26 June 2022.

Sainte Foy, France

The quiet unspoiled resort of Sainte Foy is actually a conglomerate of several traditional savoyard settlements including; the main village of Sainte Foy Tarentaise, the hamlets of Planay dessus, Le Miroir and La Masure, the village of La Thuile (not to be mixed up with its Italian name-sake just over the border) and Station de Sainte Foy a largely purpose built centre at the foot of the ski lifts. Most of the tourist accommodation, a mix of chalets, gites and chalet apartments is found in the Station, although each settlement has something to offer. The resorts largest hotel is located in the main village on the road between Bourg Saint Maurice and Val d’Isere.

The main village is largely unscathed by modern development and the small amount that is going on mirrors the rural vernacular of these parts. Whereas, in Station de Sainte Foy development has moved on apace in recent years but thankfully it too has been sympathetic to traditional styles. And although the station is considerably larger than it was a few years ago it still remains relatively small.

Sainte Foy is a great resort for families and intrepid explorers alike. As a base it has everything one needs and due to its central location is an ideal launch pad for exploring neighbouring resorts – namely La Rosiere, Les Arcs, Tignes and Val d’Isere all within fifteen to thirty minutes drive. However, there is more than enough in the way of adventure and activities available in Sainte Foy itself. Skiing and snowboarding in winter; hiking and mountain biking in summer to name but a few.

Views to the southwest of Sainte Foy are dominated by the precipitous Mont Pourri with its plunging couloirs and vertiginous cliffs. And to the north the gentle slopes of La Rosiere are framed by the dramatic peaks and arêtes of the mountains beyond. There is nothing more pleasurable after a long day on the hill than sitting sipping a tipple of choice while enjoying these vistas as the daylight slowly fades.

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