Saas-Fee set against the background of the beautiful Swiss Alps, is one of the most charming ski resorts in the world. Saas-Fee is the largest and highest village in Saa Valley and is a municipality located in Visp district of Valais canton in south central Switzerland. Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grund and Saas-Balen are some other villages in the neighbourhood of Saa-Fee. The snow-covered glaciers (like Dom and Allalinhorn) overlooking Saas Fee add more to its charm and attraction. The resort is a totally car-free zone. The resort elevation of Saas Fee is 1,800 metres while the top elevation is 3,600 metres.
Skiing in Saas Fee Switzerland:
Saas Fee is known for its state-of-art mountain infrastructure. The lifts here feature a modern underground funicular railway train while the world’s highest revolving restaurant is also located here, atop Mittelallin (3,500 metres).
The skiing season at Saas Fee runs from October Through May. Following a few week’s closure, it is reopened in July and glacial skiing continues till September.
Saas Fee’s skiing area comprises three areas, namely, Morenia, Plattjen and Längfluh.
The beginners can try the nursery slopes by the village that remain open round the year. Intermediates on the other hand can enjoy throughout the entire spread of the resort have the full area to enjoy while the experts can ski on the numerous off-piste routes.
Saas Fee offers in all 22 lifts, including 3 cable cars, 1 funicular railway, 5 gondolas, 2 chairlifts and surface lifts (draglifts).
- Indoor activities like playing tennis, table tennis and badminton and swimming at Bielen Leisure Centre. Sauna, steambath, Jacuzzi and solarium facilities are also available here.
- Visiting a local museum.
- Outdoor activities like snowshoeing, ice climbing, tobogganing, winter walking, canyoning and others.
- Witnessing glacial exhibition at Ice Pavilion atop Metro-Alpine funicular houses
- Child care:
Kinderkrippe Murmeli offers babysitting services for children aged a month and older while the Swiss Ski School offers special classes for children aged five and above. Children of nine years and below can ski here for free while those till 16 years pay half-price. Children aged till 18 need to pay a teen rate. Tubing, ski kindergarten, sleigh rides are other attractions.
There are about 60 shops at Saa Fee including boutiques. Ski shops and souvenirs. Philippe Zurbriggen’s Woodpecker store sells pure natural goods.
- Splashing out:
A gondola trip up to Hannig, a restaurant at the top, and enjoy the dinner there while taking a panoramic view of Saas-Fee. After the meal, take a toboggan run back down. This, however, has to be booked in advance.
- Après ski:
There are scores of night spots in Saas Fee besides hotel bars. Fee-Iglu-Bar, for instance, opens once the skiing activities conclude for the day. Alpen Pub is another busy place. Poison Bar that opens at 11 pm.
- Eating out:
Saas Fee has a lot of dining spots, a majority of which offer traditional Swiss Alpine dishes. There are three also Italian and Le Mandar restaurants. Gourmet Stübli in Hohnegg is known for its vegetarian items. Cäsar Ritz organises cheese buffets besides serving a six-course dinner each night.
Saas Fee Ski Accommodation:
Most of the lodging facilities in Saas Fee are found in form of hotels. There are more than 50 hotels in Saas Fee, ranging from luxury spa hotels to more budget hotels. There are also rental apartments available here.
- Ferienart Resort & Spa (5-star)
- Alphubel (3-star)
- Garni Alba (budget)
How to Get to Saas Fee:
- By air:
Sion (70 km), Geneva (234 km) and Zurich (246 km) are the nearest airports to Saa Fee.
- By rail:
Visp is the nearest railhead to Saa Fee.
Saas Fee can be mostly covered by foot. Cars have to be parked at the edge of the resort after arrival. Small electric taxis are available for transporting luggage. Buses operate between Visp and Brig to Saas Fee.