The Skiing in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Find out about the ski area & pistes of Sainte Foy
There’s few places in the world where one can enjoy such a huge diversity of skiing opportunities in a relatively small area. . .
Welcome to the best – Sainte Foy!
Sainte Foy lifts open Sat 14/12/2019 to Sun 13/04/2020
Sainte Foy Skiing – Key Facts
There’s Over 1000m vertical descent & 35km of pristine pistes
4 easy chairlifts that run from 1550m to 2620m
80 snow cannons throughout the slopes ensuring quality snow cover throughout the season
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
Small but with lots of diversity
Just 4 lifts and a couple of magic carpets on the beginner slopes I hear you say. We argee, on paper it doesn’t look like there’s enough to entertain for a week or more. But the secret lies in the layout of the mountain and placement of those lifts.
You need to visit to truly understand that the 2 green, 7 blue, 11 red and 4 black runs in Sainte Foy offer plenty of scope and variety. But in the meantime, just read the reviews! Visitors to this secret haven frequently comment that they’re surprised by the immense diversity of choice; it’s one of the main reasons to keep coming back.
Family Friendly 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 5’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 the Sainte Foy Kids Club and private nannies available.
Uncrowded Pistes for Everyone
With uncrowded pistes in many guises there’s plenty to enjoy throughout the day. Easy green runs for the budding beginner, through to wide open blue runs with plenty of space to practice those turns. Advanced skiers will love the top to bottom red runs to get the legs burning, whilst experts can challenge themselves on black runs with moguls and ungroomed areas.
For the kids there are fun undulating secret paths through the trees with small jumps where they can practice their new found skills.
And of course for the adventurous, there’s all the off-piste to discover.
Beginner Skiing in Sainte Foy
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.
Skiing for intermediates in Sainte Foy
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.
Skiing for Advanced Skiers
Sainte Foy offers great variety for advanced skiers, especially those wishing to progress towards off-piste. With half the resort within the tree line, there’s plenty of opportunities through the untracked trees and beside pistes. However, we strongly recommend that if you are wanting to adventure off the beaten track that you invest in suitable equipment and learn how to use it.
With the diverse terrain and excellent long red run pistes there’s lots of scope to practice your skills and have fun. When you are ready we’d suggest you take a Ski Guide and go over the back of the resort to explore some of the gentle ‘introduction to off-piste’ routes.
We had the slopes to ourselves
Sainte Foy caters for all abilities
Top class accommodation & ski resort
Skiing as it should be
the mountain will talk to you
Charming chocolate-box French resort
A hidden gem not to be missed
Everything you need
“Quiet slopes, wonderful variety of off piste, lack of queues for the lifts and excellent snow conditions.”.
Ungroomed areas & pistes
Sainte Foy skiing is wonderful in that it keeps many areas ‘natural’. Because it is a large bowl with the lifts essentially running up the middle, it allows great 360 degree viewing. By default this allows ungroomed areas & pistes to be easily seen and thus gives the perfect starting point for those wishing to advance their skiing and deal with all terrains. Below you’ll find brief descriptions of these areas.
This area runs right through the middle of the Sainte Foy bowl and is gentle, wide & undulating for those wanting to spread their off-piste wings. There’s also a few steeper areas and drop-offs for the adventurous. There’s no hidden surprises and it sits in a triangle between several pistes thus making it easy to see and dip into.
The high-speed 6-man Marquise chairlift (top at 2425m) takes you up over lots of tree-filled and rock areas that are interspersed by pistes. Suitable for a wide range of abilities; powder in the trees for the more advanced, wide open areas between blue and red runs for those still gaining confidence.
This is the steep face directly underneath the top Aiguille chairlift which can be hazardous with plenty of underlying rocks. Take care and pay attention to the pisteurs’ markers. A steeper and sometimes challenging run full of reward.
A steep, black run which requires a fairly long traverse skiers left of the Sainte Foy bowl at the top of the Aiguille piste, but the huge area of ungroomed piste that fans out from it is certainly worth it! Watch out lower down as the trees become quite dense. If you have no Guide and don’t know the route stick to skiers right after the top pitch.