Sainte Foy Tarentaise ski resort
Built around an old farming village in a traditional architectural style, this quiet, car-free resort is more affordable than many in the region and therefore attracts a lot of families.
December 23, 2017 – April 15, 2018
A small resort with just seven lifts and 41 kilometres of trails, including two green runs, seven blue, 11 red and four black, you’re unlikely to get stuck in a lift queue at Saint Foy.
It gets great snow cover, thanks to its north-west facing slopes and altitude ranging from 1,550 metres up to the Col de L’Aiguille at 2,620 metres, which leads to on and off-piste skiing in a wide bowl. You can do a guided off-piste tour to explore the deserted farming hamlet of Le Monal, and heliskiing is a major drawcard. Saint Foy also has a terrain park, boardercross and slalom.
Stay in a self-catered or luxury chalet at the resort, in the main village or in one of the surrounding small farming hamlets, which are linked by a free shuttle bus.
Where to stay in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Activities include snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledging, ice driving, paragliding and ice diving. There’s also plenty of pubs, wine bars, delis and traditional restaurants.
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).