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Sainte Foy Piste Skiing

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 15/12/2018 to Sun 14/04/2019

Sainte Foy Skiing – Key Facts

  • There’s Over 1000m vertical descent & 35km of pristine pistes

  • 4 easy chairlifts that run from 1550m to 2620m

  • 10 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.

Ski Holiday in Sainte Foy Tarentaise, Premiere Neige
Family Ski Holiday in Sainte Foy

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.

Skiing in The Alpes, Premiere Neige
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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 beginners

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.

Intermediate skiing in Sainte Foy

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.

Advanced & Off-piste skiing & snowboarding

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!
5
9
“Quiet slopes, wonderful variety of off piste, lack of queues for the lifts and excellent snow conditions.”.

Ms Fire

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.

Skiing Shapers in Sainte Foy

Shapers

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.

Skiing with Premiere Neige in Ste Foy

La Marquise

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.

Skiing the Morion in Sainte Foy

Morion

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.

Ski guiding between trees, Sainte Foy

Crystal Dark

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.

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