Saas Fee Ski Resort

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Saas Fee ski resort Switzerland viewed from Saas Grund
Saas Fee ski resort Switzerland viewed from Saas Grund's Kreuzboden
Saas Fee skiing below the Fee glacier
Saas Fee skiing below the Fee glacier
Saastal & Saas Grund from Plattjen summit
Saastal & Saas Grund from Plattjen summit
Cable cars above Saas Fee village heading to the 3000m Felskinn
Cable cars above Saas Fee village heading to the 3000m Felskinn
Saas Fee freeride powder on ski route 15a
Saas Fee freeride powder on ski route 15a
Glaciers crown the ski runs from Hohsaas - get up close and touch!
Glaciers crown the ski runs from Hohsaas - get up close and touch!
Saas Fee has nearly1800m skiable vertical from glacier to village.
Saas Fee has nearly1800m skiable vertical from glacier to village.
Saas Fee skiing alongside glaciers in the upper mountain
Saas Fee skiing alongside glaciers in the upper mountain
Saas Fee ski resort off-piste terrain is deserted most days!
Saas Fee ski resort off-piste terrain is deserted most days!
Mountain huts in splendid surrounds are numerous in Saas Fee & the sunnier Saas Grund
Mountain huts in splendid surrounds are numerous in Saas Fee & the sunnier Saas Grund
The highest lifted point at Saas Fee is below Allalinhorn at nearly 3600m elevation
The highest lifted point at Saas Fee is below Allalinhorn at nearly 3600m elevation
Saas Fee ski resort upper mountain glacier area (open in summer too!)
Saas Fee ski resort upper mountain glacier area (open in summer too!)
Deserted ski slopes at Saas Fee on a cold January morning
Deserted ski slopes at Saas Fee on a cold January morning
Saas Fee ski resort base area is perfect for novices, but very cold in the mid-winter shade
Saas Fee ski resort base area is perfect for novices, but very cold in the mid-winter shade
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Saas Fee's sunny side is up above Saas Grund - a pleasant location to learn to ski
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Saas Fee's amazing ice pavilion
Rotating restaurant at Mittelallalin  provides amazing views of the surrounding peaks & glaciers
Rotating restaurant at Mittelallalin provides amazing views of the surrounding peaks & glaciers
Saas Fee village is lively & full of fantastic bars & restaurants
Saas Fee village is lively & full of fantastic bars & restaurants
Sass Fee village is car-free & wonderful for strolling
Sass Fee village is car-free & wonderful for strolling
Saas fee ski resort.
Saas fee ski resort.

Saas Fee Ski Resort

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Saas Fee

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Saas Fee3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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  • Vertical (m)
    1560m – 3600m (2040m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8-10m
  • Lifts (40)
    All Resorts
    12 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    4 Chairs

    Saas Fee only - 23 lifts
    9 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    2 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid July to Mid April
    Summer
    07:00am to 1:00pm
    Autumn / Winter
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 152km(Winter)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 18%
    Summer skiing– 20km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Summer Skiing
    Adult – CHF75 - 85
    Child – CHF46 to 56
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Winter Skiing
    Saas Fee incl. Saas Almagell
    Adult – CHF75
    Child – CHF37
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Saas Grund only
    Adult – CHF56
    Child – CHF35
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Destination Pass (incl. all ski areas)(min 2 days)
    Adult – CHF148
    Child – CHF74
    Child u/6yr - Free
    Saas Fee Ski Trail Map
  • Saas Fee Ski Trail Map
    Saas Grund Ski Trail Map
  • Saas Grund Ski Trail Map
    Saas Fee Summer Ski Map
  • Saas Fee Summer Ski Map

Saas Fee Ski Resort Switzerland

Saas-Fee is an all year-round ski resort in the Valais, Switzerland. The Saas valley (Saastal) provides the world's best up close & personal glacier skiing experience. Visit Saas Fee & its fantastic opposite number, Saas Grund before climate change impacts on its natural wonders.

The traditional village of Saas Fee is beautifully situated in a high valley at the base of the Fee Glacier, surrounded by numerous 4000m+ peaks. The glacier provides the opportunity for both winter & summer skiing at Saas Fee.

