Village Height 1550/2620m
Mountain biking, Paragliding
Via ferrata. Rafting, Canoeing, Canyoning, Airboat, Canoe-rafting. Solo or guided walks
Driving distance from Calais to Sainte-Foy Tarentaise 610 miles or 9hrs15
Sainte-Foy is very much a gem of the Rhône-Alpes region and the area around it is one of pristine landscapes uncluttered by crowds. It's the place to go to really get away from it all and Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy is a brand new luxury residence to help you do just that. Bordered to the south by the Isère river and to the north by the Italian border, this smart new resort makes a great base for mountain biking, river rafting, rock climbing and hiking.
Choose between a gentle trek up to the high mountain pastures to admire the pretty Tarine cows or, for more challenging walking, there are over 70km of footpaths close to the Vanoise national park as well as new projects like the “Glacier Haute Route”. Many of the area’s waymarked paths pass through unspoilt traditional Alpine villages and peaceful mountain lakes like the Lac Noir in the Clou valley. Some offer stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Lord of the Alps.
Sainte-Foy is at the centre of some of the largest resorts in the Tarentaise which makes it wonderful mountain biking territory. Near the Vanoise national park, there are some exhilarating freeride descents in a wild untamed setting where routes of more than 1000 vertical metres take in goat tracks and shady forest paths.
The commune of Sainte-Foy is actually made up of 100 hamlets in total including Le Miroir, a protected site which is known for its eye-catching Italian-style colonnaded chalets and important religious architectural heritage. The listed farming village of Le Monal has a breathtaking panorama of the Mont Pouri glaciers. There are several excellent eateries in the area offering Savoyard specialities in charmingly rustic surroundings. Within easy driving distance of Sainte-Foy are the resorts of Tignes, where it’s possible to practice summer skiing, and Les Arcs and Val d’Isère which both offer a wide range of additional activities for the whole family. Day trips to Italy are also a possibility from here.
Places of interest in Sainte-Foy
· Vanoise national park – located between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne, the Parc de la Vanoise is one of Europe’s oldest and largest protected areas and the home of a 2000-strong herd of ibex. One of the country’s loveliest villages, Bonneval-sur-Arc, is also to be found there. With summer glaciers, raging rivers and stunning scenery, the park is a taste of paradise for hikers.
· Villaroger – the tourist office can organise a three-hour guided visit of the baroque church at Villaroger, as well as the rural, religious and architectural heritage of La Masure and Le Miroir. At the end of the visit, there’s the opportunity to taste a local sweet speciality known as “farçon ".
Ste Foy is open from end of June to end of August. Exact dates to be confirmed in 2012.
· "Les P'tits Santaférains" - summer activities for children aged seven and over: mountain walks, cycling, outdoor games, badminton, camping, orienteering, cultural activities (museum, cinema), climbing, table tennis, fencing, acrobatics, golf…
Contact Olivier Empereur: +33 671 85 99 46.
Summer activities for children aged 7 and over: mountain walks,
cycling, outdoor games, badminton, camping, orienteering, cultural
activities, climbing, table tennis, fencing, acrobatics, golf…
· Opening this summer (subject) in July and August
the Daycare CUB CLUB Premiere Neige for children from 6 months to 6 years. Information: + 33 (0) 4 79 06 30 55
Bureau des Guides – tel: +33 614 62 90 24, www.guide-montagne-tarentaise.com (hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoning, via ferrata, mountain biking)
Climbing course 2 ½ days from 295€/pers
Multi activities course 3 days from 205€/pers
Climbing course 5 days from 615€/pers
Multi activities course 5 days from 420€/pers
Mountain bike course 3 days VTT RTT from 80€ /pers /day
Stage hiking + ascent of a 4000m summit 5 days from 605€/pers
Mountaineering course 5 days from 615€/pers
Mountain biking – A word from the Tourist office – “Sainte Foy Tarentaise is a unique riding resort in the Tarentaise Valley. A network of natural trails offers superb all-mountain descents and long cross-country roads in one of the most wild and unspoilt parts of the region, close to the Vanoise National Park. The roads allow vertical drops of more than 1,000 m running on trails through alpine meadows and forests as well as passing through hidden, unspoilt mountain villages with the stunning panorama of the glaciers filling your view. The cross-country routes vary from half-day 15km road to full-day 40km routes”.
