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Hotel Telemark
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“They look after you well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

This was our first trip skiing as a family and the staff did a great job in making it as easy as possible. We travelled with Family Friendly skiing. On arrival in GVA we quickly found our driver and he whisked us straight up to La Tania. We should have sorted out skis and boots that afternoon but our young children were in no mood to let us, so we abandoned midway through. Having rental in the basement meant we could sort things later and easily swap around skis all week.

Childcare

Obviously a really important thing for us and the nannies did really well in keeping the children entertained. Our 1 year old was really happy with Megan and she was very inventive at using a pretty limited space to look after him. The hotel hasn't got a dedicated crèche, the nannies use part of the bar, then get the children out and about in the village and visit the other Family Friendly chalets. I met up quite regularly with the posse during the week as I skied back to meet my wife or older child and all the children were happy and did lots of activities.

Our 3 year old loved ski school and could manage Folyeres (the fairly tough blue back to the village) by the end of the week. Her instructor (Ben from Momentum) was excellent, so good my wife got some lessons from him too. The Momentum children's lessons seemed better than ESF, our daughter certainly loved them and progressed really quickly. They started on the magic carpet at the top of the La Tania bubble and progressed to skiing back down from there. There were 7 in her class, looked after by an instructor and a skiing nanny. The nannies picked her up from lessons, we were often around as my wife was finishing lessons too and the pickups were well organised every time. La Tania is really well set up for children with minimal exposure to any roads. I took my daughter out in the afternoon for some more skiing off the small tow in the village as she was so keen to practice. We then did a lot of tobogganing on the little slopes in front of the bars and shops along the front de neige in the late afternoon. Lots of the ski shops hire toboggans and I doubt our children would ever have got fed up of this.

A nanny came in and supervised our baby monitor for a couple of hours every evening while we had dinner, which was really nice. We could get hit and miss reception on certain tables in the restaurant but this service adds a bit of extra relaxation to the holiday.

The Hotel

The location is not bad (bear in mind I was carrying 3 pairs of skis sometimes), the road in front of the hotel has about 7 chalets on either side, so not long, then there was a (getting icier every day) path with a wooden rail around the last chalet. I was comfortable carrying multiple pairs of skis or a small child along this, but not both together! This drops you onto an easy piste at the level of the top of the button tow. You ski down through the village on a wide piste to the gondola base.

To get back from the village, there is a public lift in the big apartment complex that take you most of the way uphill, then a short walk up the road round the village.

Our room was pretty cramped for 4 with and extra cot and a teeny shower room but the water was always hot and powerful. The room was kept clean and tidy and had big doors onto a balcony, which we often had to open as the sun shone in a lot. This made afternoon naps (for the 1 year old) a bit hit and miss as it was impossible to get it dim enough. There wasn't much space to play but luckily the weather was sunny for most of the week so we spent as much time as possible outdoors. Obviously this is a downside of a hotel rather than a chalet for this sort of holiday. The upside was the evenings. Doug's cocktails were really good, the beer was good, the house red was better than acceptable, the bottles of red were better and worth the money and the company was great. The bar was quite busy before dinner most nights, with a good atmosphere.

The food was really good, hearty staples but cooked with real flair and the chefs (Skye and Dec) went out of their way to cater for us. We had no hesitation in staying put for our night 'out', especially after happy hour.

Ski hire was quite well kitted out and the staff were really helpful, swapping skis during the week and letting me try lots of different skis. Had to push them into giving small, easy skis for my wife and some big enough skis for me, but they came up with what we wanted when I asked.

Transfers were really good. A 10 minute walk though GVA and just us in the minibus on the way out. 1 pickup of 2 people 1 minute away on the way back. With 2 small children and very early starts, they could not have been smoother. GVA was very busy on the way back but we were deep into the check-in queue when they started calling us forward for our flight so despite some slight anxieties that we were a little pushed for time, it was tight but no problem. With this door to door service, transfer times are only about 100 minutes. Chambery is even closer.

Skiing lessons

Despite my best efforts at avoiding it, my wife ended up in a group that was bit too tough for her, exactly what I'd tried to avoid. I spent a day with her, trying to gently coax her down a green, then her ski school left her in Le Praz, then failed to tell her where to meet the next day. Overall not the best start. The next day she got a private lesson with our daughter's instructor, then another lesson with him shared with another guest at the hotel. Through these, her skiing and confidence came on massively, and we spent the last day of our holiday skiing round 1650 together. Cost of this adventure in cobbled-together tuition was about the same as a week of group lessons. It was worth it in the end but the first couple of days were a bit stressful. Many thanks to Ben at Momentum, truly a star.

