Saas-Fee

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

Saas-Fee is the biggest town in the Saas valley in the Swiss canton of Valais. The valley is a destination for winter sport, with the slopes in Saas fee being one of the few places in the region where skiing in summer is possible. The Saas valley also offers stunning views of some of Switzerland's tallest mountains, which can be explored through the dense network of hiking paths around the area, including among others the Monte Rosa hiking trail.

Saas-Fee, “the pearl of the Alps”, is untouched by the worst of the modern world, though it’s not short of powerful lifts to take you to the tops – and in these mountains that means a breathtaking 3500 metres above sea level. Saas Fee is built along one long main street, with the main ski areas at one end and a forest at the other. Whilst the resort is still a relatively small town, there is a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars to appeal to all tastes.

High and snow-sure, the internationally renowned village of Saas-Fee nestles at 1800m in the lee of the Mischabel range, just 15km north-east of Zermatt, without its crowds but with more original alpine charm. The village is old, quaint, and traffic-free other than for a few service vehicles. The mountains surrounding Saas-Fee are in-your-face monsters, towering above the village, their huge glaciers spilling down towards the valley. The immediacy of the scenery makes this a great place for committed mountain lovers: even on a blue sky day the brooding heights are more striking than pretty.

Saas-Fee is recognised as one of Switzerland's more family friendly ski resorts with lots of flat sunny slopes for beginners and plenty of supervised activities for children. Saas-Fee's piste skiing is quite extensive and snow conditions are usually first class. Off-piste in Saas-Fee there are endless routes to explore, many of them starting from peaks which must first be climbed. If you want to notch up ascents of 4000m peaks, followed by ski descents of half that figure, Saas-Fee is the place to do it.

But Saas-Fee is not just for skiers and mountaineers: winter holidaymakers have plenty of other activities including walking paths and a whole mountain (Hannig) dedicated to sledging - high altitude fondue followed by torch-lit descents are a speciality. Throw in the genuine charm of the area, and Saas-Fee's near the top of the list as a winter wonderland.

Thanks to altitude and aspect, Saas-Fee has a long ski season and there's also skiing on the glacier in summer. Approximately 40% of guests are Swiss, 24% from Germany, 14% from Benelux and 11% from the UK.


Saas-Fee info card

Resort Altitude1800m
Highest Lift3600m
Total Piste100km
Longest Run9km
Directions of SlopesN, E, W
Uphill Capacity26000
Total Lifts36
Gondolas/Cable cars9
Chairlifts4
Drag Lifts22
Snow Parks2

Tourist office

There is a tourist information office in each village:


Best time to visit Saas Fee

Incredibly, about 70% of all ski slopes in Saas-Fee are guaranteed to have snow during the ski season (November- May) according to the resort’s manager. Few resorts in the Alps, or in fact the world, have this kind of snow reliability, making Saas truly special. There’s nothing more annoying than arriving at your chosen destination to find all the slopes are closed. What’s more, the Saas valley lies in the very south of Switzerland and in one of the sunniest areas: on average there are 300 days of sun every year.

The long ski season is possible thanks to the ski area’s huge and impressive glacier which provides year round snow, and the high-altitude slopes which stretch all the way up to a grand height of 3600m. To top things up even more, the resort has also invested heavily in snow cannons meaning that even the lower slopes back down to the village stay open in the later months. One of our favourite times to ski in terms of the weather is early springtime as it tends to be warmer and sunnier, and you can sit out on the terrace of one of the lovely mountain huts, such as the Längfluh, and work on your tan.


Saas Fee Ski Resort

Saas-Fee, the ´Alpine Pearl´ with being located in the middle of the impressive mountain and glacier world, is also surrounded by  18 four-thousand meter peaks. With 100 kilometers (93 miles) of trails and 24 lifts. it invites to have a blast on your skis. It´s elevation and the glacier area guarantees best snow conditions for almost 10 months a year. It´s the rare combination of 300 sunny days and countless inches of snow each year that makes this one to a skier´s dream. If you are looking for varied slopes and incredible long runs, this is your spot. Altogether, this is a holiday spot par excellence for winter enthusiasts of every age and kind.

There are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably at the base station or all runs that are accessible with the Alpine Express and the chairlift Morenia. As soon as you gained more knowledge you should definitely check out the more challenging trails that even feature a drop of 3600 meter (11811 feet). Challenging yourself to ski outside of your comfort level is not only a great way to improve, but it´s also how you discover the treasure chest of the mountain. Intermediate skiers usually love these high-altitude runs as well. Mogul slopes are in the area of Spielboden. Santa-Fee has the world cup mountain Plattjen that will even please the most courageous skier and snowboarder with being extremely steep. It is also worth to hit the popular trail that starts in Allalin and takes you to Saas-Fee. On your way to the base you will overcome 1800 height meters (5905 feet). Even riding up to the starting point can be intimidating: The Alpin Express and the Panorama-Felskinnbahn take you from Saas-Fee up to the glaciers that top out at 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level. From there you can grab Metro Alpin, the world´s highest underground tram, in order to get to Mittelallalin. Take a second and enjoy the breathtaking panorama, on a clear day you can even see Milan. In the summer skiing season you can at least discover 20 kilometers (12,4 miles) of trails that will keep you busy for several days and are perfect for every ability and level.

Freeriders have five off-pistes options. If you don´t feel like doing it on your own, you can book a freeride tour in the mountain guide offices that you´ll find everywhere in the valley. Freestyler will get their money´s worth as well. Saas-Fee even has two terrain parks to offer located throughout the area. Those are stuffed with various features of all ability levels. The terrain park Morenia in Saas-Fee is right above the same-named top station. There are endless events during the winter season. And the last one is especially great for the summer time. With super pipe, three kicker lines, rails and boxes, it has everything a freestyler´s heart can desire.


Skiing in Saas Fee

The area has something to offer skiers and riders of every level, and it’s a good choice if you’re hitting the slopes for the first time as the nursery slopes are snow sure.

Take little learners to the local Kid’s Fun Park for an exciting and safe area with a magic carpet, slalom run, snow carousel and lots of fun toys.

There are three ski schools to choose from and if you go further afield to Saas-Grund you’ll find the charming Hohsi Snowland which is a self-proclaimed ‘snow kingdom’ for children with totem poles, tipis, seesaws, obstacles and a race track.

Once you’ve mastered the snow-plough it’s time to move on to some of the many blue runs and maybe even the odd red; there are some easy-going runs between Felskinn and Morenia, for example number 4 on the map which joins together with 4b and 4c to make one gloriously long blue run back down to the village.

While the area is fairly large, it’s true that if you like clocking up the miles and you’re used to the French mega resorts then you might find things here a little limited in comparison. No sweat though, if things are getting a little monotonous by the end of the week then simply head over to neighbouring hamlets of Saas Almagell, Saas-Balen and Saas Grund which offer yet more skiing. The lifts here are included in the area pass and you can get there with the free shuttle bus which runs every half hour.

There’s a big snowboard scene here, although there’s not much room for off-piste as the huge glacier means that most of the ski area is riddled with crevasses (so it’s imperative that if you do go exploring, you hire a mountain guide).

Freestylers will love the big terrain park up on the glacier which usually stays open in late spring, with kickers, rails and boxes of all shapes and sizes and a super halfpipe.


Saas Fee Apres Ski

For lunch head to Boccolino (next to the nursery slopes) which dishes up pizza, pasta and local specialities. On the other end of the scale is the decadent Fletschhorn, one of the top restaurants in the region, with one Michelin star and 18 points in the Gault Milau gourmet guide. It’s set in the Relais & Chateaux hotel, a 10 minute taxi ride from town. The young folk and boarders tend to hang out at Popcorn, a bar and club beneath the hotel of the same name. If you’re still feeling the buzz after a day on the slopes then make your way to ‘Poison’, which is probably the busiest and wildest nightclub, open until the wee hours.

If a hard day on the slopes has left your muscles aching, get a massage or relax in the sauna and spa at the Aqua Allalin leisure centre – in past years, visitors have been able to get discounted entry with their guest card (available free through your accommodation). There’s also a large indoor pool with whirlpool and children's pool, table tennis, two indoor tennis courts and a games room. Families will appreciate ‘Hannig’ as well, a whole mountain area set aside for walking, tobogganing, paragliding and anything else non-ski related.

As well as the town’s attractions, the resort is also famous for several world records, the first one being the Threes!xty restaurant, which sits just below the summit of the Allalinhorn at the lofty height of 3500m. This is the highest revolving restaurant in the world, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the immense Chessjen Glacier below. With one full rotation per hour, you’ll barely notice that you’re moving, but by the time you’ve eaten your meal (the food is top-notch as well), you’ll have taken in the breath-taking views from every direction. To get up here you can take the ‘Metro Alpin’, the highest funicular in the world and the second record breaker in Saas Fee’s three-piece set. Finally, visit the Allalin Ice Pavilion below, which is a great day out for the kids and incidentally the world’s largest ice grotto.


Families in Saas Fee

We love Saas Fee for families – the village is quiet and friendly, the skiing is high, varied and extensive and both have loads of things to do. This is one of an elite group of Swiss resorts with the tourist board’s ‘Families Welcome’ label and has been given various awards for its services to families on top of this.

A tremendous amount of blue red and black runs – nearly all snow sure - makes Saas Fee a top choice for all kinds of families, whether you’re all used to the annual week on the snow or this is a first time for everyone. Confident teens can hang out at the Freestyle park, which has a nice chill out area if the rest of the clan fancy watching the action. If you’re booking lessons, the Swiss Ski School have various tuition options: kids aged 3+ can be booked into group ski lessons and 7 year olds can have a go at snowboarding. Their Kinderland is kitted out with a magic carpet, carousel and more fun things and options with a supervised lunch are also available.

Do some traditional sledding on the 5km long run at Hannig (sometimes it’s open at night). The Ice Pavilion makes a great family field trip – it’s the biggest ice grotto in the world and experiencing the glacier from the inside is magical. Look out for kids festivals - on the last few years these have happened on Wednesdays with arts, crafts and sometimes BBQ’d sausages... Indoor activities include micro-bowling, bouldering, children’s cooking sessions in the Baking Museum and a pool – with a cinema – at the Pirmin Zurbriggen. There are some fabulously family-friendly restaurants, with nappy changing facilities, high chairs, play areas and playgrounds and activities for the meal table – we like the Hannig mountain restaurant which is good in all weather; sit inside by the fireplace or soak up the sun and scenery from the terrace. For something really special, have a meal at Three s!xty – for the highest revolving restaurant on the planet, the food isn’t too pricey and it’ll certainly be something to remember.


Group Holidays Saas Fee

If your group is looking for a quaint Swiss village, relaxed and friendly après and mile upon mile of high altitude, seriously scenic skiing, you’ve come to the right place. The ski area has more intermediate pistes than others but the amount of beginner and advanced runs don’t fall far behind, so if you’re a group of mixed abilities, everyone will find plenty to ski – there’s even a Freestyle park, complete with a chill-out area for the those who don’t fancy hitting the rails and jibs.

Non skiers can visit museums and galleries or see the glacier from the inside at the biggest ice grotto in the world. Saas Grund is known to have torchlit walks in the evenings (on past years it’s been every Thursday, but double check) which is a magical thing to do as a group. Old school curling, mountain hut tours with fondues and beer and wine sessions have also been on the menu in recent years. Aqua Allalin is a new wellness and sports centre, with saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools and a gym – see if they’re still giving out free teas!

