By Linda Stridh
For a completely different skiing experience, spend a day discovering the smaller resorts of La Rosiere and Sainte Foy. It’s easier than you might think to access some nearby hidden gems – and getting out of your usual ski area can feel like a mini-holiday in itself. Presenting your valid Tignes – Val d’Isere or Paradiski pass will get you a discounted or free day’s ski in La Rosiere or Sainte Foy! And vice versa, if you’re based in La Rosiere or Sainte Foy and want to try out a larger resort. We’ve also got news of how holidaymakers in Tignes – Val d’Isere can get a FREE day’s skiing in Paradiski! Here are some tips to get you exploring!
Don’t be fooled by the family-friendly label – it’s because most people in resort stick to the piste that Sainte Foy can offer some great skiing for those willing to venture off it. Since the off-piste is left for the experts, snow can stay fresh for hours and you can keep making those first tracks. In Sainte Foy many off-piste routes are easily accessible – but to really take advantage of your day out, and stay safe, go with a guide who knows where to go and what the snow conditions are like.
One of my favourites includes taking the traverse to get around the back of the Col du Granier and end up in La Masure, where you can then get the free inter-villages navette (bus) back into Sainte Foy resort. You’re set for some fairly easy first descents on various snow fields and then for a thrilling run back through a trail in the woods, passing a summer farming village. Be sure to get the correct bus timetable from the tourist office for your trip back or you could be waiting a long time.
A skipass is best purchased by showing your 6-day Tignes – Val d’Isere or Paradiski pass and receipt. This will give you access to Sainte Foy for €16.50. The usual day price is €30, so that’s a massive €13.50 saving!
A season pass (public rate) for either of the larger ski resorts also gets you 2 free days person season skiing in Sainte Foy! Get the public bus to Sainte Foy main village and then get the inter-villages navette up to resort.
The discount deal works the other way round too – if you have a 6-day Sainte Foy pass you can get a day pass in Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Arcs/Peisey Vallandry or La Plagne for €28 (Tignes, for example, is usually €46 so you’re saving €18 there!). If you have a Sainte Foy season pass that gets you a free day per season in those resorts. Don’t forget to bring your receipt as well as your current pass.
A Sainte Foy pass of 6 days or more, purchased at the public rate, also gives you:
• 1 day in Espace Killy purchased for 28€ (Tignes OR Val d’Isere)
• 1 day in Les Arcs/Paradiski (ADS) purchased in Villaroger or at the Bourg Saint Maurice funicular railway (SMA), or the departure in Peisey-Vallandry, at sale points at Vallandry or Melezes (STAG) for 28€ (multiple purchases permitted)
• 1 day in Espace San Bernardo bought at La Rosiere (Les Eucherts) for 28€ (multiple purchases permitted)
• 1 day in La Plagne purchased in Montchavin-Les-Coches for 28€.
A valid Sainte Foy season pass bought at the full rate (545€ Adulte and 239€ Child/Senior) also gets you:
• 1 free day in Espace Killy – Tignes (Les Brevieres) or Val d’Isere (Funival).
• 1 day for 27€ in Espace San Bernardo via La Rosiere (les Eucherts), multiple purchases.
• 1 free day in Les Arcs
• 1 free day in La Plagne via Montchavin les Coches.
The deals above are offered from 19 December 2015 to 15th April 2016.DOWNLOAD ST FOY SKI GUIDE
LA ROSIERE / ESPACE SAN BERNARDO
A day trip to La Rosiere typically means a ski over the border to Italy. The Espace San Bernardo ski pass is priced at €42.30, compared to a La Rosiere pass at €37.40, and it’s definitely worth the difference. Worth noting is that if you’re on a 6-day ski pass in Tignes – Val d’Isere or Paradiski you’ll get the discounted tariff of €28 (saving €14.30!), so remember to bring your lift pass and the receipt that came with it!
Going to Italy also means you can take advantage of heli-skiing; something which isn’t allowed on the French side of the border. The ski schools in La Rosiere can help you organise a spectacular day out.
Once you’ve made it down to the charming town of La Thuile and had pasta for lunch, just make sure you leave enough time to get across the long traverse back to the Chardonnet lift that’ll take you back to La Rosiere and France before 4pm.
If you’re staying in La Rosiere you can get a day’s skiing in Les Arcs/Peisey Vallandry, La Plagne, Tignes or Val d’Isere for €28 when you present your 6-day or season San Bernardo pass. You can also get a discount on a Sainte Foy day pass.DOWNLOAD LA ROSIERE SKI GUIDE
You can get a FREE day’s skiing in Paradiski or the 3 Valleys if you have a valid 6-day pass for Tignes – Val d’Isere. To claim it you must ask for a voucher at the welcome desk of the STGM in Tignes Grande Motte. This is an exclusive offer for 2015-2016 only and you must have the voucher to get this offer.
*Prices are believed to be correct at the time of writing, but could change.