La Tania: Perfect for a Family Friendly Ski Holiday

Taking the kids skiing and want to make sure you find the best resort for them? It can be overwhelming with so many choices, but we’re here to make it easy for you. Here’s why La Tania is one of the best ski resorts for a family friendly ski holiday.

Beginner’s skiing

The skiing is about to get much better for beginners in La Tania. Luckily the resort has taken notice that it needed to improve its beginner areas for the numerous families to come to resort, and that’s exactly what they’re doing this summer.

They’re currently in works to re-piste the green run Plan Fontaine. It previously went over red piste at one part of it, however that will be removed. They’re also making it a bit wider and easier, as it was quite a difficult green.

They’re also adding in a second magic carpet at the base of resort (along with the existing one at the top of the gondola). This will help with any queues so that beginners can get more out of their ski time.

beginners skiing la tania

Kid-friendly activities

La Tania really caters to families, and as such, the tourist office has weekly events on for children. If you’re here over the festive season you can expect to see Santa, a torchlight descent down and a fireworks display.

They also put on a family fête each April which takes over the village with a number of stalls from community members – think face painting, fair games and maybe even a bouncy castle!

And if they need a day off of skiing, take them to the state-of-the-art indoor swimming centre Aquamotion. Slides, diving boards, a kid’s fun area, and surfing simulator for bigger kids to try as well!

Family-friendly restaurants

Most of the restaurants in La Tania are child-friendly and offer casual environments. They have early dinner seatings at 18:30 so you can get back home early enough for a decent bed time. They also have children’s menus with favourites like spag bol – and you can’t go wrong with a pizza either!

Find out more about the restaurants in town in our La Tania Resort Guide.

child-friendly restaurants la tania

Small, car-free resort

The centre of the village is actually car-free, which gives you a bit of room to relax and not worry about cars whizzing by. It’s also a small village, so getting around is no issue at all.

And there’s plenty of space to play outside. After the lifts have closed, the piste in the centre of the resort turns into a massive sledge run. They also have a small playground just across from the Ski Lodge in town.

Great choice of ski schools

There are a number of ski schools in La Tania that offer quality children’s group ski lessons. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn and enjoy skiing with children of their own age and ability. Lessons are not the old shouting and drills like they used to be – there are many British instructors who teach through activities and fun, so they won’t even notice they’re learning!

We recommend a few different ski schools in La Tania. Get in touch with us to chat about your specific requirements and we can help get you booked in.

kids ski school la tania

Childcare for wee ones

If you have a wee one who is too little to ski yet, there is a creche in La Tania. They offer great childcare at a reasonable cost. And as it’s just near the gondola, it’s easy to drop off before a day’s skiing.

There are also a variety of private nanny services available who will come to your chalet. You can also book them for evening babysitting if you need an adults’ night out!

Few Language Barriers

Although you are in the heart of the French Alps, you won’t struggle to get around with only a ‘bonjour’ or two. In La Tania especially, they cater extremely well to English-speaking clientele. So you can leave your French grammar skills – or lack thereof – back in secondary school!

la tania snowy view

Convinced yet? Book in your next family friendly ski holiday with us in one of our catered or self-catered chalets.

Everything You Need to Know About La Tania, France

Thinking about heading to La Tania, France for your next ski holiday? Here’s everything you need to know – from the best pistes to the scrummiest restaurants and everything in between.

La Tania, France is a family-friendly ski resort situated in the Rhone-Alps. It’s a purpose-built village that was created for the 1992 Olympics and has since turned into a popular ski spot. Its situation right between Courchevel and Meribel, along with its affordable price point, make it a popular choice amongst many Britons.

Skiing in La Tania

Let’s start with the most important aspect: the skiing. La Tania has a handful of pistes in its own resort, however with such easy access to Courchevel and Meribel, you’re not at a loss for options.

