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Thinking of skiing in Sainte-Foy? Often referred to as 'the best kept secret of the Alps, Sainte-Foy is nestled amongst the trees. This uncrowned gem is a charming hamlet known only to a select few.

Why Sainte-Foy Ski Resort?

  • Uncrowded slopes
  • Attractive mountain setting with tree-lined slopes
  • Easy access to larger resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère

Sainte-Foy Information

First opened as a ski resort in 1990, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is close to the large resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère yet holds a real unspoilt, intimate village atmosphere. Built in the Savoyard style it gives a seamless blend of old and new, a refreshing change from some of the concrete jungles found in the larger alpine resorts.

Although small, Sainte-Foy has enough restaurants and bars for a ski holiday and there are some great alpine chalets serving delicious authentic cuisine. Because the resort is quite contained, no accommodation is far from the lifts or nursery slope.

The skiing in Sainte-Foy is renowned for its fantastic off-piste opportunities for intermediate and experts and great snow conditions. Away from the slopes, there are plenty of activities on offer from dog sledding and paragliding to snow-shoeing.

The friendly and helpful Sainte-Foy Tourist Office is open throughout the winter to answer any questions and provide further information. Their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.


On paper, potential visitors to Sainte Foy may be fooled into thinking there isn't much skiing on offer in this small resort. As well as large areas of easy and more difficult off-piste which the area is well-known for, the ski area in Sainte-Foy also has something to offer all levels of skiers and snowboarders on its pistes.

Benefiting from good snow cover throughout the winter, Sainte-Foy is a northwest-facing resort meaning powder stays around for days and is sheltered by the many trees. The ski area sits across an altitude of 1550m-2620m. The pistes are known for the way they snake through the larch trees, a very attractive and peaceful setting. The ski lifts give access to many official nature trails (3 black, 1 red, 1 blue) and the option of a heli-drop can take you further afield to even wilder landscapes across the Italian border.

The 1650m long six-person chairlift now joining Charmettes at 1800m to Marquise at 2500m has dramatically increased the lift-accessed terrain. The blue-run Grand Solliet and red-run La Fogliettaz have been created recently as a result of this lift and more off-piste routes have been made easily accessible. The resort is home to a few uncrowded and easy green and blue runs through trees which are child-friendly and ideal for second-week skiers to build confidence.

Sainte Foy is famous for its vast amounts of quiet, untouched powder slopes. The lift system offers access to a choice of green, blue and reds that run through the trees offering great fun and are real confidence builders. This resort appeals to a mixed level of skiers and snowboarders and is frequented by locals and ski instructors from nearby 'mega resorts' on their days off.10 snow cannons on the blue Les Charmettes and the Arpettaz and Savonette red runs mean snow conditions are good here until end of the season.

In order to guarantee regular, quality snow, every year they improve the snow production systems. Since the 2018/19, 18 new snow cannons have been set up on the lower slopes of Crêt Serru, Tobbogan and Creux de Formeïan. With these new installations, there will be a total of 100 snow cannons in the ski area, 100% equipped on slopes under 2100m.



Skiing is free for all beginners on the village ski slopes, both adults and children, at the bottom of the piste (opposite Les Fermes de Ste Foy) but the choice in terms of green pistes is fairly limited.

Marmots and Gallopins: 2 magic carpets offering free access. To learn skiing free and safe on the two green slopes of Marmots and Galopins.

There’s a long green run to progress to, plus a blue resort run - then gentle blue runs higher up. The ski area offers 7 blue slopes accessible to beginners on the first two sectors (Plan Bois slopes, Chapel, Combes, Charmettes, Grand Solliet, Natur’Renard (not groomed) Crêt Serru du Bas. Ski pass required.

It’s a great ski area for beginners/families as it’s usually less crowded than many mainstream ski resorts.

The chairlifts are all equipped with kid stopper fittings, fixed onto the restraining bar in front of each seat cushion, to ensure greater comfort and safety for young kids.


The red runs are well suited to intermediates looking to sharpen their technique. The run from the Col de l’Aiguille is one of the best.

The latest is a red south-west-facing slope in the La Marquise sector built, served by the Les Marquises chairlift. At the starting point, there is a Chamois sign that gives children and adults instructions for off-piste skiing, and advice about precautions to take.


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 on the north face of Foglietta. Ste-Foy Tarentaise’s proximity to the Italian border makes it easy to arrange a day’s heli-skiing above La Thuile and La Rosière.

There are three dedicated areas where you can practise off-piste skiing:  the Techniride Zone, the Off-Tracks Zone (safe freeride zones where obstacles are not signposted) and Shaper’ Paradise, a secured area specially dedicated to freestyle.

Sainte-Foy is also well known for its ski-touring routes with reachable summits between 3000 and 3800 metres high, such as the Archeboc and Ruitor peaks. You can also link up with the Italian valleys of Valgrisenche and Val d’Aosta just over the summit ridge that forms the border between France and Italy.


There’s some great freeriding terrain for snowboarders plus a dedicated freestyle area for building kickers.


Resort runs are green, blue and red, so easy for all levels to return to the resort by ski.


Villaroger, Les Arcs, Paradiski  – this is the closest from Sainte Foy being only about 15 mins drive away. It is the backdoor to Paradiski’s huge 425km of slopes.

Tignes Les Brevieres – this is just under 20 mins drive away. It is the backdoor to Tignes Val d'Isere ’s 300km of slopes (Val D’Isere village is about 30 mins drive away).

La Rosière – this about 30 mins drive away. Ski 160km's of sunny Franco-Italian slopes.

Sainte Foy Ski Hire

Pre-book your Sainte Foy ski hire with Ski Collection.

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

Sainte Foy Ski Passes

Pre-book your Sainte Foy lift passes with Ski Collection. 

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Other lift passes are available to buy in resort such as half or full day passes for beginners or those who only wish to ski the odd day. Some resorts also offer specific passes for beginners areas or smaller area. You can also buy cross country ski passes, one use lift passes (for non skiers) and obtain free passes for very young children.

Sainte Foy Tarentaise is located in the Savoie in the Haute Tarentaise, 6km from Villaroger in Les Arcs, 15km from Val d’Isère, 13km from Tignes – Les Brévières, and 16km from La Rosière, so there is a possibility to ski in other resorts. Please note! There is no shuttle bus or ski lift running between Villaroger / Les Arcs and Sainte Foy Tarentaise ski resort (8km) or town (2km).

Sainte Foy Group Ski School

Pre-book your Sainte Foy group ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school.

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 to 15 years, in Sainte Foy, with Peak Retreats. 3 year olds will go into Ourson lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 10 years+. We can also book ski + lunch + childcare for 4-11 years olds with lunch.

For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.

Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts, English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in the resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Client feedback: "ESF very well organised and well run. No concerns regarding leaving children as they were all given bibs and all carried their own contact details. The instructors spoke good English".  -  Mrs G, Sainte-Foy

Sainte Foy private lessons (not pre-bookable, book direct with ski school)

Private lessons with an instructor can only be arranged directly with the ESF ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these. Private lessons are usually around €40-60 per hour (depending on resort, time of day and period) and becomes cheaper the more hours you take and the more people you have to share the hours with i.e with family members or friends. Some resorts insist on a minimum of 3 sessions to be booked at once.

Contact ESF Sainte Foy for private lessons
Tel: 0033 479 06 96 76

Sainte Foy Childcare (not pre-bookable, book direct with club)

Childcare from 3-11 years (non-skiers)

Cathy, Emily and Barbara will welcome your children from 3 years old to 11 years old in Les P'Tits Trappeurs club. They offer your child outdoor/indoor activities like snowshoeing, fauna and flora discovery, games etc.

The activities are proposed according to the weather and the availability of staff. They can liaise between the ski schools of the resort and the kids club.

Open all winter season between 8.45am and 4.45pm. Closed on Saturday.

Please note children must be potty-trained.

Prices and availability - please contact club direct. Usually on offer half or full day(s) with or without meals. It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as spaces get filled quickly, especially in Peak times.

Contact Les P'Tits Trappeurs club
Tel: 0033 479 06 97 92


List of babysitters available from the tourist office.

Top winter activities to experience in Sainte Foy!

Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

Snowsport activities:

Off-piste skiing
Beyond the marked runs, the vast off-piste area is easily accessible from the resort’s chairlifts. Enjoy a unique ski experience and discover authentic hamlets nestled under the snow. Mountain guides and ski instructors can accompany you, so you can safely hone your skills while exploring fabulous virgin slopes. In Sainte Foy, you can have serious fun powder skiing, always with safety in mind.

Ski touring
Discover an exceptional ski touring area among the peaks and valleys of Mercuel, Le Clou and Le Monal. Accessible with the ski lifts, multiple routes await you for an energizing experience, always accompanied by a mountain professional.
Ski touring is also a great alternative in poor weather. Setting out from the resort, you can climb at your own pace through the silence of the forest along one of the three marked taster routes with a gradual ascent of 150 to 700 metres, then ski back down in safety along the pisted ski slopes.

Ski racing
Experience the exhilaration and adrenaline rush of ski racing! In Sainte-Foy, giant slalom and speed skiing are disciplines that everyone can enjoy for free on Tuesdays at the slalom stadium during the February school holidays

Heliskiing adventure
Just a stone’s throw from the Italian border, where heliskiing is authorized, Sainte Foy offers an exceptional base for experiencing a unique adventure. Virgin routes down the mythical slopes of the Ruitor Glacier… The Guide Office and ski schools offer trips of varying difficulty for skiers who already have a good level. You can even ski back down to some of the most beautiful villages in Sainte Foy!

Ski as a family and discover the mountain animals and their advice
Play about as a family on Sainte Foy’s natural terrain with its fun trails to develop your kids’ skills on all types of slope and find out all about mountain animals and their advice for protecting the environment.

Ski between the fir trees on the Natur’Renard trail, (piste n°25), an ungroomed blue piste where kids can discover the joys of natural skiing and learn all about the lives of foxes. Children can call the foxes with a series of bells before discovering one in a clearing, in the form of a wooden sculpture made by a local craftsman.

Backcountry for teens!
“Natural skiing” courses are offered in the Sainte Foy ski schools so your little thrill seekers can discover the mountain environment through a series of 3 challenges: learning to ski off-piste, training to use an avalanche transceiver, and listening to tips about mountain safety from a ski patroller and rescue officer. The programme is suitable for children over 11. Sainte Foy’s ski area offers a multitude of gentle, ungroomed slopes, which are easily accessible from the edge of the pistes.

Snowshoeing - protected forests
Step into the silence and the magic of the forest. No less than 568 hectares of forest have been classified for environmental protection. The system created in 1922 to reduce the erosion of the mountain soils and limit natural hazards, aims to compensate for forest felling to create ski slopes by protecting twice the felled surface. Our free winter snowshoeing routes partly cross through these forests.

A free toboggan run on the Galopins village slope for après ski fun.

Other activities:

On the edge of the piste, at the intersection of the slopes of Chapelle and Grand Solliet (above the departure station for the Marquise chairlift), come and take a break in the fun “Natur’Marmotte” area, for families and children. You can visit this sunny area without skis to have fun learning all about marmots and raising children’s awareness about protecting the environment.
A short distance away, kids can discover sleeping marmots in an old milk cellar, symbolizing a burrow, which hosts a wooden sculpture of 4 sleeping marmots.
The entrance of the cellar is protected by a grid for safety reasons.
We count on you to leave the site clean!

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

The above information is for reference only and it is advised that visitors to Sainte-Foy seek additional up-to-date information from the Sainte Foy tourist office:

Sainte Foy Office
Bon Conseil Dessus
73640 Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
Booking Centre: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19


Sainte Foy Resort News and Events 2019/20

Check out the latest news from Sainte-Foy on the Tourist Office website -

  • Adding seats on the TS Grand Plan
  • Replacement of the arpettaz TS in disengageable - it will be for 2020-21
  • More snow cannons (55% of runs are covered - the national average is 35%)
  • Natur’ Squirrel trail (snowshoe)

Sainte Foy Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

There are several bars and restaurants in Sainte Foy. For more lively après ski Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arc a just short drive away.

Altitude Restaurants in Sainte Foy

Les Brevettes
At the top of the 1st chairlift (accessible by pedestrians and snowshoes)
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)6 87 26 10 11

Chez Léon
Tartiflette, gratin and lasagne cooked in a wooden stove - Calm terrace facing Mont Pourri - Reservation advised
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 83

Les Marquises
Sardinian inspiration - Terraces facing Mont Pourri and the Turia glacier - Live music
Marquises, 73 640; +33 (0)7 63 79 08 08

Restaurants and Bars in Sainte Foy

Le W
New for Winter 2017-18 - Modern - Traditional burgers with local ingredients
+33 (0)7 68 61 48 95

The Saint Germain wine bar
Tapas boards - Savoy wines
+33 (0)6 60 33 41 18

L'à Coeur
Cosmopolitan - French and South-African owners, Anglo-Japanese chef - Wine bar
Bon Conseil, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 07 94 29

Chalet La Maison à Colonnes
Panoramic terrace - 17th century Savoyard chalet with typical Santaferian architecture
Bon Conseil Dessous, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 94 80

La Bergerie
Exquisite attention to detail in the cuisine offered by chef Guillaume Crosnier
+33 (0)4 79 06 90 16

Après-ski bar - Close to the ski school
+33 (0)4 79 04 14 86

Bar L'Après
Live concerts - Match screening - WiFi
Les Charmettes, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 25 74

Le Monal
An institution for 130 years
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 07

La Grange
Cosy ambience - Old stones and wood-fires
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 97 30


Sainte Foy offers a well equipped selection of ski shops, small supermarkets and a children's area near to the ski school. Other amenities include banks, a post office and bakeries. Nearest pharmacy is in Seez (20 min away by car).

Food Stores

Epicerie le Campaillou
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 90 05 

Une Marmotte au Soleil - Newagents, gifts, souvenirs, local products, bread. Cheeses and charcuterie cut to order, raclettte, fondue and delicatessen corner. Open 7 days, 08:30 - 19:00. Located next door to ESF.
Les Balcons de Sainte-Foy
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 03 57

Other Amenities

Cash Point: located at parking Maisonnettes (P3)

Medical Centres

Emergency numbers: Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles).

Doctor: Tel: +33 (0)6 68 10 88 36

Nearest Hospital

Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79

Getting to Sainte-Foy, France

By Road:

From Calais: 587 miles, approximately 9 hrs/

Motorway A26 Reims, Dijon A6 Maçon A43/A430 Albertville. Main road N90 Bourg Saint Maurice and follow signs for Sainte Foy.

Circulating on snow: before leaving, remember to take snow chains appropriate to your vehicle. In case you don't buy them in the UK, there are chains on sale: Superette Utile Sainte Foy station, Sainte Foy village or Bourg Saint Maurice.

Service Stations: Val d’Isère (12 km), Bourg Saint Maurice (15km), La Rosière (16km).

All mountains passes (Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Col de l’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, Cormet de Roselend, …) are closed during winter.

By Air:

Chambery: 75 miles, approximately 1hr 30

Lyon: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15

Grenoble: 122 miles, approximately 2hrs 10

Geneva: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 20

Private taxi transfers from airports to Sainte Foy are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.

By Bus:

If you are getting the Alti Bus service to Sainte Foy from Bourg Saint Maurice train station, please ensure that you get the bus that stops at “Sainte Foy Station” and not “Sainte Foy Tarentaise”, as this is 5 miles before the actual ski resort of Sainte Foy Station.

By Rail:

Bourg St Maurice is the nearest train station. You can get a direct ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice on Friday night or Saturday. Bourg St Maurice train station private transfer pre-bookable through Ski Collection.

Sainte Foy Opening Dates

11/12/21 - 18/04/22

See resort opening information

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