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Top Tips: Route Planning

Please do not confuse Sainte Foy Tarentaise (Chef Lieu), which is a village, with Sainte Foy resort which is known as Bonconseil. The village is 4km down the road so when you reach this you are not far from the resort!

Sainte Foy Resort is ideal if you're looking for quiet slopes, yet it's just a short drive from the busy town of Bourg-St-Maurice
  • The Col du Petit St Bernard and the Col de l'Iseran are closed in winter despite what satellite navigation systems might say
  • Please do not attempt to reach Sainte Foy via the Mont Blanc tunnel in winter as the Col (mountain pass) is closed due to the snow. This may also be the case when approaching from the Turin side of Italy. It is worth checking the Tunnel du Fréjus website before setting off to check that the tunnel is open
When you arrive in Sainte Foy, head to our Concierge Office & we'll check you into your luxury chalet

Winter Driving in The Alps

  • Even if you take your car across the channel frequently it's important to check the latest rules and requirements applying to drivers as they do change from time to time. Check out the AA for the latest driving rules in France.
  • View real time traffic conditions across France
  • French motorways operate on a toll system; find out more
  • Roads up to Sainte Foy are generally well cleared of snow although at times heavy snowfalls may require chains to be fitted to vehicles. Special areas off the roads have been made for this purpose and are called an 'aire de chaînage'. There is a chain area at La Thuile before you start the final climb to Sainte Foy resort
  • Ensure you have either correctly-fitting snow chains (and know how to fit them properly) in case of heavy snow or icy conditions
  • Winter tyres or snow and mud tyres can be fitted to vehicles and will provide better grip than normal road tyres but always bring chains just in case
  • The last large petrol station before driving up to Sainte Foy resort is at Super U in Bourg Saint Maurice
  • Suggested hire car companies are: Europcar, Hertz, Holiday Autos
For hassle-free travel, why not book an airport transfer?

Saturday & Sunday Ski Transfers

As well as Sunday to Sunday ski holidays, we can also arranage transfers to Sainte Foy for you.

Avoid the busy Saturday changeover traffic and airport congestion plus ski on Saturday, the quietest day on the slopes.

Travelling to Sainte Foy by Road

There are various options should you decide to drive to Sainte Foy for your ski holiday.

Experience the stunning views on the road to beautiful Sainte Foy
Please ensure you are aware of all the latest road & travel information for your journey to Sainte Foy

Whether you drive from the UK in your own vehicle or hire a car at the airport or train station, it is worth reading the information on this page which provides suggested routes, stopover hotels and some practical tips.





Crossing the Channel - Driving Directions to Sainte Foy Resort

Calais to Sainte Foy

  • If you have crossed the Channel either by ferry or via the EuroTunnel, the driving time from here is approximately 9 to 10 hours (depending on traffic conditions and not including breaks)
  • The distance from Calais to Sainte Foy is about 983 km / 611 miles
  • French motorways are toll roads so take this cost into consideration when planning your drive
  • View a suggested driving map from Calais

Dunkerque to Sainte Foy

  • The driving time from here is approximately 9 to 10 hours (depending on traffic conditions and not including breaks)
  • The distance from Dunkerque to Sainte Foy is about 991 km / 616 miles
  • French motorways are toll roads so take this cost into consideration when planning your drive
  • View a suggested driving map from Dunkerque

Boulogne to Sainte Foy

  • The driving time from here is approximately 9 to 10 hours (depending on traffic conditions and not including breaks)
  • The distance from Boulogne to Sainte Foy is about 993 km / 617 miles
  • French motorways are toll roads so take this cost into consideration when planning your drive
  • View a suggested driving map from Boulogne

Suggested Stopover Places

If driving from the UK to Sainte Foy, Troyes is a good option, being around six hours from Sainte Foy. This enables you to break up your journey into two days, have a good rest overnight and complete your journey.

If you are travelling home from Sainte Foy, Reims is a good option as it is a day's drive from Sainte Foy and only necessitates a drive of a further two to three hours the following day to reach Calais.


Flying to Geneva - Driving to Sainte Foy

Geneva Airport to Sainte Foy

  • When you leave the airport, follow signs to France via a short section of Swiss motorway
  • To drive on Swiss motorways, you need to have a sticker on your car (vignette). If you are hiring a car, check whether it has one of these before setting off
  • The Swiss use green signs for motorways while the French use blue signs for motorways
  • Having crossed the border into France you have two options: French motorway (blue) or 'D' roads (routes departementales) via Annecy:
  • View the motorway route (via Chambéry - Albertville - Moutiers - Bourg Sainte Maurice - Séez - Sainte Foy village - Sainte Foy resort
  • View the Annecy route (via Annecy Sud - Lake Annecy - Ugine - Albertville - Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice - Sainte Foy Village - Sainte Foy Resort
  • Time-wise, there isn't much between the two routes, the motorway route costs more due to tolls
  • During busy periods (school holidays etc), the motorway is often the best route as it gets less congested
  • The Annecy route is much prettier and affords a scenic stop on the lake
  • Both routes bring you to Albertville, the motorway finishes just before this town

Albertville to Sainte Foy, The Last Leg

  • The only way into the valley in winter is via Albertville. This route can become very congested on Saturdays
  • From Albertville Continue to Moutiers and on to Aime
  • Pass through Aime and on to Bourg Saint Maurice
  • Follow the main road through Bourg Saint Maurice, past the train station on your right
  • Continue straight over the next roundabout (next to Le Tonneau), then at the next roundabout (McDonald's) turn left towards Séez
  • Pass though Séez, then turn right following signs to Val-d'Isére/Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise/Tignes/D902/Villaroger)
  • Pass through Sainte Foy Tarentaise (the village) and continue to La Thuile
  • Turn left at La Thuile up to Sainte Foy resort (Bonconseil)
  • Arrive at Sainte Foy!
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