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Nestled in the French Alps, close to the Italian border, at a height of 1550m, Sainte Foy has a stunning location, breathtaking views of the valley and Mount Pourri, and direct access to more than 800 hectares of virgin snow. Surrounded by the world-famous resorts of Val d'Isère, Tignes and Les Arcs as well as the smaller La Rosière, from where you can ski into Italy, it gives you access to some of the best skiing the world has to offer.
The four efficient chairlifts serving each of the principle pisted runs as well as magic carpet escalators on the two nursery slopes may seem a small number of lifts but they are under-useed (no queues!) and provide quick and easy access to a vast on-and off-piste area. All pistes end in a central location so there's no losing the little ones! In fact, the useable ski area at Sainte Foy is bigger than that of Val d'Isère.
The village of Sainte Foy itself has preserved its authentic charm and local architecture, and offers affordable lift passes (half the price of those in Val d'Isère and Les Arcs) and excellent traditional restaurants and bars.
Ski. The lovingly prepared pistes remain in top condition all day due to the lack of crowds. Sainte Foy is good for family holidays with all ages and abilities: the lower slopes offer wonderful sweeping runs through the trees, while the upper slopes provide breathtaking descents. You can explore tree-lined greens, gentle blues, wide and fast reds and challenging blacks. For beginners, the resort has adult and children's nursery slopes, and this is also a natural playground for snowboarders, with countless drops and hits.
Try snow-shoeing on paths that wind through the pine and spruce forests by the listed village of Le Monal, taking in spectacular views across to the glaciers on Mont Pourri, the farming hamlets of Le Planay and down to the St Guérin chapel.
Have fun with husky-sledging tours around the forest paths. You're in charge of your own huskies, so make sure you have a hearty breakfast first,
Local restaurants serve everything from traditional Savoyard meals to pizzas, making eating out on family holidays in Sainte Foy a doddle.
Sainte Foy is predominantly known as a winter resort. Its altitude and many north-facing slopes means snow can generally be counted on from mid-December to the 3rd week of April, with the peak time for family holidays being February half-term.
Fly to Geneva in Switzerland, Lyon or Chambéry (find deals with British Airways or Expedia) or take the Eurostar to Bourg-St-Maurice. Some operators, including Première Neige, then provide a transfer right to your door.
When budgetting for family holidays in Sainte Foy, expect to pay from around £495 for a 2-bedroom property in the low season to about £2,500 for a 4-bedroom freestanding chalet on a peak week. Catered properties start from about £545 to about £1,200 per adult for a week’s luxury chalet with Jacuzzi and/or sauna.
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