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Hitting The Slopes In La Tania

Hitting The Slopes In La TaniaPublished: 15 March 2018

Author: Stephanie Coulter

Having skied in many different countries, including Canada, Austria and Switzerland, I still consider my favourite place to be France’s Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallees) – the largest ski area in the world connected solely by ski lifts and slopes and covered by one pass. So having not visited for almost ten years I was beyond excited to return to the area on a recent trip.

Made up of several different resorts, including Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, we plumped to stay in a catered chalet in La Tania, a village developed for the 1992 Albertville Olympics, which proved the perfect base.

La Tania’s location at 1,400m above sea level in between Courchevel and Meribel meant that we could journey easily between the different resorts thanks to its main gondola which connects to two speedy chairlifts. This proved a boon as having a child in ski school meant it was easy to fit in lots of runs between drop-off and pick up times.

La Tania is well designed and perfect for families and groups as everything is easily accessible, there’s a friendly, relaxed vibe and the village centre is traffic free. Another plus is that in comparison to eateries in Courchevel, restaurants are great value and we enjoyed some excellent meals for lunch and a few dinners too.

For on-slope dining I’d recommend Le Bouc Blanc just below the top of the gondola (book for lunch as it gets very busy due to its reputation). In the village we enjoyed Les Marmottons, which offers excellent Savoyard dishes including La Raclette de nos Alpages and La Pierrade, and La Taiga for super tasty cuisine.

All in all it was great to return to the Three Valleys. We certainly enjoyed a range of different conditions including temperatures of -23 but when you’re kitted up correctly and enjoying the runs there’s nothing like skiing. It’s by far my favourite holiday and it’s definitely not going to be another ten years before we head back to this region.

Trip details:

Flights with Easyjet to Geneva – offers several flights a day at great rates and a quick travel time. The only negatives are it’s a very busy airport and the food and drink is expensive.

Transfer – private vehicle with Snowbound Transfers. The drivers were friendly and did a great job getting us to the resort/back to Geneva in three hours (despite heavy traffic and tricky conditions).

Chalet – we booked Chalet Murette with Snow Retreat. Newly renovated, homely chalet with lovely bedrooms combined with a friendly, efficient team taking care of our group in a great location.

Ski Hire – from Ski Higher, located at the bottom of the village lift, with easy online booking.

Ski Passes – while you can plump for a Courchevel pass at a cheaper rate it’s definitely worth the additional few Euros to get the full Three Valleys pass to really explore all that this huge area has to offer.

Ski School – while there are several providers to choose from our daughter learns with ESF as they offer group lessons at a reasonable price. She gets to mix with different nationalities and has progressed quickly and enjoys the sessions. Easy to book online and the La Tania office is located in the centre as is the drop off/pick up.

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