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Sainte Foy
Sainte Foy
Family friendly
40 km ski area
4 lifts
Ski in/out
Tree runs
 

As a ski resort, Sainte Foy is best known as a family friendly destination, ideal for those looking for more peace and quiet. Sainte Foy is a lovely, compact resort that simply lets you get on with your skiing in an altogether more traditional manner than offered by some of the larger resorts. While there is a healthy amount of off-piste available, there is an altogether more genteel atmosphere than that found at some of the “party” resorts, something Sainte Foy certainly is not.

The village of Sainte Foy itself nestles in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie Rhône-Alpes on the main road between the famous Val-d'Isère and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The resort is approximately 4km above the old village. This is a place for relaxation and to escape the crowds and noisy parties so après ski is pretty limited compared to nearby party-places such as Val-d'Isère. The village centre has a surprisingly varied selection of charming bars and restaurants however, with the main bars being the Pitchouli and the Iceberg.

Sainte Foy is a great base for families, being quieter than the nearby mega-resorts and with plenty of self-catering accommodation options and fully catered chalets. Premiere Neige is one of the main chalet operators in the area and have their own creche and nanny services. Auberge & Chalets sur la Montagne also has a wide range of chalets in Sainte foy with easy access to the slopes. 

For those looking to get the best of both worlds Sainte Foy can be used a good base, allowing families to take advantage of the more peaceful area but access the larger and more challenging terrain. Tignes, Val-d'Isère and Les Arcs are all less than 25mins away, with high-altitude Tignes being a good choice if snow is proving elusive at lower altitudes.  Sainte Foy has just 40km of runs but on the plus side they are pleasantly crowd-free and offer some long distances to test your legs. There’s a vertical drop of over 1km, and there are fast well-groomed runs to keep you interested, and without masses of other people to get in your way you can have some fun cruising around at your own pace.

For off-piste at Sainte Foy head to the Marquise chairlift where there’s a big open bowl that funnels down to some nice tree lines and is the best spot to find the powder. If you want to push your skis to the limit here, there is the adrenalin-fueled 1600 metre north face of Fogliettaz that leads down to Le Miroir – be warned though, it is quite vertical and takes as near as makes no difference to a full hour to ascend and you’ll need a guide. Before the village of Sainte Foy was built this area was well known as a great off-piste spot so there’s plenty of challenging action around if you know where to look. Other than Fogliettaz there are seven other less taxing off-piste runs and three officially-designated off-piste areas - the relatively simple and easy Shaper’s Paradise, Morion to test your steep skiing abilities and Crystal Dark. You’ll still need to have a good level of competence on skis and the the appropriate equipment and experience for these areas though, it’s not all green nursery slopes here.

Food and drink up the mountain is cheaper than you’ll find in larger more well-known resorts and they are in keeping with the general ambiance of the rest of the resort, family friendly, excellent service and crowd free.

As it’s not a mega resort, Sainte Foy hasn’t the same kind of investment in lifts so don’t expect super quick modern lifts everywhere, but there’s rarely a queue which is good news.

Overall Sainte Foy is highly recommended for families and those wanting a taste of the peaceful side of skiing and accommodation wise you’re spoiled for choice with lots of great quality chalets and apartments offering fully catered or self-catered ski breaks with plenty of family friendly amenities.

 
 

Total ski area:40km
Pistes:16
Number of Lifts:6

1 day area pass:€30
6 day area pass:€162.50

Official website
http://www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com/

 
  • The nearest airport is Chambery, around 90 minutes away, while a transfer from Geneva will take around two and half hours. You can also fly to Leon from which a transfer to Sainte Foy will just just over 2 hours.  

  • If heading to Sainte Foy by road take the A43 motorway towards Lyon / Albertville, and the N90 for Bourg-Saint-Maurice. 

  • Bourg St Maurice train station is around 25 minutes from Sainte Foy, and the village has it’s own transfer coaches.

2620m Highest Lift
1070m Vertical Drop
1550m Resort Altitude

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