Beginners have the choice of two magic carpets – one in the centre of the village and one at the top of the gondola. Once you graduate from those, give the long, windy green run Plan Fontaine a go.

For intermediates, Folyeres is the main blue piste that comes back into town. This is a more difficult blue run but is a favourite for its long length and different rolling aspects throughout.

And for advanced skiers, there are a number of red runs at the very top of the resort, as well as Moretta Blanche that comes under the gondola back into resort. If you’re after black runs both Dou des Lanches and Jean Blanc are fun and challenging pistes. If off-piste or tree runs excite you, there are plenty to be had in La Tania including a large off-piste area under Dou des Lanches. Be sure you always have the proper equipment when going off-piste and go with a guide or a local who knows the area.

Skiing in La Tania France

La Tania accommodation

There is a mix of catered ski chalets and self-catered chalets or apartments, along with one hotel in town. However, because of the size of the resort, you are never too far from the pistes.

We have both catered and self-catered chalets to choose from depending on your preference. Our catered chalets offer all the creature comforts of home, as well as hot breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner service on most days.

Our self-catered chalet is just as cosy but provides you with more flexibility in your meals throughout the week. Perfect for trying out a number of restaurants around resort.

Where to eat in La Tania

Speaking of restaurants… Although La Tania is relatively small, there are still plenty of choices for dinner.

La Ferme and Les Marmottons are two Savoyard restaurants in town if you’re after some local dishes. Fondue, tartiflette, hot rock, as well as delicious pizzas, are on the menu.

Want something upscale? La Tania has it’s own Michelin star restaurant Le Farçon which serves beautiful and delicious food. Pop in for lunch for a more affordable option.

Up on the hill is Le Bouc Blanc restaurant, which is perfect for an afternoon lunch in the sun on their huge terrace. They offer omelettes, meat dishes, salads and always have a menu du jour. Definitely worth going, especially as it’s of the most affordable mountain restaurants in Courchevel.

Pub Le Ski Lodge and La Taiga are sister restaurants that are always bustling. The Ski Lodge is more casual pub food – burgers, pastas, and pizzas. Whereas La Taiga has a few more traditional mountain dishes.

We recommend booking in advance for any dinners as they do fill up quickly.

Le Bouc Blanc La Tania France

And where to grab a drink

As well as a bustling restaurant for lunch and dinner, the Ski Lodge is the heart of La Tania après ski and nightlife. They often have live bands for both après and late night. This place fills up with seasonnaires and holidaymakers alike.

Situated across from the bus stop, La Taiga is a good option for a quiet evening drink (when they don’t have a band on!). Or stroll into the Chrome Bar situated in the centre of town, where you’ll find some good bottled beers and perhaps a few ESF instructors hanging out.

Have more questions about your ski holiday in La Tania, France? We can help with any queries you may have. Get in touch to find out more about our chalets and the services we offer.

Hiking in the French Alps – Best Day Hikes in La Tania

Think the French Alps are just for winter holidays? Think again. The mountains are just as stunning in the summer as they are in winter. Lush greenery, beautiful lakes at the base of mountains and tons of activities to keep you busy.

One of our favourite ways to enjoy the Alps in summer is hiking. If you’re thinking of heading to the French Alps this summer, you’ll definitely want to spend some time exploring the trails.

Why go hiking in the French Alps?

A place that feels very familiar when it’s covered in snow can look totally different once it’s melted. Getting out into the fresh air and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Alps in the summer is best done on a hike. Plus you might find some wild strawberries or raspberries, spot a marmot or other wildlife, or stumble across some unique plants.

And what’s great about hiking in the French Alps is you can find the perfect trail suited to your ability. So if you’re after a leisurely stroll around the lake or a heart-pumping uphill challenge, there’s something for everyone.

hiking French Alps Courchevel

Best Day Hikes in La Tania

Here are our favourite hikes in and around La Tania.

