St Foy, France

A small intimate resort with 41km of skiing with quick access to the larger resorts of Val d’Isere and Les Arcs for additional skiing.

The Editor's Snapshot

Your own ‘private’ powder playground with an uncrowded ski area of its own.

Easy access to the slopes of Val d’Isere or Les Arcs, about 20 mins away either side.

A deserved reputation for good food and some great chalets, many with ski-in/ski-out access.

Ski terrain

41 Km (plus extensive off piste, heli-skiing availability and option to ski neighbouring giant regions like Val d’Isere-Tignes or Les Arcs-La Plagne)

Resort Altitude

1,550 M

Ski Altitude

1,550 M – 2,620 M

Highest Lift

Col de l’Aiguille Chairlift (2620 M)

Runs

Green 10%,  Blue 35%, Red 40%,  Black 15%

Nearest Airport

Chambery 2.45hrs

Geneva 3.15 hrs

Lyon 3.15hrs,

Beginners

There are a choice of ski schools, as well as private individual instructors offering a wide range of group or private lessons.

For kids

Chalets in this Resort

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Chalet Marigold, Sainte Foy - The Chalet Edit

CHALET MARIGOLD, SAINTE FOY, FRANCE

SLEEPS 14 + 6 • OUTDOOR HOT TUB • SAUNA • LIBRARY
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From£18,000
Chalet du Rassel, Sainte Foy - The Chalet Edit

CHALET DU RASSEL, SAINTE FOY, FRANCE

SLEEPS 20 • SAUNA • MASSAGE ROOM • FIREPLACE
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From£15,000
Yellowstone, Ste Foy -The Chalet Edit

YELLOWSTONE LODGE, SAINTE FOY, FRANCE

SLEEPS 12 + 3 • SKI-IN / SKI-OUT • SWIM SPA • CINEMA ROOM
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From£13,000

Overview

 

Ste Foy remains under the radar for many clients, essentially there’s a small, uncrowded ski area that’s great for families and beginners/intermediates but crucially experts will find superb off piste skiing opportunities, easy access to neighbouring giant ski regions and even the option to pop over the border and heliski in Italy. The final piece of this perfect picture village is the availability of some sublime chalet accommodation to base yourself in whilst you enjoy it all.

 

Ste Foy has evolved gradually and organically from a collection of small mountain hamlets located on the mountain side above the road up to Val d’Isere. As such much of the slopeside area of the resort is modern but development is either in keeping with traditional local Savoyard style, using local materials too, or indeed re-purposes old buildings. The result is some serious luxurious chalets and some wonderful restaurants to visit too. A major plus is that it’s never busy, and the lack of apres ski means you can really unwind and take a break from the buzz of everyday life.

Sainte Foy (sometimes also abbreviated to Ste Foy or if you prefer the full name ‘Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise) combines the old village of Ste Foy with a slopeside ski resorts some 4km above it which has been gradually developed since the early 1990s. It’s combination of ‘location, location, location’ between some of the world’s biggest and best ski areas, extensive off piste, access to heli-skiing, own uncrowded ski slopes and roster of superb chalets have all combined to earn it the unofficial title of, “best kept secret in the French Alps.”

 

It’s worth being aware before you book however that there’s not much to do outside of your chalet so this is not a good choice for party animals. So the resort is best suited to families with younger children who are not too bothered about nightlife outside the chalet, or groups of friends.

 

One other consideration is the transport to those neighbouring giant ski areas will take 20 minutes or so, however your luxury ski chalet driver will simply drive you there and pick you up.  

Ski Information

 

Very much a ski experience of two halves with beginners and intermediates amply catered for on the local slopes which offer a healthy 1,000m of vertical and runs mainly divided in to blues and reds.  In fact though almost half of the runs are graded red, and there are also three or four black runs, so there are challenges for more experienced skiers and boarders here too, they just not as extensive as elsewhere.  

 

There’s a very low number of guest visiting this resort, for this otherwise busy part of the French Alps, so you’ll often feel like you have the slopes to yourself and even at peak times queues are, at worst, minimal.  