Ski straight off the slopes to SnowPoint for après ski or head to the Dom for live music. Popcorn and Poison are where it’s at if you want a proper night out. Make sure you add a lunch in threes!xty to the to-do list, this is the highest revolving restaurant on the planet, meaning awesome views of the surrounding peaks (and the food is actually quite affordable).


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.


Shopping in Saas Fee

As a small village there isn’t abundant shopping to experience in Saas-Fee, but you should have no problems finding the essentials. Small supermarkets and locally run produce stores can supply you with snacks for the mountain and sports shops will provide you with rental equipment. There are even a few upmarket gift stores, such as the local jewellery boutique, so you can bring something back home for friends, family, or even yourself.


Spas and relaxation

The Aqua Allalin centre is a state of the art swimming pool and spa complex. In addition to saunas, baths and feature showers there is also a children’s pool and a waterslide making this wellness centre suitable for families.

Both the Hotel Schweizerhof Gourmet and Spa and Hotel Ferienart Resort and Spa have excellent wellness and facilities and indoor pools. The wellness facilities at the Schweizerhof are extensive and include a whirlpool, steam bath and relaxation room. The indoor pool at the Ferienart is particularly luxurious.


Arts, culture and events

The rich history of Saas-Fee is explored in the Saaser Museum, housed in an old wooden vicarage that dates back to 1732. As well as traditional artefacts, costumes and decorative crafts the museum houses a recreation of famous, local writer, Carl Zuckmayer’s study.

Saas-Fee hosts a number of sporting events throughout the winter. A particular highlight of the local calendar is the Ice Climbing World Cup which brings with it a great, bustling atmosphere and an amazing party vibe. This action packed sporting event takes place every January and welcomes athletes from across the world.

Starting at an altitude of 3,500 m on the Mittelallain glacier, the Downhill Glacier Bike Race is a spectacular sporting event full of exciting, high-speed action. The racers hurtle down an icy mountain course covering an elevation of 1,700m. You can simply spectate or sign up to participate on this crazy race which is held in mid-March.

Also making excellent use of the glacier are the Allalin Races, which are the highest downhill, glacier race in the world. This long established racing event is traditionally held towards the end of the ski season, around the end of March and beginning of April.


Saas-Fee Village

Saas-Fee, also known as “the pearl of the Alps” is one of the prettiest ski resorts in Switzerland and one of twelve “Best of the Alps” resorts. Saas-Fee’s rural origins are still evident in the old chalets and storehouses and the car-free streets help preserve the ambience.

The Saas Valley includes the four communities of Saas-Fee, Saas Grund, Saas Almagell and Saas Balen, the biggest of which is Saas-Fee with nearly 1,700 inhabitants.

Before the advent of tourism, Saas-Fee's inhabitants were subsistence farmers who, for extra cash, would harvest ice from the glaciers, delivering it to the hotels in the valley and beyond. Saas-Fee's rural origins are still evident in the old chalets and storehouses, called 'Stadel', perched on stone mushrooms to keep the rats at bay. The car-free streets help preserve the ambience.

A priest, Johann Josef, brought the first British alpinists to town in the mid 1800s and established Saas-Fee's future. The Hotel Dom was the first to be built and in 1849 Josef made skis with which to descend to Saas Grund. There was no looking back, other than to his statue in the town square.
Saas-Fee has a wide choice of accommodation with 57 hotels and numerous apartments, most of which are owned by local families as the sale of apartments is strictly controlled to ensure that the traditional village character is maintained.

The road to Saas-Fee was only built in the 1950s, before which it was a donkey track. The builders wisely decided to end the road with a big car park from where it's an easy walk, with luggage on a hand trolley or electric hotel taxi cart, to the centre, making this one of the Alps' easiest traffic-free ski resorts to negotiate.

Today, Saas-Fee has some of the most restrictive building regulations in Switzerland. New buildings must follow the traditional Swiss chalet style construction with gabled roof and their facade which must be built largely from wood, which is quickly blackened by sunlight, so that they blend well with the older properties.

Heading south (left) from the car park takes you down towards the base area with a mix of hotels, après-ski bars and ski shops. In the northern half of town there are more hotels and chalets as well as restaurants and bars.

Three electric bus routes run to the ski lifts and although Saas-Fee village is not big, the many places with ski and boot storage (CHF 2 per day) near the base station come in handy for people staying at the northern end of the village (up to 1km from base area) allowing them a more comfortable commute to the lifts.

Transportation - Get In


Nearest airports to Saas-Fee

The nearest airport to Saas-Fee is Sion, but not many airlines fly to Sion. The international airports of Geneva, Zurich and Milan all have easy rail links and even quicker road links to Saas-Fee. Change from train to bus at Brig or at Visp. Transfer from Sion is an hour and a half by car or by shuttle bus to Saas-Fee. The opening of the Lőtschberg tunnel in 2007 significantly improved rail access from the north into ths Valais and considerably reduced journey times.

Sion airport 78km / 1 hour 30 minutes
Basel airport 226km / 3 hours 8 minutes
Geneva airport 227km / 2 hours 32 minutes
Zurich airport 249km / 3 hours 18 minutes
Milan Malpensa airport 208km / 3 hours 3 minutes


By bus

Coming by train, your access point to the Saas valley is most probably Visp, unless you are travelling on an EC train which only stops in Brig. From either of these a Post Bus service runs half-hourly to Saas-Fee. The trip from Visp takes about 50 minutes to Saas-Fee. The bus terminal in Saas-Fee is located quite central and you should be able to walk to wherever you want to go. Your hotel might also be able to provide transfer on an electrical car for you and your luggage.

You can buy your ticket directly from the driver, or have it included in your train ticket. Buses can get crowded during morning and evening peak hours and especially on Friday nights up to three buses can run at the same time from Visp. Note that often express buses are used at those times (which you won't necessarily find on the timetable), so if you are planning on alighting either at Saas-Fee or the main stop at Saas-Grund you can save some time by taking that one instead.

