Ski Saas-Fee Switzerland
Saas-Fee Switzerland is situated amongst 13 of Switzerland’s highest mountains near the Italian border and incorporates one of the most stunning Swiss glaciers, Allalin, which provides the opportunity for both winter and summer skiing.
Saas Fee Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The main highlight of the area is travelling Europe’s first funicular railway up through the inside of the mountain to the highest lift station in Europe at 3,500 metres, before skiing all the way down to the Saas Fee village at 1,800 metres. Not surprisingly this underground railway is popular, so at times there are lengthy queues to ride the funicular.
Intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders will enjoy the fun red pistes on the top half of the glacier as well as the black runs, which make up approximately 40% of the100km ski terrain. Expert skiers can also find some steep sections around Eggenerjoch.
The glacier provides skiing and snowboarding for around 10 months of the year, and because it is relatively flat, the glacier is great for beginners. It also offers a year round snowpark, so terrain park junkies can get their fix in the off-season too.
The weather can be somewhat fickle in the Saas Fee area and it’s prone to windy conditions that may lead to lift closures. Saas Fee receives 2.7 metres of snowfall each season, which is not as much as you may expect given its high altitude. However the snow that does fall stays around longer than most ski resorts, largely due to the elevation and glacial surrounds.
The regional Saastal (Saas Valley) lift ticket covers the Saas-Fee area and the smaller and lower neighbouring ski areas of Saas-Almagell and Saas-Grund. It also covers use of the normal post bus service between the villages.
Where is Saas Fee Ski Resort?
Saas Fee is located just within the Swiss – Italian border, in the Valais canton of Switzerland in the Saas Valley (Saastal). It is about 220km from both Bern and Geneva and 35km from the world renowned Zermatt ski resort
The nearest airport to Saas Fee is Sion (1.5hrs away), but most people fly into Geneva (4hrs away), Basel (3 hrs) or Zurich airport (3hrs). Trains typically connect all these airports and lead to Brig and Visp where you can connect to the hourly Post Bus service to the towns in the Saas Valley including Saas Fee. The trains and Post Bus run precisely like a swiss watch, stop for literally just a few minutes, and leave exactly on time so be ready!
Visitors travelling by car from the north of the Alps travel via Bern through the Lötschberg tunnel (car-train), from the east via the Furka pass (or car-train) and from the south via the Simplon pass (or car-train). You reach the Saas Valley from the west of Switzerland via Lausanne and through the Rhone valley to Visp. The Saas Fee village is car-free so you will need to park in one of the public carparks and then go via local electric taxi / shuttle to your accommodation.
Nearby Ski Resorts
is a small sunny resort with modern lifts, just a short 3 kilometre Post Bus ride down the road from Saas Fee. Unfortunately it is not connected to any other resort by lifts and like Saas Fee, it can be prone to windy conditions that can close the lifts.The best thing about Saas Grund is its gondola up to the Kreuzboden (2,400m) and Hohsaas (3,200 m).
is also a small pretty resort that is protected in amongst the trees, so it’s a good choice on inclement weather days. It is the most southery town in the valley, and is a favourite for families with 12km of beginner and intemediate runs serviced by 6 lifts (2 chairs, 4 drags) at high altitude (3,100m). To get to Saas Almagell you need to drive by car or travel by Post Bus just a couple of kilometres from Saas Grund and 5kms from Saas Fee.
You can also do a sensational day excursion to Zermatt
ski resort over in the next valley. Zermatt is surrounded by 29 peaks higher than 4,000 metres so it is definitely well worth a visit to enjoy the Monte Rosa (or Dufourspitze, Switzerland's highest peak at 4,634 metres above sea level), the Dom (4,545 m), Lyskamm (4,527 m), Weisshorn (4,505 m) and of course the famous Matterhorn (4,478 m). It takes about one hour to get to Zermatt by Post Bus and special cog railway. Zermatt also offers year round skiing on their dedicated glacier and long ski runs between 8-13km.
Saas Fee Hotels and Accommodation
The village of Saas-Fee is the highest of a few pretty little traditional villages located beneath the Allalin glacier in the Saas Valley. Saas-Fee village offers 2500 beds in romantic and traditional large Swiss chalets, but they are reasonably expensive (it IS Switzerland!). Alternatively pick one of the many self catering apartments, especially those within a few minutes easy walk of the lifts. If you stay at the other end of the village from the lifts, you face either a 25 minute walk to the lifts or the varied timetable of the jam packed bus service.
The other couple of villages for accommodation are nearby Saas-Gund (predominantly large chalet hotels) and Saas-Almagell.
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Saas Fee Activities
When you are not skiing or snowboarding, other activities include chilling out in one of the many wellness centres, ice-climbing on the glacier, dog sledding, snow tubing, snow kiting, visiting the famous ice pavilion, or even learning how to brew beer! There are also Nordic skiing tracks around Saas Fee.
With the “no-noise after 10pm” rule, the town is remarkably quiet after hours, even though there is still partying behind sound proofed double glazed windows until dawn!
Why Ski or Snowboard at Saas Fee?
Saas-Fee is a snow sure high alpine ski resort with a classic European feel. The village is beautiful and romantic, and the year round glacial skiing experience and underground train offer an unforgettable skiing and snowboarding experience. Saas-Fee also provides a cheaper, less crowded alternative to neighbouring Zermatt.
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