Sainte Foy - Resort
A hidden gem providing traditional charm, tons of fresh powder, and easy access nearby resorts.
Friendly and compact, Sainte Foy sits at an altitude of 1550 metres, working as a smaller resort in its own rights, as well as an affordable 'base' for nearby larger ski resorts Tignes, Les Arcs and Val D'isere.
The resort was long an undiscovered secret of the broader area, with just a lucky few getting to enjoy its traditional Alpine village charm. Now this gorgeous hidden gem in the Savoie is appreciated by thousands of visitors annually who want to enjoy all the beauty and quirk of a classic ski experience, whilst also spending time in the larger more modern resorts.
Suitable for beginner skiers
Suitable for intermediate skiers
Suitable for expert skiers
Suitable for snowboarding
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Sainte Foy has a good snowfall record and usually visitors can expect the highest levels of snow to fall in February. The resort is particularly famous for having lots of fantastic quality, untouched powder, which tends to be available for days after a dump because the resort is regularly quiet - despite its growing popularity. This will be music to the ears of skiers and boarders who love to gliding in the best kind of snow.
Sainte Foy is still relatively undiscovered, with lots of quiet, untouched slopes and just 6 ski lifts. The ski area is mainly tree-lined and much of it is challenging however, there are still many benefits for beginners. The ski area is small which means you won't feel pressured in your learning experience by large crowds, plus the resorts ski school is well known for being professional and friendly, so you're more likely to get a more personal experience than you would at the larger resorts. Beginners will benefit from staying on the nursery slopes or remaining slopeside until they are really confident as the slopes you progress onto could be considered on the steep side. Particularly young learners can attend the ski kindergarten at the local French ski school, which also offer good value family lessons.
Those with more experience can enjoy the secret powder stash and the few pleasant intermediate runs, which are either snowy at the top or tree-lined at the lower end of the mountain. Plus, there's always the option of easily exploring larger nearby ski areas like Paradiski if you need more of a challenge.
For experts, Sainte Foy is an unlikely hit, with lots of fabulous benefits. Primarily, the untouched fresh powder is a massive draw, especially as you often have to pay extra to access it early morning in other resorts - here it's in abundance. There's also the easy access to nearby bigger resorts, and 3 epic black pistes, including Crystal Dark which is a seriously tough 2 km long. Those wanting a real challenge should plump for the off-piste opportunities, including a 1,700 vertical descent of Foglietta. If that's something that interests you there are plenty of experienced guides to hire locally. Adrenaline junkies will be particularly happy to know that heli-skiing is an option in the area because of the resorts close proximity to Italy where the activity is not illegal.
Sainte Foy is a particularly good choice for boarders as it is uncongested, has zero flat areas and there's easy chairlift access to. Boarders will also benefit from the fresh powder dumps, cheap and easy access to nearby resorts and Cret Serru snowpark, not to mention the fun of carving the fresh powder at the top of the mountain on the way to a bouncy, tree-lined finish at the bottom.
Sainte Foy doesn't have a 'wild nightlife' like many larger resorts, but there are still plenty of places to go for a lovely evening out. L'Apres is probably the most lively après-ski spot with occasional live music gigs. Most of the restaurants will double as bars with La Grange and Le Monal both offering a cosy bar area as well as delicious food. It is also worth checking the ESF schedule as well, as they occasionally have live music events. Alternatively, it’s only a short taxi ride to some of the larger resorts with much more extensive après-ski offerings.
If you're just out for a good meal after a hard day on the slopes, this little resort has a surprisingly good selection of eateries for you to choose from. For impressive, traditional decor visit Les Maison A Colonnes, or if you're looking for a good takeaway, Chalet La Foglietta is an excellent choice. For more of a sit down meal, there are some really gorgeous restaurants in the village. Bar Restaurant Le Perce Neige is a good choice for a varied menu offering anything from pizza to snails. Or for a superbly cosy meal at one of the resorts most popular restaurants, book in at Restaurant Le Monal, which has impressive views and some delicious fine dining cuisine.
If you're looking to enjoy healthy activities away from the slopes, you've got a lot of choice. Dog sledding and ski biking are great options for adrenaline junkies, or snowshoeing is a good choice for seeing more of the area. Alternatively, for full R&R, Sainte Foy has positively embraced spa culture, which means you can easily get pampered and preened in the resort if you want to. Les Fermes De Sainte Foy is the most popular spa facility offering a wide range of beauty treatments, a full gym, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and large indoor heated pool.
The resort's close proximity to the larger resorts means it is popular amongst visitors wanting a cheap accommodation base for the big ski events elsewhere. That’s not to say that Sainte Foy skimps when it comes to celebrating with new Beaujolais wine, as it plays host to its own the festival in mid-November.
Save with Ski Passes
Compared to the larger resorts, the lift ticket prices for children are very low and you don't even have to pay for one until the child is 7 years-old or above, which is 2 years older than in other resorts.
Ski passes can save visitors a lot of money so it's worth looking into different offers - always book in advance as this is always a cheaper option. The ski passes in Sainte Foy are usually for 6-8 days and prices start at around £120.00 per adult and £95 pounds for children or seniors. Special Christmas and late season deals can also be found in the resort.
Although you're likely to enjoy your entire holiday completely unscathed, when there's snow, ice and sports combined - accidents can happen. For this reason it's a really great idea to get yourself familiar with the pharmacies, health centres and hospitals in the local area so you know where to go to get help. The nearest hospital to Sainte Foy is Bourg Saint Maurice which is around a 20 minute drive from the resort. There is a local doctor in the resort, but you can also visit the English Medical Centre in Val d'isere where they have English speaking doctors. There are no pharmacies in Sainte Foy but you can easily get to one in nearby Val d'isere or Tignes.
It is also a great idea to invest in holiday insurance as soon as you book your holiday. This not only means you have peace of mind, and cover for if things do go wrong (medical care abroad can be expensive!) but you also have cover for illnesses or events leading up to the holiday that might stop you from going in the first place.
Nearest airport and directions
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