There are no chairlifts running in Summer. Instead shuttles using 4x4 and bike trailers link 5 key points (Viclaire, Sainte Foy village, Sainte Foy resort and Arpettaz Wood) with a vertical drop of between 1211m and 891m at Viclaire 2102m at the Arpettaz. The shuttle to Arpettaz allows access to 11 new marked trails grouped into family trails, all mountain trails and cross country trails.
There is a Mountain Bike Discovery Day on Sunday 11th July 2010 with free guiding and offers the BBQ party.
Shuttles run from Sunday 11 July to Thursday 26 August 2010
From Sunday morning to Thursday evening (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) from 10am to 18:30 continuous Uplifts available from the resort, plus 3-time departures Tabled from Sainte Foy town at 10h, 14h and 17h30 (subject to confirmation).
-Green Trail: 1 out of 11
-Blue trails: 3 out of 11
-Red trails: 7 out of 11
Mountain Bike Guides & Instructors:
Major Frank +33 (0) 6 88 38 72 04
Michel Demortier +33 (0) 6 60 57 93 82
Pascal Vincent +33 (0) 6 62 20 27 07
Christophe Arpin +33 (0) 6 14 41 53 70
Free-trail maps available from the Tourist Office from late June.
White water activities – Mountain River High, tel: +33 627 273 275, www.mountainriverhigh.fr Rafting, wild water swimming, canoeing and canyoning.
Coureurs de Rivières, tel : +33 479 041 122, www.coureurs-rivieres.com
White water sports in the Tarentaise and the Aosta valleys.
ARCS EN CIEL
All level courses, tandem flight, paragliding shop.
Contact : Tél/Fax : +33 (0)4 79 07 61 91
Courses for all levels, paragliding school, tandem flights, mountain sports, rafting, canyoning.
Sainte Foy is an ideal base for walking having more than 70kms of footpaths, and being close to the Vanoise National Park. It offers some exceptional walks for all levels: hiking and mountaineering, family walks, full or half day excursions... Sainte Foy borders Italy for 25kms, offering many opportunities for border crossings, the two most common being the Col du Rocher Blanc, and the Col du Mont.
A guided visit of the baroque church at Villaroger, and the rural, religious and architectural heritage at the hamlets of La Masure and Le Mirior. At the end of your visit you will have the opportunity to taste a local specialty known as "Farcon”.
This 3 hour visit will be led by a local guide. Enrol at tourist office.
Guide publisher Cicerone is worth a look at for books on Walking in the Tarentaise and Beaufortain Alps visit www.cicerone.co.uk
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website
Sainte-Foy Tarentaise Tourist Office
Tel: +33 4 79 06 95 19
Try the charmingly rustic Chez Mérie (Tel: +33 479 06 90 16) in the hamlet of Le Miroir or Chez Léon (Tel: +33 479 06 90 83) at the top of the first chairlift which specialises in Savoyard cuisine. Advance booking is recommended for both. La Maison à Colonnes (Tel : +33 479 06 94 80) is a traditional-style restaurant serving meals in a typical 16th century Savoyard chalet.
By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Sainte-Foy 610 miles (approx 9hrs15)
Motorway A 43 Lyon/Albertville
Main road N 90 Bourg-Saint-Maurice
By Rail: Eurostar runs direct services from London to Bourg-Saint-Maurice on Friday night and Saturday. Or take the Eurostar service to Paris or Lille and change to regular SNCF services to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
Chambery Airport is 111km from Sainte Foy (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 178km from Sainte Foy (1 ½ hours)
Geneva Airport is 190km from Sainte Foy (2 hours)
Lyon Airport is 188km from Sainte Foy (2 ½ hours)
Cashpoint, delicatessen, fitness centre, newsagents, sports shops, beauty salon, antique and bric-a-brac shop, doctors, dentist, post office.
Guided tours of Villaroger with its Baroque church and of Le Monal, a renowned listed village. Visit the village’s cooperative dairy.