The Tarentaise valley is famous for its snow-sure winter resorts. All our properties are within easy reach of the big names – Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne and La Rosière with its link to the Italian La Thuile – as well as Sainte Foy Tarentaise itself.
Often referred to as the “best kept secret in the French Alps” and “the jewel in the crown” of the Tarentaise, Sainte Foy is where the local ski instructors choose to ski on their day off. Although it is smaller than its better-known neighbours, it offers plenty of terrain for all ability levels and disciplines.
It has built up a cult following amongst off-piste skiers and boarders who revel in the extensive powder fields, where it’s still possible to make fresh tracks days after a snowfall. It is equally popular with families and beginners as the wide, sunny, quiet pistes are ideal for those just getting acquainted with the joys of skiing or boarding.
Non-skiers will find plenty to enjoy too. There are well-marked trails for snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing or simply hiking which offers breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. One of the best trails takes you to the picturesque, tranquil summer farming hamlet of Le Monal where you can picnic gazing at the glaciers of Mont Pourri across the valley. You could also choose to try your hand at dog-sledding with your own sled pulled by a team of huskies.
The less active can while away the day soaking up the sun with a glass of wine or a beer on one of the mountain restaurant terraces, or be pampered at one of the two spas at Sainte Foy.
Sainte Foy certainly lives up to the old adage that the best things come in small packages.
Skiing & Boarding
Our position in the middle of everywhere gives you the most fantastic choice of winter sports resorts! Some of our guests choose to ski a different resort each day; others choose to ski the world famous Val d’Isère-Tignes circuit without paying world famous resort prices or enduring world famous resort commercialisation!
The off-piste paradise of Sainte Foy is uncrowded and the powder can last untracked for days. It’s also a perfect place for children and beginners as well as for a relaxing ski holiday away from the crowds.
You can drive to the Espace Killy in 20 minutes at Tignes Les Brévières and to the Les Arcs area in 15 minutes at Villaroger. La Rosière with its link to the Italian La Thuile, one of the few remaining heli-ski sites in Europe, is just 30 minutes away.
The Daily Telegraph, said: “This is the last bastion of unexploited French skiing. Ste Foy is where instructors come on their day off.”
Off-Piste Skiing & Ski Touring
Our position in the middle of everywhere gives you the most fantastic choice of winter sports resorts! Our properties offer easy access to some of the best off-piste or backcountry ski terrain in Europe.
Sainte Foy has deservedly built up a reputation as an iconic off-piste resort and has become a must-ski destination for dedicated powder hounds. Popular routes include the infamous Fogliettaz North Face, Col Granier and the descent to the deserted summer farming hamlet of Le Monal. The series of steep couloirs descending from the top ridge will get the adrenalin flowing for even the most adventurous off-pisters, whilst the easily accessible, gentle powder fields between the pisted runs offer an ideal training ground for powder “pups” new to the delights of off-piste skiing.
A little further afield there are plenty of classic descents to be explored: the North Face of the Bellecote at La Plagne; the Vallon de la Sache at Tignes; Cugnai at Val d’Isère; or, Grand Col at Les Arcs to name but a few. La Rosière links up to La Thuile in Italy that has one of the last remaining heli-ski bases in Europe.
The area also offers a huge choice of ski touring routes, from the gentle climb to the village of Le Crôt to the epic ascent of the Archeboc.
For those new to off-piste skiing, or wanting to improve their technique, we offer a number of courses based at the Auberge sur la Montagne. Click here for more details.
We have our own professional ski workshop and full rental facilities at the Auberge so we can fulfil all your equipment rental needs. We buy new skis, boots and snowboards each year and replace them every two years. Our products and prices are comparable to those in rental shops. The biggest difference is that here, when you are fitted for equipment, you don’t need to endure rental shop queues. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your accommodation!
Children and first time skiers particularly appreciate our personal attention and the privacy this service provides. The more experienced appreciate the quality of our equipment, the enthusiasm of our technicians and the refreshing way in which renting kit becomes an easy and pleasurable experience.
When you rent equipment from us you are welcome to change it as often as you want – all included in your week’s rental fee. For the first couple of days of your holiday get your ski legs back with a pair of forgiving skis. Then change them for a pair of all terrain or off-piste skis. Have a day on snow blades. Or have a day trying a snowboard. For a complete change, give the gliding a rest and have a days walk on snowshoes. All this and DISCOUNTED prices for pre-booking too!
