Sainte-Foy 

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Sainte Foy ski resort

Sainte Foy is built around an old farming village in a traditional architectural style retaining plenty of authentic alpine charm.

The quiet, car-free resort is situated at 1550m with the top lifts at 2660m

Since its inception in the early 90’s, Sainte Foy has managed to maintain an unassuming and genuine vibe, allowing it’s visitors to feel they are in the heart of a friendly French village community.

The chalets are handcrafted, using traditional local stone and timber oozing character. Fairy-lights line the roofs, giving the resort a warm glow come evening.

Season

December 12, 2020 – April 11, 2021

Ski area

Sainte Foy is a small resort where you’re highly unlikely to get stuck in any lift queue.

There are just 7 lifts with 41 kilometres of trails, including 2 green runs, 7 blue, 11 red and 4 black.

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.

Sainte Foy also has a terrain park, boardercross and slalom.

Accommodation

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.

Non-ski activities and experiences

Activities include snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledging, ice driving, paragliding and ice diving.

Après-ski

Sainte Foy has plenty of pubs, wine bars, delis and traditional restaurants.

Resort altitude1,550m
Skiable area

41 km runs
24 runs (2 greens, 7 blues, 11 reds, 4 blacks)

Number of lifts6

Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy
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2 to 4 Bedroom apartments. CGH Résidences & Spas Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy. At the heart of the Tarentaise Valley, the resort of Sainte-Foy Tarentaise is seen as the refuge of those who love tradition and the conservation of nature. It is here that we choose to build our magnificent residence, Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy, with the sun as a

Chalet The South Face
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5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10 (WHOLE chalet or PER ROOM rental). Chalet The South Face. Situated alongside its sister chalet The North Face, the The South Face is part of our catered chalet portfolio in Sainte Foy. Conveniently located in a prominent position in resort, and with easy access to the pistes and resort centre, this stunning 5 bedroom chalet

Chalet La Vanoise
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5 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet La Vanoise. Ski in/ski out convenience combined with rustic alpine charm. One of the best located properties in the whole resort, Chalet La Vanoise provides a spacious alpine retreat, with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms spread over 3 floors of this ski in/ski out property.

Chalet The North Face
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5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10 (WHOLE chalet or PER ROOM rental). Chalet The North Face. Close to the lifts and resort amenities, with commanding views over Sainte Foy, this beautiful 5 bedroom property has been furnished to the highest standards, and offers a truly flexible holiday solution, where the property can be rented on a shared room by room, or

Chalet Grand Solliet
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5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10 (WHOLE chalet or PER ROOM rental). Chalet Grand Solliet. A beautiful chalet in the heart of resort, perfect for families. Grand Solliet is a gorgeous catered ski chalet and a fantastic choice for families, with its ease of access, play room, and proximity to the crèche and ski lifts. In fact the chalet is also ideal

Chalet The Peak
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8 Bedrooms - sleeps 15. Chalet The Peak (WHOLE chalet or PER ROOM rental). Boutique Ski in Ski out, Luxury Catered Chalet. Enjoy all the service of a 5-star hotel, with the intimate feel of a private Catered ski chalet. Just a stone’s throw from the chairlift in resort, in the very heart of Sainte Foy, The Peak encompasses the

Chalet La Marquise
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7 Bedrooms - sleeps 14. Chalet La Marquise. Luxury 5 Star Ski Chalet in the heart of Sainte Foy with sauna, hot tub & steam room. Catered Chalet La Marquise is in the heart of Sainte Foy and is one of our most popular ski chalets to rent, thanks to its prime location & beautiful interiors, complimented by our ‘Platinum’ standard

Approximate (private) transfer time to Sainte-Foy (station) from:

  • Bourg St Maurice train station (closest): 25min
  • Chambéry airport: 1hr 45min
  • Geneva airport: 2hrs 30min
  • Lyon airport: 2hrs 30min

