Looking for a family friendly resort? Look no further Sainte Foy is the perfect option.
As a ski instructor having worked all over the world I will attempt to tell you why Sainte Foy has it all.
Let’s start at the beginning, a family with young kids on their first winter holiday… The first thing to look for is a resort relatively close to an airport to minimise the torturous travel time. Sainte Foy is just over 2 hours drive from Geneva, Lyon and only 1 hour 30 mins from Chambery airport. Another fantastic family option Is to take the Eurostar direct from London to Bourg Sainte Maurice then it’s just a half hour transfer to Sainte Foy, how easy does that sound!
Once in resort proximity to the slopes and all amenities is of paramount importance. Carrying equipment and even walking around in the snow is a skill learnt and developed over time. A Chalet or apartment directly on the beginner slopes massively minimises faff time in the mornings and gives you those precious extra minutes in bed or to get everyone ready and fed before hitting the slopes. Sainte Foy has such accommodation in abundance ranging from 10+ bed luxury catered chalets to self catered studios with ski/board in and out locations. Take a look at:
Another huge bonus with Sainte Foy compared to other resorts where I have worked is you can drive or be driven directly to your accommodation so again minimising the lugging around of bags as well as children.
Having settled into your cosy apartment, Chalet or hotel room the next task is hiring the equipment. If time allows I would always recommend trying to get this done the day before and not the morning you plan to start skiing or snowboarding. There are a variety of good rental shops in Sainte Foy but we’ve found a great company called Tignes spirit www.tignes-spirit.com who sends a friendly and experienced technician with preordered equipment to your accommodation and fits it for you there. Honestly this is a genius concept to avoid busy rental shops with over excited tired kids. They are also just a phone call away if any equipment needs changing throughout the week. This service is a real game changer and one I would advice to all families.
Now the accommodation and equipment is taken care of this is where we step in to teach you how to ski or board. Instruction can come in two main ways for both kids and adults. Either group or private lessons. Group lessons are great fun and a fantastic way to make new friends whilst improving. We keep the group sizes small to make sure everyone gets personal feedback. In the peak weeks we run morning and afternoon groups at different ability levels. This way every family member will have the opportunity to have fun and improve at their own speed. Take a look on our website to work out your level. The other half of the day is a chance to either practice your new skills or enjoy yourselves in other ways. The second way to learn are private lessons. This can be one on one instruction or as a group of friends or family. Private instruction generally gets the quickest results as we can focus on exactly what you need to improve. This is not always just a technical focus as lots of learners both adults and children need to believe they can achieve their goals. We have a great ethos at PDS Academy when teaching kids, learning through adventure. We teach the key skills by having fun and discovering new terrain. Essentially it’s teaching the kids without them thinking they are learning. The results we get are incredible and why we get the same kids coming back year after year, you’ll have to see it to believe it!
After a few days of lessons you will start to be able to move around the resort and start exploring. Although Sainte Foy only has four main lifts it has an amazing amount of skiable terrain. Ranging from easy greens and blue pistes to some of the most fun off piste free ride skiing I have ever done. The best part for families is everything feeds back to the main resort. You always bump into the family or friends old and new whatever level you are, whether this be on the piste, the lift, one of the mountain restaurants or in the bars at the end of the day! In my option you must try the wine bar officially called www.le-st-germain.com or for a bit of live music yeti boots cafe or www.blackdiamonsaintefoy.com Sainte Foy really does have everything a family could ask for, yet another reason why we fondly refer to it as the hidden gem of the alps.