 

Then there’s Ste Foy’s more challenging side, plenty of great off piste skiing on steep northwest facing slopes and lots of local guides available to take you to it. Popular routes include a descent to the listed village of Le Monal with spectacular views across as you descend to the glaciers on Mont Pourri; or the north face of Fogliettaz – one of the most popular routes in the area and popular with local mountain guides due to the quality of the snow which tends to last long after other routes have been skied-out.  Heli-skiing, illegal in France, is also available from Sainte Foy thanks to its proximity to the Italian border, over which the heliskiing takes place. Anyone with freestyle crazy kids should note there’s no terrain park.

 

It is also possible to ski at Les Arcs and la Plagne (Paradiski), or Tignes & Val d’Isere (Espace Killy) or even at the La Rosiere/La Thuile (Italy) area – altogether offering nearly 1,000km of additional piste kilometres between them, and all within a 30 minute drive of Ste Foy if you do want a day trip out.

Beginners & Kids

A great choice for families and first timers in the sense that the local ski area is very quiet compared to the super resorts and very convenient from most chalets – so essentially this should be a low stress areas in which to master your technique.

There are a choice of ski schools, as well as private individual instructors offering a wide range of courses for adults and children in group or private classes.

There are several carpet lifts and easy to ride chairlifts which make getting up the slopes a doddle and a good selection of very easy green runs plus a choice of slightly harder but still pretty easy blues to enjoy.  These include a long green which curves down through the woods to the resort base, a great learning run, or the long and wide blue-graded Grande Soliet trail from the Marquise chairlift which is an excellent progression trail.

Apres Ski & Nightlife

St Foy is decidedly quiet in the evening with half a dozen restaurants to choose from, most  of which also have bars.

The Yeti Boots Café  (+33 4 79 06 94 80) on the ski slopes offers a happy hour at the end of the ski day.  

Le Saint Germain (le-st-germain.com) in the Résidence L’Etoile des cimes is a good choice if you want to immerse yourself in the local food of the area.  It operates a wine bar, serves tapas and local products as well as acting as a delicatessen. Its speciality is its fondue Savoyarde of which they offer a free tasting every Tuesday from 5.15pm to 6pm!  Le Monal also operates a wine bar.

Three of the best

Mountain restaurants

Les Marquises (+33 6 17 36 10 88) has built a strong reputation for its great menu, daily specials and friendly, fast service and is widely regarded as one of the best mountain restaurants at Ste Foy.

 

La Maison à Colonnes (+33 4 79 06 94 80) is located within an old farm building that dates back to 1755. Located on the snow front in front of Mt Pourri and welcomes skiers for lunch or dinner

 

Eden’s Kitchen (smallwonders.eu/edenskitchen/) is open from 11 until 3 Sunday to Friday and does a speciality barbecue lunch.  Locally butchered meat is prepared in an array of fusions and styles, with Diot sausages, Montbéliard steak or Cote de Boeuf on the menu.

In resort restaurants

The popular Black Diamond restaurant (blackdiamondlodge.co.uk) lead by Head Chef John Sutcliffe is open from 6pm nightly (except Mondays) and offers fine dining with a menu including locally sourced fillet steak, duck, fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as daily specials.  

 

Chez Merie (facebook.com/chezmerie/) has the feel of a private dining chalet and provides a full gastronomic experience for carnivores with some meat dishes cooked over an open fireplace. Vegetarians should probably look elsewhere.

 

Le Monal (le-monal.com) has different ‘ambiances’ to choose from: a skier’s bistro service until 4pm for filling fodder or ‘la carte gourmande’ with panoramic restaurant for dinner.  

There’s also a wine bar and a free shuttle home (so long as that’s in St Foy) available on request.

Ski schools

Snocool (snocool.com) employ native English, Dutch and French ski instructors and offer group lessons (max group size four) for children aged from four and private lessons for children aged from three as well as wide ranging group and private adult lessons and guiding.

 

Evolution 2 (evolution2.com) offers group (max group size 6) and private classes for adults and children ranging up to ski touring, off piste and Heliski trips.  They’ll also take you further afield ice driving, ice diving, paragliding, snowkiting or dog sledding if you wish.

Tarentaise Tours (tarentaise-tours.com) is run with the Bureau des Guides de Sainte Foy and a good choice if you’re looking for true local expertise for off piste guiding or heliskiing.

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