La Tania ski resort
About La Tania
La Tania is one of the newest ski areas in the world, created only a little over 20 years ago to host journalists and athletes during the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
Located in the world's largest ski area, the Trois Vallées (Three Valleys), La Tania is a very different prospect to its elite neighbours (Meribel, Courchevel) with their luxury chalets and 5-star hotels. La Tania is a much more down-to-earth prospect with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly mid-range accommodation and dining options.
La Tania's modern design placed a large emphasis on slopeside convenience, meaning virtually all accommodation is located very near the foot of the pistes. This emphasis on design is also evident architecturally, with the resort's buildings reflecting a traditional style, integrated into the local architecture of the Savoyard villages.
As would generally be expected of a relatively modern development, La Tania ski resort is also an environmentally friendly centre. From the time the resort was conceived, all the ecological and environmental aspects have been integrated into its design. La Tania's local power is supplied by hydro-electric energy, as are the lifts, snowmakers and trail groomers of the Trois Vallées.
La Tania is located in the Courchevel Valley, between Méribel and Courchevel in the Trois Vallées. The resort is situated in the French Alpine region of Savoie, in the southeast of the country, and is close to the Italian and Swiss borders.
Trois ValléesResort Elevation: 1400m
Top Elevation: 3230m
Base Elevation: 1300m
La TaniaResort Elevation: 1400m
Top Elevation: 2738m
Base Elevation: 1300m
On the slopes
With the world's largest ski area on its doorstep, it would be hard to imagine a better location than La Tania's. What's more, the relatively low number of guest beds usually means that access into this vast domain is queue-free too.
The local skiing is within the Courchevel Valley, which has 150km (93 miles) of pistes; a quarter of the Trois Vallées' total. There are lots of green and easy blue runs directly above La Tania that are ideal for beginners and intermediates.
Experts also have a huge choice, with quick access to the Saulire area and its steep chutes. There's a massive choice of off-piste skiing too, which the local ski school can help skiers to discover.
The wider area does, of course, open up plentiful opportunities, particularly for intermediates with the two neighbouring resorts of Méribel and Courchevel easily accessible by lifts. Cross-country skiing also links La Tania to Courchevel's ski area, with a shared 70km (43 miles) of trails available.
Despite its comparable low altitude to its neighbours, the slopes here are generally reliable with snow-making facilities available on the slopes leading down to the resort when cover is sparse. The ski season in La Tania runs from early-December until late April.
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