When leaving Saas-Fee, it is possible to reserve a seat on the bus. This is usually not necessary, as if there is not enough space on the first bus, they will usually put in an additional bus. You might however have to stand for the 45 minute trip to Visp. The bus can get delayed easily if it is snowing or if there is any problem with the traffic on the way, so if you have a tight connection in Visp, it is better if you take an earlier bus.

If you are staying at any of the other villages, be sure to check with your accommodation which bus stop is the closest to your hotel/apartment, as it can make quite a difference. For Saas-Almagell, you will have to change bus at the stop: "Saas-Grund, Post".


By car

If you arrive by car, note that Saas-Fee itself is car-free. You will have to leave your car at a big underground and surface car park at the entrance of the village. Daily parking charges are Fr. 19 in winter and Fr. 14 in summer, however if you have the citizens' pass (see infobox), there are reduced rates from the second day onwards. The rest of the valley is accessible by car. As the Saas valley is at a higher altitude the roads can be snow covered in winter quite frequently. The roads will usually get cleared quite fast and rarely ever snow chains are required, but if you are not experienced driving on snowy mountain roads you might want to consider taking the bus instead.

Transportation - Get Around

Saas-Fee is quite small and it is easiest to get around by walking. The village itself is car free. This does not mean that there is no traffic, and there are scores milk-float-type electric cars roaming the village. Be careful, they are very quiet and hard to notice.

There are a couple of taxi companies that run within Saas-Fee, but at a recommended price of Fr. 23 to 30 this is rather pricey for such short distances.

During the main season free shuttle buses run to and from the ski lifts on 5 lines. The buses are however really small and it might be easier and faster to just walk.

It is also quite easy to get to the other three villages (Saas-Balen, Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell) by bus. In winter ski buses run from each village to Saas-Fee and back. In summer you have to take the regular half-hourly buses to and from Saas-Balen or Saas-Grund. To get to Saas-Almagell or the Mattmark lake, change bus in Saas-Grund.

Accommodation & Hotels


Property Location: With a stay at Elite Alpine Lodge in Saas-Fee (Saas), you'll be minutes from Saaser Museum and Stafelwald Ski Lift. This 4-star apartment is within close proximity of Alpin Express Gondola and Hannig Gondola.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 10 guestrooms featuring espresso makers and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a sauna. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and luggage storage.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Modern Hotel
    • Stylish hotel
    • New rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • ELITE ALPINE LODGE - APART & BREAKFAST SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 98. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and Vibe.

 


Property Location: With a stay at The Capra Saas-Fee in Saas-Fee (Saas), you'll be minutes from Hannig Gondola and close to Saaser Museum. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Alpin Express Gondola and Stafelwald Ski Lift.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 24 guestrooms featuring minibars and espresso makers. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as a sauna and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Capra Saas-Fee. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
  • THE CAPRA SAAS-FEE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Property Location: With a stay at Parkhotel Saas- Fee in Saas-Fee (Saas), you'll be minutes from Hannig Gondola and Saaser Museum. This hotel is within close proximity of Alpin Express Gondola and Stafelwald Ski Lift.

Rooms: Stay in one of 17 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Parkhotel Saas- Fee. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great view
    • Friendly service
    • Impressive bathroom
  • PARKHOTEL SAAS- FEE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 15% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Enjoying a quiet yet central location in Saas Fee, with superb views of the Saas mountains, the Schweizerhof Gourmet & Spa Hotel also offers you a great spa area and free Wi-Fi. The 1000 m wellness area The Wave features an outdoor panorama sauna, a relaxation room with glacier views, a pool, a whirlpool and a steam room. There is a waterfall in the lobby where you can relax and unwind, and in the evening you can watch the starry sky from the hotel bar. Gourmet Swiss and international cuisine is served in the restaurant of the Schweizerhof. From June to October, guests enjoy free use of all cable cars and public buses in the Saas Valley.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • SCHWEIZERHOF GOURMET & SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 11% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and breakfast.


The hotel is situated in the center of Saas-Fee, a location with the best-possible guarantee of snow in Europe, and embedded in the typical architecture of the 19th century, when tourism was dominated by the English. In 2011 the hotel restored this historical building, the oldest hotel in the village, at great effort and, at the same time, with great care. The interior captivates with its modern elegance paired with antique elements. The lovingly furnished 28 rooms also offer you technological comfort of the highest standard. Each room comes with an i Pad, and thus for the duration of your stay in the hotel you have access to a diverse and individually tailored information and entertainment offering.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • New rooms
  • THE DOM HOTEL - THE DOM COLLECTION SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and breakfast.


Property Location: Located in Saas-Fee (Saas), Hotel Allalin is minutes from Hannig Gondola and Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Saas Fee. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Saaser Museum and Saas-Fee Guides - Private Day Tours.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 30 guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy recreational amenities including a spa tub and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and multilingual staff. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Modern Hotel
    • New rooms
  • HOTEL ALLALIN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.


Property Location: Located in Saas-Fee (Saas), Hotel Saaserhof is minutes from Stafelwald Ski Lift and Leeboden Ski Lift. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ski Lift Stafelwald - Bugel and Saaser Museum.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 48 guestrooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature hair dryers and bathrobes.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a spa tub and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, express check-in, and express check-out.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Clean rooms
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL SAASERHOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Sunstar Boutique Hotel Beau Site-Saas Fee is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Saas-Fee. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi in all rooms, printer, fax machine, photocopying, fireplace. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer closet, towels, carpeting, slippers, television LCD/plasma screen to ensure a restful night. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Sunstar Boutique Hotel Beau Site-Saas Fee is an excellent choice from which to explore Saas-Fee or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • SUNSTAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL BEAU-SITE SAAS-FEE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 20% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


The confortable middle-class hotel with a wonderful view and the newest comfort is situated in a quit and privileged site. - Comfortable, spacious double rooms and pleasant apartments - Cosy dining room for breakfast buffet and dinner (excellent kitchen) -The hotel's central bar is an ideal meeting point, beautiful lobby - Wellness area with sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and relaxation room; solarium - Amply fitness room with modern equipment - Playing room with billard, table-tennis, table-top football and dart - Conference room with multi media and internet corner - Free wireless internet in the hotel - Modern skiroom with lockers and boot dryers; room for ski tuning - Nice sunny terrasse with garden games - In summer: multifun court and grass field.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Comfortable beds
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • Spacious rooms
    • Clean rooms
  • HOTEL ALPIN SUPERIOR SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Saas-Fee City Center, Ferienart Resort & Spa promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), indoor pool, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Convenience and comfort makes Ferienart Resort & Spa the perfect choice for your stay in Saas-Fee.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Professional service
    • Great reception
  • HOTEL FERIENART RESORT & SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 87, this hotel is one of the top 20% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, breakfast and wellness & sports facilities.