Le Bouc Blanc

  • 1 – 1.5hrs to the top
  • Moderate

Hike straight up from La Tania to the top of the gondola. This starts on a trail behind the Ski Lodge and winds through the forest alongside the Folyeres piste. If you head up the right time of summer you’ll find wild raspberries growing along the path.

The end is a bit steep, but you pop out at the top of the piste and can head to Le Bouc Blanc for a beverage or some food (yep, they’re open in the summer too). The best part about this one? You can take the gondola down afterwards!

Teppes Trail

  • 1hr
  • Easy

This hike starts in the same spot that the Bouc Blanc hike did, but instead of heading left, you’ll head right and wrap around towards Méribel. This is a nice shaded walk through the forest. You’ll find a nice picnic spot with a view, and you’ll get to Méribel by a new means of transportation.

hiking french alps le bouc blanc summer la tania

Lac de Tueda

  • 30min around the lake
  • Easy

This stunning lake in Méribel Mottaret is not one to be missed. A stroll around Lac de Tueda is more of a walk than a hike, on flat, easy terrain and loops around the lake. And just a 10min walk from the parking, it’s easy to access.

You can continue up past the lake and take the trail further onto steeper terrain. You’ll hike past gorges and you can go deep into the valley. This is where you might even spot some marmots.

Dent du Villard

  • 2.5 – 3hrs to the top
  • Moderately Strenuous

This hike starts from Lac La Rosière in Courchevel 1650. This is definitely a more challenging hike and is quite steep during parts, however, once you get to the top it’s absolutely worth it. You’ll have 360 views of the entire area, and there’s also stunning landscape at the top. Tons of beautiful flowers and greenery, along with unique rock and holes in the mountain. You might even find a small pile of snow still hanging on for dear life!

We recommend going on a cooler day because there is little coverage on the hike up – you’ll be in the sun. There are two different routes up, so you can take a different way down than you came up. Bring a baguette sandwich to eat at the top, or have a barbecue down by the lake afterwards.

Hiking French Alps river flowers mountain views

Spend an evening in a Refuge

Want to head out on a bigger hiking adventure? One of the coolest perks of hiking in the French Alps are the mountain refuges. Courchevel has a few different refuges tucked throughout the mountain. Some are manned where they provide board for you, and others are un-manned and you’ll need to bring all your food and drink in with you. This is definitely an experience to try at least once!

If spending some sunny, warm days in the Alps this summer has piqued your interest, then find out more.  You can rent out our chalets in the summertime from July 6 – Aug 31. And even better? All the lifts are free.

Latest news from the Three Valleys.

We’re into June already and after a cold, wet May, it is starting to feel like summer is finally on it’s way. The lifts shut in La Tania on 22 April, and a what a great season we had for snow and sunny days too which is always much appreciated in the winter months.

FOLYERES PISTE 22 APRIL 2019

As usual there’s lots going on this summer. The resorts are open in July and August and once again the lifts are free to use in the Courchevel Valley, which is a great way of getting around to explore the area whether on foot or by bike.

There’s plenty of sporting events to look forward to – Ski Jumping in August, Cycle races, Trails, Golf Tournaments to name a few.

We’ve already had our first cycle race on the new Col de La Loze track and there’s lots of building projects going on too.  Here’s a brief round up of what’s happend so far since the lifts shut and some exciting news for La Tania.

Col de La Loze Cycle Race

There was a cycle race in May on the the new paved cycle track up to Col de La Loze, Courchevel.   The distance from the bottom of the valley is 22.6km and at 2,300m it is the 11th highest paved Col in France and the third highest pass in the Savoie after the Iseran and Galibeir.  The fastest time was one hour and eight minutes.  Not bad going considering it was a pretty miserable day for weather, and low temperatures higher up.

A path is being made on the Meribel side too, with plans to link all the way to Val Thorens.  Rumour has it that they hope that with this new path for cyclists, it will lure the Tour de France back to the area, so watch this space…

 

(photo credit Courchevel Officiel)

Alpinium Building and the World Cup 2023

Work has started again on the new Alpinium building in Le Praz.  The old gondola building has already been bulldozed and they are taking out the old plyons this week by helicopter.  The new high speed gondola up to 1850 will take less than six minutes.

