centre, our catered Chalet Morgane provides easy access to the pistes and all facilities. Sleeping up to 12 guests over two levels, there’s a welcoming open fireplace as well as several sun terraces and an outdoor hot tub. Ideal for families (with a mezzanine in one of the doubles for extra accommodation for children) or groups, Morgane offers a cosy and convivial ambience. Other features include:
- Outside parking nearby
- Electric boot warmers
- Traditional log cabin décor
How to Get There
The closest airports are Chambery or Geneva, which are 1.5 and 2.5 hours respectively from the resort by road. Numerous budget airlines fly regular scheduled routes to these airports, so getting well-priced flights is not usually a problem. You can also fly into Lyon or Grenoble Airports as an alternative, although they are further away. Once you land, we offer a shared minibus transfer service from both Geneva and Grenoble.
If you’re travelling to La Tania ski resort by road, we provide easy-to-follow directions for our self-drive guests. With excellent accessibility from Calais, the majority of the 610-mile (975km) journey is on dual carriageway or motorway, except for the last 20km. We can also organise Eurotunnel or ferry crossings as a supplement to your holiday booking.
If you think that La Tania ski resort looks like the perfect place to take your family, Ski Amis is here to help make your next family holiday dream come true. We’ve got an excellent range of catered or self-catered accommodation, so make your choice and we’ll take care of all the details. Yes, it is possible to arrange a hassle-free family getaway!