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Sainte Foy, France ski and snowboard holidays.

How you rate it

The skiing / snowboarding
3.8 / 5  Good
The resort
3.8 / 5  Good
Family Holidays
4.5 / 5  Good
Apres ski
3 / 5  Neutral
Sainte Foy has beautiful charm, all the buildings are kept to the local stone, wood and slate style giving the resort a boutique feel. There are no ugly high risers here! There are a limited supply of restaurants, however we went self catered and brought grocieries in Bourg St Maurice before heading into the resort. The supermarket in resort had good stores for topping up where needed. We stayed with Premiere Neige and found the price to be excellent and very competitive with other resorts and with other companies within resort. The property was comfortable and spacious and they didn't cram us in like some self catered properties do - no sleeping on the couch, unless you wanted too!

SAINTE FOY SKI HOLIDAYS

Sainte Foy en Tarentaise is the last resort on the road to Tignes and Val d'Isere and has for years been overlooked by the convey of traffic that clogs the road that ends in Val d'Isere. For years however the locals of Val d'Isere have been using its great off-piste terrain, good snow record and un-crowded lifts in the days after fresh snow, whilst the masses are fighting for lift access and first tracks further up the valley. The Sainte Foy en Tarentaise ski area is tiny compared to regional giants and its 5 lifts seem paltry. Yet the ski area punches well above its weight when it comes to off-piste skiing. The two highest lifts service 4 main runs but crucially a huge off-piste bowl. Below that there is tree skiing that after a good snow fall is shielded from the sun.

THE GOOD, THE BAD

Good  We like:
Rated as some of the best off-piste skiing in the region

Bad  We don`t like:
The actual ski area and lift system is small

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SAINTE FOY SKI HOLIDAY INFO

For on piste skiing the Sainte Foy en Tarentaise is distinctly limited with 5 lifts and 35km of piste. For off-piste skiing then Sainte Foy is superb, with far fewer fighting for powder than Val d'Isere. The village of Sainte Foy en Tarentaise is authentic charming and was seemingly forgotten. Things are changing though and despite the new developments being attractive the village is certainly growing. For families wanting a charming break in an authentic village then Sainte Foy is a good option. Amenities are very limited however, as is the on-piste ski area and accommodation is fairly scarce.

Review by Amanda, holiday taken February, 2009

The skiing / snowboarding

Snowboarding
4 / 5  Good
Beginner skiing
4 / 5  Good
Intermediate skiing
3 / 5  Neutral
Advanced skiing
4 / 5  Good
Off-piste skiing
5 / 5  Good
The ski lift system
3 / 5  Neutral
The off-piste in Sainte Foy is incredible with the new lift opening up a massive area of new pistes and easier access to the off-piste areas. I learnt to snowboard here and have progressed through to off-piste and back country skiing. The pistes were quite and wide and leant themselves to learners, intermediates can challenge themselves with the easy off-piste and then as they become more advanced tackle things the off-piste La Fogliettaz with a guide.

The resort

Resort attractiveness
4 / 5  Good
Resort facilities
3 / 5  Neutral
Resort atmosphere
4 / 5  Good
Resort prices
4 / 5  Good
Sainte Foy has beautiful charm, all the buildings are kept to the local stone, wood and slate style giving the resort a boutique feel. There are no ugly high risers here! There are a limited supply of restaurants, however we went self catered and brought grocieries in Bourg St Maurice before heading into the resort. The supermarket in resort had good stores for topping up where needed. We stayed with Premiere Neige and found the price to be excellent and very competitive with other resorts and with other companies within resort. The property was comfortable and spacious and they didn't cram us in like some self catered properties do - no sleeping on the couch, unless you wanted too!

Family Holidays

Family holiday atmosphere
5 / 5  Good
Family holiday facilities
4 / 5  Good
Kids ski class
4 / 5  Good
Kids crèche
5 / 5  Good
We went with Premiere Neige in the end because of the great things we had heard about their creche. Having small children aged 3 and 5, we were able to put out 3 year old in full day creche and then our 5 year old went to ski school in the morning and was collected and taken to the creche for the afternoon. We were able to take the children out as we pleased (we did want to spend some time with them!) but this was never a problem. We found the facilities in the creche to be of an extremerly high standard and the nannies, all English speaking, to be nothing but professional and caring. They also provided a babysitting service on the one night us grown up's went out for dinner.
Ski school was quite crowded, as it was half term, however my 5 year old thoruoughly enjoyed himself and the ski instructor was very friendly and spoke very good English.

Apres ski

Après ski atmosphere
3 / 5  Neutral
Après ski prices
3 / 5  Neutral
We love Sainte Foy because it is quiet! Although on the one night we did want to go out and have a few drinks we found that the Iceberg was enjoyable for a quiet pre-dinner drink and the Pitchouli to be on the more buzzing side for after dinner!