The building is part of the resort’s preparations for the 2023 World Alpine Ski Championship, which Courchevel is hosting jointly with Meribel.

The men’s downhill run will start near the top of the Bouc Blanc piste here in La Tania and then cut across on to Jockeys and down to Le Praz. The Women’s and Team events are being held on the Roc de Fer piste in Méribel.

A new grandstand will be built for the world cup event and the new multi-purpose building will house a medical centre, tourist office, sports facilities and underground parking for 500 cars.  Work is expected to be completed by December 2019.

New Green Run in La Tania

A new green piste back to La Tania is planned for hopefully next winter.  The existing piste, Plan Fontaine is not ideal for beginners as it crosses two red runs and is quite steep in places.

The new piste will have a gentler incline and it will not cross any other pistes, which will make it much safer and a more enjoyable experience for beginners.  The piste will follow much of the existing track through the forest to the left hand side of Folyeres.  (see photo below)

In addition, there will be a new beginners’ area, with two new magic carpets and an underpass for pedestrians. Work starts this summer.

Future Developments

The new hotel/apartment complex for La Tania looks like it is going ahead.  This will be built on the existing car park as you come into La Tania.  The planned for chair lift is not going ahead,  but instead they are going to update the existing gondola in La Tania, similar to the improvements made on the Mont Vallon gondola.

So, lots of improvements and exciting developments to look forward to. More news to follow in the coming months, but in the meantime if you would like to book for winter 2019/2020 do get in touch!

Brexit and French Employment Laws

We still have no information about whether we will be able to employ UK staff after Brexit, but we do know that we have to comply with French laws whether we are in or out of the EU.

Since last winter season, our wage costs have increased by more that 60% (due to the French minimum wage).

Staff are also entitled to more time off, which means they will be having two days off a week next season.

You may have seen that some of the larger tour operators now offering catering for just five nights, but as meals out are costly, we will continue to offer dinner on six nights, but one evening there will be no staff on duty. On this night, we will be doing a raclette evening, which is one of the local specialities.

We will leave all the food in the fridge ready prepared for you, so when you are ready, all you need to do is turn on the machines, take out the food, and open some bottles of wine, and you will be all set for a delicious Savoyarde evening in the chalet, Bon Appetit!

There will also be two self service breakfasts. On both of these mornings pain au chocolat and croissants from the boulangerie will be delivered to the chalet, and there will be eggs left to boil, plus a platter of cheese of ham as well as cereals, fruit and yoghurts.

Baked goods for our la tania ski chalets

These changes we hope will cause very little disruption to the enjoyment of your holiday, and we appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times.  We sincerely hope that there will be come agreement reached on employing UK staff after Brexit, and we’re hoping like everyone that some decisions are made soon!

 

 

What’s new this winter at Ski-Dazzle

Autumn is officially here, and we’re enjoying glorious weather here in the alps, with lots of sunshine and blue skies. We’re not quite ready to put on our winter woolies yet, but it wont’ be long I am sure until we have our first frosts and snow fall.

We have nearly all our staff in place and we’ll be making Christmas Puddings, Cakes and Mincemeat soon ready for our Christmas Guests.  Then, a trip back to the UK in November for British supplies such as tea bags, porridge oats, baked beans and Christmas Crackers.  Every year we come back with a fully loaded bus of goodies!

It has been a busy few months in Chalet Juliette with the renovations almost complete.

We have renovated two bedrooms and two bathrooms this summer.   We’ve done some before and after shots, so you can see the transformation.

In the bathrooms, we have new floor and wall tiles, and a new bathroom suite to include a large walk in shower.   We provide fluffy bathrobes and slippers, l’occitane toiletries and don’t forget a complimentary half hour massage, which really helps to ease those tired aching muscles.

