Guidebook

Fast and Fun Ski Lines in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

It might be slightly lesser known for its freeriding than some neighbouring resorts but Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is an off-piste mecca!

Description

Nestled deep in the famous peaks of the Savoie at an altitude of 1550 metres, Sainte-Foy is a relatively small ski area, with just 4 lifts and plenty of traditional, old buildings making up the village centre. This makes it something of an anomaly in the Savoie - an area which is famous for its enormous, sprawling, modern ski areas - and all the better for it.

The main village is on the road which links Bourg Saint Maurice with Val d'Isére but the ski area (known as Sainte-Foy Station) is 4 kilometres off the main road and is reached from the village via a series of steep hairpins. The fact that Sainte-Foy is (by local standards) a small ski area (all things are relative - there's 1000 vertical metres between the highest and lowest points of the resort) means that it can be wonderfully quiet, both on and off the pistes.

The freeride lines described here are as varied as they are fun, and there is truly something for everyone in Sainte-Foy, from the super hardcore Foglietta West Face (which hosts a qualifying event for the Freeride World Tour) to the mellow "Le Monal via Le Clou"; an ideal introduction to serious off piste skiing.

If you've skied all the lines described in this guidebook and are keen for more, why not jump in the car and head a bit further up the valley to check out what Tignes and Val d'Isére have to offer?

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/1511/fantastic-freeriding-around-tignes-and-val-d'isere

Ascent of the Foglietta

Ascent of the Foglietta

Sainte Foy
1 - 2 hrs
1.2 km
325 m
32 m
33 °
The trip to the top of Sainte Foy's king
Moderate
Private
Foglietta West Face
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Foglietta West Face

Sainte Foy
599 m
43 °
W
0 m
1.0 km
Technical, exposed Freeride World Qualifiers face offering a proper steep skiing examination
Severe
Private
Foglietta North Face

Foglietta North Face

Sainte Foy
2 - 3 hrs
9.0 km
182 m
1,810 m
47 °
One of the classic north faces of the Haute Tarentaise
Severe
Private
Col du Granier
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Col du Granier

Sainte Foy
563 m
32 °
NE
19 m
2.3 km
All of the joys of Sainte Foy condensed into a single run.
Difficult
Private
Marquise
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Marquise

Sainte Foy
471 m
30 °
NW
2 m
1.9 km
Mellow powder-field opposite the La Marquise chairlift.
Easy
Private
Shapers' Paradise
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Shapers' Paradise

Sainte Foy
286 m
36 °
NW
0 m
0.7 km
Fun terrain for the playful-at-heart
Moderate
Private
Crystal Dark
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Crystal Dark

Sainte Foy
445 m
41 °
NW
0 m
1.0 km
A feast of fun terrain
Difficult
Private
Far Crystal
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Far Crystal

Sainte Foy
594 m
40 °
NW
37 m
1.6 km
More adventurous variant of Crystal Dark
Difficult
Private
Le Monal via Le Clou
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Le Monal via Le Clou

Sainte Foy
1,128 m
52 °
S
148 m
7.3 km
A gorgeous, gentle introduction to backcountry skiing, the route to Le Monal is a lovely journey back in time through stunning scenery.
Easy
Private