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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 create a new green piste.  Running parallel to the Folyeres blue piste, this will use some of the exisiting paths in the forest.  This will have a more gentle gradient than the Plan Fontaine and will not cross any other slopes as the current one does, so a much better option for beginners.

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.

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Kid-friendly activities

La Tania really caters for 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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 to, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What To Expect on a Catered Ski Chalet Holiday

Ever wondered what the whole catered ski chalet concept is all about? Maybe your friends go away each year and you want to know what the fuss is all about. Or maybe it’s on your radar for next winter and you need some more info. Catered ski chalet holidays take a lot of the hassle out of a ski trip. With your meals prepared for you, you’ll have more time to relax and spend your time doing what you came out for – to ski and spend time with family and friends.

What is a catered ski chalet holiday?

A catered ski chalet is a great option for skiers and boarders who want more time to relax after a long day on the slopes. You stay in a chalet near the slopes, either fully booked out by your party or shared with other holiday-makers, where board is included and served in-chalet by dedicated staff. Normally board includes hot breakfast, afternoon tea, and a four course dinner in the evening – with one or two days off during the week.

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Why choose a catered ski chalet?

Firstly, you’re going to save time. And on a one-week holiday, time is precious! Loads of skiers and boarders choose a catered ski chalet because it gives them more time to spend with family and friends, more time to relax after a day’s skiing, and less to worry about. No need to go to the shop and buy all the basics for one week. No need to try and figure out what that packet says in French…

And aside from the catering experience, staying in a chalet is a must for any trip to the Alps. Unlike a hotel experience, you’ll feel homely and cosy in your own space. You can spread out, put your feet up in the lounge each evening, and be in the privacy of your own party at the chalet you call home for the week.

Self-catered chalets or apartments are also a great option if you’re looking for more flexibility. They also give you the opportunity to spend more evenings trying the local fayre in nearby restaurants.

What’s Included

Firstly – it says what it does on the tin – catering! Normally your board will include breakfast every morning with hot options most days, afternoon tea and homemade cakes waiting for you when you get back from skiing, and full dinner service – all hosted by your chalet host and cook. This is what we offer here at Ski Dazzle. Here’s a bit more detail about our food service.

There is usually one or two nights per week where the staff have the evening off. This is a chance to explore a local restaurant and perhaps get in your fill of fondue or raclette whilst in the Alps.

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Daily Schedule

8:00 – Breakfast is waiting for you when you wake up! Saunter into the dining area and feast on fresh croissants and bread, yummy jams and spreads, cereal, and 5 out of 7 days – a hot option (a full English is definitely on the menu once a week!)

9:00 – Head out on the mountain and enjoy your day on the slopes.

Lunchtime – Try out some of the great restaurants the area has to offer. Le Bouc Blanc is a great option for affordable yet delicious mountain food – based right here in La Tania. Or opt to have a packed lunch prepared by our team. You’ll find various picnic areas around the mountain, the perfect pit stop on a sunny day, and stunning views are included!

Late Afternoon – Head back to the chalet and dive into the homemade cake or biscuits waiting for you.

7:00 – Enjoy canapés and an aperitif in front of the fire before dinner service.

7:30 – Dinner is served. Four delicious courses to fill you up after a hard day’s ski. A variety of international dishes are on the menu along with a paired wine each evening.

After Dinner – Cap off the evening with a Nespresso coffee and petit fours in the lounge.

What about the kids?

Bringing little ones with you? More often than not, younger ones will have the option to have an earlier tea. This will be something homemade and tasty but catered to children’s tastes. Classics like spaghetti bolognaise and homemade pizzas usually make the menu.

catered ski chalet for kids

Sound like the kind of ski trip you want to have? We can help! Check out our beautiful catered chalets in La Tania and book you catered ski chalet holiday now. You can find availability here.