Travelling by Road to Sainte Foy
Flexible and cost effective travel by car to Ste Foy
A great way to travel offering total flexibility and perfect for larger groups or families. Whether you drive from the UK in your own vehicle or hire a car at the airport or train station, it is worth reading the information on this page which provides suggested routes, stopover hotels and some practical tips.
Road Directions to Sainte Foy Ski Station from the following Airports:
Geneva Airport is located in both Switzerland and France although it is easier to depart the airport from the Swiss side when travelling to Sainte Foy. The airport is around 2 hours 45 minutes from Sainte Foy (162 km / 100 miles). View our suggested route from Geneva Airport to Sainte Foy Resort here.
Lyon is the third largest city in France and has a very large airport (Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry). It is located about 2 hours 45 minutes from Sainte Foy (213 km / 132 miles). View our suggested route from Lyon Airport to Sainte Foy Resort here.
Grenoble Airport (Grenoble-Isère) is located around 2 hours 45 minutes from Sainte Foy (211km / 131 miles). The best driving route to Sainte Foy is often via Chambéry as it avoids driving through Grenoble which can be busy. View our suggested route from Grenoble Airport to Sainte Foy Resort here.
Chambéry Airport (Aéroport de Chambéry-Savoie) is just 1 hour 45 minutes from Sainte Foy by car (124 km / 77 miles). It currently operates during the winter months but is continuing to grow in both size and the number of flights being scheduled there. View our suggested route from Chambéry Airport to Sainte Foy Resort here.
After Crossing the Channel – Road Directions to Albertville
Albertville to Sainte Foy, The Last Leg
NB The only way into the valley in winter is via Albertville. This route can become very congested on Saturdays
See a suggested Google Road Map from Albertville to Sainte Foy.
From Albertville Continue to Moutiers and on to Aime, via Route N90 (approximately 40km).
Pass through Aime and on to Bourg Saint Maurice (approximately 15km)
Follow the main road through Bourg Saint Maurice, past the train station on your right
Continue straight over the next roundabout (next to Le Tonneau), then at the next roundabout (McDonald’s) take the second exit towards Séez
Pass though Séez, then turn take the first exit off the roundabout following signs to Val-d’Isére/Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise/Tignes/D902/Villaroger)
Travel 15km & Pass through Sainte Foy Tarentaise (chef Lieu) and continue to La Thuile 5km
Turn left at La Thuile up to Sainte Foy station (Bonconseil) – it’s 4km to the resort.
“King of your own Mountain”.
Suggested Stopover Places en-route to Ste Foy
If driving from the UK to Sainte Foy, Troyes is a good option, being around six hours from Sainte Foy. This enables you to break up your journey into two days, have a good rest overnight and complete your journey.
If you are travelling home from Sainte Foy, Reims is a good option as it is a day’s drive from Sainte Foy and only necessitates a drive of a further two to three hours the following day to reach Calais.
Top Tips: Route Planning when driving to the French Alps
Please do not confuse Sainte Foy Tarentaise (Chef Lieu), which is a village, with Sainte Foy resort/station which is known as Bonconseil. The resort/station is 4km up the road from Sainte Foy La Thuile so when you reach this you are not far from the resort/station!
The Col du Petit St Bernard and the Col de l’Iseran are closed in winter despite what satellite navigation systems might say.
Please do not attempt to reach Sainte Foy via the Mont Blanc tunnel in winter as the Col (mountain pass) is closed due to the snow. This may also be the case when approaching from the Turin side of Italy. It is worth checking the Tunnel du Fréjus website before setting off to check that the tunnel is open
Even if you take your car across the channel frequently it’s important to check the latest rules and requirements applying to drivers as they do change from time to time. Check out the AA for the latest driving rules in France.
It’s worth viewing real time traffic conditions across France.
French motorways operate a pay as you go toll system. Credit cards are accepted.
Roads up to Sainte Foy are generally well cleared of snow although at times heavy snowfalls may require chains to be fitted to vehicles. Special areas off the roads have been made for this purpose and are called an ‘aire de chaînage’. There is a chain area at La Thuile before you start the final climb to Sainte Foy resort
Ensure you have correctly-fitting snow chains (and know how to fit them properly) in case of heavy snow or icy conditions
Winter tyres or snow and mud tyres can be fitted to vehicles and will provide better grip than normal road tyres but always bring chains just in case
The last large petrol station before driving up to Sainte Foy resort is at Super U in Bourg Saint Maurice
Sunday & Part Week Changeover Days
In addition to the traditional Saturday changeover days we also offer Sundays as well as short stays. This means you can choose to avoid the busy Saturday changeover traffic and airport congestion, plus ski on Saturday; the quietest day on the slopes.