For years, I've been looking across at Ste-Foy's ski area from Les Arcs' Villaroger pistes, without ever making the effort to get over there to see what all the fuss is about.
It's only about 20 minutes from Bourg-St-Maurice. First, you pass through Ste-Foy village at 813m. It boasts a Logis de France, and is well placed for back-door access to Les Arcs via Villaroger. Then you take the next set of hairpins towards Val d'Isere and then turn off to the left - the road up to the resort is not bad at all. You can read a little bit more about the commune on the modest wikipedia page.
The lift pass, at 27€, makes a change from the 46€ Les Arcs price. Indeed, the resort gets into the Chris Gill and Dave Watts Reasonably Affordable Ski Resorts guide.
This is one of the few resorts not owned by Compagnie des Alpes, but there is some money going into the system; there will be a new detachable lift in place from the resort for 2013/14.
The runs are long and there's a good mixture of open and tree-lined skiing. There are a couple of cosy restaurants half-way up - they get quite crowded, as indeed does the restaurant at the foot of the slopes next to the ESF office.
Back on the slopes, the La Marquise lift is the newest, and has opened up a fine area of mountain. The prospect of the ski area expanding beyond its current 35kms now look remote - more details on the background here.
|The local mairie wants to expand the area.|
"Non" say environmental campaigners -
and the French Ministry agrees
For more, see the We Love 2 Ski guide - or watch the videos below, which weave on and off the pistes: