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Visitor reviews for Sainte Foy Ski Resort
February 22, 2016
Bob Haris from United Kingdom
Went to St Foy over half-term. Extremely disappointed. Of the 4 chair lifts 1 closed most of the week, pistes not always groomed and sometimes poorly groomed, zero night life and basically after 1 day you have skied the lot.
Sainte Foy Ratings
Overall: 4.0. Based on 41 votes and 55 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Sainte Foy.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Sainte Foy, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Sainte Foy, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Sainte Foy.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.7
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Sainte Foy, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Sainte Foy is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Sainte Foy relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Sainte Foy, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Sainte Foy are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Sainte Foy is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Sainte Foy, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Sainte Foy usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Sainte Foy are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Sainte Foy are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Sainte Foy has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Sainte Foy, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Sainte Foy, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Sainte Foy, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Sainte Foy has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Sainte Foy is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Sainte Foy is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 21, 2015
Stephanie Walker from United Kingdom
Love Sainte Foy; perfect for families! This is our second unbelievable trip with Premiere Neige and we cannot think of one thing we would change. We stayed in Grand Solliet with our 3 children and our friends (family of 4) and everything was brilliant from start to finish. Amazing food all week, with 4 course meals and canapes, and top class wines to boot. Our host and chef were lovely and really went out of their way to make sure everything was going well for us all week; such a credit to Premiere Neige. For us a big part of a skiing holiday is childcare and this ski company definitely come out on top. We put our kids into afternoon childcare in the creche which meant that we could have a bit of time to ourselves on the slopes during the day and the kids could go to ski school, which was all very handily organised on our behalf. (Also, before we arrived we were able to book massages & transfers via the Concierge Service too.) The creche is fantastic, much better and more personal than other ski creches we've used, The nannies are great with the kids, making sure they have the right balance of rest and play, getting the kids outside for sledging, treasure hunts, etc and also time to relax, paint etc indoors.
One of the reasons we booked Grand Solliet was because some of friends stayed in it last year and spoke about the quality of the rooms and the games room. This was a great space for the kids as they could play games, watch DVDs and it was their own little chill-out zone. Our chill out time was spent in the hot tub before delving into a big slice of the afternoon cake, everyday!
Loved every minute of the holiday and the skiing was fantastic too, by the way. Plenty of lovely slopes for the girls (intermediates) and the boys disappeared into the off-piste most days which they still can't stop talking about! We've already booked again for next year and are thinking of fitting in another cheeky self-catered break with Premiere Neige at the end of this season too.
February 14, 2015
lee tridini from United Kingdom
The quietest resort I have ever skied in with powder that can stay untracked for a week. Only 4 lifts but these open up to an area offering great off-piste. Apex Snowsports, Sainte Foy's first British ski school, were great in improving my wife's skiing; highly recommended.
February 08, 2015
Andrew from United Kingdom
First time to Sainte Foy. Have been going to Les Gets for 20 years which is a much bigger resort with 30 lifts or more. But loved Sainte Foy. Great tree lined runs, good variety of skiing generally and the 6 lifts, which I initially thought would mean limited skiing, actually open up a very extensive area. The resort is charming. The only thing I would say is that there are very few bars and restaurants but as most accommodation is in chalets this wasn't a problem. Stayed in Black Diamond Lodge with Venture Ski. Would highly recommend this chalet and company. Chalet is virtually on the piste; luxury accommodation and great food and outside hot tubs.
January 15, 2015
Graeme Hogg from United Kingdom
We have been to Saint Foye for 4 years and absolutely love the peace and quiet. It won't suit everyone but then again we're not all clones.
No lift queues and friendly restaurants means that we won't be staying anywhere else in the foreseeable future.
Plus, with La Rossierre, Val d'Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs in close proximity, if you want a change of view and on/off piste experience, then you're spoilt for choice.
I'll admit to having a family member working here, which is part of the attraction for us. However, even without that I honestly don't think that I could change my opinion of the place.
January 13, 2015
Claire from United Kingdom
Been here skiing 3 times; each visit renting a chalet in the resort. If you want a vast sprawling ski area, top après-ski and masses of places to eat this place isn't for you. If you want somewhere with a range of runs suited to different levels, friendly atmosphere (yes, mostly Brits), a few but excellent places to eat and just a short drive to many other resorts for a day or 2 out then, yes, this would be excellent. We always visit in January; never had any queues or problem with no snow (albeit, this year has less than previous years but that's the same for all resorts in this region). 11.30 this morning we didn't see anyone on one of the longer runs. We will be returning :-)
p.s. we aren't snooty and live up North.
March 17, 2014
Lowie from United Kingdom
Took a gamble on Sainte Foy based on several on-line reports and have just returned from a family week skiing there.
Firstly, we booked with Premiere Neige who were excellent from start to finish, especially the chap who picked up three large ski bags and carried them up several flights of stairs in one go, hats off!
Having skied all over Europe I have to say that I found the resort to be one of the most friendly places I've been to; lift attendants were great as were the cafe, restaurant and ski shop staff.
As for the skiing, no queues! Enough on and off-piste to keep me interested all week, snow could have been better but you can't rely on freak weather conditions for the time of year.
As someone that tends to ski different regions each year I'll be going back to this resort next year for definite.
February 04, 2014
rory from United Arab Emirates
Sainte Foy remains a little oasis of happiness in a sea of bland megaresorts. Is it perfect? Probably not; there have been a few new apartment developments which mean that there are a few more people on the slopes. But there is a new lift (fortunately, still staffed by the charming savoyard lift attendants), a new restaurant on the Marquise and the place feels distinctly French (so all the stuff about feeling like it is in Hampshire is odd. Hampshire has fewer couloirs). It remains small, well balanced for families who want to have a wide range of skiing but it is safe, and with one or two excellent chalet operators (Premiere Neige are still pick of the lot). And they're about to get half a metre of powder, so it must be good. The only downside is the catastrophic loss of the Bouquetin Boogie...which will hopefully rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes, with an improved bar and a more relaxed door policy.
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January 13, 2014
Debbie Williams from France
Having read numerous reviews for this resort, it would seem it is a bit like Marmite: people either love it or hate it. We decided to go with the 'it's fantastic' reviews and booked a week in January. Before anyone decides to visit this resort or any other please look at professional views of the resort that are more objective, subjective reviews are fine as long as you are looking for exactly the same things as the reviewer. For example a review stating that they had fantastic snow does not mean the resort is snow sure, it just means they were lucky. Decide what is most important to you and check out a good ski guide that will give you all the information you need to make an informed choice. We have learnt our lesson!
January 03, 2014
John Westwood from United Kingdom
Just had a fantastic week of skiing on and off-piste . Snow was great and resort: perfect. Everything you need without any tackiness. Best thing is you can ski all day with hardly any queues.