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La Tania

Station de ski Châtel
France | Región: Northern Alps

La Tania is a ski and winter sports resort in the Tarentaise Valley, located in the Courchevel municipal territory, Savoie department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Opened in 1991 on the occasion of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, it belongs to the huge 3 Vallées ski area.

Location of the La Tania ski resort

 The resort is nestled at 1400 meters above sea level, halfway between Courchevel and Méribel, in the heart of a fir forest. In the western area of the resort we find a forest classified as a natural area of ecological interest, for its variety of fauna and flora.

The village of La Perrière has received the official “Station Classée Tourisme” label recognition. The resort has also obtained other recognitions such as “Station Grand Domaine”; “Station Village” and “Station club”. In 2017, the city was recognized as “Station Verte”.

The La Tania ski area offers trails mainly for beginners, such as the Zen Zone located on the snow front (free Troika ski lift). The Zen Zone Montania located at the arrival of the gondola La Tania, has a beautiful green trail (Plan Fontaine); and the long blue piste of Folyères where you can enjoy stress-free family skiing among fir trees.

Layout of the slopes in La Tania

 The resort offers quick and direct access to the large 3 Vallées ski area with 600 km of trails (37 black, 107 red, 137 blue and 53 green). This domain is placed on the edge of the Vanoise National Park, with a large area provided with slopes in an immense natural setting. The unevenness of the slopes is remarkable, as the highest altitude is set at the top of Pointe du Bouchet at 3230 meters to bottom of the Saint Bon sector at 1100 meters. The slopes are served by 166 lifts and the snow cover is guaranteed by more than 2100 artificial snow cannons.

Intermediate and experienced skiers have many options due to the vastness and variety of the 3 Valleys ski area; fast boarding via La Tania gondola, then the Bouc Blanc chairlift to switch to the Courchevel slope or the Dou des Lanches chairlift to slide towards Méribel.

Choosing the best trails in the 3 Vallées area is really harsh, because the range of possibilities is very wide. It is up to us to choose the ones that best suit our style.

La Tania is within the 3 Vallées ski domain

 The Combe du Vallon red trail, reachable through the Mont Vallon chairlift in the Méribel – Mottaret 1750, sector, shows a significant vertical drop; a 3 km long, relatively demanding and full of  landforms imperfections for a technical and challenging ski.

On the Courchevel side, we have the Combe de la Saulire, a red trail for carving lovers. Normally it is a little crowded track in terms of public that allows to carve at 1400 m on a wide and clear trail.

From Les Ménuires and aimed for intermediate skiers, the blue Grand Lac trail at the arrival of the summit of 3 Marches, we encounter a wide trial with light landforms.

In the Val Thorens sector, the Combe Caron black trail: it has a significant drop at the beginning, going through a small bottleneck and followed by large valleys, requires resistance and higher technique.

This enormous domain extends along the slopes of Bozel, Allues and Belleville valleys, where we find up to eight ski resorts; Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle (Maurienne Valley).

They all face the left bank of the Doron de Bozel, a branch of the Isère river. From the resort you can see to the east the commune Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, settled in the valley where the small town of La Tania is located; to the west, Doron des Allues in the city of Allues, and finally the westernmost valley formed by Doron de Belleville in the city of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.

A cozy ski resort that has nothig to miss from others

 This ski resort is known as “El Dorado for ski”. The land offers a variety of slopes, high peaks, nort facing, that allows the maintenance of the snow cover, as well as enough sun. The different areas are linked together from the ridges and cols which can be accessed by ski lifts. It is placed, more precisely in the area of the Vanoise National Park, previously known as pre-park or periphery.

The area was proclaimed in the 1970’s, in advertising billboards, as the largest ski area in the world. Ads since 1980 continued to promote this image: “Les Trois-Vallées. The largest ski area in the world”, although it has recently been known as “the largest ski area in the world with 600 km of slopes completely linked by ski lifts “. We find this sloggan in the company logo. The Portes du Soleil area is supposed to hold 650 km of slopes, but these are not completely connected by ski lifts.