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Sainte Foy

A pretty alpine village, sharing the Tarentaise valley with Val d’Isere and Tignes but providing a quieter, smaller and often cheaper base. Anyone who’s been here raves about the powder terrain – or keeps it to themselves hoping it stays secret just a little bit longer…

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At a glance: • Near Espace Killy & Paradiski • Small ski resort • Quiet pistes

Great for: • Families • Off Piste • Pretty resort

A pretty alpine village, sharing the Tarentaise valley with Val d’Isere and Tignes but providing a quieter, smaller and often cheaper base. Anyone who’s been here raves about the powder terrain – or keeps it to themselves hoping it stays secret just a little bit longer…

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Sainte Foy Resort

If you’ve skied in Val d’Isere and Tignes, you’ve probably driven past the sign to Sainte-Foy (pronounce it ‘Sant Fwuh’), which can be reached after a left turn on the road from Bourg St Maurice.

A smaller resort than the Espace Killy titans, it’s also newer on the skiing scene and offers a cheaper way to experience the wonders of the Tarentaise valley.

With the Vanoise National Park surrounding it, the Thuria glacier overhead and spruces and larches giving a foresty feel, the views are incredible here. Old and new buildings blend together well to create a beautiful base for ski holidays. The ancient colonnaded chalets of listed hamlet Le Miroir are the real McCoy, while any new builds must have wooden walls and schist copper and stone roofs to continue the traditional feel. You don’t get high rise apartments like you do in Tignes, and you won’t hear us complaining.

Though the amount of pistes is small, anyone happy to hire a car (or bring their own) can easily reach a number of the bigger French resorts on a day trip. Val d’Isere and Tignes are under 30 minutes’ drive away, and you can get to Les Arcs, La Plagne under an hour’s drive.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Tarentaise, France

Established: 1990

Open: December - April

Downhill: 24 runs, 43km

View our detailed Sainte Foy snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Sainte Foy snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Chambéry Airport (CMF)124km, 1h20
Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS)202km, 2h
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 15km 35%

  • 20km 46%

  • 8km 19%

Top Altitude:2620m
Bottom Altitude:1550m
Resort Altitude:1550m
Longest run:3.8km
Slope Orientation:N W
Vertical Drop:1070m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 2cm
  • Base
  • 80cm
  • Forecast
  • 370cm

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Downhill Runs:24 runs, 43km
Beginner slopes:35%
Intermediate:46%
Advanced slopes:19%
Lift Pass Price: €162.50 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Sainte Foy

The Fronts de Neige area near the base station has the Marmottes and Galopins greens, where beginners can conquer snowplough turning before moving onto the longer blues. Take the Grand Plan chair for the Charmettes and Plan Bois runs back into the village, continuing up the mountain for longer runs as the week goes on. The blue Grand Solliet piste from the top of the Marquise chair links to Les Combes and Plan Bois back to the village.

In the red run department, skiers can head up to l’Aguille for a lovely long trail back through the treeline. Of the black runs, ‘Natur Morion’ descends from l’Aguille, and ‘Natur’ Crystal Dark’ is linked to a red piste from the same starting point. These are signed but not groomed, and with couloirs above, steep drops and stunning surroundings they’re sure to get the heart pumping. A third black can be skied from the Marquise, setting off on blue Grand Soillet, then increasing difficulty as you approach the steep black section of Serru du Haut, before easing off onto a red, then a blue.

The freeride terrain is one of the main attractions – there’s some incredible off piste in Le Monal and a guide will be able to show you the famous north face of Fogliettaz.

Sainte Foy Apres Ski

La Bergerie’s positioned next to the ski school which can make it a handy meeting point. There’s a lovely south facing terrace, or if you’d rather be indoors you can sink into an armchair by the fireplace… For sophisticated sipping, Le Saint Germain is a wine bar serving local cheeses and meats for tastings. You can ski in and out of La Maison a Colonnes, an old farm building from the 18th century, with a menu of traditional alpine nosh and an army of deckchairs. Nadine & Jeff serve hearty mountain food up on the slopes in Restaurant Les Marquises, which comes with incredible views of Mont Pourri and the Thuria glacier. We also like L'Iceberg for drinks, snacks and a livelier après atmosphere.

Apres ski activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice driving and helicopter rides.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Sainte Foy

When is the best time to ski Sainte Foy?

The north-west facing ski area, with its slopes rising to 2620m usually manages to stay in terrific condition throughout the ski season. Thanks to Sainte Foy’s positioning, some of France’s glacier ski areas are within easy driving distance – Val d’Isere and Tignes being both under half an hour’s drive away. This is brilliant if you’re booking a holiday at the beginning and end of the season as there will always be more snow sure conditions within reach if needed.

Peak Dates

Father Christmas has descended on a zipwire, throwing sweets out to children on Christmas in Sainte-Foy in previous years – something you have to see to believe!

Look out for the traditional torchlight descent on New Year in Sainte-Foy and see if they’re handing out mulled wine and hot chocolate by the ski school like they usually do.

Children and adults will have a blast over Half Term in Sainte-Foy, where ski shows, slalom competitions and all kinds of snow activities make for a terrific week in the Tarentaise.

Easter in Sainte-Foy is a safe bet, as even if the local slopes are struggling in the sunshine, the snow sure resorts of Val d’Isere, Tignes and La Plagne are within easy reach. Browse Sainte Foy Easter ski holidays ‣

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Families in Sainte Foy

With restaurants like La Bergerie within a snowballs throw of the ski school, and wonderfully gentle greens to learn to snowplough on, this is a terrific spot for a first ski holiday. We love the laid back, traditional nature of the village and the special events – like torchlit descents and slalom races – put on over the school holidays.

GroupsGroup Holidays Sainte Foy

Whether your group wants to explore the powder terrain in this corner of the Tarentaise, learn the basics on forgiving greens and blues or a mix of both – this is a great base for groups after a cheaper, quieter resort than Val d’Isere and Tignes.

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