Skiing in Sainte-Foy

Country: France

In a nutshell: A small and quiet resort with uncrowded slopes and epic off-piste skiing

We like:

  • The relaxed atmosphere in resort and on the mountain means its an unpressurised place to learn to ski
  • Some of the best off-piste skiing in the region, including some dedicated areas for people new to off-piste skiing
  • Great value lift pass, which also includes the ability to ski nearby Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arcs at a reduced price

We don’t like:

  • There are a small number of runs, so skiers wanting a big variety will be bored after a few days
  • The resort is very quiet with very little in the way of apres-ski


  • Resort altitude: 1,550m
  • Highest lift: 2,620m
  • Lowest piste: 1,550m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva & Lyon – 2h15m
  • Number of lifts: 6
  • Number of runs:
      • Green: 2
      • Blue: 7
      • Red: 11
      • Black: 4


  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for advanced


St Foy ski resort started life in the 1990s as a hidden gem of an off-piste resort. Local guides and ski instructors would visit on their days off, along with other in-the-know locals to ski the epic untracked terrain.  Since then a lot of development has happened and St Foy’s appeal has extended to families attracted to the quiet resort centre and empty slopes.

The quiet slopes make St Foy a good choice for a beginner ski holiday as it lacks the intensity and pressure of larger ski resorts, although there are limited easy-intermediate runs to progress on to. Experts looking for off-piste adventure are spoiled for choice with lots of designated off-piste areas between the runs, and some legendary descents outside of the area. There are some great runs for intermediates, but they are limited in number so there probably isn’t enough variety to keep most skiers happy for a full week.

The resort centre is all built in an attractive Savoyarde stone and wood stye, and has a few bars and restaurants, along with the obligatory ski shops. The town is very quiet so will appeal to skiers wanting some peace and tranquility, whilst party animals should look elsewhere.