Sainte-Foy

User rating 9 out of 10

Laid back, friendly and great skiing

Wed 28 August 2013 by leecopson

I first visited Ste Foy on the recommendation of a friend and have been going back regularly for the last 8 years.

The resort itself is relatively undeveloped compared to other resorts in the area but this is a good thing. No hideous concrete tower blocks and the only time I've seen a significant lift queue has been when part of the mountain has been closed for avalanche danger.

There are enough pistes to get you around the mountain and between the various lifts but the real beauty of Ste Foy lies in the insane amount of inbounds, off-piste terrain that is accessible from the lifts.

Given the ease with which this terrain can be accessed it's amazing how long you can continue to find fresh snow after a snowfall, especially if you're happy venturing into the trees and poking around a bit.

In part this is due to the relatively quiet nature of the resort but it's amazing how even on a busy day people just disappear once you enter the off-piste areas.

If you're happy hiring a local guide then the lift-accessible backcountry is phenomenal and there's something for all levels off-piste skiers/riders. A 30-45 minute hike opens up even more.

I have never seen the run down to the village of Sainte Foy (rather than into the resort) tracked even if it's been 2-3 weeks since the last significant snowfall. You will need to get the free bus back up to the resort unless you pre-park a vehicle in the village but they run fairly often and you can always grab a drink or get some lunch in the village while you wait.

The resort has a small number of restaurants all serving excellent food and there are a couple of bars based in the resort centre but this is not a resort for lovers of nightlife.

The village also has a couple of excellent restaurants in Le Monal and The Grange which are definitely worth a visit. Taxis can be arranged to get you back up to the resort.

All-in-all I would thoroughly recommend Ste Foy.

User rating 9 out of 10

quiet, beautiful, and amazing riding

Wed 3 October 2007 by mrfloaty

I have been coming back to st foy time and time again and it has never disapointed, the atmophere is mellow and chilled with beautiful picture card perfect chalets and huts dotted around the mountain, the lift operatores very freindly and chatty offering advise when needed, if your a free rider then this gem will still have untracked lines many days after a good dump, the only down side the this place is it is very quiet night life is very limited and there is no dedicated freestyle park but plenty of scope to go build your own

love the place can highly recommend......