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Crystal Dark

Sainte Foy


A feast of fun terrain

Freeride Skiing Difficult

1 km
0 m
445 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.5 km
Crystal Dark Map

It is often said that Sainte Foy feels more like British Columbia than the French Alps thanks to its rolling, varied terrain and widely-spaced trees. Crystal Dark is a prime example and a real treat.


Another of Sainte Foy's Natur'ide areas, Crystal Dark has something to suit every off-piste rider. The main route, accessed by turning left off L'Aiguille piste at the earliest opportunity after the hairpin, involves a longish traverse across the upper bowl staying high and left before reaching the shoulder. The route then rolls over into a steeper pitch down the fall line, which can get quite mogulled if there is no recent fresh snow, bearing right to join the Creux de Formeïan piste.

Those that fancy a more technical challenge can follow the route closer to the chairlift where the slope ends abruptly in a rock face punctuated by a choice of chutes shaped as an X, a Y and a Z. Scope you line on the way up the chair and choose your poison (wisely)! Stick a nice line down one of these and the peanut gallery on the chairs will erupt in appreciation (although, being Sainte Foy there probably isn't anyone else on them)!



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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