 

Bathroom Before Renovations

Bathroom after Renovations

Bathroom after Renovations

In the bedrooms, we have taken out the step, to make just one level, which has made the rooms more spacious. The walls have been decorated, there is a new parquet floor, and we are fitting new curtains. We have chosen 100% pure wool fabric in a Scottish style Tartan, to make the rooms warm and cosy, the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day on the slopes.

 

Bedroom Before Renovations

Bedrooom Ater Renovations

 

Tartan Fabric 100% wool

The wall in the lounge which cracked this winter due to the pressure of the snow on the roof  has been fixed.  The weight must have been something to cause such damage.

The lounge/dining rooms area was totally remodelled two years ago. There’s a gorgeous contemporary wood-burner which revolves and comfy sofas with fur cushions.   Just imagine sitting back and feeling the glow of the fire, whilst sipping a chilled glass of bubbly.

 

Chalet Living Room

We have a great team working in the chalet. A lovely Kiwi/British couple, one being an experienced chef and my husband Bertrand will also be working in the chalet, running the dinner service.  He is looking forward to preparing mouthwatering French cuisine with English twists!

Bertrand loves nothing more than talking about cheese, so if there is a cheese you would like to try, just let us know. (just don’t pick Camembert)!

He has been on a number of cookery courses this summer.  You won’t want to miss his salted caramel chocolate truffles, they are to die for.

 

Also featuring, will be Pain Perdu, with a berry compote and vanilla ice cream, which was a big hit at a dinner party recently.

 

We’re trying out lots of recipes in the coming weeks, and also choosing our wines, who said that work had to be a chore!

Carli and John are returning to Chalet Jamais Bleu. Their season hardly got going last year, due to John getting injured on the slopes. They have been cooking in Scotland this summer and can’t wait to come back.

 

Chalet Jamais Bleu

We have also decided, because of the changes in regulations, to trial chalet Dahu as a self catered chalet. We are offering some optional extras, to include a daily bread delivery service, a drinks delivery service (wine, beer and soft drinks) plus catering options in the evening to include a Raclette night and two course dinners starting from 16 Euros per person, so if the extra cooking and work is putting you off, you can get some help with this. We know that many of you love a catered chalet and who wouldn’t want to be cooked for and looked after, but if you know of anyone this would appeal to, please let them know.

Also, to comply with French employment laws, we are planning on giving our very hard working staff one full day off and one half day off a week, which means that in our catered chalets there will be two self service breakfasts in the week.

Well, that’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated with what we have planned for this winter in the coming months.  The weeks are booking up quickly, so do get in touch if you would like to book, or have any questions.

 

Hear what some of our guests from last year thought about the chalet

Chalet Juliette is a wonderful place to stay, right on the slopes

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The layout of the Chalet is great, we particularly liked that you could all sit at the table together or all sit on sofa’s together as a group to play games of an evening – we didn’t find many chalets which offered this when we were looking around.

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Every bedroom, toilet, and communal space has been upgraded to a fantastic level. It felt like we were staying in a boutique 5 star hotel! The open plan living space was just the perfect setting for our group to unwind after a big day on the slopes.

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CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW or email me at info@ski-dazzle.com

Brexit and the French Ski Industry

With Brexit looming, there are uncertain times ahead. So far, we do not know what changes will take place after Brexit, but there is much speculation, and many are saying it will have a negative impact on the French ski industry.

Due to on going changes in legislation, we have to comply more and more with French employment laws. You may have seen that some of the larger tour operators are now offering catering for just five nights, rather than six. Staff must have either one and a half days or two full days off a week.

We have to pay the staff the French minimum wage too, which has seen our wage costs increase significantly.

