Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, a genuinely traditional resort but known as the little resort with a big reputation. This village, where everyone knows everyone is nestled among the trees, Sainte Foy is a hidden gem known only to a privileged few. The recently built chalets, apartments and holiday residences in the resort of Sainte Foy combine modern comfort while respecting the traditional architecture of the Tarentaise Valley (stone, wood and slate). Sainte Foy is a nice sized resort that retains its spirit and the traditions of the local hospitality.
For good-quality snow, some very agreeable groomers, and the kind of off-piste that can tempt skiers away from Val d’Isere. What people really like about this place, however, is the laid-back atmosphere. Skiers, snowboarders, telemark skiers all enjoying their powdery dream be it only a few metres from the marked pistes or in the forest.
Because of the configuration and exposure (north-west) of Sainte Foy the snow quality is exceptional. In the ski resort of Sainte Foy (1520m-2620m) visitors have the choice between skiing between the mid-altitude larch forests or on the 15 marked ski runs, varying in difficulty. For a sportier days skiing, the ski lifts also allow easy access to many off-piste areas and three “freeride” areas.
Accompanied by a professional guide, enjoy skiing through virgin snow on the well-known routes such as Le Monal or the north face of Fogliettaz (nearly 2000 m of descent). Mountain professionals are unanimous in saying that St. Foy has remarkable off-piste skiing at the same time as also providing a great range of marked ski runs. In Sainte Foy, children can discover supervised ski lessons, creating lasting memories for years to come.
Saint Foy is great for beginners and those looking for more of a smaller, quieter resort. The proximity to other resorts such as Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs are all within a 25min drive. Sainte Foy offers fantastic accommodation at half the price of the bigger resorts while allowing you to still have a great ski holiday. It’s a terrifically laid back atmosphere, you can cruise at your own speed and when the powder is in town, there is no other place to be. The locals from Val d’Isere also come to Sainte Foy on their days off due to the mass amount of off piste and the quiet family feel of the village.
Resort Height: 1550m
Skiing Elevation: 2620m
Vertical Drop: 1070m
Piste Summary: Green: 9 %, Blue: 26 %, Red: 48 %, Black: 17 %
Adult Ski Pass: 210€ approx
What we love
The centre uniquely set overlooking the Thuria glacier.
Snowshoeing or “laze” on the café and restaurant terraces.
Easy links to othjer ski areas such as Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs.
Sainte Foy is perfect beginner piste and off piste skiing with great ski schools and a really good gradient.
The accommodation is of a very high standard and extremely good value compared to other bigger resorts on the doorstep.
What needs improving
There is not a huge amount of night life, so good restaurants but a lack of busy après ski bars.
There are only 23 slopes so you could ski everything before lunch if you are a good skier
Regional flights from any major UK airport will fly you into Geneva or Lyon (Approx. 2hr 30min road transfer) or Chambery (1hr 30min transfer). Helicopter transfers are also available from Geneva and the flight is approximately 30min. Please note that helicopters are weather permitting.
Trains can be taken from Geneva to Moutiers (approx. 2hr 30min) and then a transfer up the mountain of approximately 30min.