La Tania’s first purpose was to house the journalists covering the 1992 Winter Olympics and it’s still small and compact. This makes it precious – a quiet, attractive, tree-lined resort at the edge of the sprawling Courchevel centres, and the vast, linked Three Valleys area. Decent lifts whisk skiers onto open and enjoyable slopes from which they can descend into Courchevel 1850, and two main pistes run back into the resort, amongst the traditional-style chalets. The trees give good shelter which means that it is normally possible to ski back to the door despite the relatively low altitude at 1350m.
Facilities in the resort are limited but all the luxury and activity of Courchevel is just a free bus ride away. Its simplicity is a strong point – not much walking needs to be done, there are nursery slopes in town, and the centre is free of traffic. The nightlife in La Tania is livelier than most people expect and money will go further than in Courchevel, but the resort is ultimately still a place for families rather than party-goers.
Refreshingly, La Tania was designed with ecological considerations in mind, and the energy for the entire resort, including lifts and snowmaking, is provided by a hydro-electric system.