Sainte Foy – France
Sainte Foy is the jewel in the crown of the Tarentaise region, a hidden gem that is surrounded by more illustrious neighbours. Though the resort itself was only built in 1990, the traditional style of chalets makes a change from the concrete architecture found in other resorts. The south-west facing bowl, complete with attractive restaurants and bars, is dominated by Mount Pourri. A lot of the accommodation is in chalets, and this is a popular destination for families, so don't expect much from the nightlife.
Skiers and boarders alike head to Sainte Foy (Sant fwa) from the bigger resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere, attracted by the deep powder and short lift queues. Ski passes are affordable and slopes are uncrowded, whilst the area offers access to some of the world's best skiing in the six surrounding resorts of the Tarantaise valley. The closest airport is Chambery, about two hours away, whilst the snow train to Bourg St Maurice (25 minutes away) is a good option too.
Sainte Foy celebrated its 20th birthday in 2010.
- Hire snow shoes in the resort and set off on paths that wind through the forests to the listed village of Le Monal.
- Learn to control your own pack of dogs with a sled.
- Go and have a pamper day, or afternoon, at a luxury spa.
- Learn some pastry secrets with Patrick Chevallot at the Adriot bakery in Val d’Isere.
- Head to the Pitchouli Bar (Sports Bar) for great apres ski atmosphere.
Sainte Foy blogs
Posted by Tim Wilson on 6th March 2012
This last week has been unusually mild in the French Alps. The sudden warming has created some dangerous conditions on sunny slopes and as a result there have been several significant avalanches (including one which destroyed a chair lift in St. Francois Longchamps). Have a look at Henrys Avalanche Talk - HAT for links to the videos of said avalanche and lots of useful safety information.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1550 m|
|Highest lift||1620 m|
|Lowest lift||1550 m|
|km of piste||32|
|Number of lifts||7|
|Lift pass price||€142.50 / 6 days|
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