Sainte Foy – Family-friendly, Snow-sure, Easy to Reach, Beautiful Chalets, Stunning Surroundings, No Lift Queues and a ‘Mecca’ for Powder Lovers
Sainte Foy with Venture Ski
Welcome to The Times’ Number 1 rated ski resort on the planet. Yet still the best kept secret in the French Alps!
Sainte Foy Tarantaise is one of France’s smaller resorts and a hidden gem. Sainte Foy Tarentaise is a traditionally-styled village and full of charm. The Venture Ski chalets sit within picturesque surroundings and and offer warm and comfortable ambience.
Sainte Foy’s pistes and off piste areas suit beginners, intermediates and experts alike.
Sainte Foy Tarentaise in the French Alps covers over 100km² of the best skiing in the world; twenty five pistes covering 43km including 2 Green, 7 Blue, 12 red and 4 black runs. Often overlooked for the larger neighbouring resorts such as Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs, few people who visit want to ski anywhere else again.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Sainte Foy for another week in this awesome resort.” Chemmy Alcott (Four-time Winter Olympian) – March 2019
“Almost as strongly as I recommend Sainte Foy I would also recommend staying with Venture Ski. Their staff are brilliant, the food amazing and the chalets are gorgeous with all the facilities you could want for a luxury ski break.” Luke Rees (London) – January 2015
“Thank you so much. What a delightful resort + fantastic staff. Good luck to Venture Skis future + thanks so much for a wonderful week, best wishes” Mary King MBE (Multiple Olympian, World & European Equestrian Champion) – February 2008
With the lowest piste at 1580m (and the highest 2620m) you are guaranteed snow throughout the season. For the full skiable range, the top of the Fogliette itinerary reaches 3000m, and it’s possible some weeks of the season to ski to the main village at 1200m. Snow canons keep the lower runs in the resort covered throughout the season, regardless of recent snowfalls.
The local commune are proud of their environment efforts. Environmental mountain management is a priority with 800 new trees a year planted. Chemical-free snow canon ensure pistes are open all winter; the snowcats run on recycled vegetable oil.
Sainte Foy Resort Area
Located just 20 minutes from the Snow Train to the Chalet; 90 minutes to the nearest airport, and even Geneva is only 2 hours away. See more about travel below.
Historically inspired natural stone, wood & slate architecture makes Sainte Foy world-renowned for its beauty.
Once in the resort, you will experience complete convenience; Bars, Restaurants, Ski Lifts & Ski Schools and Shops are all within a 5 minute walk from your chalet. At Venture Ski, our ski chalets are co-located next to our swimming pool and spa, and a few metres from the professional childcare services.
Sainte Foy is famous for uncrowded pistes. The sight of a lift queue makes the headlines! There are gentle learner pistes and great ski schools, making it ideal for beginners or children.
The Tourist Office makes special efforts to give children a magical experience, with hidden treasure hunts, prizes and certificates for spotting local wildlife or hidden tokens.
The pistes all culminate at the resort – so you can’t get lost or lose your young ones. And although skiing the advanced runs, you are likely to spot your friends and family as you transit around.
Great for Non-Skiers too
With a host of activities for the non-skier, Sainte Foy is a great place to come for a relaxing winter holiday. Venture Ski’s spa and swimming pool, massage therapist and hot-tub are a great place to “chill out”. All the chalets have relaxing sitting rooms with great views where you can sit and read, or just think. In Black Diamond Lodge, the cosy bar is open all afternoon for a coffee, snack or glass of wine. Upstairs the residents library has a variety of books, or use the telescope to survey the mountains.
Outside in Sainte Foy, we are famous for the forest walks, with or without snowshoes and guides. A longer trek to the historic Monal village site or a shorter walk to the neighbouring hamlet of La Planay reveals stunning views. You can take the ski lifts as a pedestrian so you can meet the family in a mountain restaurant with ease.
Fancy an afternoon party or a few hours of shopping, then Val d’Isere is 20 minutes drive which can be arranged by our concierge with local taxis or one of our chauffeured minivans.
It’s an Off piste paradise!
Are you ready for one of Nike’s top “sweet spots” in the world? It takes half a day to do this one run, and you may be ready for a hearty lunch at the end of it.
The worlds greatest pro skiers rate Sainte Foy as their ‘go to’ place for its legendary power – accessible to intermediates too, with good intermediate and expert pistes, off-piste learner areas, and some huge “back country” itineraries.
