SAINTE FOY | TARENTAISE, FRANCE | 1550m-2620m | Prices from £666

Nestled in the mountainous region of Tarentaise in the French Alps, Sainte Foy is the alpine village that the locals and workers in the nearby resorts of Val d’Isère and Les Arcs have kept secret for many years.

This hidden gem offers those looking for a ski holiday the chance to escape the crowds and is the perfect mountain location with a friendly, authentic atmosphere. With its traditional Savoyard architecture, this sleepy, snowy village is the picture of an old, quaint French village.

The pistes (and off pistes) of Sainte Foy are something special to even the most experienced skiers. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a family looking for a peaceful ski, this area can accommodate all preferences. The runs are wide, open and uncrowded – perfect slopes to practice your skiing skills and get to grips with some of the best tree-skiing in Europe.

Sainte Foy Tarentaise not only provides a wonderfully low-key ski holiday destination, it’s also revered for being mostly wind-free due to its sheltered position in the middle of huge mountain peaks. This area also boasts amazing snowfall records – with snow falling long after the season has ended.