Sainte Foy: Key Facts
- Over 1000m vertical descent & 35km of pristine piste
- 4 easy chairlifts that run from 1550m to 2620m
- No difficult drag lifts
- Uncrowded pistes, no lift queues
- Gentle, undulating slopes for beginners to intermediates
- Vast expanse of off-piste terrain, with up to 1700m descent
- Adventurous, beautiful ski runs through the trees
- Challenging and exciting red and black ski runs
- A natural playground for snowboarders
- Only 25 minutes to Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère
How Are The Pistes Graded?
A simple colour system denotes the difficulty level in France:
- Green: learner or beginner slopes. Tend to be open and gently-sloping
- Blue: an easy trail, almost always groomed, or on so shallow a slope as not to need it
- Red: an intermediate slope. Steeper or narrower than a blue slope
- Black: advanced level. Steep, may or may not be groomed, or may be groomed for moguls.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Sainte Foy
Sainte Foy not only offers quiet, uncrowded pistes for all levels, but also a vast area of untracked powder slopes for the off-piste enthusiasts. From beginners to experts, from skiers to snowboarders, from piste to powder, there really is something for everyone.
Excellent skiing quiet slopes and all abilites catered for. It's difficult to find a better place for all the family.
Beginners have the luxury of two wide, gentle nursery slopes just metres away from the resort centre and the Première Neige office. It is free of charge to use the nursery slopes and the two 'magic carpets' (slow-moving conveyor belts which transport you to the top of the nursery slope) that service them.
Learn to ski without having to buy a ski lift pass until you're confident enough to take the first chair lift up to another nursery slope and your first green run. Enjoy the beautiful, constant run with no hidden surprises that gently leads you back to the nursery slopes and the centre of the resort.
For those who are more confident skiers and snowboarders, Sainte Foy offers an excellent choice of runs with which to continue your progress. The long blue runs are ideal for improving wide carve turns whilst the steeper, more technical red runs are excellent for practicing tight turns and for controlling speed. Sainte Foy provides plenty of snow-covered area on which to practice, improve, have fun and explore!
Sainte Foy is also situated at the centre of an Alpine ski mecca. Make the most of our ideal position by using our Ski Safari service to visit other well known resorts.
For Experts & Off-Piste Enthusiasts:
Sainte Foy is famous for its off-piste. It's the resort where ski instructors and guides go on their day off. Skiers, boarders and telemarkers alike will revel in the powder just metres from the piste or amongst the trees, which lasts for days thanks to its north-west facing slopes. For those who are willing to hike or ski tour from the top lift, there are various breathtaking off-piste routes offering huge vertical descents.
The ungroomed black runs of 'Crystal Dark', 'Morion', and 'Crêt Serru du Haut' are steep descents, often with moguls, requiring off-piste knowledge or an off-piste guide.
Should you drop below Sainte Foy and the lift system, we are able to pick you up with our Ski Safari service and bring you back to the resort so that you can try another exhilarating run!
...Off-piste ski opportunities were surprising and excellent. There was much more to the skiing than we expected.
Sainte Foy Family Skiing
Sainte Foy and Première Neige offer fantastic facilities for families. The nursery slopes are situated within the resort, just a short distance from your accommodation. When your little ones are ready to make their first journeys onto the beginners pistes, it is worth bearing in mind that under 7's can use the chair lifts for free.
If your toddlers are too young for the slopes, or if you simply want some adult ski time, then excellent childcare is on hand with our crèche and nanny service.
With a plethora of pistes overlooking the magnificent Tarentaise valley, Sainte Foy is a snowsport paradise, with plenty of scope for those with more experience to extend themselves off the beaten track.
The Pulse, Scotsman
A typical day's skiing in Sainte Foy - watch the video
There's such a wide variety of choice in the terrain: close knit trees (excellent on snowy days), wide open big blue pistes (great confidence builder for beginners to intermediates), rolling reds (for those who want to get those carve turns perfect) and then there is the off piste.... Short quick runs under chairlifts or gullies, off-piste routes 'over the back' or the climb up to Fogliettaz.
Whatever you choose to do there will always be plenty more.