Here at Chalet Ski Holidays we think Sainte Foy is one of the best kept ski secrets in France. The piste map may not look large, but it hides the fact that with the controlled off-piste skiing, there is a great deal of mountain to actually ski, making it excellent for beginners, intermediates, and skiers wishing to move on to the next level in respect of off-piste expert.
A charming ski resort, it boasts stunning great scenery and good skiing and snowboarding. notwithstanding that it is an easy drive to Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes and Val d'Isere to name a few, so great for days out too. And did we mention the fact the slopes can at some times be so quiet you should forgive yourself for thinking from time to time that you have the whole ski resort all to yourself!
Sainte Foy is one of the easiest resorts to get to via the Eurostar train. Just twenty minutes from Bourg St Maurice train station, served by both a day time Eurostar snow train (departs Saturday morning and arrives Saturday evening and a night snow train (departs Friday night and arrives early Saturday morning), traveling direct from St Pancras International rail station so no changes necessary.
Situated in the heart of the Tarentaise Savoie area it is also close to several large ski areas so you can ski one of the more well known ski resorts. With ski passes of 5 days or more you are entitled to discounted tickets in exchange for Tignes, Val d Isere, Espace San Bernardo (La Rosiere), Les Arcs and La Plagne (Paradiski). Please check the visit limitations and collection points as these apply.
Off Piste Skiing
What makes Sainte Foy so popular with those of us iis that it has some of the best off-piste your find for a variety of ski levels. Recently it has even set up three off-piste ski areas, Shapers Paradise, Zone Techniride and Off Tracks. None of particularly challenging and a great introduction to off-piste for most ski holiday-makers.
For experts looking for something more challenging, the Col l Aiguille is a good challenge with a qualified mountain guide. For random enthusiasts, a few hundred metres higher, head towards the Rocher de Pierre d Arbine. But please take note, the competency level required again takes a step up but so does the excitement as you will find a number of off-piste routes including the Couloir d Echaillo. The Monal itinerary run is particularly worth searching out..
Other off-piste areas to ski include le Plaisir de la Glisse or if you aup for a harder climb, the Col de la Foglietta and its north face.
Getting Around the Ski Resort
Sainte Foy is an intimate and charming ski resort. Whilst the secret is getting out and development is starting to occur, it is still remains small enough to get around easily by foot.
Its a pretty alpine ski area and snowshoeing comes highly recommended. Husky sleigh rides are also available in Sainte Foy.