Back in the patrolled domain, the south-west-facing bowl ensures shelter from wind, therefore snow falls vertically, and settles naturally – perfect powder. Some pistes are in the sun from first lift, others face more to the west so keep the perfect conditions later in the day
Still not enough? Then three of the largest ski areas in the world (Espace Killy, ParadiseSki & Espace St Barnadino) are all less than 20 minutes drive away. Ideal for the well known “ski safari”, cruising more different pistes in a week than anywhere else in the world.
Sainte Foy is located in the Haute Tarantaise, a well-known ski area with excellent transport links. Getting to us is easy with several options. You can choose to travel by air, self-drive or train.
You can make the whole experience even simpler by taking advantage of the Venture Ski transfer service or to choose from one of our recommended transfer providers. We will organise to pick you up from your airport or the train station in Bourg St Maurice and take you to our exclusive Venture Ski chalet area in Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy Piste Map
Any doubts you’ve picked the right place? Just take a look at Sainte Foy In The Press
“Sainte-Foy is a small, attractive, unpretentious resort developed since 1990, at the foot of what started life as a cult off-piste mountain. Sainte Foy is excellent for experts but now attracts many others, including families.” – Ski Club of Great Britain 2016
“Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, a genuinely traditional resort where skiing is harnessed into a wonderful natural environment. This village, where everyone knows everyone is nestled among the trees, Sainte Foy is a hidden gem known only to a privileged few.” – On the Snow 2016
“I first visited Ste Foy on the recommendation of a friend and have been going back regularly for the last 8 years. The resort itself is relatively undeveloped compared to other resorts in the area but this is a good thing. No hideous concrete tower blocks and the only time I’ve seen a significant lift queue has been when part of the mountain has been closed for avalanche danger. There are enough pistes to get you around the mountain and between the various lifts but the real beauty of Ste Foy lies in the insane amount of inbounds, off-pisteterrain that is accessible from the lifts.” – World Snowboard Guide 2013
“Sainte Foy sits nestled in the French Alps, close to the Italian border, at a height of 1550 m rising to 2650m.. It is a relaxed and unpretentious resort with access to great skiing and boarding of all levels. Sainte Foy is more affordable than most of the giant resorts surrounding it, with the local lift ticket (and everything else) far cheaper than most of its neighbours. Although more of the big operators are showing an interest in St Foy the resort so far remains remarkably unspoilt and has preserved its authentic charm and local architecture, again in contrast to many of its better known neighbours, so now is a good time to take a look.” – SnowMagazine.com 2010
‘Size doesn’t always matter – and Ste-Foy Tarentaise is a case in point. A tiny, four-lift resort, it has long been the preserve of off-piste guides, who bring their clients over when the powder in nearby Val d’Isère has been ground to crud. Now, however, thanks to some sensitively handled redevelopment, the place has been reborn – as a cute and quietly luxurious retreat for families (or anyone else who’s tired of the mega-resorts). Yes, the skiing is limited, but at all levels the quality is superb, and when you’ve had your fill, the larger lift systems at Les Arcs, Val d’Isère, Tignes and La Rosière are all within easy day-tripping distance.’ – The Sunday Times 2006
Placed third in “The 50 best ski resorts”. – The Independent 2010
‘Sainte Foy is growing handsomely, retaining and intimate village feel. And for now at least the lift pass is still half the price of its concrete cousin up the road. With 1000m of vertical decent and a mere smattering of piste, the north west facing slope still feels like something of a secret, so go now before the rest of the pack turn left at La Thuile as well.’ Time Out Magazine 2007
“Off piste addicts have known about Sainte Foy for years- you’ll find powder there days after it has been skied out in nearby Val d’Isere as well as some serious steeps. Now families are warming to its manageable size and easy going atmosphere. It is perfect to take refuge during the half term hubbub-when almost every resort in France is jam packed.” – Daily Mail Ski And Snowboard Magazine – 2007
“If you are crazy about off piste skiing, have a young family and are set on staying in a chalet in one of the prettiest modern ski villages in France then Sainte Foy is the place for you. Nestled among the trees at 1,550m in a sunny bowl above the Isère valley in the mountainous old kingdom of Savoie, it lies just a short car ride from a host of better-known ski resorts such as Val d’Isère, Tignes, La Thuile, La Rosière and Villaroger and has stunning views of Mont Blanc (4,807m), Western Europe’s highest mountain. But once there you may find it hard to leave this jewel of the Tarentaise, close to the Vanoise national park. For small family ski resorts are coming back into fashion and Sainte Foy has almost everything you might need: the right skiing mix for experts and learners; good facilities for children; fine food and a high standard of accommodation. You can even buy your own apartment or chalet. For small children Sainte Foy is ideal: it is friendly, has a kids club, a ski school and its nursery runs are conveniently close to the middle of the village.” – FT 2006