When heading off to France in the ski season, there’s plenty to do away from your chalet. La Tania’s most obvious charms are the 46 hectares of marked piste and the direct link to Les Trois Vallees, meaning an extra 600 kilometres of pistes. The snow cover is assured throughout the year, thanks to snow cannons servicing the green and blue runs in the area. Access to the sprawling ski area is achieved via the 12-person gondola lift that whisks skiers and boarders up the mountain side from the village, while beginners can make use of the Troika drag-lift. Of course, while skiing is the main reason for most people to find themselves staying in a chalet, La Tania also has plenty to offer visitors away from the slopes.
The Birth of a Resort
LT was developed as part of the infrastructure for the 1992 Winter Olympics in nearby Albertville. Thanks to its initial purpose, the resort grew up with everything that visitors could want or need, including the essentials: a post office, a tourist office and a supermarket – perfect if you find yourself in need of supplies for your chalet. La Tania is more than just a ski resort; it’s a fully functioning alpine village.
Shop When you Stop
The resort has some very good shopping venues, with an obvious emphasis on skiing and snow sports equipment. However, if you’re feeling flush there are also retailers offering jewellery, lingerie and furs.
Take to the Skies
If you want to get the best possible views of the area that is home to your chalet. La Tania is a great spot for paragliding. For many of those involved in the pursuit, La Tania is one of the best places in Europe, if not the world, for paragliding. First timers must participate in tandem rides, but if you’re a little apprehensive about any communication issues, it’s possible to hire the services of an English speaking instructor. Paragliding is an incredibly enjoyable way to spend your time, in the unsurpassable quiet that exists in the air above the slopes.
Stick to the Ground
If heights aren’t your thing, then other options available include snow-shoeing and dog-sledding, for those who want to explore the snowy landscape; ice-skating for those who want to get a dose of speed while out of their skis; sledging – a fun alternative; and ice karting, which is great fun, especially for younger members of the family.