Ultimately, the French want us to pay our social charges in France, which are very high, which we have so far avoided as currently we are in the EU and can second staff to France. It is uncertain what will happen after we leave the EU, but it is likely that this will no longer be allowed after the transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020 (if this is agreed, as nothing has been so far due to difficult political issues such as the Northern Ireland Border and governance) The French Ministry for Labour have made it very clear that they intend to put an end to the right to secondment in the travel industry.

The pound has also devalued significantly since the Brexit vote (around 15%)

In light of these changes, many of the big chalet operators have downsized their operations for next season. Ski Total and Snow Chateaux have closed down in La Tania, plus the Hotel Telemark will also not be open (due to disabled access and acoustic issues), so I have a feeling there is going to be a shortage of accommodation in La Tania next season, so if skiing is on your mind, if I were you, I would be booking a holiday sooner rather than later. CLICK HERE to book now or make an enquiry

Despite all the uncertainty and changes, we’re still here! And we’re looking forward to welcoming you in the coming season

First,

Here is what we have going on this summer, and changes taking place for next winter at Ski-Dazzle

In Juliette, this summer, the final two rooms out of the seven are being revamped. We’re having new bathroom suites and tiles in the bathrooms, and the bedrooms will have a complete makeover. You can see the progress by CLICKING HERE

We have also decided, because of the changes in regulations, to trial chalet Dahu as a self catered chalet. We are offering some optional extras, to include a daily bread delivery service, a drinks delivery service (wine, beer and soft drinks) plus catering options in the evening to include a Raclette night and two course dinners starting from 16 Euros per person, so if the extra cooking and work is putting you off, we’ve taken care of that for you. We know that many of you love a catered chalet and who wouldn’t want to be cooked for and looked after, but if you know of anyone this would appeal to, please share this post and let them know.

Next season, all our transfers will be offered via local reputable transfer companies, and when you book with us, we will obtain quotes for you. Le Praz transfers are offering preferential rates to our guests. They also have a 16 seater bus, which is perfect when you book the whole chalet. There’s plenty of space for your luggage, and you will all get to travel together.

Bertrand, my husband will be running Chalet Juliette with a British/NZ couple (Jude and Tim). Tim is an experienced chef and will be cooking the breakfasts and afternoon tea cakes and biscuits.

Bertrand will be preparing the dinners. There will be a strong French influence in his cooking, and if you love cheese, you are in for a treat. Bertrand loves nothing more than talking about cheese, so if there is a cheese you would like to try, just let us know.

Carli and John are returning to Chalet Jamais Bleu. Their season hardly got going last year, due to John getting injured on the slopes. They have been cooking in Scotland this summer and can’t wait to come back.

We’ve been running chalets in La Tania for 16 years now, there have been lots of changes, and many chalet companies have come and gone, but we are still here, which we are very happy about! It is because of your business that we are here, so I just wanted to thank you for choosing us as we really do value you and hope that you will continue to support us through these changes.

Chalet Living Room

 

 

Chalet Juliette – makeover

We have started work on Chalet Juliette to complete its makeover. There are just two bedrooms and bathrooms to do this summer. We have taken out the step in the bedrooms, so the floor will be on one level. The walls will be re-decorated, and we’ll be putting down a parquet floor.

 

In the bathrooms, there will be new floor and wall tiles, and a new bathroom suite to include a large walk in shower.

The wall in the lounge which cracked this winter due to the pressure of the snow on the roof is also being fixed.

We will keep you posted of the progress throughout the summer.

Hear what some of our guests from last year thought about the chalet

Chalet Juliette is a wonderful place to stay, right on the slopes

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The layout of the Chalet is great, we particularly liked that you could all sit at the table together or all sit on sofa’s together as a group to play games of an evening – we didn’t find many chalets which offered this when we were looking around.

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Every bedroom, toilet, and communal space has been upgraded to a fantastic level. It felt like we were staying in a boutique 5 star hotel! The open plan living space was just the perfect setting for our group to unwind after a big day on the slopes.

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CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW or email me at info@ski-dazzle.com