Visitor reviews for Sainte Foy Ski Resort

Sainte Foy Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 44 votes and 57 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.3

(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.

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.

Off-piste: 4.8

(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.

Scenery: 4.6

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.7

(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: 3.7

(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.

Accommodation: 4.5

(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.

Childcare: 4.4

(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.

Snowmaking: 3.8

(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.

Shelter: 4.3

(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: 4.4

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 4.8

(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.

Beginners: 4.2

(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.

Intermediates: 4.2

(1) No intermediate terrain at Sainte Foy, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.6

(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.

Cross-country: 2.6

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.6

(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.

Eating: 4.0

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.3

(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: 2.7

(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.

Entertainment: 2.9

(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.

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December 28, 2011
Yvonne from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you don't like Sainte Foy, just don't go! Leave it to us that love it. I went last year in a large group. Ages from 3 to 68. Ability from beginner to expert. It was fantastic.
December 11, 2011
Lorna radley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It angers me to read some of the reviews on here. We have been coming to Sainte Foy on & off for 6 years. There is normally 8 of us around the ages of 20's, 30's & 40's, no children, just normal down to Earth guys and girls, boarders & skiers, believe me, no snootyness in this group! We always have an amazing time on the slopes and off, it's a beautiful resort & lovely people, we never get bored, it takes 2 minutes to walk to the ski lift from most chalets & if someones in front of you in the queue it's probably the guy operating it! Can't wait to return on the 7th Jan :) Those complaining, I'd rather you stick to the busy overcrowded walk for miles get lost can't find your friends resorts, otherwise you would spoil this special place.
September 22, 2011
GP from Ski Jersey Jersey
I am one of these "snooty" owners in Sainte Foy but I am actually based out of Sainte Foy Chef Lieu. By the way I am yet to find a "snooty" Brit in Sainte Foy just genuine people who love the resort and respect the mountain. I love Sainte Foy. It maybe small but it is perfectly formed. If you have children there are fantastic facilities for them and if they are getting more confident it feels safe enough to let them scoot around without a parent in tow (children waiting for parent to catch up). It is a short drive down to Val, Villaroger or Tignes. It is a little longer drive to La Rosiere but well worth it. We usually ski a couple of days in Sainte Foy, a day in Les Arcs, a day in Val, a day in Tignes and a day in La Rosiere and ski over to Italy. A great weeks skiing where you cannot get bored. Best thing is if you have big snow Sainte Foy suddenly becomes a big untracked playground for days.
March 03, 2011
Ann from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I think Sainte Foy is special. I have been coming with my family since 1998 and own an apartment in the resort, (British, but not 'snooty') What attracted us to Sainte Foy was the location, the quiet runs, no queues and the friendliness of the French locals. Yes it is small, yes there are a smaller amount of runs than you would find in the larger neighbouring resorts but that's what we prefer. We have clients who return year on year and like us love Sainte Foy. The tree lined slopes are far more interesting than the vast open spaces of the larger resorts and more sheltered on a windy/snowy day. The pistes are kept to an exceptionally high standard. Being small Sainte Foy is ideal for families and beginners in as much as you are not constantly being 'cut up' by the large volumes of people. Great for your confidence. There are challenging slopes if you want them, there is fantastic off piste (La Monal with a local guide) if you want it, it's all there just on a smaller scale. I won't be going anywhere else just yet !
February 26, 2011
Anne from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Don't go to Ste Foy (Sainte Foy)! It's awful! Leave it to the "snooty British property owners" another reviewer refers to! No, seriously, it's a wonderful little resort. True, there are only 4 lifts and 15 runs (including 2 challenging, steep, unpisted blacks) but half an hour to get from 1500m to 2600m isn't bad, especially when you never have to queue and often have those runs entirely to yourself! There is masses of off-piste, including some easily accessible ideal for those learning off-piste, and some awesome isolated descents (eg Fogliettaz, Le Monal, Col Grenier) for the more intrepid. Guides from neighbouring resorts bring their best clients here and come on their days off. It is ideal for kids (can't get lost), families and mixed groups as there's something for everyone and it's easy to meet regularly during the day. The only people it doesn't suit is high-mileage intermediates who never want to leave a pisted run and who enjoy queueing (perhaps they need the rest). The (mainly British) property owners are invariably very friendly and welcoming to newcomers, (despite what another reviewer says) property values have in fact increased (unlike in the UK recently) and most owners are against expansion as they love SF (Sainte Foy) unspoilt as it is. Best to stay in the resort itself. Lots of accommodation options from luxury catered (Premiere Neige highly recommended) to self catered, some with pools, saunas etc (contact the Tourist Office) or stay in Hotel Le Monal in Ste Foy Chef Lieu and get the resort shuttle bus up and down. Or Chalet No 1 in nearby La Mazure, whose owners will drive you and ski with you if you want. Get a 6-day lift pass (or longer) and you get discounted days in other resorts but many visitors don't use these as they find they love Ste Foy so much!