Saas Fee village is 'car free', but unlike neighbouring Zermatt, doesn't have the convenience of train line access, but is still easy to get to via car and bus.

The village markets itself as the 'Free Republic of Holidays', which gives one a hint that the ski resort takes having fun and making people happy very seriously indeed! One only has to count the number of après ski bars on the way back from a ski day to get a sense of their attitude.

Pros & Cons for Saas Fee Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation glacier based Swiss ski resort.
  • Incredible scenery & natural features – the world’s best location for getting up close & personal with a glacier whilst skiing.
  • Skiing available for 10 months of the year.
  • Good range of piste trails for all levels.
  • Interesting variety of off-piste terrain.
  • Wide range of backcountry ski touring options.
  • Superb terrain parks.
  • Some of Switzerland’s best après ski bars.
  • Excellent number & range of restaurants on the mountain & in the village.
  • Gorgeous car free village, perfect for walking.
  • Loads of non-ski winter activities for the non-sliders amongst us.
  • Easy public transport access by bus from the Zermatt train line or Visp.

Cons

  • Can be extremely cold in the village & upper mountain (shaded for much of the day), but conversely doesn’t get as much snow as surrounding valleys.
  • The terrain forces some awkward piste trail & lift connections requiring careful consideration of the trail map!
  • Marked freeride routes are relatively short & the off-piste in general requires a few days to get to know without a guide.
  • Some of the major piste trails descending to the village can get quite icy on their steeper pitches, regardless of recent snowfall.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Glorious location when the sun is shining, tough to ski in poor weather – but if the sun is shining, the snow isn't falling!
  • Accommodation can be relatively expensive in the upper village & books out quickly, but there are some great value alternatives an easy 10-15min walk from the lifts.
  • Several sections of intermediate trail into the valley would be classed as advanced in other resorts (we didn’t mind, but there is no easy way for beginners to ski the mountain from top to bottom – a lift download will be required).

Ski & Snowboard Terrain

The local ski terrain skiing is broken up into 3 main areas - Saas Fee, Saas Grund & Saas Almagell. The areas are not lift or piste interlinked but free local buses regularly join the dots so it is easy skiing every zone! See the Saas Valley ski trail map here.

Saas Fee itself is a shaded north-facing resort ensuring cold winter temperatures & crisp snow conditions. A large sheltered beginner area on the edge of town. Intermediate skiers and boarders will enjoy the long red pistes on the top half of the glacier, which make up approximately 60% of the ski terrain. Advanced and expert skiers will enjoy the many ski routes and also find some steep sections around Eggenerjoch. A feature of Saas Fee are the wonderful ski touring opportunities to some of the peaks like the 4190m Strahlhorn.

One highlight of Saas Fee is travelling Europe’s first funicular railway up through the inside of the mountain to 3,500 metres, before skiing all the way down to the Saas Fee village at 1,800 metres. The skiing being the highlight, not the funicular ride!

The Fee Glacier provides skiing and snowboarding for around 10 months of the year from mid-July through to mid-April. Lift opening and closing times gradually increase as the winter season approaches.

See the Saas Fee ski trail map here.

The regional Saastal Destination Pass lift ticket includes all Saas-Fee ski areas including Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grund and the single lift at Saas Balen. It also covers use of the normal Post Bus service between the villages.

Saas Grund is a smallish sunny resort that skis BIG, with two main gondolas running top to bottom. Just a short bus ride from Saas Fee. Saas Grund has a huge nearly 1700m skiable vertical from the Hohsaas (3,200 m) & one of the world's most gob-smacking views as one skis down the sensational upper glacier runs.

Saas Almagell is also a small, pretty ski area that is protected in amongst the trees, so it’s a good choice on inclement weather days. With 12km of beginner and intermediate runs serviced by 8 lifts (2 chairs) and around 600m of skiable vertical, it is a favourite with families.

See the Saas Grund & Almagell ski trail map here.

