SAINTE FOY, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in Sainte Foy, France
Sainte Foy ski resort is a typical picturesque alpine village nestled amongst the trees in a sheltered Southwest facing bowl, with breathtaking views across to Mont Pourri and the Aiguille Rouge Mountain Range. It is well positioned in the centre of the Haute-Tarentaise Valley and is the resort where ski instructors from nearby world class resorts visit on their days off. The resort is just a few miles away from Les Arcs, Val d’Isere and Tignes.
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Skiing in Sainte Foy
The resort offers slopes for all abilities but in particular has highly rated off piste terrain with over 1,000 metres of vertical descent. For beginners, Sainte Foy is child and beginner friendly due to its uncrowded green and blue slopes although they are limited. Intermediates will enjoy the resort’s red runs, whilst experienced skiers will take advantage of exploring the resort off piste such as the deserted farming hamlet Le Monal or the 1700m vertical drop down the Foglietta.
Although its 25 runs may seem limited, they do interlink with official listed nature trails and you can even take a helicopter to venture into amazing landscapes over the Italian border in the nearby resorts of La Thuille and also La Rosiere on the French side.
Visitors can also take part in ski touring, reaching altitude heights of 3800m. The routes include the Ruitor peaks, the Archeboc and the Italian valleys of Valgrisenche and Val d’Aosta which are situated on France Italy border.
For freestyle skiers and boarders, Shaper’ Paradise is a dedicated freestyle area and if you are looking to practice you technique off-piste then the Techniride Zone and the Off-Tracks Zone are perfect safe freeride areas.
Snow conditions in Sainte Foy
Sainte Foy is a snow reliable resort and has had an excellent snow record due to its north west facing slopes. In addition its sheltering trees also preserve its fresh powder and the 2018/2019 season also saw new snow cannons being installed on the resort’s lower slopes - Creux de Formeïan, Toboggan and Crêt Serru. This boosts Sainte Foy’s snow cannons to 80.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Sainte Foy
Although a small resort, Sainte Foy does have a range of non skiing activities such as a free toboggan run, snowshoeing routes, helicopter rides, ice diving, husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, paragliding, swimming and bowling.
However, as it is a small resort its après ski is limited. The main spot is La Pitchouli which sometimes has live bands playing, plus most restaurants in the village also have bars. If you are looking for après ski, then heading to the nearby resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes are the best options.
Transfer times in Sainte Foy
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 20 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 40 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hrs 20 mins
Ski Hire in Sainte Foy
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Sainte Foy. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Sainte Foy:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£72||£58|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£104||£72|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£125|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£135|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Sainte Foy here
Sainte Foy Reviews
Having skied in larger resorts such as Tignes and Val D'isere I assumed long queues for lifts and busy slopes were the norm, until I went to Sainte Foy! This small and beautiful resort has kept its charm with all new buildings built to traditional styles and materials. The slopes are well pisted and quiet, even in busy holiday periods. There are no long queues for lifts so you have more time to ski or snowboard. It is a family orientated resort, perfect for a child's first skiing experience. In resort there is a shop, bakery, 3 equipment hire shops, 2 bars and 3 restaurants (with 2 more at the top of the first lift open during the day and a spa. I have never been bored whilst in Sainte Foy but with Val D'Isere and Tignes only around 20 minutes away there is endless things to do. The area is famous for its off piste skiing and boarding and is very popular with locals, a comforting fact!!
Apres Ski: 4/5
I couldn't recommend Sainte Foy more highly for a family ski holiday with young children - although I almost don't want to as part of the reason that it is so good is because it is quiet an uncrowded. Even on a peak week there were only occasional small queues. As the resort is small everything is within very easy reach and most properties are ski-in/ski-out - if you can't ski-out you will only be a few minutes from the lifts at most. There are only 4 chairlifts which was initially a cause for concern but for 2 intermediates not worried about covering miles and miles of piste each day, a 6 year old and an 8 year old, it was just right and there is some great and very accessible off-piste. All routes lead back to the village so there is no danger of getting lost and not being back in time to pick-up your young skiers from their lesson.
Apres Ski: 2/5