Chalet Delivery Service
Our chalet guests don’t need to leave the comfort of their chalet either as our equipment rental room is mobile! Our ski technicians come to you at your chalet or apartment and fit you in the warmth and comfort of your holiday accommodation.
Our Monday evening phone call to check everything is fitted as it should be is always appreciated. We are back at your chalet right away if anything needs adjusting or changing. Each evening, if you need attention, our ski-techs are but a phone call away.
Sainte Foy offers one of the best value lift passes in the French Alps at just €165.50 per adult for 6 days or €195.50 including a day in Les Arcs (2016-17 prices). Recently installed snowmaking facilities have improved Sainte Foy’s already excellent snow record.
A 5+ day pass for Sainte Foy also allows you to ski at a reduced price for a day during your stay at the neighbouring resorts of Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne and La Rosière / La Thuile (Italy) so you can plan your own tailor-made ski safari. Or just pick and choose where you want to ski each day according to the weather and snow conditions.
Lift passes at Sainte Foy are FREE for the under 7’s and those aged 73 and over, and there are reductions for those aged 7-12 and 65-72.
Sainte Foy season dates winter 2017-18: Sunday December 17th 2017 to Saturday April 14th 2018.
Our properties are a particularly suitable base for a winter sports holiday with children, being perfectly placed to ski in probably the most child-friendly resort in the world: Sainte Foy! Ski passes are FREE for the under seven’s and reduced until they reach their 13th birthday.
The well-equipped crèche takes those over 3 years and can link up with the ski school so that your children can be entertained and cared for from 9AM to 5PM should you so wish. Sainte Foy is a resort where parents can ski with the peace of mind that their children are in good hands.
See Instruction & Guiding section below for more details.
We have our own qualified nannies during the winter season that will look after your children aged 6 months and over. They can collect older children from ski school if required and return to your accommodation where they can give them lunch and entertain them until you return from skiing.
Both indoor and outdoor activities are available e.g. board games, colouring, sculpting, sledging and building snowmen. We also have a good stock of children’s videos and DVD’s. They will also be available for evening babysitting. As places are limited, we advise you to book in advance – ask for further details.
Provisions for older children are often overlooked but not at Sainte Foy, teenagers can participate in the ESF classes specially designed for those aged 13-16 who would like to experience new sensations such as freestyle, powder or tree skiing with others of the same age.
Or why not sign them up for Evolutions 2’s Junior Academy classes specifically aimed at accomplished younger skiers. See the Instruction & Guiding section for more details.
Instruction & Guiding
The ESF ski school is like many other things in Sainte Foy: small, friendly and intimate! The ESF at Sainte Foy have a great record of successful teaching of our friends, family and guests. They offer group lessons as well as individual tuition and off-piste instruction and guiding. We strongly recommend that you book well in advance, especially for peak weeks. You can book online so that your tickets will be waiting for you on arrival avoiding those first day queues – BOOK YOUR SKI LESSONS WITH ESF .
Evolution 2 are especially good for older children and teenagers and offer private lessons, off-piste guiding, heli-skiing and adventure activities such as dog-sledding Click here for details
Snocool are highly recommended for their small group sizes, skilled and enthusiastic teachers, and their flexibility. For more information on the group and private tuition they offer click here
Apex is the first British ski and snowboard school in Sainte Foy, new this season. They offer a range of private lessons and technical sessions to improve your skills. Click here for more information
Private lessons and guiding
If these ski schools do not suit your requirements, we can suggest local independent instructors and guides who have extensive experience working with both adults and children.
We particularly recommend Bryan Hogg, a BASI qualified Scottish ski instructor who is based in Sainte Foy during the winter (click here for more details). Bryan runs most of the off-piste courses based at the Auberge but is equally good at teaching beginners and children as well as those just wanting to improve their technique. A couple of sessions with Bryan will put most people back on the right track; we really can’t recommend him highly enough.
We also recommend Nick Quinn another BASI qualified instructor based in Sainte Foy and Tignes. Nick has been teaching all levels of skiers in the area for the last 5 years, before which he was a BASI trainer. Nick can also organise snowboard lessons with a fellow instructor. You can find more details and book Nick directly by clicking here.
