La Tania, France – a skier’s delight

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Few ski resorts in Europe boast a scenic and exciting ambiance like the French Alps village of La Tania. This spectacular ski resort is tucked away in the Courchevel region of the world famous Trois Vallees. La Tania isn’t an overly historic ski area, like neighbouring Meribel, as it was primarily developed for the Albertville Winter Olympics in 1992.

There is no direct train link or flight into La Tania ski resort. The most effective way to travel here is by rail and road. Most visitors take the high-speed train from Paris, Lyon or another major French or European city to the nearby town of Moutiers. From here, it is a simple 30-minute drive to reach this amazing little skiing settlement.

Accommodation is found throughout the centre of the village. Most of the lodgings are apartment-style accommodation or small hotels. However, there are a number of chalets located in the outer area of city which are surrounded by forests. La Tania is certainly equipped for tourism, especially since its inception in time to stage the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Skiers will absolutely fall in love with the village of La Tania, and not just because of the awesome ski runs that are literally right on its doorstep. The downtown area of the town consists of: several shops; basic services like a supermarket, a post office and a bakery; a tourist office; a ski lift office; and about a dozen notable restaurants and pubs. It is easy to feel right at home in this quaint little village.

However, some visitors barely spend any time at all wandering the car-less centre of La Tania because they are too busy snow surfing the slopes of the surrounding mountain sides. Ski runs ranging from black level to absolute beginner circuits are found conveniently close to La Tania.

With an elevation of 1,400 metres, La Tania couldn’t wish for better slopes or a more ideal climate for skiing. However, there are always snow machines ready to be whipped out just in case the snow begins to thin early.

Even though the Trois Vallees region consists of about 186 ski runs, La Tania only plays host to seven. Nevertheless, there are several chair lifts serving the village and a 12-person gondola can be taken from the village to other surrounding areas, including the ski runs of Courchevel and Meribel. The three main sections of La Tania’s ski field are divided into the red, blue and green pistes.

Skiing may be the main activity that appeals to visitors to La Tania. However, tourists who come here quickly learn that the village has plenty more to offer than just downhill ski runs. Adventure lovers should try their hand at dog sledding, with tours easily organised through the local tourist office. Who wouldn’t love to be ploughed through a blanket of picturesque, white snow behind a pack of huskies? Snowshoeing tours and paragliding are also popular with tourists.

When the day is done, there’s no end to the fun as La Tania boasts a pub that will stun! Ok, so there is only one main pub in the village centre, which is commonly referred to as Pub Le Ski Lodge. Some visitors may not feel overly enthused with the one pub idea, but at least the establishment is buzzing most nights of the week.

John wrote this post for Alpine Action who provide ski chalets accommodation in La Tania and Meribel

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