February 01, 2011
Chris Parrot from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Sainte Foy for a day to get some skiing in the trees while staying in Tignes. Found Saint Foy to be a very pretty little resort ideal for beginners and young families with wide blue runs and no queuing but a day was enough with the upper slopes offering off-piste skiing. However, the lifts were slow and there are only 4 but the Farmhouse Cafe was very cosy and had lots of character so it made a change from the large business orientated restaurants in Tignes and Val d'Isere. So great for a day out or to learn with a young family but my son would have been bored silly.
January 31, 2011
Twodogs from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from a lovely holiday in the amazing resort of Sainte Foy. Have been visiting for 5 years now, and just can't bring ourselves to go anywhere else. It really has everything you could ever wish for, apart from queues and tracked out off-piste! We stay just below the resort in a typical savoyard hamlet called Maison Dessous in Chalet Sherlock which is a beautiful 350 year old farmhouse with amazing views owned by an English family (hannah@sherlockassociates.com) who go out of their way to make sure you have an amazing holiday. The great thing about Sainte Foy is it is amazing for families and beginners with forgiving, beautifully groomed pistes, as well as offering intermediates and experts unlimited fun off-piste with hundreds of acres of rideable terrain. Should one wish to sample the mega resorts nearby, they are just 10 minutes away by car - every time we do, we are relieved to be back in the relative tranquility that Sainte Foy offers. Coupled with some authentic mountain restaurants serving great plat du jours (Les Brevettes is my fav) this is a place you will definitley return to. The slopes are mainly north facing as well so the snow is often much better in Sainte Foy than some of the neighbouring higher resorts - and when it is a white-out in Tignes, Sainte Foy and the trees are one great big playground. Give it a try, you won't go anywhere else again!
December 25, 2010
Simon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
First Xmas in Ste Foy (Sainte Foy): brilliant. Tons of snow at the beginning of the week and just when it needed a boost, we must have seen another 30-50 cms on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. Sad to travel back tomorrow, as always. As the kids improve, parents get left behind! But no-one bored by the challenge, as it always changes. Very friendly as always. Les Colonnes deserves a mention for lunch and dinner, if you can get in.
November 07, 2010
Mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Have skied in Sainte Foy now for 5 years, having visited the surrounding resorts to have a day away, but am relieved to return back to the uninterupted slopes, Although slightly busier now that when we first started, still not a problem. Often you can stand and look around to see no-one around which is just awesome... Most of the resort is situated on the slopes, So no bus/car ride. Stayed in Georgette which is on the ground floor - so easy access, which is a well equipped 3 double bedroomed self catering apartment with a sofa in the lounge which will sleep 2 little ones, so will sleep 6 - 8 and is an ideal placed to relax after a hard days skiing, Georgette is a short walk to the nursery slopes and the first lift, with stunning views from the balcony and bedroom. You can either look it up on the web or contact the owner (who - incedently is not a snooty brit! - sjpropertyservices@hotmail.co.uk This really is the jewel of the mountain, and we can not wait to go again this year. There are only a few places to eat in the resort, but all are excellant - we prefer to eat back at the apartment. This resort is perfect for family skiing holidays with plenty of challenging runs with a lovely safe apres-ski atmostphere .....perfect!
November 07, 2010
Mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Have skied in Sainte Foy now for 5 years, having visited the surrounding resorts to have a day away, but am relieved to return back to the uninterupted slopes, Although slightly busier now than when we first started; still not a problem. Often you can stand and look around to see no-one around which is just awesome... Most of the resort is situated on the slopes, so no bus/car ride. Stayed in Georgette which is on the ground floor - so easy access, which is a well equipped 3 double bedroomed self catering apartment with a sofa in the lounge which will sleep 2 little ones, so will sleep 6 - 8 and is an ideal placed to relax after a hard days skiing, Georgette is a short walk to the nursery slopes and the first lift, with stunning views from the balcony and bedroom. You can either look it up on the web or contact the owner (who - incidently is not a snooty brit! - sjpropertyservices@hotmail.co.uk This really is the jewel of the mountain, and we can not wait to go again this year. There are only a few places to eat in the resort, but all are excellant - we prefer to eat back at the apartment. This resort is perfect for family skiing holidays with plenty of challenging runs with a lovely safe apres-ski atmostphere .....perfect!