The small hamlet of Sainte-Foy Tarentaise has been described as the "best-kept secret of the Alps". The new ski station is set on steep north-west facing slopes with superb views. It came into being in 1990 and is only a stone's throw away from the big names: Tignes, Val d'Isere and Les Arcs. There is no high rise, just chalet style buildings that nestle amongst the trees and incorporate local Savoyard features such as round stone columns and stone slab roofs.
It is a seamless blend of old and new created to offer guests comfort, space and refined luxury. A refreshing change from the concrete jungles found in some of the larger alpine resorts nearby.
Sainte Foy Tarentaise has some very good eating places, so from alpine chalets preparing dishes like grandma used to make to haute-cuisine restaurants there is something for all tastes. The small selection of bars and shops in Ste Foy is just enough for a successful Sainte Foy ski holiday. And no accommodation is far from the lifts or nursery slope.
Non skiers in Ste Foy can indulge in dog sledding, superb guided snowshoe walks to the many little hamlets, snow biking, heliskiing (in nearby Italy) and paragliding.
There is a bus service in Sainte Foy ski resort to the surrounding Sainte Foy Tarentaise villages, but it is recommended to have a car from a practical point of view if you want to travel outside the main Ste Foy resort.
Rated by Peak Retreats’ clients in 10/11 amongst the top 10 resorts that they would recommend a friend.
Voted one of the top resorts for Families
Why Sainte Foy Tarentaise?
No crowds in a pretty blend of old and new & superb mountain setting
Within a short drive of renowned Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs
Outstanding off-piste skiing for intermediates to experts with great snow conditions in Sainte Foy en Tarenatise.
Although the Ste Foy ski area does not appear to add up to much on paper, it is the place where ski instructors from the nearby mega-resorts come on their days off.
Although the vast areas of easy (and not quite so easy) off-piste are highly rated with over 1,000 metres of vertical drop, the resort also has something to offer to mixed level skiers and boarders. The northwest-facing resort (1,550m-2,620m) benefits from good snow cover throughout the season. Besides the 23 runs that snake through the larch trees and ski lifts giving access to many official listed nature trails (3 black, 1 red amd 1 blue), a heli-drop can take you to even wilder, more awesome landscapes.
New for 13/14:
The fist chair-lift (Grand Plan) is replaced by a new-generation high speed lift.
A four seat high-speed lift has been installed at the bottom, a real answer to skiers’ needs due to the increased speed. This is the only lift that is authorised for pedestrians still. It will allow you you to enjoy the lower slopes (serviced by snow cannons), the Charmettes and Savonnette pistes (blue and red, respectively) which have been redesigned in 2013 for even more fun (this investment anticipates the construction of a new chairlift at the Bataillette in two years time). The chairs are equipped with an automatic locking safety system.
The Natural Zone – Natur’ Grand Bois
A trail through the heart of the forest, natural ski, accessible for all, to discover the locality and its history and better understand the preservation of these ancient forests. Silence prevails during this trek in another time where “returning to the source” and “serenity” are the key words. In association with the National Forestry Office (O.N.F.). A project in progress that will join up with the Marquise chairlift and offers a sheltered trail (1km).
STE FOY SKI AREA
The few pleasant and uncrowded easy greens and blues run through trees and are child friendly and ideal for second-week skiers to build confidence.
Sainte Foy has predominantly north-west facing slopes so the powder stays around for days sheltered by the trees.
Ste Foy ski resort has a new 1650m long six-person chairlift now joining Charmettes at 1800m to Marquise at 2500m which has dramatically increased the lift accessed terrain. New blue-run Grand Solliet and red-run La Fogliettaz have been created as a result and more off-piste routes have been made easily accessible.
10 snow cannons on the blue Les Charmettes and red runs Arpettaz and Savonette mean snow conditions are good here until end of the season. Ski area facts:
Vertical drop: 1000 m
25 slopes / 6 lifts (4 chairlifts, 2 free magic carpets)
2 green slopes for beginners
6 blue slopes + a blue discovering area ‘‘Grand Bois’’ TRAD
10 red slopes + themed zone “big bosses” une zone à thème ‘‘the big bosses’’ a freestyle course with mogul area, level red non-pisted
1 black slope + 3 themed zones “ski-nature”, level black, non-pisted but secured and marked
1 toboggan slope on the branch to Bataillettaz, accessible by magic carpet. Free.
NEW! 2 picnic areas on the Marquise sector.
STE FOY BEGINNERS
St Foy ski resort has a small (free) drag lift that caters for beginners at the bottom of the piste (opposite Les Fermes de Ste Foy) but choice is fairly limited in terms of green pistes. There is a long green run to progress plus a blue resort run then gentle blues higher up. Still, it’s a great resort for beginners/families as it’s usually less crowded that many ski resorts.
STE FOY INTERMEDIATES
The reds are suited to intermediates looking to sharpen their technique.
STE FOY EXPERTS & OFF-PISTE
The more daring should take a guide to explore and ski Sainte Foy on one of the renowned off-piste routes to the deserted farming hamlet of Le Monal, or the infamous 1700 m vertical descent of the north face of Fogliettaz. Ste Foy Tarentaise’s proximity to the Italian boarder means it is easy to arrange a day’s heli-skiing above La Thuile and La Rosiere too.
There are 3 dedicated areas to practise off-piste:
Techniride (A) and Off-Track (B): free ride safe zones where obstacles are not signalised.
Shaper Paradise (C): secured area specially dedicated to freestyle.
Sainte Foy is also well known for its ski-touring routes with attainable summits of between 3000 and 3800 metres altitude, such as the Archeboc and Ruitor peaks. You can also link up to the Italian valleys of Valgrisenche and Val d’Aosta just over the summit ridge that forms the border between France and Italy.
STE FOY SNOWBOARDERS
For snowboarders there is some great free-riding terrain plus a dedicated freestyle area for building kickers.
STE FOY RESORT RUNS
Resort runs are green, blue and red.
Snow info: noticeboard at the ticket office or R’ Les Arcs 93.4FM, from 7am to 10am (every ½ hour).