Laurent Camus was born in Paris and has been skiing in Val d’Isère since he was 10 years old. He was a racer for many years (downhill and giant slalom). He started teaching and guiding with Topski in 1976 and after ten years he and some friends set up a ski school called Mountain Masters. Now he is working as a freelance instructor teaching all levels of skiing and boarding.
Alextreme, Alexandre Rippe, has 20 years of experience within the Tarentaise valley, is nationally qualified and can offer ski and snowboarding tuition and guiding for all levels and ages, on or off piste. You can contact him via his website
Off-Piste Courses and Ski Safari
We have a programme of off-piste courses based at the Auberge sur la Montagne running throughout the winter. There are courses for different ability levels from beginners to experts. Visit the pages in the Auberge section for further details.
Non-skiers and Après-ski
Non-skiers are well catered for with facilities for cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, snow-biking, dog-sledding, ice-climbing, ice-skating, quad-biking, snowmobiling and swimming nearby. Evolution 2 are offering dog-sledding, evening sledging, as well as snow shoeing excursions – click here for details.
Auberge guests can relax in the hot-tub or sauna, whilst all our guests can choose to laze on their sunny balcony or terrace and leave the strenuous activities to others. Shoppers will enjoy a stroll around the shops and weekly markets at the major resorts. There are two swimming pool/spa complexes at Sainte Foy resort. Both have a sauna, steam room, indoor pool, and beauty treatments available.
Guests at the Auberge can relax in the hot-tub and sauna whilst sipping a beer or glass of champagne. Kids and adults alike enjoy hurling themselves down our sledging tracks. The bar with its roaring log-fire is a convivial place for pre- and post-dinner drinks. You can also chill out in the Den to watch a movie, your favourite soap, or that all-important match.
At the resort you’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants for an après-ski drink or two. The Yeti Boots bar faces the sledging area (complete with magic carpet lift) so the grown-ups can imbibe whilst keeping a watchful eye on the kids. The new Whiplash Pub often has live music, and the Après (formerly the Pitchouli) has a lively atmosphere and offers crèpes to keep the kids happy until supper time.
We are happy to suggest suitable restaurants and to make bookings for you.
Snow Yogi Holidays
We have teamed up with AdventureYogi to offer ski and snowboarding yoga holidays based in Sainte Foy. SnowYogi holidays place an equal emphasis on the skiing/boarding and yoga, with plenty of relaxation too. With this unique combination you are guaranteed to feel energized on the slopes and wonderfully relaxed and invigorated when you return home.
The twice daily yoga classes are run by experienced yoga teachers for all levels.
The morning class prepares you for your day of snowboarding or skiing with a dynamic yoga class to awaken the mind and bring heat to cold muscles. These sessions pay special attention to warming the body, stretching out the legs and building stamina for your turns and powder runs.
The evening yoga class is a restorative class designed to relax tired muscles and bodies after a full day on the mountain. This gentler, slightly longer session will vary each evening and include pranayama and meditation to help mind and body really let go and allow you to enter a state of deep relaxation after a hard day in the mountains.
There will also be massage therapists available to ease out any aches or strains or simply help you to relax.
The daily programme will enable you to spend a full day on the slopes each day. Two days will be spent at Sainte Foy, within walking distance of the chalet and the other four days will be spent in the nearby ski areas of La Rosière, Les Arcs and Tignes/Val D’Isère so you can experience 4 different ski resorts. Your chalet hosts will brief you in the morning with a piste map of each ski area so that you can explore the slopes with confidence. Or you can choose to stay in Sainte Foy if you prefer. We can organize lessons/guiding, equipment rentals and lift passes for you if required.
You will be staying at the ski in – ski out Frontline apartments at the centre of Sainte Foy ski resort. Wherever you’re staying, our chefs will create delicious brunches in the morning after yoga and exquisite gourmet dinners in the evenings. The food will be fresh, nutritious, vegetarian, and hearty. Brunch is a choice of granola, fabulous local breads and croissants, eggs, juices and fruit, and dinner is a three course veggie feast with local wines. Dinner is served over 6 nights as the staff have one well-deserved night off.
Dates and Prices
The dates for 2017 are:
Sunday March 12th to 19th
Sunday March 19th to 26th
Prices from £893 per person.
For further details and to book please visit the AdventureYogi website here.