Sainte Foy Ski Resort

Sainte Foy ski resort is high above the legendary Tarentaise valley, France.
Low crowds, low cost and powder are Sainte Foy ski resort's strengths.
Sainte Foy is a snow magnet.
Uncrowded, wide open piste trails are the norm at Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy ski resort also has wide, uncrowded powder bowls.
The resort village at Sainte Foy is a delight.
No lift lines at Sainte Foy ski resort.
Ski powder at Sainte Foy.
Ski powder at Sainte Foy.
On mountain dining at Sainte Foy is excellent in modern facilities........
....... and in traditonal mountain huts serving haute cuisine.
The chairlifts start directly from the centre of Sainte Foy ski resort village.
Sainte Foy has some tree skiing options on bad weather days.
The Aiguille chair provides superb backcountry access at Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy is a haven amongst the mage ski resorts like Tignes-Val d'Isere..
Ski powder at Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy ski resort has terrain for everyone from beginners to experts.
Sainte Foy has a wonderful range of dining options in the village.
Sainte Foy alpine village is always called Sainte Foy Station.
Ski Sainte Foy - heaven in the Tarentaise.

Sainte Foy Ski Resort

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    Sainte Foy Ski Trail Map
  • Sainte Foy Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550m – 2,622m (1,072m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7m+
  • Lifts (6)
    4 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Mid Dec to Mid April
    9:00am to 4:55pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 41km
    Longest run – 6 km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 42%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €32.20
    Child - €23.70
    Childu/5yr - Free

Sainte Foy Ski Resort France

Sainte Foy ski resort is a little gem tucked away in the high Tarentaise valley in France. Surrounded by the skiing behemoths of Les Arcs, Tignes & Val d'Isere, Sainte Foy is a sanctuary for all that is good about the snow.

Known for its powder laden off piste terrain, uncrowded piste trails, fun tree skiing & access to superb back-country, Sainte Foy is one of those small secret stash resorts that Powderhounds are naturally attracted too. Another blessing is that Sainte Foy has a host of excellent bars & restaurants on the mountain & in the compact village to satisfy all your gastronomic desires.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Sainte Foy Ski Resort

Pros

  • Rated equal #1 ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds in 2018 (with Pitztal Glacier & Kuhtai);
  • High quality and reliable snow;
  • Compact, beautiful village with all services;
  • Excellent piste trails for beginners and intermediates;
  • Superb on mountain and village restaurants and bars;
  • Great freeride and backcountry terrain;
  • Excellent value for money;
  • Central to all the major Tarentaise mega ski resorts;
  • Uncrowded, even on the busiest days;
  • Lots of ‘ski in’ lodging options;
  • Heli-skiing is available.

Cons

  • Piste terrain is only big enough for a few days;
  • No piste trails for advanced riders.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • The village is small and quiet;

Sainte Foy Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

With only 6 lifts in total but a respectable vertical of 1072m, Sainte Foy is tiny when compared to surrounding ski resorts. But less lifts means less people and more great skiing & boarding for those fortunate enough to be here on a powder day. Skiing here comes cheap too. Lift tickets are a shade over €30 - practically free!

Two of the six lifts are for beginners in the base area. Sainte Foy has four chairlifts, with two extending from the base to the treeline and then the Aiguille and Marquise chairlifts access the high alpine areas. Extensive and challenging off piste skiing exists above the treeline & gentler, sheltered skiing below. Tree skiing is available, but some areas are protected as offsets for other resort developments. Sainte Foy is a ski resort with a good environmental ethic - another Powderhounds tick of approval! See the Sainte Foy ski trail map here.

Back-country ski access to great terrain from Sainte Foy is legendary. Several peaks over 3000m are easily attainable from the ski lifts and tours can take one as far as the Aosta valley in Italy. Heliskiing is also available for the financially flush.

For more information see the Skiing Sainte Foy page.

