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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 operates in Sainte Foy?

Sainte Foy is located at an altitude of 1550 m (with ski lifts to 2660 m) in the heart of the Haute Tarentaise. It enjoys an excellent natural snow cover. It’s charming traditional architecture of stone and wooden chalets delights the more discerning ski enthusiasts and lovers of wide open spaces and nature.  The ski area is deceptively large, so don’t be misled by the number of lifts. The perfectly maintained pistes weave their way through the larches and pines forests and offer an exciting choice of runs for all with a vertical drop of more than 1000m serviced by the new fast lifts.

It also enjoys a special microclimate created by easterly air currents arriving from the Italian Alps, creating heavy snowfall and when storms force the neighbouring resorts to close their high-altitude, wind-exposed slopes, Sainte Foy offers the perfect alternative and to ensure good quality snow coverage early on in the season the resort has invested heavily in over 100 snow cannons giving all slopes below 2100m great coverage. This micro-climate is also why Sainte Foy is known for it’s great off-piste skiing to be practiced in the company of our expert local mountain guides- ski towards Le Monal, a beautiful listed village or the north face of Fogliettaz for the more advanced skier… There are also marked trails for snowshoes or on foot starting from the resort centre with Igloos and fox trails & torchlit descents to delight all the younger members.

And if you want to explore further? Sainte Foy’s unique location means that Val D’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs & La Rosiere are only a short drive away earning Sainte Foy the title of “The Jewel in the crown of the Tarentaise.”.

Sainte Foy Piste Map

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Sainte Foy lifts open Sat 10 December 2022 – Sun 16 April 2023

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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.

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.

Sainte Foy Piste MapClick on the map above to see an enlargement open in a new window.

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Sainte Foy

  • Sainte Foy has a great snow record. The resort benefits from a microclimate favourable to great snow conditions thanks to its northwest orientation and frequent snowfalls that come in over the Italian Alps.

  • The resort has invested in a huge system of snow cannons that extend from the resort level at 1550m up to 2600m.

  • There are plenty of UK regional flights to the area with Easyjet, BA Swiss etc fly into Geneva, Lyon Grenoble or Chambery. Visit our flight advice page or ask our team for up to date info.

  • Our Catered chalets are all ensuite, and come with log fires, Jacuzzis and friendly professional staff as standard.

  • We have some great childcare options from private nannies to Creche and babysitting.

  • We have good English speaking ski schools plus many private instructors and guides and we can help you through the booking process. So if it’s your first time you will be zooming down those slopes after only a few days. Visit our lessons & guides page for more details.

  • Sainte Foy’s picturesque chalet style architecture and village setting is the perfect back drop for those family or group snapshots.

  • Ski Set has the latest skis and boards to hire or buy plus a state of the art boot fitting machine to ensure you get that perfect fit.

  • Friendly Sainte Foy is the perfect resort for skiers & boarders, it’s easy to find your way around the pistes and slopes and create meeting points for all your loved ones.

  • There’s something for everyone in the family from Grandparents to toddlers in Sainte Foy – it’s not just about the skiing.

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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Uncrowded pistes in Sainte Foy

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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Family friendly resort in Sainte Foy

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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Group skiing in Sainte Foy Tarentaise

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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Snowshoeing in Sainte Foy

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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