Sainte Foy is in the Savoie region of the Rhone-Alpes in the Tarentaise valley of South Eastern France, set at 1550m. It is surrounded by some of the more well known ski names including Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs, as well as having La Rosière just around the corner – you could ski to La Rosière for lunch and come back to Sainte Foy for dinner. Sainte Foy has remained beautifully unspoiled compared to many mountain villages and ski areas in France.
It is only a small resort, based around an old farming hamlet, with four chairlifts, around 20 slopes and accommodation ranging from hotels to chalets to luxury apartments. Nearly all the pitched roofs are cut by hand from local slate and the chalets and apartments are built from the best local wood. There are two spas in the Sainte Foy resort, both with swimming pools, jacuzzis and saunas, as well as massage and beauty treatments. There are five ski shops, two bars, three restaurants and a small supermarket.
The groomed pistes are often very quiet, so great for beginners, but don’t be fooled – there is some fantastic off piste skiing and snowboarding for those more experienced snow lovers! This varies from short runs between the trails to legendary descents such as the easy trip to the village of Le Monal or the harder, scarier North face of La Fogliettaz. As it’s a peaceful, fairly unspoiled resort, there are always new tracks to find somewhere, so there’s plenty to explore.
There’s a free shuttle bus linking the main village and the hamlets including La Thuile, Le Miroir and La Mazure to the resort. If you wanted something a bit different, you could always take a day trip with a mountain guide who can show you some otherwise inaccessible towns in the surrounding area.