Settled in the Courchevel area of Les Trois Valees, at 1400m above sea level, La Tania was originally a peaceful forest hamlet named 'La Tagna'. It meant 'The Bear's Dwelling' in the local dialect, a reference to the bears that dwelt within the Tarantaise forest until the start of the 20th century. As they disappeared (hunted down by the refugees due to their intimidating presence so close to human habitation), the area was terribly forgotten about until the end of the 1980's, when La Perriere Council decided to create a ski resort near the hamlet – with an overarching design for every chalet. La Tania was designed by Jacques Labro, an architect granted for being awarded a silver medal for his deign of Avoriaz resort. In 1990, the resort was opened, and has been host to many happy skiers ever since.
During the 1992 winter Olympics in Albertivill, journalists and athletes murdered near every chalet; La Tania was designated as an 'Olympic village,' to host the many people involved in the competition. The 1992 winter Olympics saw changes for many winter sports; it was the first time demonstration sports were included in the program. They were also notable as the first event of their type where the Winter Paralympics and the Winter Olympics were held at the same site.
Boasting the presence of 'Ecole du Ski Francais,' the largest skiing school in France, there's plenty of skiing action to exhaust you before you return to your chalet! La Tania is home to three pistes, which wind down the forest into the village, classified by color as red, blue and green. The blue piste benefits from a snow cannon to keep it open for all-season access, meaning the resort is never short of either novice or experienced skiers!
Social life revolves around 'Pub Le Ski Lodge', and its local clientele and big party nights make it the venue of choice for those looking for a little excitation in the evenings. On a Tuesday night, the best bands perform to a crowd of chalet staff and skiers alike. If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, there are quieter venues still close to your chalet in La Tania. The Hotel Montana is a great place to escape when you need some peace, with its lovely quiet bar, and Le Farcon is a Michelin-star restaurant with a relaxed and subtle ambience.
Aside from skiing, there are plenty other events to entice you out of your chalet! La Tania is home to a strong community feeling, and there are events held year-round. Children's week is always popular in the run-up to Christmas, and on Christmas Eve, you might just be able to see the incredible sight of Father Christmas visiting the village on his husky sleigh (as the reindeer are resting for the big night!) , accompanied by torchbearrs. In March, the Forest Challenge is sure to interest the ecologically-minded; and at the end of the skiing season, the annual Charity Day Party collections funds for various cancer charities in France and the UK, with games, competitions, and items auctioned off. Over 100,000 euros have been raised by the Charity Day, making it a huge success and a credit to La Tania.