Ski Area

There’s no mistaking the slopes of Saas-Fee. From the highest, there are good views of many of the thirteen 4000m peaks that surround the Saas valley including the 4545m Dom, Switzerland’s highest mountain. If it frequently feels as if you’re skiing on or next to a huge glacier, that’s because you are.

Saas-Fee's ski area has 32 ski pistes totalling 100km, 50km red, the other 50km split evenly between blue and black, and 3 unpisted ski routes, served by 23 ski lifts. Saas-Fee is on the same line of latitude as the pine trees of Ascona on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The high altitude skiing is generally best on fine winter days from February to April which average 100-140 hours of sunshine per month and in summer when 20km of piste remain open for intermediates and above;  on cold windy days in December and January it's bitter. There's also a freestyle snow park above Morenia, with one half-pipe, a boarder cross and two kickers, and 30km of hiking trails for winter walkers.

Base area

The base area is south of the village at 1800m. Here you'll find classic broad, gentle nursery slopes set to one side so that the main ski traffic doesn't conflict, served by three short T-bar lifts for beginners. There's a large ski school assembly area, two ice rinks and a series of hotels and pensions backing on to the base area whose restaurants, terraces and umbrella bars are handy for lunch and for après ski towards the end of the day. Set against the backdrop of improbably craggy peaks, it looks like a stylised version of an alpine ski resort of 50 years ago.

Felskinn - Allalin - Längfluh

The main Saas-Fee ski area is due south of the village and reached by a big gondola, the Alpin Express, rising from the east of the village of Saas-Fee to Morenia at 2550m, followed by a funicular, the Metro Alpin, which reaches the 3,500m highpoint, crowned with the highest of Switzerland's three revolving restaurants, at Mittelallalin (which is simply referred to as 'Allalin - The Top' on the piste map).

The main ski slopes can also be reached from the base area by riding an older gondola to Spielboden 2448m followed by a cable car to Längfluh 2869m then use the Feechatz T-bar to access a series of groomed intermediate slopes beneath Allalin; the longest route back down to Saas-Fee is 9km long and all of the non-glacial pistes are covered by snow-making to ensure the descent can be made throughout the season.

The main concentration of pistes, a mix of about a dozen red, half a dozen blue and a few short black runs, is below Felskinn (3,000m) at the foot of the funicular. More experienced skiers might like to try the Weisse Perle ski route (yellow) which is reached from the top of the Spielboden gondola or from the black piste running from the bottom of the Längfluh chair down to Spielboden.

Saas-Fee is one place you're seldom tempted to duck under the ropes, as these are very obviously glaciers on the move, at their steep, deeply fissured stage - more crevasse than ice - unlike much of the glacier skiing in other parts of the alps, which is often on the relatively flat main body of the ice flow. These frozen rivers are spectacular, though for skiers they can feel restrictive; you certainly can't ignore them.

Plattjen

A subsidiary area, Plattjen, is much more limited. It rises to just 2570m to the south-east of Saas-Fee and is served by one gondola from the base station; there's no other connection with the main area, either by piste or lift. The peaks to the south leave it in the shadow through January, but later in the season some sun reaches its black and red pistes.

The routes down from top to bottom include a fast descent used for World Cup racing, which is half red then black on the steeper lower slopes or you can ski the slower and longer blue run which winds its way through the forest with some variation for intermediates and advanced skiers including an off-piste route (National) through the trees is like a roller coaster ride when icy. There are also glacier-free off-piste opportunities here, mainly through scrub and forest.

Hannig

To the west of the village of Saas-Fee, the Hannig mountain is reserved for walking and toboganning. You can walk up or take the single gondola from Hohnegg to Hannig 2336m, where there's a popular mountain restaurant with sun terrace and the opportunity to continue walking up to Mällig 2700m. The 5km toboggan run down is highly recommended and it's worth sacrificing half a day on the ski slopes to make time available to enjoy tobogganing from the top of Hannig.

Saas Grund

There's a further 35km of skiing between 3200m and 3400m on Hohsaas which is 3km lower down the valley at Saas Grund. Saas Grund is covered by the same lift pass and the Hohsaas ski area is reached by riding the gondola from Saas Grund to Kreuzboden 2400m then the Ziebel gondola to 3200m. There's also good ski touring higher up on Triftgletscher, quite challenging snow shoeing close to the pistes above and below Weissmieshűtte and an 11km long toboggan run all the way from Kreuzboden 2400m down to Saas Grund at 1559m. Saas Grund is worth visiting if you're staying in Saas-Fee for more than a few days.

Saas Almagell

There's 19km more piste skiing and ski touring at Saas Almagell, the most southerly community in Saastal which is about 7km from Saas-Fee and the home of Olympic ski racers Heidi, Pirmin and Slivan Zurbriggen. The skiing here includes a further seven pistes, a mix or red and blue, leading from Heidbodme 2400m to the restaurant and children's adventure world at Furggstalden 1893m and continuing to Saas Almagell at 1673m in the valley. There's 26km of cross-country ski trails, winter walking trails, a 3km toboggan run and some excellent ski touring in the Almagellertal from 1673m to Zwischbergenpass 3268m and to Portjengrat 3653m and more ski touring further south in Furggtal.


