Sainte Foy is the polar opposite to its lively neighbour Val d’Isère and if it is a quieter and more discreet ski holiday you are after then this small French resort is your answer.
Sainte Foy has four chairlifts and a few bars and restaurants but don’t be fooled by this quaint exterior as it has a fantastic reputation with the powder and tree skiers, due to its proximity to the Italian border and La Thuile means that heli-skiing is also on the menu which puts Saint Foy respectably and firmly on the map.
With a number of satellite resorts neighbouring Sainte Foy if you do fancy a livelier après then the options are still there.
Sainte Foy is surrounded by the big boys of Alpine Skiing; Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Rosière which means that there is no chance of being bored of your surroundings or choice of skiing. Stay in Sainte Foy and you can enjoy the quieter slopes and tree and off piste skiing.
Vertical Drop – up to 2000 meters
Average number of runs per day – 20 piste/2 Heli drops
Head to La Rosière and ski over to La Thuile for a quick Bombadino and Heli skiing if the conditions permit. Follow the day up with a late lunch at one of the many Italian mountain restaurants for a bowl of delicious homemade truffle pasta washed down with a good Italian red.
Take the funicular train up to Les Arc and have a day exploring the surrounding areas and neighbouring resorts you will have earned your hot tub and glass of bubbles by the end of the day.
Considering its size, Sainte Foy has some fantastic restaurant options to choose from but the one that stands out is Restaurant Chez Mérie in the Hamlet of Le Miroir. It is one of Sainte Foy’s leading culinary attractions and is situated in a large Savoyard chalet run by a lady who realised that at the end of a long day, skiers would be passing her doorstep and were hungry, so she started hosting these skiers and serving local dishes and this quickly became legendary in the area. Booking is essential!
Geneva: 2 hours 30 minutes
Chambery: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Lyon: 2 hours 50 minutes
Bourg St. Maurice 20 minutes
Lyon 2 hours 50 minutes
Heli transfers can be arranged