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Sainte Foy Tarentaise Ski Resort in the French Alps

A hidden gem of authentic Alpine charm

The picture-perfect resort of Sainte Foy; home to a relaxed friendly vibe, uncrowded slopes and unforgettable skiing. It’s a true hidden gem and our guests beg us to keep it a secret!

Welcome to your winter paradise

Have you wondered why Première Neige only operate in Sainte Foy? On paper this tiny resort doesn’t stack up against its larger neighbours, so what is all the hype about? Read on and we’ll let you into the secrets of this unique and magical resort.

Situated at 1550m (with top lifts at 2660m), Sainte Foy remains true to its roots, retaining plenty of authentic alpine charm. Since its inception in the early 90’s, it’s managed to maintain that unassuming and genuine vibe, allowing it’s visitors to feel they are in the heart of a friendly village community.

The chalets are handcrafted, using traditional local stone and timber oozing character. Fairy-lights line the roofs, giving the resort a warm glow come evening.

Then there are the views, those stunning views! The towering Mont Pourri mountain opposite and the spectacular Tarentaise valley below are unmatched in the area.

Sainte Foy lifts open Sat 15-12-2018 – Sun 14-04-2019

Location of Sainte Foy Tarentaise

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Click here for the co-ordinates of the Première Neige Concierge office in the centre of Sainte Foy

Sainte Foy resort is very close to the French / Italian border and benefits from snowfalls coming in from either side of the Alps.

It is one of the few French resorts that can take advantage of the heliskiing in Italy (banned in France) due to it’s close proximity borders and terrain. Visit our heliski page for more information.

It is surrounded by 4 much larger ‘mega resorts’ of Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs & La Rosiere, giving maximum flexibility for choice of ski area. Visit our Ski Safari page for more information.

Sainte Foy is within good reach of nearby airports, train stations (including the Snowtrain) and decent road systems, offering flexibility of travel options. For further advice on this please visit our travel pages.

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The Jewel in the Crown

Sainte Foy has something to offer everyone that’s lucky enough to visit. The skiing and boarding appeals to all abilities; quiet, uncrowded pistes; but also a vast area of untracked powder slopes for the off-piste enthusiasts. Ideal for beginners, experts and skiers and snowboarders alike who enjoy everything from piste to powder. Is it any wonder it’s known as the jewel in the crown.

With 2 green, 7 blue, 11 red and 4 black runs in Sainte Foy, not to mention the vast expanse of off-piste and secret forest trails, there really is something for everyone in snowy Sainte Foy – In fact, it’s where ski instructors from other resorts love to visit on their days off!

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Family Friendly

It’s good to know that things that come in small packages can deliver so much. Sainte Foy is great for families and groups as there’s something for everyone.

The little ones can enjoy starting out on the nursery slopes which come complete with magic carpets. The older teenagers can head off by themselves as the lift system is simple and easy to navigate. The powder hounds in the family will find plenty of off-piste terrain close to lifts and pistes. Finally the non-skiers can join in the fun by accessing mountain restaurants using the lift system or by walking up via easy pistes.

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Groups & Corporate

Is there enough on offer we hear you ask? Small resort, must be limited, etc, etc. In truth this is the appeal. Everything is local which makes logistics a lot easier. Add to this the great activities available such as evenings up the mountain at a restaurant, with torchlight descents. Easy off-piste trips over the back (from intermediate level) through to heli-skiing. There’s short sightseeing flights to see Mont Blanc – and if you want to spice up the day, heli-transfers to the bigger surrounding resorts.

Sainte Foy offers all this at a fraction of the accommodation costs of the big surrounding meccas, whilst retaining the local atmosphere and charm.

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It’s not just about the Skiing

This is a fantastic winter resort; not just to ski, but to relax with family and friends. The pistes run right back to the heart of the village where bars and restaurants meet the slopes, making this an ideal location for family ski holidays.

With it’s beautiful tree lined lower slopes there are plenty of activities for non-skiers. The snowshoe trails are exceptional and it’s also easy to walk up to the top of the first lift along the less steep green runs which are wide and meandering.

There are quaint mountain restaurants where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere and re-energise in the afternoon. Whether the sun is setting, or the snow is falling you’ll struggle not to get caught up in Sainte Foy’s beauty, feeling delightfully detached from the outside world!

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Centrally located amongst world class resorts

Did we mention that Sainte Foy is perfectly located in the middle of its big brother neighbours; Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Arcs & La Rosiere. This allows both skiers and non-skiers great days out in the big smoke – with the pleasurable thought that you’ll be able to return to the haven of Sainte Foy at the end of the day.

Where else in the world can you enjoy a mixture of quiet authenticity, epic off piste and family friendly atmosphere whilst also having the opportunity to sample other world class resorts – all within 20 minutes drive away!