Saas-Fee Beginners

Saas-Fee caters very well for novices and beginners with secluded nursery slopes surrounded by towering 4000m peaks and served by three T-bars exclusively for beginners, and a selection of easy blue runs in the main ski area at Felskinn.

For complete beginners, Saas-Fee's base area draglifts and nursery slopes at Stafelwald are hard to beat - easy to reach, well out of the way of fast ski-traffic and unthreatening (other than the stupendous views looming overhead).

The base area includes good facilities for children, clearly marked meeting points for ski school groups and the hotel restaurants that back on to the base area - Derby, Belmont and Waldesruh - are convenient for lunch and waiting parents as well as for après ski.

Progressing novices can head for Morenia 2550m via the Felskinn cable car or first stage of the Alpin Express, from where a series of long blue runs 4/4c/4b provide an easy descent back to Saas-Fee, and the Mittaghorn drag lift serves two more blues.

There's also a blue route from Allalin to Längfluh for a taste of the heights, though there's no easy way further down other than to download or to go back up the Feechatz drag and follow red 10b (usually in excellent condition) towards Felskinn and make an easier descent.

Over on Plattjen, blue 2a / 2b is a long and relatively easy blue run that starts part way down and winds through forested slopes back to Saas-Fee. Confident beginners can get to it by first skiing red run 1 from Plattjen 2570m past the landmark Vernissage Berghaus Plattjen mountain restaurant - worth visiting - but there's no easier way to reach blue 2.

There's more easy skiing for beginners nearby at Saas Almagell including the children's adventure world at Furggstalden, but by the time you have exhausted Saas-Fee's blue runs it's likely you will be ready to progress to ski easy red runs 5/5a/6 at Morenia and the cluster of easy red runs at Allalin 3500m which offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and are easily reached using the Metro-Alpin funicular from Felskinn.

If you feel like taking a break from skiing and want to try something different, the 5km toboggan run from Hannig 2336m, to the west of Saas-Fee, is highly recommended. You can hire a toboggan at the Hannig gondola station.


Saas-Fee Intermediates

Sass Fee has several top-to-bottom descents for strong intermediate skiers and boarders, all of which give an excellent sense of the high mountain terrain and scale - from 3500m top to 1800m bottom is 1700m vertical and the longest run is 9km.

With just 50km of well-groomed red run skiing among a ski area totaling 100km of pisted skiing, there aren't endless kilometres of piste to bash at Saas-Fee, but the steep-enough pitch of most red runs, combined with excellent snow quality, will appeal to strong intermediates.

And if you choose to take lifts to the top of the resort and descend all the way back to base, there are several alternatives available to you, with stunning views of the high mountain glacial terrain and 1700m vertical from top to bottom, taking in some of Saas-Fee's sweeping, wide red runs - 10b 'Panorama' and 6 'Moräne' - along the way.

There's a small cluster of red runs at Allalin 3500m - the top - which are suitable for improving beginners but quite short and most intermediates will start by lapping the red runs between Felskinn 3000m and Morenia 2550m then repeating a series of long top to bottom descents from Allalin to base area either via 10b 'Panorama' and 6 'Moräne' or via Feechatz 10a, Längfluh 11 and Spielboden 11a which is longer and usually quieter.

Adventurous intermediates can take a look at the Weiss Perle unpisted ski route from Spielboden 2448m back to base area which provides a more challenging route back to Saas-Fee, the level of difficulty very much depending on snow conditions and time of day.


Saas-Fee Advanced

Most of the challenging opportunities for advanced skiers and boarders in Saas-Fee are well away from the main runs, as crevasse hazards limit off-piste opportunities on glacial terrain between the groomed pistes.

Saas-Fee ski area has 100km pisted skiing between 3500m and 1800m of which 25km is designated black for advanced and 50km red, so there's not that much piste skiing to challenge more advanced skiers and riders. There's enough difficult piste skiing to keep advanced skiers entertained for longer than a few days and if you're not yet able to ski well off-piste you'll soon find the ski area quite limited by which time the spectacular mountain views will no longer compensate.

On piste there are a few short black runs, but the majority of the mileage is on moderate reds whose main challenge is their length. Descending without stopping from Allalin or from Längfluh to Saas-Fee is a worthy test. The best 'serious' pistes in Saas-Fee, including an FIS World Cup run, are on the lower half of Plattjen. There's also an unpatrolled ski route on this side, and tree skiing, and a longer ski route on the main area starting just above Spielboden which descends almost to the base area.

The glacier that divides the ski area means that even with a guide the crevasse hazard limits off-piste opportunities between the slopes. Further afield there are multiple options for skiing off-piste, almost all of which require some climbing on foot and glacier crossings, but usually on less badly crevassed sections. While there are off-piste opportunities in abundance in Saas-Fee, it's not a resort that earns the title of 'lift-served off-piste Mecca'.

Skiing off-piste without a guide in Saas-Fee is positively dangerous as the crevasse hazard is so great that in some off-piste areas on Feegletscher the risk of ending your day (or your life) down a deep crevasse could be as high as 50:50.


Saas-Fee Boarding & Freestyle

Most of the challenging opportunities for advanced skiers and boarders in Saas-Fee are well away from the main runs, as crevasse hazards limit off-piste opportunities on glacial terrain between the groomed pistes.

Snowboarders and freestyle skiers should head for the Snow Park at Mittelallalin. The park is groomed all year, with a half-pipe, quarter-pipe, kickers and rails. You can also relax on a comfortable couch to sounds in the Chill Zone.

There's also a Snow Park located in the Morenia area with two lines of kickers: two small kickers; a big kicker with a 5- and a 9-metre table and adjoining them a quarter-pipe and a corner wall. The half-pipe is located in the middle of the park and the rails should appeal to thrill-seekers, with a straight and a triple kinked rail, and a rainbow.

