Location

The Three Vallees

The Trois Vallees in the heart of the French Alps is reputed to be one of the world's best skiing areas - and having skied in many other resorts over the years, we have found nothing to beat the area's variety. The skiing can vary from glacier skiing above one of Europe's highest resorts (Val Thorens)—way above the tree line, through the couloirs above Courchevel, and down to the lower resorts, skiing though the trees.

Because the Three Vallees is an area encompassing some 600kms of pisted runs, most of which now have snow cannons, one can ski a different area each day of a week's holiday, sampling different terraine and mountain restaurants.

You can ski to and from around 10 different villages within the area, which also includes the Vanoise National Park.

We believe that La Tania is ideal for intermediate skiers and above. Although there are nursery slopes in the village, a few metres from the chalet, and a couple of simple drag lifts, the beginners' area is not large. More importantly, the blue and green pistes returning into the village are quite long can be "challenging" in icy conditions.

LA Tania - The Resort

Snow range: 4,455-10,560ft

La Tania Ski Resort

La Tania was a new resort built for the 1992 Winter Olympics and is located in the heart of a pine forest. This is a true pedestrian "ski from the door resort", located between the better known Courchevel and Meribel in France's Trois Vallees.

Courchevel is one of the swankiest resorts in the Alps, full of clubs, expensive restaurants and designer shops. Chalets range in price from £5m to £50m. La Tania is quiet – and inexpensive - in comparison!

Air Travel

Airport map

The chalet can be reached within two and a quarter hours from either Geneva or Lyons international airports. Chambery is even closer. Both Meribel and Courchevel have altiports for private aircraft. 

EasyJet.com flies to Geneva and Lyon from both Luton and Gatwick.

Transfers From Airports To Resort

Travel from the airports is expensive by taxi (£200+), although we have a reliable driver who has both a car and a minibus (you can email us for details).

Paris: 640km
Marseille: 430km
Lyon: 190km
Albertville: 50km
Geneve: 130km
Chambery: 90km
Meribel: 5km
Courchevel: 2km

Looking for a rental car?

Holiday Autos, part of lastminute.com, offers good rates. You can pick up your car at Geneva airport (or many other locations). We recommend that you hire friom the Swiss side – NOT the French, since the Swiss side ensures that your car will have snow tyres as standard, and it is easier to find your way back to!

Avis and Hertz offer a wider selection of cars and minibuses for hire. Self-drive minibuses can fit 9 people in from the major car hire companies for a week.

Arriving by Train

Eurostar Daytime and Overnight Snowtrains Direct To Moutiers

Leaves London St Pancras on Friday morning and goes all the way to Moutiers – arriving around 6pm in the evening.   There is also an overnight option.  Moutiers is 20 minutes away from the chalet by taxi. Moûtiers is around a 20-minute taxi ride to the chalet; alternatively, there are buses to La Tania from the central bus station.

For more information: http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/eurostar-deals/eurostar-train-deals/ski-train-the-alps/ski-train-the-french-alps-ps149-return

Transfers from Train Station to Resort

By Bus
Daily connections between La Tania and Moûtiers :
(return tickets on sale at the La Tania's Tourist Office)
Bus company Transavoie - Tel. : 33 (0)4 79 24 21 58 or 33 (0)4 79 24 24 46
Timetables : www.cg73.fr and www.altibus.com

By Taxi
Gilbert Pommat : 33 (0)4 79 08 80 31
e.mail : vero.pommat@fnac.net
Henri Chedal : 33 (0)6 09 41 14 48

Driving All The Way

This method takes one day at a stretch, and two days comfortably. We estimate 12 hours door to door from London via Eurotunnel, and 14 hours from the Midlands. 

We have a covered car parking space in the central car park. You can load and unload within 20m of the chalet door. It is advisable to hire chains before you depart, and know how to fit them, since learning in the middle of a snow storm is unpleasant and frustrating! It is also a legal requirement, and the gendarmerie can prevent you continuing on mountain roads if you are without.

By Car
Highway A43 until Albertville, N90 until Moûtiers
and following Courchevel / La Tania

Directions to Chalet Marc de Savoire

It is easier than it sounds. Geneva - Chambery - Albertville - Moutiers - La Tania. On this route you stay on main roads all the way to Moutiers. The new A41 bypass takes 30 minutes off the previous journey time. (Alternatively, you can take the scenic route via Annecy). The total time from airport to the chalet is around 2 hours.

  1. Follow the signs in green for France as you leave the airport.
  2. Follow signs for Chambery. Take Peage. This takes around an hour.
  3. At Chambery, follow the signs for Albertville. This takes around 20 minutes.
  4. At Albertville follow the signs for Moutiers/Tarantaise. This will take you around 20 minutes.
  5. As you approach Moutiers on the dual carriageway, follow the road to Meribel, La Tania, Courchevel. As you come into Moutiers there is a roundabout. Take the first exist to the right which will take you away from Moutiers up into the mountains. 20 minutes.
  6. Follow the signs to La Tania. You will go through St. Bon, and then Le Praz, where you go straight over the roundabout, with the ski jumps on your left.
  7. Follow the road all the way through La Tania, and over a roundabout. 150 metres after the roundabout, leaving La Tania behind you to your left, take the first left turning to La Tagna which hairpins back on itself - there is a small signpost to La Saboia residences (but you may miss it).
  8. Follow the road all the way to the top, where it opens out into a parking area. There is a lamp post in the centre of the parking area, with large rubbish bin at its base. Drive straight past it to the top of the car park. At the far top end of the parking area there is a gravel track which bends around to the right. When you go round the corner, there are two new chalets - we are the furthest - Chalet Marc de Savoie. 

Info routes - Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 81 57 33

Links

Brides Les Bains
Courchevel
La Tania
Les Menuires
Meribel
Orelle
Saint Martin
Val Thorens