Beginners have a choice of two friendly ski schools in La Tania, the French ski school (ESF) or the Magic ski school. Both operate special beginner areas and have English speaking instructors happy to provide group or private lessons.
There are good nursery slopes in the village and the Troika beginners piste but there used to be a problem finding longer easy slopes to progress on to from the village. This has been solved with the creation of a long green run cut through the woods back down to the village making a wonderful long trail to grow your skills on, served direct from the village gondola.
In La Tania you’re in pole position each morning to head to either the Courchevel or Meribel Valleys each morning, and La Tania itself has some excellent intermediate level terrain directly above it.
You’ll find trails up to 8km (five miles) long in this part of the world’s biggest ski area. You’ll start your day with a fast gondola that serves runs directly to Courchevel 1300 to 1850. Popular trails include 'Park City', named after the twin-resort of neighbouring Courchevel.
The Courchevel Valley has some of the best advanced skiing in the entire Three Valleys and some of it is right on La Tania’s doorstep, with the rest only a lift ride or two away. The nearest advanced terrain includes a black run down through the woods just above the village down to Le Praz, from which the Foret gondola takes you back high up on the slopes. A second black, this time above the treeline, descends from the Col de la Loze served by the Dou des Lanches.
The Courchevel Valley is famous for its steep terrain and off piste trails with the ski schools and mountain guides will be happy to take you to, knowing the best spots during your stay. Runs from La Saulire are especially challenging with some tough couloirs – dubbed The Ugly Sisters with an official grade of black but blacker than most runs you’ll find elsewhere.
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
The Three Valleys are superb for freeriders and there are a choice of terrain parks in each valley, although not one specific to La Tania. Instead the closest choices are above Courchevel which has a railpark under the Plantrey chair or popping over to Meribel where the Moon Park is generally regarded as one of the best in the Alps.
In addition a family friendly park was created in the Verdans area recently. Freedriders will enjoy bouncing through the trees above La Tania and will find open powder field below the Dou der Lanches chairs. Both ski schools offer a whole range of snowboarding lessons from beginner to expert level including off piste tours.
La Tania is situated on a cross country trail that links Meribel and Courchevel meaning that you can connect to the network of trails at each resort (about 40km at Meribel and 70km at Courchevel) going in either direction. All the cross country trails are free of charge but they sometimes cross downhill ski pistes so caution is sometimes required! One of the closest areas is the Olympic Nordic sports venue for the 1992 Albertville Winter Games which are located at Le Praz, Courchevel 1300, just along from Le Tania.
Average Snow And Weather Conditions
La Tania is located at a relatively snowsure 1400m and the slopes above go up to an impressive 2700m. With a quarter of the local pistes covered by more than 500 snow making cannons which can blanket the resort when temperatures are low, snow cover is usually good.
There is access to the huge Three Valleys ski area which links La Tania to the neighbouring resorts of Mribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens