If you’re thinking about a vacation in the snow in Europe, there’s lots of options competing for your attention. Even if you narrow your choice down to the French Alps, there’s still a huge range of different locations where you can have fun in the snow. Perhaps one of the less well-known but worth having a look at is the resort of Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy is situated in the Tarentaise valley in the French Alps, en route to the more well-known resorts of Val D’Isere, Tignes, and Les Arcs.
Although looking at the piste map, the skiing area appears relatively modest, the area is renowned for it’s off-piste and forest runs - making it a great option for groups of mixed levels of skiing experience.
The development of Sainte Foy has been built surprisingly sympathetically to the environment and the traditions of the region - stone and timber buildings blend with the snowy landscape, which makes a nice change from some of the more commercial resorts and their architectural eyesores.
Premiere Neige run most of the accommodation. On my last visit i stayed a their property known as The Peak - a fully catered, beautiful chalet. There’s also a range of self-catering options available.
How to get there
- Fly to Geneva or Grenoble and then transfer; or train to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and then transfer.
Where to eat
- On-mountain there are two options – Les Brevettes and Chez Leon. Les Brevettes is a bit more rock and roll (it’s where the pisteurs drink), while Chez Leon is a bit more family oriented.
- Lunch at La Maison a Colonnes.
- Dinner at Chez Merie in nearby Le Miroir – a local favourite and worth making the journey to.
Where to drink
- La Coeur - main destination for an apres-ski drink.
- La Pitchouli - love the bar stools that are swings hung from the ceiling.
Things to do
- Lessons can be booked through the iconic Ecole de Ski Francaise (ESF)
- For local guides and organising some off-piste adventures, Tarentaise Tours are the Sainte Foy experts.