The Mountain

Sainte Foy lurks un-noticed among the giant resorts of the Tarentaise valley. Here you won't find lift queues, crowded pistes or endless tracked-out bumps. What you will find is a small resort with pistes so quiet you'd think you were the only person there. Every run is groomed to perfection every night, meaning that every morning you're getting the best possible conditions, all to yourself. A brand-new snow-making system covering the bottom-half of the mountain means that the resort is even more snow-sure than ever. Click here to see a piste-map. Off-piste, the lack of crowds means the snow can stay fresh for days after a dump. There are lines to hit in all directions, from steep couloirs and epic descents far from the resort to easy cruises in deep powder for your first ventures off the hard-pack. Click here for some off-piste ideas.

As well as drawing in those trapped in the endless quest for powder, Sainte Foy is also great for families. The local ski school is very used to dealing with British guests and is great with kids. All of the resort runs funnel back down to the same place, so it's almost impossible to get lost. There are 2 creches within the resort and we also have a good contact with a local nanny who can come to the chalet to look after kids.

There may only be 4 chairlifts, but every run is top quality. All the trails are groomed every single night, so we never get the icy moguls of doom which they seem to like over at Val d'Isere. There is a long, scenic green run cruising through the trees back to the village (not too flat either!), a choice of several blues including the legendary Grande Soliet run down from the Marquise chair - this has to be one of the best blues anywhere. There are also several reds, which have a nice range from an easy step-up from the blues through to steep and challenging. There is one groomed black run and 3 designated off-piste areas (also graded black). These don't mess about - Morion and Crystal Dark offer very steep off-piste riding and often hold great snow for a long time. The third off-piste area (Shaper's Paradise) is an easier introduction to the deep stuff, but still offers small drops, a natural half-pipe and a steep finish for those who want them. Beyond the groomed trails, the off-piste and backcountry riding is fantastic. There are easy routes for your first turns off the groomed runs, through to steep couloirs and cliff-drops. An hour's hike above the top of the chairlift takes you to the top of the awe-inspiring north face of Fogliettaz, offering a vertical drop of 1500m down steep faces which can hold good powder for weeks.

Sainte Foy's unique position among the mega-resorts of the Tarentaise valley means that we are able to offer no-hassle days out for those who want to explore yet more terrain. If you choose, we'll do two days at other resorts during your stay. The travel times range from barely 10 minutes to Les Arcs to about 30 minutes up to La Rosiere. Val d'Isere and Tignes are 20 and 15 minutes drive away. La Rosiere offers a chance to ride across the Italian border for lunch or to sample an activity not allowed in France - heli-boarding. We provide all the transport and organisation, all you need to pay for is your lunch and lift-pass (which is cheap as you get a discount with your Sainte Foy pass).

We can help to arrange guides for off-piste days and backcountry tours. This winter, we're also running packaged off-piste weeks - click here for more info.

Skiers and snowboarders on the Marquise piste, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder on the airbag, Sainte Foy

Prayer flags at the summit, Sainte Foy

Grand Plan chairlift, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder riding powder under the Marquise lift, Sainte Foy

View from the pistes, Sainte Foy