The Ski Resort
Sainte Foy is one of the best kept ski secrets in France. Ignore the piste map and the ski resorts stats, Saint Foy has a large and very good ski area. It even has designated off-piste ski areas close to the ski runs. As for the off-piste, this is part of the experience here, but no need to panic at this point, close to the slopes it is ski-able too for most reasonable intermediate skiers or above (taking the appropriate safety precautions of course when doing so).
All in all Sainte Foy has real charm, great scenery and good skiing. Here at Chalet Ski we love Sainte Foy and if you are looking for something a little different to the rest (and be one of the skiers in the know), this could be the ski resort for you. In fact, we like Sainte Foy so much here at Chalet ski it is probably the ski resort we most recommend (and we have skied across the world too).
Summing Sainte Foy up, understated, quiet and charming ski resort. The slopes can at some times be so quiet you should forgive yourself for thinking from time to time that you have the ski resort all to yourself.
Sainte Foy is just 15 to 20 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 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 in the know, and perhaps we should be keeping it quiet, is 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.
For those looking to ski further afield, the Col l Aiguille is the area that most ski visitors will talk about in terms of off-piste. For those willing to climb a few hundred metres higher, head towards the Rocher de Pierre d Arbine. Here you will find a number of off-piste routes including the Couloir d Echaillon which is a little steeper than some of the other routes such as the route down to the Monal itinerary run.
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.
The ski school in Sainte Foy is ESF.
Sainte Foy is a great ski resort for snowboarders for its off-piste (even if its just to the sides) and tree line skiing. There is also a snow park.
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