The piste riding provides some good carving terrain and few traverses; off-piste boarders will find some of the major routes a slog on snowshoes, with traversing and uphill sections where they'll inevitably expend more energy than skiers on skins, though they might well have some back on the descent.

Ski lifts

Saas-Fee's ski lift system is not the resort’s strong point, but it does carry you to great heights over considerable distances with spectacular views of deeply fissured glaciers and crevasses and there’s adequate capacity to prevent queuing most of the time.

Saas-Fee's 22-lift system is not the resort's strongest suit, though it's by no means bad. As with neighbouring Zermatt, it's easy to grumble about the duration of some of the ski lifts, when they are in fact carrying you to great heights over a considerable distance at high altitude and surrounded by glaciers.

But unlike Zermatt, the Saas-Fee lift infrastructure hasn't benefited from recent major investment: Saas-Fee's last big installation in the main ski area was the Alpin Express jumbo gondola in 1991 (stage 2 in 1994) to the east of Saas-Fee, which not only shifts people quickly from the village to Felskinn 3,000m, a distance of 3650m and 1152m vertical (with one cabin change) but is closer to much of the village than the main base area.

The tunnel-bound funicular, the speedy Metro Alpin, which completes the trip from 3,000m Felskinn to 3,500m Allalin, is 1475m long with an improbable guide's request stop, the 'Metro-Window' halfway up, where parties can exit through an access tunnel to emerge through the rock face onto the blinding brightness of the Hohlaub glacier. Prevailing snow and ice conditions determine how sporting this exit is at any given time.

At the base area to the south-east of Saas-Fee, you can either ride a gondola to the smaller ski area on Plattjen 2570m, a cable car to Felskinn or ride the old gondola to Spielboden 2448m then connect to the higher slopes on the galcier by means of the Längfluh cable car, the Längfluh chairlift and Feechatz T-bar.

Saas-Fee's top lifts, high on the glacier, are inevitably T-bars - drag lifts are often the only feasible installation on moving glacier ice, a limiting factor which partly explains the apparent lack of investment in new lifts higher up.

There's also a gondola to the west of Saas-Fee leading to Hannig 2336m, which is an area reserved for winter walking and tobogganing, and the entire Saas Valley ski lift system includes a further 8 ski lifts at Saas Grund and 8 more at Saas Almagell.

 

Ski Pass

Ski pass prices - Winter 2017/18

An overview of the ski pass prices and single fares in winter.

Important information: In addition to the ticket prices the cableways make a one-off charge of CHF 5.- (per rfld dta medium, key card). The card becomes the property of the purchaser and can not only be used repeated but is also valid in some other winter sports areas.


Ski area 1 : Saas-Fee Pass (Saas-Fee + Saas-Almagell)

Adults (20 years and older)

Days
from 11:0065.-
from 12:0061.-
172.-
2144.-
3194.-
4259.-
5320.-
6365.-
6 1/2403.-
7419.-
8461.-
9502.-
10543.-
11573.-
12603.-
13634.-
14656.-
5/7334.-
8/10475.-
11/13591.-

Youth (16-19.99 years)

Days
from 11:0055.-
from 12:0053.-
161.-
2122.-
3164.-
4220.-
5272.-
6311.-
6 1/2342.-
7356.-
8392.-
9427.-
10461.-
11487.-
12513.-
13539.-
14558.-
5/7284.-
8/10404.-
11/13502.-

Children (6 - 15.99 years)

Days
from 11:0031.-
from 12:0030.-
136.-
272.-
397.-
4130.-
5160.-
6183.-
6 1/2202.-
7210.-
8230.-
9251.-
10271.-
11288.-
12302.-
13317.-
14328.-
5/7167.-
8/10238.-
11/13295.-


Ski area 2: Saas-Grund

Adults (20 years and older)

Days
154.-
2106.-
3149.-
4192.-
5229.-
6259.-
6 1/2273.-
7283.-
8307.-
9331.-
10354.-

Youth (16 - 19.99 years)

Days
144.-
287.-
3122.-
4157.-
5188.-
6212.-
6 1/2224.-
7232.-
8252.-
9271.-
10290.-

Children (6 - 15.99 years)

Days
133.-
265.-
391.-
4117.-
5140.-
6158.-
6 1/2167.-
7173.-
8187.-
9202.-
10216.-


Ski area 3: Saas-Almagell

Adults (20 years and older)

Days
from 12:0038.-
145.-
289.-
3129.-
4164.-
5198.-
6218.-
6 1/2233.-
7246.-
8269.-
9297.-
10319.-
11342.-
12368.-
13396.-
14414.-
5/7215.-
8/10295.-
11/13366.-

Youth (16 - 19.99 years)

Days
from 12:0032.-
138.-
276.-
3109.-
4139.-
5168.-
6186.-
6 1/2198.-
7209.-
8229.-
9253.-
10271.-
11291.-
12313.-
13337.-
14352.-
5/7183.-
8/10251.-
11/13311.-

Children (6- 15.99 years)

Days
from 12:0023.-
127.-
253.-
377.-
499.-
5119.-
6131.-
6 1/2139.-
7148.-
8161.-
9179.-
10191.-
11205.-
12220.-
13238.-
14249.-
5/7129.-
8/10177.-
11/13219.-


Ski area 4: Saas-Almagell inkl. Fee Pass (only valid with Citizens' pass)

Adults (20 years and older)

Days
from 12:00-
155.-
2108.-*
3156.-*
4199.-*
5240.-*
6264.-**
6 1/2282.-**
7298.-**
8326.-**
9360.-**
10387.-**
11415.-**
12446.-**
13480.-**
14502.-**

Youth (16 - 19.99 years)

