La Tania

Main Road between
Courchevel and Méribel
73000 La Tania

GPS Coordinates:
Longitude: 6.57696000
Latitude: 45.43324000

 

 

 

The Aire is at Parking Du Saz immediately on the right hand side as you drive into the car park. There is a Flot Bleu on the main road just after the entrance to Parking du Formier. €2 for access to all usual services inc. WC empty, grey water dump, ice cold fresh water and a 230V supply. The village is very popular with the British. Pub Le Ski Lodge is the après ski place to be but there are other less busy bars to escape to. The Hotel Montana has an indoor pool which can be used by non residents, approximately €42 euro for a book of 7 tickets. Possible to ski all day change in the van and then off to the Hotel for a warm shower and a swim. Ski rental and shops a plenty with good English spoken in all the shops and restaurants.

Links out of La Tania are great a fast modern 10 person gondola linking to a 4 man chair taking you to the top of the Col de la Loze, where you can ski down to Courchevel 1850 or down into Meribel and the 3 Valleys circuit. Access back to La Tania is by green, blue or red run or of course gondola; the blue benefits from snow cannons all the way to resort so you can ski from 2274m down to the village at 1350m. There is a nursery / crèche for younger children in the village for those who want a blast without the kids. The picture (top right) shows the car park from the Aire and across to the Red run which takes you to the Gondola and the one on the left shows the snow on 2nd Jan 2007.

Website for La Tania is www.LaTania.co.uk

La Tania ski resort officially opened on 22nd December 1990 financed on the back of the 1992 Winter Olympics centred in Albertville. It was used as an accommodation base for ice hockey players and journalists but now La Tania has grown into a resort in its own right, still retaining a village like atmosphere but linking in to the Three Valleys ski area and is situated between the large resorts of Méribel and Courchevel in the massive Three Valleys ski area.

There's a real community feeling in La Tania and it's still small enough for everyone to know everyone. It's often called a small family resort which could put some people off - however there's a lot more to it and the nightlife can kick off.

The village is traffic free and has great facilities for children & beginners. There are 4 ski hire shops, a tourist office, post office, bakery, tabac, newsagent, supermarket, 6 bars and 8 restaurants (with 4 mountain restaurants above the resort) and a pizza takeaway. There are often live music, drinks promotions and aprés-ski parties taking place throughout the ski season.

A free ski bus (a ski pass is now no longer required) runs about every hour to Le Praz, Courchevel 1550, 1650 and finally 1850 (takes about 30 minutes to 1850). This runs all day until around 10 p.m. at night - timetable here.

 

Picture shows Courchevel and Altiport (left), La Praz (centre) and La Tania (right). © Richard Jones

 

19 Jan 2010 - Update by Lidsay Burr.

Aire/Campsite details:

We stayed here at New Year 2009/2010. The photos are misleading as the Aire is on the tip of a triangle of land that houses the coach park and main car park. It is on a dreadful slant and in the snow can be very difficult to get up on blocks to level yourself up. Judging by the signs, woe-betide you if you park in the coach park!!

The Flot Bleu is nowhere near the Aire and when we were there it was completely broken. A sign on it pointed us to a further Flot Bleu at Le Praz (the next village down the hill). We didn't see any sign of this as we drove through, although potentially if there is a Flot Bleu there may be a further Aire at Le Praz.

The aire is also quite small taking about 10 campers at most and then you are parked on top of one another. It was full when we arrived so we parked over the road in a lay-by. On the second day we were approached by the wardens who told us to move to the Aire. We pointed out it was full but they said "tough, leave La Tania then!"

The electricity is at the Flot Bleu and no use to man nor beast. There is no electricity at the Aire. There is a warm, dry and clean public toilet next to the main lift at La Tania where I filled up a container with water (I have no idea if it was drinking water) and you could potentially empty your toilet here if no one was watching. One thing worth pointing out is that we left the UK with no water intending to fill up on the way. The service stations on the motorway from Lyon to Albertville advertise camper waste disposal and water but we found them all turned off for the winter or broken.


Resort details:

Very very English.... everyone is English and it is a bit like Little Britain. The pool at the hotel is about the size of a large bath.... it is more of a spa and not suitable for kids to mess about in.

Skiing details:

Probably the best piste skiing in the Alps. The skiing is fabulous but staying in the camper was hard work with all the Tara hassles.