The Three Valleys Escapade - 27+ different lifts, more than 12,000 meters or 42,000 feet of vertical. This is an Everest and a half. You are eligible to receive a certificate & badge if you achieve this over the week (small fee). Some try and do this in one day!
The lift map, no trails, just lifts! Arrow points at La Tania. Select for larger version.
Lift passes in Europe are much cheaper than in the USA and average around $50 per day for a multi-day pass. There are many different lift passes available, therefore we are not including them as part of our package at this time.
Click here for a limited number of lift pass prices on the official La Tania web site. Click here more detailed lift pass information on the unofficial La Tania web site!
Why the Three Valleys?
La Tania is a nice village in a great location in the Three Valleys with easy access to the villages of Meribel & Courchevel. As a skier/snowboarder you can ski/ride in/out of our hotel and end up for après ski in Meribel or the villages of Courchevel and arrive back in our hotel for dinner using the ski bus. You can also check out the nightlife in La Tania, Meribel & the villages of Courchevel, so La Tania gives us the most options. As a club we have stayed in all of the villages of the three valleys villages, but believe La Tania is the best as it offers the most for our members!
La Tania is part of the famous Les Trois Vallees domain and offers numerous activities to suit all mountain lovers with over 600km of pistes, snowparks and halfpipes for the modern day skier & rider. La Tania was created for the 1992 Olympic Games, and now stands out as an excellent destination. The architecture of La Tania consists mainly of traditional style chalets with a few apartment blocks that blend well with the magnificent forest backdrop. The hotel La Montana is built in a rustic style with nice amenities, making it ideal for groups and families. The resort is entirely pedestrianised and in a great location. Our hotel is in the best location in the village, which has a warm and friendly atmosphere and a strong sense of community.
The Three Valleys area is very big, ski/ride from village to village! The “Trois Vallees” area is recognized as the biggest and best-linked ski/snowboard area in the world. With 600 kms of pistes (373 miles of runs), 200 of the most modern lifts available (Killington has 32 lifts), and tens of thousands of acres of off-piste terrain, it's sure to wear out even the heartiest, as it offers unlimited skiing an boarding for all levels in snow-sure terrain. There is more skiing and riding in this area than all the resorts of Colorado, Utah, and California combined! Snow Country magazine published that the six largest ski areas in the United States could fit inside Les Trois Vallées. That means that Killington, Vail, Heavenly, Steamboat, Squaw Valley and Park City could all fit inside the space covered by Les Trois Vallées with almost 10,000 acres left over! The expanse is breathtaking, the scenery is spectacular and the overall skiing and snowboarding unmatched.
It is truely a skier’s and rider's nirvana for all levels! The resort holds the world record for high capacity gondola lifts, which means lines are almost unheard of, so you get to ski/ride more terrain than anywhere else! Check out the stats: 200 lifts, 260,000 skiers transported hourly, 1,500 snow cannons, 2,500 Hectares of groomed runs, 320 Ski patrollers, 70 groomers and 1,500 Ski instructors. 50% easy runs (green and blue) and 50% advanced runs (red and black), with virtually an unlimited amount of off piste, so something for everyone.
Non-Skiers/Snowboarders can purchase a pedestrian pass which enables access to the hiking trails, walks, villages and slope side restaurants using many of the gondolas. Here is a web page with information from Meribel and Courchevel 1650. There is a lot to see and this is highly recommended as a great way to explore the Three Valleys.
In addition to enjoying skiing or snowboarding you can also enjoy snow shoeing, snow mobiles, dog sledging and ice climbing with a guide. In the evenings there is a choice of friendly bars, some with live music, restaurants, a cinema and nightclubs to guarantee a fantastic après-ski atmosphere! The Three Valleys has a reputation second to none, it is the biggest snowsports area in the World.
For many, one of the best features of Les Trois Vallées are the restaurants! There are a great variety of restaurants, from inexpensive pizza and "take-a-ways" to high end Michelin star gourmet French restaurants. Lunch options include packing lunch and having a slope side picnic (nice), eating a sandwich on the fly in one of the gondola rides as you push for the maximum vertical, to eating a long lunch at one of the many gourmet restaurants. Slope side gastronomic/gourmet restaurants include: L'Oxalys, Val Thorens, La Bouitte, St Martin de Belleville, Le Bateau Ivre, Courchevel, Le Chabichou, Courchevel and our local, highly recommended Le Farçon, La Tania. They are amazing and expensive, so bring your appetite and your wallet!
Here are three different restaurants we enjoyed lunch at on previous trips:
Hotel Allodis Restaurant Meribel (Slope side - ski in/out) gastronomic/gourmet restaurant, beautifully prepared and presented French food.
Le Bel Air - 1650 top of Ariondez, Chic-er than average, savoie menu, fabulous views, great for a long lunch, but you must make a reservation! I believe it is possible to get to both of these restaurants with the pedestrian pass (none ski/snowboard pass).
La Casserole - Above 1650, bottom of Signal Chair. Large sunny terrace, great salads, omelets, pasta dishes and reasonably priced savoie fare.