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Resort guide to Ste Foy - France

Smart family friendly purpose built ski village with snow-sure ski area. Great off-piste terrain

Ste Foy resort guide - a general overview

You could be forgiven for having driven past the turn off for Sainte Foy on the road up to Tignes and Val d'Isere in previous years. However, this charming mountain hamlet has long been the preserve of locals and off-piste enthusiasts, keen to sample the uncrowded slopes and superb backcountry skiing available in the resort. There are a number of superb chalets in Ste Foy Tarentaise that are mostly located in very convenient proximity to the lifts.

Sainte Foy has been developed sympathetically in recent years using traditional local materials, ensuring that even with its modest growth since the early 90's, the resort has maintained all of its Savoyarde character.

In terms of skiing, terrain ranges from gentle nursery slopes, conveniently located close to the resort centre and accommodation, to open blue and red pistes, through to more technical tree-lined pisted and off-piste descents. The resort also offers large areas of safe off-piste - ideal for those still earning their stripes away from the pistes, as well as several more challenging routes accessible using one of the many local guides. There is little to no nightlife in the resort but that's fine when you've had a long day off piste - après is all about relaxing back in your luxury chalet in Sainte Foy.

For those real piste bashers, looking to cover additional miles, Tignes, Val d'Isere and Les Arcs are all just a short 20 minute transfer away, with discounts available using your Sainte Foy lift pass. Children under 7 ski for FREE in the resort, which combined with the high quality accommodation on offer, and friendly ski school, makes this a great resort for family ski holidays too.

Ste Foy in our opinion caters for two types of skier (a) the adult group not looking for too much night life but good standard of chalet accommodation with easy access to some fantatstic skiing whether on or off-piste and (b) families with young children who again want convenience with smart accommodation and may also require a creche or child minding facilities.

Airports

CHAMBERY
(2hr 45mins)
LYON
(3hr 15mins)
GENEVA
(3hr 15mins)

Resort stats

41km

1,550m - 2,620m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • No crowds
  • Masses of off-piste terrain. Untracked powder lasts for days here. Cheap lift pass also!
  • Excellent Kids' Club for children aged 3-11 years old (flexible care with/without lunch)
  • Other resorts in the area nearby for day trip (Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Rosiere)
  • There are great value hotels and chalets in Ste Foy Tarentaise

Cons

  • The resort is quite new and as yet has little in the way of apres ski, shopping etc
  • The piste network is a little limited
  • To make the most of the nearby 'super' resorts it's best to have a car or driver service

Ste Foy Tarentaise Resort Restaurants

In Ste-Foy-Station the central Bergerie is traditionally styled in wood and stone and does excellent food. The Maison a Colonnes is simple and good. Chez Alison also offers simple fare. In the village of Le Miroir Chez Merie is excellent for lunch as well as dinner. So is the Auberge sur la montagne.

Ste Foy Tarentaise Mountain Restaurants

There are two small rustic restaurants at Plan Bois which are very popular and sometimes can be overcrowded. The Maison a Colonnes gets consistantly good reports.

Ste Foy Tarentaise Apres Ski

This is quite a quiet resort. However, the Iceberg Piano bar is very popular. The Pitchouli is also very good later on in the night. It has table football and live music. The bar of the hotel Monal gets busy too.

Ste Foy Tarentaise Resort Map

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