Summer Skiing at Saas Fee

For anyone put off skiing because of the cold, Saas Fee has the perfect tonic. Lifts on the glacier start spinning every year from mid-July for summer skiing & then roll on all the way through winter. Summer skiing costs more than winter if you don't have a 'citizen's pass' (now called a Sasstal pass - what a nonsense!) & provides around 20km of mainly lower intermediate piste trails. A top-quality snow park is also functional in Summer, so terrain park junkies can get their fix in the off-season too!

See the Saas Fee summer ski trail map here.

Where is Saas Fee Switzerland?

Saas Fee is in the Valais canton of Switzerland & part of the Saas Valley (Saastal) near the border with Italy. It is about 220km from both Bern and Geneva plus only 35km from the world renowned Zermatt ski resort.

The nearest useful airport to Saas Fee is Geneva (GVA) (3.5hr by combination train/bus). The airport at Basel (BSL) provides an alternative for some European & UK travellers, whilst Zurich (ZRH) & Milan Malpensa (MXP) cover all flight origins.

Whilst we always recommend using the train when skiing Switzerland, in a post-covid world, one may prefer a private transfer direct from the airport or a major city. Search & book transfers to Saas Fee here.

Trains typically connect all the airports to Saas Fee via Brig or Visp. Connection is then to the half hourly Route 511 Post Bus service to the towns in the Saastal including Saas Fee. The trains & Post Bus run precisely like a Swiss watch, stop for literally just a few minutes & leave exactly on time - be ready! Search & book train tickets Brig or Visp here. Buy a bus ticket from the driver.

Visitors travelling by rental car from the north of the Alps can travel via Bern through the Lötschberg tunnel (car-train), but the easiest and least painful route is from the west via Montreux and Martigny to Visp. The Saas Fee village is car-free so you will need to park in one of the public car parks at the town entrance and then continue via local electric taxi, hotel shuttle or on foot to your accommodation.

Saas Fee Hotels & Accommodation

Saas-Fee is the highest of the Saas valley's traditional villages located at the base of the main ski area. Saas-Fee village offers numerous ski-in lodging options, plus an abundance of romantic and traditional large Swiss chalets & hotels.

The best ski in option is Hotel The Larix, situated right next to the lifts & overlooking the children’s' learn-to-ski area. Three & four star hotels abound in the centre of the village including the Hotel du Glacier & Hotel Metropol. Value options include the Hotel Collina, run by a young crew making their way up in the world and the well located (& quite flash) youth hostel, wellnessHostel4000. 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 15min walk to the lifts or a ride on the local electric bus service.

Other accommodation options are in nearby Saas-Grund (predominantly large chalet hotels), Saas-Almagell & tiny Saas Balen down the valley.

Search & book Saas Fee ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals from our partners are available in Saas Fee near the lifts & at Saas Almagell. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Saas Fee Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

If looking to head into the Saas Fee off-piste & are unsure about your abilities; off-piste ski lessons (or regular lessons) & guiding can make all the difference. See our Saas Fee Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information & booking.

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, sledding, snow tubing, snow kiting, winter walking trails, 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 & no cars, the town is remarkably quiet at night, even though there is still partying behind sound proofed double glazed windows until dawn!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Numerous superb ski resorts are in this area of the Valais. Not the least of which is Zermatt ski resort. Zermatt is surrounded by many 4,000m+ peaks so it is well worth a visit even if only to enjoy them. 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 combination Post Bus & railway from Stalden Saas station. Zermatt also offers year-round skiing on their dedicated glacier plus long ski runs in winter of between 8-13km.

Between Saas Fee and Zermatt is family-oriented Grächen ski resort (via St Niklaus railway station). Back down in the Rhone River valley, Crans Montana, Belalp & Aletsch Arena are within an easy day trip

Why Ski or Snowboard at Saas Fee?

Saas-Fee is a snow sure, high alpine ski resort with a classic "old world" European feel. The village is beautiful and romantic plus the year-round glacial skiing experience & sensational mountain surrounds offer unforgettable memories. Saas-Fee provides more than just a ski experience & is a cheaper, less crowded, more authentic alternative to neighbouring Zermatt.

Review

The Powderhounds last reviewed Saas Fee in 2019. We found it be an amazing place to visit. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read the latest inciteful & droll postulations!

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