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Aerial view of Chalet Morion and Ste Foy in summer
In summer the lifts open for mountain bikers and walkers in July and August. Try the mountain bike downhill course or skills minipark!
Summer in Ste Foy
In summer Chalet Morion and Apartment Morion are rented on a self-catering basis. To enquire for availability or make a booking go to the contact page. The chalet is in the ski station of Ste Foy at an altitude of 1550 metres with the main village of Ste Foy 3km down the hill.
The French Alps are proving to be one of the fastest growing summer holiday destinations. Chalet Morion is as full in the summer as in the winter season - and it's easy to see why. Unlike some other ski resorts, in the summer, the pistes above Sainte Foy revert back to green pasture and it is a tranquil, beautiful place to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. It is surrounded by the Vanoise National Park - one of the most prestigious in France - and the Grand Paradis National Park. Walk, bike or pony trek around the chalet through larch forests, alpine meadows and historic villages. Discover numerous mountain lakes and spectacular waterfalls - all the while watching out for ibex, chamois, marmots and eagles. There are more than 70kms of footpaths between 1000m and 3749m in altitude to satisfy every level of ability between gentle strollers and mountaineers.
Sainte Foy in summer with pistes reverting to pasture and overgrown with flowers
The local tourist office in the ski station organises many free daily summer activities and 'taster' days in the resort for both children and adults: e.g. nature walks, pony trekking at the equestrian centre, cycling, outdoor games, badminton, table-tennis, acrobatics, swingball, petanque competitions, canoeing, orienteering, climbing, circus skills, concerts, bbq's, via ferrata, via cordata, treasure hunts, trampolining etc. There is an aerial adventure park for all the family. White-water rafting, canoeing, canyoning, paragliding, golf and mini-golf, glacier skiing and fishing are just a few of the other activities available. If you don't mind a short drive you will find more 'parcours aventure' areas where zip wires, ropes and climbing apparatus have been constructed in the trees, and there is a swimming lake with a small beach and childrens' playpark in the valley near Aime. Or, alternatively, you can just relax on the chalet's sunny balcony, stretch out on the grass or enjoy a barbecue at the picnic table with its sun umbrella.
Many of the walking trails mentioned above double as mountain bike routes and there are many options (either easy or challenging) straight from the chalet door. A shuttle service runs in July and August, ferrying bikers up to a height of 2100m. From there you can access many miles of mountain biking pistes, a new downhill mountain bike course and bike skills minipark. Trails are divided into family, all-mountain and cross-country categories. Detailed trail descriptions and maps are available, listing technical sections and route highlights. Several of the area's best freeride descents start around the chalet and run to the valley floor where the shuttle minibus can collect you. Mountain bikes can be hired in resort, the tourist office organises 'taster days' and local guides are available if required.
The nearby village of Le Fenil in summer
Try some of the nearby classic climbs for yourself such as the Col de l'Iseran, Cormet de Roseland, Col de la Madeleine and Tignes. We have many guests who have coincided their stay with the Tour de France which passes through Sainte Foy on the climbs to Col de l'Iseran or Tignes every couple of years.
Near to the chalet, one of the spa centres in Ste Foy has an indoor swimming pool which is open to the public. There are also open-air and indoor swimming pools in Bourg St Maurice, and a lovely swimming lake with beach near Aime. There are also swimming pools in Tignes and Val d'Isere.Walking
The walks are well signposted
Guides to the walks around Ste Foy are available from the tourist office which is open every day. Favourite walks include to Le Monal, classified as a 'site historique' - a relatively gentle and push-chair friendly excursion through stunning scenery, with opportunities to picnic by the river. Continue to Le Fenil for views of the glaciers or, if you have the legs for it, up to the Lac du Clou in the hanging valley above Le Monal. Guided walks, often free, are regularly organised by the Tourist Office. There are family-friendly walks, forest walks, wildlife walks, tours of local peaks or glaciers, or of the famous local Baroque churches.
There are a choice of different rides and a variety of sizes of pony for all sizes and standards at the new equestrian centre in the resort.
There are several major 'via ferrata' and 'via cordata' routes nearby, sport climbing on nearby rock outcrops (French grades from 4 to 8a) and high alpine mountaineering around two of the highest peaks in the Vanoise - Monts Pourri and Sassiere. The Tourist Office and local Guides run 'taster' sessions if you want to try rock climbing or 'via ferrata' for the first time. Groups are taken and all equipment supplied. There is an indoor climbing wall in the resort.
Just sit on the chalet's terrace, which faces south and west, or at the picnic table outside the apartment, and enjoy the spectacular, uninterrupted views of the mountains. For more serious relaxation, there are two spa centres offering heated indoor swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and a variety of treatments.Watersports
The pistes in summer
The Isere river in the valley bottom and Bourg St Maurice are home to world class canoeing with instruction available for all levels. White water rafting is also available with the new adrenaline sports of hydro-speeding and canyoning. The Tourist Office offer group 'taster' sessions to try out these sports. The swimming lake at Aime, complete with a small beach, is a very popular suntrap.
Other activities available locally are fishing, outdoor badminton and table tennis, volleyball, dog-sledding, paragliding (tandem jumps are popular), tennis (in Ste Foy main village), pilates, yoga, golf (courses in Les Arcs and Tignes) and glacier skiing (in Tignes).
The 'Petit Trappeurs' creche takes children from 3 to 11 years of age and organises a diverse range of sports and mostly open-air activities from bouncy castles to treasure hunts to trampolining. The chalet and apartment have cots, high chairs and toilet seat trainers.
A small but well stocked local supermarket sells all the essentials and is open seven days a week. Next door is a boulangerie/patisserie, and there is a newsagent which stocks English newspapers. The nearest large supermarket for your self-catering needs is the Super-U in Bourg St Maurice. There is also a variety of small shops in the main village of Ste Foy, plus a regular small village market (wednesdays 5-8p.m.).
There are four restaurants serving modern or traditional Savoyard food in the resort. They all have bars if you just want a drink and there is often live music. There are more bars, restaurants and cafes in the main village of Ste Foy and other neighbouring villages such as Seez. A short drive away, the restaurant at Le Crot is a favourite, with traditional dishes cooked on an open fire in front of you. Or try Chez Merie, in Le Miroir - it has been described by reviewers as one of the best restaurants in the Alps.
Daily Mail Travel section- 28th February 2005, Article entitled Top ten fabulous French gites! By Jan Barden
'You can live like a lord in a chateau or like a 'paysan' in a hut - but with so much on offer, how to decide? Jan Barden offers some stunners...
Complete with baguette 'wow' rating (out of five):- Chalet Morion, Sainte Foy, Savoie. Ooh-la-la factor: Thrilling! Heartstopping mountain views coupled with stomach-churning Alpine summer sports - a real-life adventure playground, surrounded by the Vanoise and Grand Paradis nature parks. The gite: A typical wooden chalet perched on the edge of a plateau. It sleeps eight (an apartment on the lower floor is rented separately). What's in it for the children? There are lakes and streams within walking distance, while the ski lifts in nearby Les Arcs are adapted for bikes in summer so you can whizz down the slopes on two wheels. There's white water rafting, too. What's in it for the parents? The new adrenaline sports of hydro-speeding and canyoning will get your blood racing, with glacier skiing, paragliding, rock climbing, canoeing and golf also on offer.'
Interior and exterior of Le Crot restaurant