I went on a 3-valley's experience day with New Generation. There were just a family of 3 and me with our instructor and due to the poor snow conditions he did quite a bit of teaching over the day. It was my first lesson for 20+ years and was worth it. He taught us individual useful things so we didn't cover a huge distance. If the snow had been fresher, we would have done more off-piste. I organised it in the bar of the Telemark as the reps came in for happy hour (I had done some research before travelling).

The skiing


For Beginners

La Tania hasn't got the best terrain, the mountain is steep so the 'green' (Plan Fontaine) into the village is a narrow cat-track with 2 sections steep enough to terrify my wife (easily done). The blue (Folyeres) is tough for a blue but nothing like the infamous Santons (into Val d'Isere). From the gondola, the green down to the new Bouc Blanc chair is very straightforward. Go off here into 1850 down the green Loze Est, then take Jardin Alpin and do Bellecote. Wide and easy greens suitable for the very nervous. Getting back involves getting the bus or walk across 1850 (400m) to the Le Praz gondola. You can ski back but with some caveats: the green below the Courchevel Croisette (where gondolas leave) is very easy. Plantrey chair takes you to Arolles blue which is a little narrow but not steep, back to the La Tania bubble. Or you can take Epicea, a button lift. The 'green' across the red piste here is unfortunately not that easy but after this first section it leads to an easy blue to Le Praz gondola. Next year the new Foret chair from Le Praz will run to just above the top of the La Tania bubble so even the most nervous skier will be able to get back to La Tania without the bus.

For experts

Jockeys off the top of La Tania bubble to Le Praz is one of the best blacks in the whole 3 valleys. There is lots of off-piste off Dou des Lanches. Tetras into Meribel is rarely pisted. All these available off 1 or 2 lifts. 2 lifts will also let you ski directly into the centre of Courchevel, Meribel or Mottaret. The top of Saulire can be accessed in 3 lifts, Mont Vallon just 4. It's an excellent location for the whole trios vallees. Being north facing it can be a bit chilly.

The Price

This was actually the cheapest holiday I found. Meals, transfers, ski hire and childcare were included in the package and it was fantastic value. The staff at the hotel were exceptional and the childcare arrangements were absolutely seamless. Lessons didn't work out so well initially but the team of staff worked out how to fix things and made sure we all had a good time. The transfers were by far the best I've had in the Alps and will firmly tip the balance towards small companies like this over Mark Warner/Esprit family holidays when we go skiing again.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Stayed here in January14 and had such a good time that we returned in March14....
Staff all very helpful and friendly, nothing too much trouble for any of them. Brilliant that they will work out an all in package cost for the group so that you know exactly what is included and the total costs rather than have to look around and add ski hire, transfer, lift pass etc. Have tried to book a group of 12 in for Jan 15, but they are all already full! Not sure if we should keep telling everyone how great it is, otherwise we wont be able to get in again!
Thanks guys you are all brilliant!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

Had a great holiday in March 2014. Fantastic food, excellent customer service and really friendly staff who attended to our every need. We stayed in room 10 and had a really comfy bed. This is a basic hotel but you can't beat it in terms of value for money and friendliness. They also offer collection and drop off at airport which was effortless. Thanks again to David and his team for exceeding our expectations and making our holiday great.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

Stayed at the hotel in Feb 2014 but previously hosted by this company in chalet Nicole.
Wonderful service, friendly, obliging staff.
Rooms basic but spotless, hot water in plentiful supply.
Food was tremendous quality and variety for a family hotel.
2 minutes from the piste and only short walk from the village center.
would highly recommend both the company and this hotel.
Many thanks to David and all the staff who took such good care of us all.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

We stayed at the Telemark earlier this month with our four year old. As other reviewers have said, yes the hotel rooms are basic, but they do have everything needed in them. They're functional and clean, what more do you need if you are outside skiing all day and only sleeping in your room?

The service received from David and everyone at the hotel was however not basic, with David going out of his way to get 'fresh' milk to make our little girl very happy. He also helped her practice her French every morning (which was good as it was our excuse for her not being at school that week). We really felt vey welcome in the hotel. There's a good selection of food on the menu in the restaurant and the food was absolutely fabulous. There's also free wifi in the rooms, the location is great, a short walk or ski to the slopes with the guys in the ski room fitting us out wonderfully with all the kit we needed. We would really recommend a stay with David at the Telemark and we look forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Just arrived from my week long stay at the Telemark, which was without a doubt one of the most fantastic stays of my life.

To start the food was absolutely divine. The hot breakfast option is always a nice surprise as there is something different every morning, to get you started for the day ahead. The dinner menu was put together very well all week, with every meal being a delight to eat. All the Chefs were very creative in their takes on classic dishes.

I stayed in 2 rooms during the week, both of which were warm, welcoming and well equipped. Room no.8 is ideal for families or groups of between 5-6.

The location is fantastic with a 1min ski down to all lifts going out of La Tania. Also on the Folyeres run down from Bouc Blanc, you can cut through and literally ski within 20m of the hotel itself.

Overall all the staff at the Telemark were incredibly friendly and helpful, making the stay even more enjoyable.
Cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: Room No. 8 is fantastic
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We have just returned from our second visit to the Hotel Telemark in La Tania. The greatest benefits of the hotel, in our opinion, are - (i) the superb staff (ii) the quality (and quantity!) of the food - especially evening meals and (iii) the location - only 120 steps (I counted!) from the ski-locker door to the Folyères piste. If you are looking to make maximum use of the huge range of pistes in the Trois Vallées and if you are happy with relatively basic accommodation - but excellent value, then the Telemark may well be the hotel you would want. If, however, you want 5* luxury, plasma tv in your private lounge, spa bath, 24 hour room service etc in the wildly expensive resort of Courchevel then this is not the place for you!
Other reviewers have commented on the limited bathrooms and we agree with these judgements - a relaxing bath would be very welcome at the end of the day - but there is always plenty of hot water to help you unwind before happy hour in the bar/lounge where Doug or Becks or Jade or Violette etc will mix your favourite cocktail!
Without exception the staff at the Telemark led by Dave are superb and they are always determined to try to meet your various needs as well as offer tips and thoughts on the local ski facilities. The personnel in 2014 had changed from 2013 but it was very encouraging to see that the same levels of care and consideration had been maintained. Nothing is too much - be it a late request for a ski-service, a special meal or a "taxi" ride to and from Le Praz to avoid waiting for the ski-bus on a very snowy Wednesday night.
Every breakfast has a hot option eg: scrambled eggs on toast, bacon and tomato etc and cake/snacks are also available in the bar from 4pm onwards on your return from a hard day on the snow. If you are staying at the hotel on a half-board basis you can either opt for the 3 course daily menu or pay a small supplement where applicable and choose from the full menu - or you can even mix and match from both menus. The food is of very good quality and is always plentiful. Declan and his team will always do their best to ensure that requests are met. If the house wines are not to your liking (we found the red on offer perfectly acceptable!) you can, once again, pay a supplement to choose from the full wine list.
Proof of the quality of the Telemark and its value for money is evident from the numbers of guests from neighbouring chalets who frequently fill the bar/lounge in the evenings and who choose to eat at the hotel on the weekly night when chalets do not offer evening meals.
All your ski-ing needs -equipment hire, servicing etc - are catered for on-site and a short walk takes you to the nearest piste. From our balcony we even saw people trying to ski down the main road to avoid a few steps but this seemed a little extreme and they were obviously using rental skis! At the end of the day the "blue" (!!!???) Folyères run can become very worn and also very busy so the "green" Plan Fontaine piste through the trees is a much more pleasant experience as long as the snow cover is good; you can ski up the little alley then it's only 120 steps back to the front door!
We travelled as a couple on both occasions but, if you have younger children you might want to consider other options as the vast majority of the clientele are adults and facilities/space for children are pretty limited - you could look at "Family Friendly Skiing" and the chalets on offer; same company and quality.
One final word of advice; many (most? all?) of the negative comments made on Tripadvisor reviews seem to relate to staff and facilities before the current owners took over a couple of years ago and they certainly do not reflect our own experiences although, no doubt, they were accurate at the time and made in good faith. Please look carefully at review dates before making a judgement.
Last judgement: would we return to the Hotel Telemark? YES!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Telemark

Property: Hotel Telemark
Address: 41 Route du Plan du Saz, 73125 La Tania, Courchevel, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Courchevel > La Tania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in the trees just above the village and next to the nursery slope the Telemark offers virtually ski in ski out accommodation at its best. All 12 en suite rooms are comfortable with various rooming arrangements including twins/doubles and family/group rooms. All have balconies with exceptional mountain views. Its small friendly bar and comfy lounge make it an ideal spot to unwind after a hard day on the hill. Catered to a high standard using our chalet formula. ... more   less 
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Telemark Hotel Courchevel

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