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We had the slopes to ourselves

A beautiful quiet child friendly luxury resort. Not sure we can ever go back to a bigger resort after this - we've pretty much had the slopes to ourselves.

H. Bussey

5.0
2018-09-14T15:52:36+00:00

H. Bussey

A beautiful quiet child friendly luxury resort. Not sure we can ever go back to a bigger resort after this - we've pretty much had the slopes to ourselves.

Sainte Foy caters for all abilities

Excellent skiing quiet slopes and all abilities catered for. It's difficult to find a better place for all the family!

K. Evans

5.0
2018-09-14T15:54:54+00:00

K. Evans

Excellent skiing quiet slopes and all abilities catered for. It's difficult to find a better place for all the family!

Top class accommodation & ski resort

We've been coming to Ste Foy for over a decade and never tire of the quiet slopes, wonderful variety of off piste, lack of queues for the lifts and excellent snow conditions. With 2 small children it has always felt like a safe haven for them and every day we can often see them in their ski lessons - which always puts a smile on my face and my mind at rest.

TripAdvisor Review

5.0
2018-09-14T15:56:20+00:00

TripAdvisor Review

We've been coming to Ste Foy for over a decade and never tire of the quiet slopes, wonderful variety of off piste, lack of queues for the lifts and excellent snow conditions. With 2 small children it has always felt like a safe haven for them and every day we can often see them in their ski lessons - which always puts a smile on my face and my mind at rest.

Skiing as it should be

The pistes of sleepy Sainte-Foy offer skiing as it should be. Tucked away in the Tarantaise valley between the attention-grabbing ski resorts of Les Arcs, Val d'Isère, La Rosière and Tignes is charming, low-key Sainte-Foy.

Mark McCrum

5.0
2018-09-14T15:57:20+00:00

Mark McCrum

The pistes of sleepy Sainte-Foy offer skiing as it should be. Tucked away in the Tarantaise valley between the attention-grabbing ski resorts of Les Arcs, Val d'Isère, La Rosière and Tignes is charming, low-key Sainte-Foy.

the mountain will talk to you

People think Sainte-Foy is four lifts and eight pistes, but it's not, it has closer to 2,000 runs, because you can ski the whole mountain. When you get to know this special place, the mountain will talk to you. This is skiing as it should be, not as it has become.

Konrad Bartelski

5.0
2018-09-14T15:59:30+00:00

Konrad Bartelski

People think Sainte-Foy is four lifts and eight pistes, but it's not, it has closer to 2,000 runs, because you can ski the whole mountain. When you get to know this special place, the mountain will talk to you. This is skiing as it should be, not as it has become.

Charming chocolate-box French resort

Sainte Foy, the charming chocolate-box French resort, is a go-to destination for off-piste skiing. The small, family-friendly town is hailed the 'jewel in the crown' thanks to its location, nestled between four world-class resorts.

Hello Magazine

5.0
2018-09-14T16:01:01+00:00

Hello Magazine

Sainte Foy, the charming chocolate-box French resort, is a go-to destination for off-piste skiing. The small, family-friendly town is hailed the 'jewel in the crown' thanks to its location, nestled between four world-class resorts.

A hidden gem not to be missed

This hidden gem is nestled amongst big hitting resorts such as Tignes and Val d’sere in the Tarentaise Region - But should not be missed. Yes, there are only four lifts, but these open up a huge amount of fantastic skiing, especially the off-piste in the Vallon de Clou over the back. 10km powered faces and lines through the trees lead you down through ancient farming villages that are a world away from the mega-resorts further down the valley.

Chemmy Alcott

5.0
2018-09-14T16:01:45+00:00

Chemmy Alcott

This hidden gem is nestled amongst big hitting resorts such as Tignes and Val d’sere in the Tarentaise Region - But should not be missed. Yes, there are only four lifts, but these open up a huge amount of fantastic skiing, especially the off-piste in the Vallon de Clou over the back. 10km powered faces and lines through the trees lead you down through ancient farming villages that are a world away from the mega-resorts further down the valley.

Perfect resort

We have skied most resorts and countries in Europe, and some in North America. St Foy is perfect for a family holiday, and perfect for a range of skiing abilities.

Fiona Rance

5.0
2018-09-14T16:03:33+00:00

Fiona Rance

We have skied most resorts and countries in Europe, and some in North America. St Foy is perfect for a family holiday, and perfect for a range of skiing abilities.

Everything you need

It’s still quiet after all these years and has just enough of everything without being excessive. It feels authentic. It’s great for both first time skiers and the more experienced and adventurous. We’ll be back!

Richard Roberts

5.0
2018-09-14T16:05:11+00:00

Richard Roberts

It’s still quiet after all these years and has just enough of everything without being excessive. It feels authentic. It’s great for both first time skiers and the more experienced and adventurous. We’ll be back!
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