Snow & Weather

Sainte Foy is known as a Tarentaise valley snow magnet where fresh powder can lay untouched for days. The resort's aspect, relatively high base of 1550m plus low crowds means snow quality persists longer. Regular easterly winds from Italy push snow into the Sainte Foy ski resort & freshen conditions when other areas are bereft.

Where is Sainte Foy, France?

Sainte Foy is in the Tarentaise valley of the Savoy region in south east France. It is close to a number of France's best known ski resorts.

The major transport hub of Bourg Saint Maurice is located 11km west of Sainte Foy village & 18km from Sainte Foy ski resort base area (a.k.a. Station Sainte Foy).

Geneva & Lyon airports have the most convenient train & bus shuttle connections with Sainte Foy, but the smaller regional airports at Chambery can also be utilised for limited flights from the UK & within Europe. For direct airport transfers to Sainte Foy search & book here.

Trains provide a convenient (& carbon emission friendly) method of transport to Sainte Foy. Trains from London, Paris & Lille terminate at the nearby Bourg Saint-Maurice station, where a bus or taxi will take you to Sainte Foy. Search bus & train transport options to Bourg St Maurice & Sainte Foy here.

Sainte Foy Hotels, Apartments, Chalets & Accommodation

Sainte Foy ski resort has a delightful village area at the base of the ski runs & lifts referred to as Station Sainte Foy. The Station Sainte Foy accommodation includes a range of beautiful chalets, hotels & apartments - most with ski in convenience. Bars, restaurants, shops, food markets, a bakery plus numerous ski shops give one everything required for a wonderful ski holiday. Plus, it is blissfully quiet compared to the relative hustle and bustle of the surrounding resorts, and the road noise in the valley below.

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The actual town of Sainte Foy is 7km & over a dozen hairpin bends away down in the valley from the ski resort. The two are linked by a shuttle bus in winter.

If skiing Sainte Foy for only a day or two, it is possible to stay at a nearby ski resort like Tignes or Val d'Isere, but our recommendation is to stay in Sainte Foy alpine village & use it as a base to ski the other mega resorts.

The city of Bourg St Maurice can make for a great base as well. Buses connect to Sainte Foy but are not regular & require a change in the valley. Better if one has a rental car.

Sainte Foy Ski Rentals Lessons & Guides

Ski rentals are available in the two main accommodation clusters of the Station Saint Foy resort village. Search & book ski or snowboard & equipment rentals here.

Sainte Foy has several ski schools & guides ply their trade in the ski resort & adjoining valleys. A guide will allow the uninitiated to fully enjoy the ski resort off-piste & backcountry. Search & book a private lesson or resort guide with the best providers here.

Food & Nightlife

Even though small, Sainte Foy' has full services & amenities for a comfortable long-term stay. With most accommodation being self-contained apartments, the resort village has 2 supermarkets, a bakery, tabac, pharmacy, 2 delicatessens plus a couple of odds & sods gift shops.

The three on -mountain restaurant/bars are all excellent. The lunches at the rustic Les Brevettes are sublime. For something less formal, the back of La Marquises is the place to be. Pull up a pew in the snow. Next to the Marquises chair, it is the highest of the resort's eateries with views stretching down the valley & across to the Aiguille Rouge.

In the village, the historic La Maison a Colonnes is the place for lunches & après on a sunny afternoon. Then head across to the La Bergerie bar & restaurant for dinner. Say hi to the friendly owners. They love a chat & have a laugh. Food & drink is top quality.

Aside from the 7 or so bars in the village, the nightlife is rightfully limited in Sainte Foy. Anything too loud & raucous would be out of place. Go to Tignes or Val d'Isere if you want nigh time action. Hell, go to St Anton & do it properly!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Some of Europe's best ski resorts are within a short drive from Sainte Foy. Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs & La Rosiere are all within sight of some part of Sainte Foy.

Tours in or near Sainte Foy

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,944
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 - 5 Days | 2 - 5 Nights | 2 - 5 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 701
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