A gondola provides the main access to the mountain in La Tania, and has the added bonus of allowing skiers to ride the lift back into the village on days when the snow is sketchy on the lowest slopes. This is less of a problem than it used to be, thanks to the installation of snow-cannons to boost the natural cover.
The best place to ski in bad light
Three pistes bring you back down to the resort: a blue run through the trees, a wide red, and an easy green. When the light has gone flat or it’s snowing hard this is the best place to ski in the whole of the Three Valleys.
When skies are clear, however, you won’t be hanging around here. There’s a vast area to be explored – check out our Meribel and Courchevel guides for more. La Tania doesn’t have a terrain park, by the way – freestylers will be much better served staying closer to the Meribel parks. The low-cost advantage of staying in La Tania has to be weighed against the low altitude.
Tricky for intermediate riders
The pisteurs do a good job of maintaining the home runs, but they can prove to be a problem for snowboarders. Boarding is, after all, a soft-snow sport, and down here you may find yourself having to cope with icy pistes at the beginning and the end of the day. In the village there’s a (free) drag-lift for beginners. From the top of the gondola there’s easy access to the skiing in Meribel and Courchevel’s skiing.
Off-piste opportunites abound above the resort on both the Courchevel and Meribel faces of the mountain, but the area is prone to avalanche and you need a guide to find the best and most secure pitches.