The words ‘winter holiday’ inspire different images for different people. For some, it evokes thoughts of cosy evenings cuddled up in front of the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate; whereas others may imagine themselves free-carving down the side of a snowy hill in the Les Trois Vallees, or hiking the beautiful French Alps countryside. Whether you’re the type to battle the great outdoors, or prefer to simply watch the snow fall while enjoying the comfort and warmth of European-style ski chalets, La Tania is the perfect holiday destination for you.
This small hamlet between Meribel and Courchevel, originally built in 1992 as a dormitory for the athletes participating in the Winter Olympics, is a particular favourite of vacationers who prefer to stay away from overly-crowded larger resorts and want to spend a relatively low-key holiday on the slopes. In addition to its more than 600 miles of runs and gorgeous ski chalets, La Tania is known throughout Europe for its small-town charm, while still offering world-class facilities and accommodations. Among the Les Trois Vallees resort towns, La Tania is generally considered one of the most laid-back and quiet, and is regarded as being charming, peaceful, and family-friendly.
The town is a virtual paradise for ski enthusiasts, with nursery (for younger children), easy, intermediate, and advanced slopes. More than 200 lifts make inter-resort transfers a breeze, with ski lift passes covering the entire Les Trois Vallees area available at all tourist centres. No problem if you’re just a beginner: the town has many ski schools and professional instructors that will be on hand to help you and the family find your snow legs. Even young children will soon be zipping over the snow with the tutelage of these experts.
For fans of other winter sports, there’s also snowboarding (almost equally as popular as skiing), backpacking, biking, and even golf! For more low-impact activities, nature walks and cross-country hikes are popular in La Tania. In fact, nature-lovers don’t need to stray too far from their ski chalets – La Tania’s beauty is all around and its beautiful pine forest provides a lovely backdrop for romantic walks.
The town proper is also great for leisurely sightseeing or shopping, as its streets were designed specifically for pedestrians. Take a lift from your chalet to the centre of the town, and voila! All the conveniences of resort living are at your feet: coffee shops, restaurants, movie theatres and, of course, shops! And after an exciting day or skiing or sightseeing, what could be better than taking the lift back home to the warmth and luxury of one of the town’s luxurious ski chalets? La Tania truly is the perfect winter holiday retreat.