Sainte Foy Tarentaise ski resort overview
Open: 23 Dec 2017 – 15 April 2018
Sainte Foy ski resort has been designed to recreate a typical alpine village. The chalets that nestle amongst the trees in their southwest-facing bowl have all been built in traditional style, with pitched roofs and wooden balconies, using local stone and wood. A refreshing change from the concrete jungles found in some of the larger alpine resorts.
Accommodation is available at the ski resort itself, in the main village, and in many of the surrounding small farming hamlets. A free shuttle bus links the main village, and the hamlets of La Thuile, Le Miroir and La Mazure to the ski resort.
Protected nature and heritage which combine with the serenity and discovery of an area which has remained wild. At the heart of the most famous ski resorts in the Northern Alps, Sainte Foy, the most recent resort in Tarentaise, stands out.
Far from the hustle and bustle, take refuge in a «secret» cocoon which is kept secret by those who know it well.
Enjoy a taste of chalet life, between simple luxury and top of the range services, for unique moments. Close your eyes and let the nature surprise you. Let the fresh air fill your lungs, the snowflakes brush your cheeks, and your footsteps crunch through the snow. The pleasures of mountain life and winter sports are there, ready to awake the Natural Skier which is sleeping inside.
You can’t help but fall under its charm. Even better, fall in love. At the heart of this pearl of a resort, you can enjoy chalet life, quite unique of its kind. Between simply luxury and top of the range services, the «Catered Chalets» are homes which offer all of the mod-cons, looked after by English-speaking staff who cater for your every need. Whether alone or with the family, the Sainte Foy spirit will not help but appeal.
Sainte Foy, authentic style
Aware of its assets, the resort has worked to protect its territory and villages since its creation.
- The village of Le Monal is a listed site pursuant to the law of 2nd May 1930 and the Le Miroir chapel has been a Listed Building in France since 1992.
- Two traditional architectural protection charters impose on constructors the use of local materials and wooden signage to protect the natural Savoy decor.
- A local association works to restore chapels in the resort.
- Local villages are home to homes built on columns. These are typical and have become very rare in the valley.
Where to stay in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Take to the sky with the heliski
Bordering on Italy where heliski outings are permitted, Sainte Foy is the ideal destination for those who love taking to the air to test new spots. Confidential itineraries on the legendary slopes of the Ruitor glacier with varying difficulties are accessible for skiers with a solid level.
Enjoy your stay!
We’ve got so many to offer you:
- snowshoe walks
- dog sledding
- nightime sledging
- savoyarde evening at the Yurt and other activities in the valley (ice driving, paragliding, helicopter flights, ski joëring, ice diving, snowkiting, paret sledge descent…).
A fondue (almost) alone in the world
After a day of racing down the slopes, trade in your skis for raquettes and head off for a few hours in the forest. Along with a guide, get lost between the snow and the pine trees and revel in the marvel of the larger-than-life landscapes, immaculate snow, and untamed nature. And to pick up your energy, how about a Savoy fondue, hunter style, cut off from the rest of the world. Forget all your worries and make the most of this timeless moment of peace.
An evening with the family ! An igloo at world’s end
Live the life of an Eskimo in a real igloo during a raquetting trip and a gourmet escapade. The night trail is accessible to one and all and allows you to discover the white expanses around the resort. Time stands still beneath the stars, and you will hear the occasional animal, and simply let your imagination run wild. Indoors the young ones can enjoy a hearty supper whilst grown-ups enjoy a traditional Savoy aperitif.
Sainte Foy ski packages
Getting to Sainte Foy
Bourg Saint Maurice Train Station (13km): 12 min
Transfers by Shuttle or private transfers to Sainte Foy from Lyon, Geneva & Grenoble Airports.
- Lyon St Exupery (202km): 2hrs 05min
- Chambéry (124km): 1hr 20min
- Genève (163km): 2hrs15min
FREE shuttle between the resort/villages of Sainte Foy.
Sainte-Foy, its church, its hamlets, its chapels
Few communes the size of Sainte Foy extend over such a vast area, or such a large difference in altitude. The commune covers over 11,000 hectares and spans a height difference of 2856m, from its lowest point at Viclaire at 890m to the summit of the Grande Sassière at 3746m.
It is bounded to the South by the river Isère (apart from a small area on the other side of the river), and to the north for 20 or so kilometers by the Italian border. This can be easily crossed by the two mountain passes, the Col du Mont and the Col du Rocher Blanc. To the east and west it is bounded by the “nants” (mountain streams) of Moulins and La Balme (or Nant Cruet).
Amongst the 100 or so hamlets that make up the commune is to be found Le Miroir (the mirror), a protected site. The origin of the name is debatable: some say it is a derivative of mourir (to die) reflecting the terrible epidemics and plagues that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. However, it is nicer to think that the beauty of this village, whose windows reflect the midday sun, earned it its pretty name. Le Miroir is renowned for it’s colonnaded chalets, an attractive architectural feature with practical origins.
The use of such columns originated in the Italian Aosta valley. They support the roof overhang, which provides a covered area allowing dry air to circulate in the hay loft or wood store, and allowing the building’s occupants to circulate from one floor to another sheltered from inclement weather.
Such chalets can also be seen in La Mazure, Montalbert, Le Baptieu, La Thuile, and Bonconseil (now Sainte Foy ski resort).