Reviews of Sainte Foy, France

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alibee
Reviews: 2
Hertfordshire
    4 of 5,  "Backcountry goodness, but not much for the piste-lovers"  11/09/2012 @ 13:36
Price Paid
500
Booked Trip Through
Private
Times Visited
2-5 Times
Review Detail
As others have suggested, a small resort with lots of accessible powder and huge amounts of less-accessible powder. Best for those with a good amount of back-country experience, the right kit and (for a day or two) a guide.

Town is all purpose built, not unnatractive. A decent bar with a large, south-facing, terrace but otherwise pretty quiet. Mountain food is above average and prices are slightly below average. Those pistes that do exist are all good, mostly quite steep although there are a couple of wide rolling blues.
Strengths
When there's fresh powder there's nowhere else I'd rather be. And when there isn't there's completely uncrowded pistes to cruise / carve / hurl yourself down.
Hot Spots
The run down the back to Le Monal, boarding through the village of Plan du Pre, the airbag at the top of the first lift.
Weaknesses
Accomodation options at station level are limited. Few runs for skiing friends. Walking on some of the further flung valleys. Hidden cliffs (100m+), drops, lots of temptation to veer from the path.
Similar Resorts Visited
Chamonix (back-valleys)
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Popper
Reviews: 1
    5 of 5  07/04/2004 @ 13:55
Price Paid
£400
Booked Trip Through
Friend
Times Visited
2-5 Times
Review Detail
Sainte Foy is a small resort which most people go past on the way to Val d'Isère and Tignes. I’d never heard of it then a guy I work with bought an apartment there. I’ve since been 4 times and after my initial worry of it being a bit limited (three lifts) actually I find you can easily spend a lot of time here. If you do want some variety hire a car and drive to Tignes or Val d'Isère both of which are not more than 20 minutes away. Alternatively 10 minutes away if a lift that goes over into Les Arc.

If you like off piste and backcountry this is also excellent. Going off the back of the resort takes you into some beautiful areas, hire a guide or go with a friendly local.
Strengths
Small (and quiet), off piste, backcountry access, no lift queues and proximity to other resorts.
Weaknesses
Small (and quiet) and you need a car to access other resorts.
Similar Resorts Visited
Whistler, Chamonix, Avoriaz, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens, Morzine, Tignes, Val d'Isère
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Whump
Reviews: 5
Fife
    4 of 5,  "Sainte Foy"  22/03/2004 @ 12:05
Revision #3 (Last edited: 23/02/2007 @ 13:07)
Price Paid
£550
Booked Trip Through
Snowboardlodge
Times Visited
Just Once
Review Detail
This was a fully catered week in a newly built chalet. The hosts Gary and Jane were really cool and friendly and everything about the accomodation was top quality.

Sainte Foy is very small compared with its neighbours and one week is more than enough to cover the terrain available but if you like having the mountain to yourself this is the place to go. Runs from the top station are mostly classed as red but are very easy in places. From the first bend at the top you can traverse out over powder fields for more challenging black runs and after running down all the pisted routes a few times this seemed a popular option for most. Very accessible powder areas all over the mountain if you fancy floating through bowls and trees.

Tha whole area is served by three 4 man chairs and we didn't have to queue for these....ever. The good news is you can rip down this mountain as fast as you're able without dealing with crowds, the bad news is you'll be at the bottom pretty quick.

The resort is pretty limited and only has a couple of bars and restaurants. There is no bank or Bureau de Change so take cash.
Strengths
Crowd free

Lots of powder
Weaknesses
Limited vertical

Limited amenities
Similar Resorts Visited
La Rosiere
Geilo
Hemsedal
Morzine/Avoriaz
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