Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃t fwa taʁɑ̃tɛz]) is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

The fountain and chapel in the hamlet of Le Monal, in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
The fountain and chapel in the hamlet of Le Monal, in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Location of Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is located in France
Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°35′N 6°53′E / 45.59°N 6.88°E / 45.59; 6.88Coordinates: 45°35′N 6°53′E / 45.59°N 6.88°E / 45.59; 6.88
IntercommunalityHaute Tarentaise
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Yannick Amet[1]
100.15 km2 (38.67 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
73232 /73640
Elevation871–3,747 m (2,858–12,293 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is located in Alps
Location within Alps
Top elevation2,622 m (8,602 ft)
Base elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft)
  • 24 total
  • 2 beginner
  • 7 easy
  • 11 intermediate
  • 4 difficult
Lift system

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is a village in the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie, France. The old village lies on the main road between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Val-d'Isère. About 4 km above the village (turning left at La Thuile) is the ski resort of Sainte Foy (referred as Sainte Foy Station).

Ski resortEdit

The resort was built in an old farming hamlet, some of which survives as chalet accommodation. Most of the village has been built recently, but in a vernacular style. There are two spas in the resort, ski shops, two bars, three restaurants and a small supermarket.

The mountainEdit

The mountain's highest point is the Col de l'Aiguille at 2620 m, with a vertical drop of just over 1000 m. There are around 20 pistes, four chairlifts, one Green and one Blue-grade trail, various Red runs and one groomed Black run with another three marked off-piste.

Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise at Night


While the Tarentaise seems to have been populated as early as the 5th millennium B.C. by the Ceutrons, there is no evidence of a human presence in the commune of Sainte-Foy before the Romans settled there around the 3rd century B.C. The Tarentaise was then successively occupied by the Burgundians (a Nordic tribe) until the 10th century, and then administered by the archbishops of Charlemagne who protected the populations as best they could against the invasions of the Saracens. It seems that there was a place of worship in Sainte-Foy as soon as the region was evangelized by Jacques de Tarentaise in the 5th century, probably dedicated to Sainte-Madeleine, the second patron saint of the village, but the name of Sainte-Foy only appears in an official text in 1170.

From the 13th century until the end of the 18th century, Sainte-Foy depended on the seigneury of Val d'Isère and included Tignes and the entire valley. Between 1391 and 1738, the parish was administered by three trustees installed in the districts of Les Villes, Tiers de la Thuile and Tiers du Milieu. On January 31, 1784, Joseph Joachin d'Allinges, the last lord of Val d'Isère, freed Saint-Foy.

The construction of the Tignes dam, which had been planned since the 1930s, was resumed in 1947 and inaugurated on July 4, 1953 by President Auriol. The post-war rural exodus affected Sainte-Foy as elsewhere and the village inexorably emptied of its population: by 1975, the village had only 593 inhabitants. From the 1960's on, several projects for winter sports resorts were proposed, until in 1982, the site of Bon Conseil was finally selected for a ski resort. After delays and opposition to scheme, Mayor Daniel Pascual, elected in 1987, finally opened the first three chairlifts in the winter of 1990/91, with the slogan "Sainte-Foy, j'y crois". After a chaotic start, the resort became popular in the 2000s, especially with English and Dutch tourists.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.

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