Resort altitude: 1,550m

Sainte-Foy ski area

Sainte Foy Trail Map New Lrg
What makes Sainte-Foy ski resort unique?
  • One of the best kept secrets in the French Alps, Sainte Foy’s picturesque chalet-style architecture (local wood and stone) and pedestrian-only village setting give Sainte-Foy a beautiful authentic alpine charm not many can match. The views of Mont Pourri and surrounding peaks are majestic and the off-piste skiing is just superb, and all of this without the crowds.
  • The well-looked after groomed runs and exceptional off-piste ski slopes are uncrowded in this little-known gem of a ski resort, even during peak holidays. There is a big backcountry freeride terrain and the tree-skiing is amazing (fantastic for when it is snowing or on white out days).
  • There is great powder skiing due to Saint-Foy’s microclimate which is favourable to snow conditions. This is due to its northwest orientation and frequent snowfalls that come in over the Italian Alps. The off-piste area provides untracked runs every day while most other big ski resorts are tracked out by lunch time.
  • The location of the resort is the perfect base for Ski Safaris with only a 30-min drive to the nearby big resorts of the Tarentaise Valley.
  • Access to heli-skiing over to Italy from nearby, La Rosière in 20min (no heli-skiing allowed in France). There is over 2,000m of vertical in one run from Le Col de l’Argentière heading back into Le Miroir, behind Sainte-Foy.
  • Sainte-Foy offers a great ‘introduction to off-piste terrain’, perfect for those intermediate and advanced skiers wishing to progress. Le Monal route ticks all the boxes and is a favourite choice of Guides for an ‘introduction to off-piste’ as it’s not steep and there’s no hidden surprises. Viewed and accessed from the top of the Aiguille lift, this pretty route flows down the backside (south) of the Sainte-Foy bowl and ultimately leads back into the Plan Bois green run of the resort.
Who would love Sainte-Foy ski resort the most?
  • People wanting to stay away from the crowds, both in the village and on the slopes, with access to a huge off-piste freeride terrain, superb tree skiing, uncrowded slopes, plenty of powder and great backcountry
  • People looking for a tranquil village with an excellent range of 4-star traditional (wood, stone) catered chalets, either ski-in ski-out or under 100m from the slopes
  • People looking for an authentic French village atmosphere with majestic mountain views (the view of Mont Pourri is absolutely stunning)
  • Families travelling with young children, the resort offers great child-care, ski school and nanny facilities in a car-free, pedestrian-only village
  • Great value-for-money – Sainte-Foy has one of the cheapest lift passes in the world and the accommodation is very cheap, too
  • Great base for SKI SAFARIS to explore the mega resorts of the Tarentaise valley all within only 30min drive (Tignes, Val d’Isère, Les Arcs and the nearby resort of La Rosière…) as well as doing a few powder days in beautiful Sainte-Foy
What is there to do for non-skiers in Sainte-Foy?

While Sainte-Foy provides a few options for non-skiers, Sainte-Foy is primarily an excellent choice for skiers wanting a quiet time with friends and families in a peaceful authentic village. The non-skiing activities in Sainte-Foy include snowshoe walks, dog sledding, night-time sledging and a Savoyard evening in a Yurt.

There are a handful of good restaurants with lively bars (until early evening) both on the mountain and in the village but the nightlife is almost non-existent past dinner time. If you do have a desire for some great après-ski and partying during your stay, we recommend you catch a taxi to nearby Val d’Isere.

How do we get to Sainte-Foy?

Sainte-Foy is a 2-hour 30min drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 25 min drive from Bourg St Maurice train station, the closest train station in France to Sainte-Foy.

A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.

How long does Sainte-Foy ski season last?

Next winter, Sainte-Foy ski resort is scheduled to open from December 12th 2020 to April 11th 2021.

Which other ski resorts are part of Sainte-Foy ski area?

Sainte Foy is located just a stone’s throw from the internationally renowned resorts of Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosière (between 10 and 25 minutes’ drive). With the Sainte Foy 6 days and more lift pass, you can enjoy the following advantages during your stay:

  • 1 day in the Espace Killy (Tignes or Val d’Isère) at a rate of €32
  • Multiple days in Les Arcs at a rate of €32 + €2 for your lift pass card
  • La Rosière Espace San Bernardo at a rate of €32.
  • 1 day in La Plagne at a rate of €32 + €1 for your lift pass card.

NB Above rates are for 2020 and are subject to change

When is the best time to go skiing in Sainte-Foy?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!