Alternative Winter Activities
For Skiers, Snowboarders & Non-skiers
Sainte Foy and its surrounding area has much more to offer than just fantastic skiing and snowboarding. As well as the breathtaking views and traditional mountain village charm, there is a wealth of activities that our Concierge Team can organise for you.
Why not try snowshoeing, dog sledding, paragliding and any number of exciting alpine activities available? Alternatively, you could just take a chairlift up the mountain to enjoy a leisurely lunch on the sunny terrace of a traditional mountain restaurant. Many of our chalets offer spas & balcony hot tubs so you can relax and pamper yourself; it’s not all about battling the cold!
Activities in the Sainte Foy Area
For outstanding views of the Tarentaise Valley and surrounding mountains, why not let us book you on a scenic helicopter flight? A choice of routes will give you a perspective of the world that you will never forget! Book The Mont Blanc Tour (40 mins), The Tarentaise Tour (15 mins), The Espace Killy Tour (10 mins) or The Tignes Tour (5 mins). You can even book a heli transfer to reach other ski resorts in a matter of minutes. Prices from just €45 per person for a short ride…
Ski Scooters & Yooner Sledges
Looking for something different? Try racing down the slopes of Sainte Foy on a yooner or scooter! A yooner is a modern version of the “paret” (Savoyard sled). Sitting about 20cm from the ground, a bit like a snow cart, it is equipped with a shock absorber for comfort and a shoe that allows you to carve turns whilst gliding down the runs – great fun and easy to learn! Scooters and yooners can be rented from all the hire shops in Sainte Foy.
Hire snowshoes (raquettes) from the any of the rental shops in resort and enjoy a different perspective of the mountains. Join an organised outing or book your own guide to learn about the local traditions as well as the flora and fauna. Or, if you’re feeling confident, head out on one of the marked trails shown on the snowshoe map of the area. Look out for eagles and black squirrels as you enjoy the peace and quiet of the forests and hamlets with spectacular views to the glaciers of Mont Pourri across the valley.
Activities Nearby – La Rosiere, Tignes, Val d’Isere, Bourg St Maurice
Soar through the skies of the valley and land on the snow! Paragliding is available in Tignes, Val d’Isère, Les Arcs and La Rosière (always subject to weather conditions). No experience required for tandem flights! Please note that you must be on skis for this activity.
From €40pp… Try this unique experience and enjoy a fast paced half hour outing in Tignes, Val d’Isère or La Rosière, opting either to go as a driver or a passenger. This activity is subject to snow and weather conditions. We recommend that you contact us the week prior to your holiday to check availability.
Explore the underwater world of the lake with a professional diver, diving down to a depth of 8m. You will enter a fascinating world of beams of light, translucent colours and a surreal atmosphere. Available in Tignes Le Lac. No diving experience necessary and all equipment supplied. Day-time & night-time dives available from mid-December to early April.
Experience the thrill of climbing up a natural frozen waterfall in the safe hands of fully qualified instructors as they teach you the basics of using crampons and an ice axe. No need to be an expert climber, but for those that are looking for a challenge and the chance to ascend a normally inaccessible natural phenomenon this could be the experience for you! Available in Tignes or Val d’Isère, to those aged 14yrs+.
Hold on tight for a high-speed adventure that will make the mundane drive to work seem like a distant memory! Learn to drive the skidoo yourself or enjoy being the passenger. 30 & 40 minute sessions available in Tignes during the day or evening.
Nothing captures the ambience of winter more than an exhilarating spin around the free outdoor ice rink in Tignes. Skates can be hired on site. Open from December to February, subject to weather conditions.
At the wheel of a Subaru or Porsche Boxster, learn how to control the car on ice with a fully qualified instructor. You will learn techniques such as: emergency braking, turning and drifting. Or choose to sit back and enjoy the adrenalin rush as a professional driver takes the wheel. Available on the ice circuit at Tignes & Val d’Isère.
There are some excellent public swimming pools in the local area including:
- Tignes Le Lac Le Lagoon
- Val d’Isere, Oxygen
- Bourg St Maurice, Centre Nautique
Why not book a Première Service transfer to take you to La Rosière for an evening of bowling? Facilities include Ten pin bowling, bar and a family friendly restaurant.
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