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Why do we favour one ski resort over another? What makes us try a new place, and go back? It is a complicated question - is it the culture, the ambience, or are there other more tangible factors?
Does the skiing suit me? Are the pistes spacious or crowded, is it big enough, does it have lots of groomed runs, are the lifts efficient and comfortable, can I be sure of snow?
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• Ski Area Comfort is determined by the efficiency of the lifts, the comfort of the lifts and how much ‘elbow room’ there is on the piste •
• Snow Reliability considers the altitude, snowfall data and snowmaking coverage •
• Ski Area Value combines all these factors for one easy to recognise overall result •
Once a little known mecca for powder skiers only, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise (otherwise known as Ste Foy) is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France and was only constructed as a ski resort in 1990. Now it is a well established favourite as a snow sure family ski destination. Unlike many purpose-built resorts in France, it is easy on the eye. All the buildings are ‘chalet style’ most are clustered around or near the bottom of the slopes. This is a pleasant place to be, there is no traffic, everything is on your doorstep. The ski area, although small, has a good range of slopes for all abilities. The off-piste is still highly regarded, some lift accessible and some further afield with a guide. The après-ski is quiet, it’s not that kind of place, however some excellent dining can be had in the area. There are numerous chalets – some pretty big – and apartments to rent, and a couple of good hotels.
What about properties in Sainte-Foy to buy? To us, it is astonishingly good value given that you have some great skiing on your doorstep, and a choice of property for sale in the ski resorts of Val d’Isère, La Rosière and Les Arcs/Paradiski all of which are under 30 minutes drive. A small 2-3 bedroom apartment in Val d’Isère offered by local real estate agents will buy you a 5+ bedroom chalet here. Buying Sainte Foy property fits our other key criteria, snow sure and easy access to the slopes.