Days
from 12:0031.-
146.-
291.-*
3131.-*
4167.-*
5202.-*
6224.-**
6 1/2238.-**
7251.-**
8275.-**
9304.-**
10326.-**
11350.-**
12376.-**
13405.-**
14423.-**

Children (6- 15.99 years)

Days
from 12:0022.-
132.-
264.-*
393.-*
4119.-*
5143.-*
6157.-**
6 1/2167.-**
7178.-**
8194.-**
9215.-**
10230.-**
11246.-**
12264.-**
13286.-**
14299.-**

Destinationspass Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell, Saas-Balen

Adults (20 years and older)

Days
2145.-
3209.-
4271.-
5329.-
6379.-
6 1/2404.-
7429.-
8476.-
9521.-
10563.-
11596.-
12630.-
13664.-
14689.-
5/7373.-
8/10535.-
11/13665.-

Youth (16 - 19.99 years)

Tage
2123.-
3179.-
4230.-
5280.-
6322.-
6 1/2343.-
7365.-
8405.-
9443.-
10479.-
11507.-
12536.-
13564.-
14586.-
5/7317.-
8/10455.-
11/13565.-

Children (6 - 15.99 years)

Days
273.-
3105.-
4136.-
5165.-
6190.-
6 1/2202.-
7215.-
8238.-
9261.-
10282.-
11298.-
12315.-
13332.-
14345.-
5/7187.-
8/10268.-
11/13333.-

Village lifts Saas-Fee

Adults (16 years and older)

Days
1/2 from 12pm26.-
140.-
258.-
380.-
498.-

Children (6 - 15.99 years)

Days
1/2 from 12pm13.-
120.-
229.-
340.-
449.-

Activities & Things to do


Winter activities

  • Ski and snowboard This is what the valley and Saas-Fee, in particular, are famous for. The ski areas are generally open from mid-December to just after Easter. The Saas-Fee area has a portion on the glacier which remains open during the summer and only closes during May and June. The smaller Saas-Balen lift is only open as long as there's enough snow.
    • Saas-Fee area (100 km in winter, 8 km in summer, 21 lifts), +41 27 958 11 00This is quite a huge ski area starting from Saas-Fee itself. From the village, there are 3 cable cars: Alpin Express and Spielboden, which lead to the same connected area and the separated Plattjen. While there are a couple runs for advanced riders (notably at the Plattjen area), most of the slopes are catered towards intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The easier runs can be found either in the village or on Feechatz slope, just above Langfluh. A quick word of warning about this run, it may be a nice run but you have to endure the longest t-bar lift and downloading is also recommended as the runs down are difficult for beginners and get very busy later on in the day. Special passes are available if you only want to use the Plattjien area or the lifts in the village. Day pass Fr. 72/36 in winter and Fr. 72/46 in summer
    • Hohsaas area (35 km slopes, 6 lifts) (The regular bus stops at Saas-Grund Bergbahnen which is a 5 minutes walk from the cable car),  +41 27 958 11 00This area is located lower in the valley in Saas-Grund. It is much smaller than the Saas-Fee area, but still has quite a few good runs. There are two main cable cars, with the upper one reaching 3100 metres altitude. As opposed to Saas-Fee, which is mostly built on a north face, this area gets much more sun, which is good during cold January days, but which makes the snow more slurry during spring. Day pass Fr. 54/33
    • Furggstalden area (14 km slopes, 7 lifts) (Take the bus to Saas-Almagell Post.),  +41 27 958 11 00Another alternative with a smaller area. Day pass Fr. 45/27
    • Saas-Balen ski lift (0.5 km slope, 1 lift) (Take the bus to Saas-Balen, Kleine Kapelle and cross the bridge over the river.). A single small lift in the village of Saas-Balen. If you want to try skiing for, but don't want to buy an expensive day pass for one of the bigger areas, this is perfect. Day pass Fr. 15/11.
    • Terrain parksParks for skiers and snowboarders are available in the ski areas in Saas-Fee (Morenia in winter, Allalin Glacier in Summer) and Saas-Grund. Especially the one in Saas-Fee is quite extensive and is increasingly popular with Snowboard camps.
  • Sledging It can be quite scary at first, take your time the first run down, as there are some sharp bends, and you really don't want to go over the edge! You can rent a sledge at the gondola station, but it is sometimes cheaper to rent one from one of the sports retail shop, so ask around. Special night sledging events happen regularly during high season on each of the trails.
    • Hannig, Saas-Fee (6 km) (Take the Hannig lift from Saas-Fee), +41 27 957 26 15Fr. 24/12 for one trip, Fr. 28/18 for a day pass, rental of sledge Fr. 6
    • Kreuzboden. Saas-Grund (11 km) (Take the cable car from Saas-Grund),  +41 27 958 15 80This trail has two sections. The upper one is overall a bit slower and is, for the most part, separated from skiers. The lower part is shared with skiers and snowboarders but is generally faster and more fun. If you buy the day pass, it may make sense to get out in the middle station and only do the lower part several times over. The slope gets busier with skiers in the late afternoon when everyone is going home, so it makes more sense to go in the morning. Fr. 26/13 for one trip, Fr. 42/25 for a day pass, rental of sledge Fr. 10
    • Furggstalden, Saas-Almagell (3 km) (Take the chair lift from Saas-Almagell),  +41 27 957 14 14Fr. 10/6 for one trip, Fr. 20/12 for a day pass, rental of sledge Fr. 6
  • Cross country skiing Only one fairly short trail is available in Saas-Fee itself, but a much longer trail is available down in the valley. Equipment can be rented in some of the sport retail stores in any of the villages. The trail is only open when there is enough snow.
    • Saas-Fee (6 km) (Starts at the northern edge of the town). A rather small trail, right outside the village of Saas-Fee. Free
    • Saastal Loipe (26 km classic, 4-8 km skating). Goes along the Vispa river from Saas-Balen via Saas-Grund to Saas-Almagell. Entry is possible at any of those villages and anywhere in between. You don't have to buy the day pass beforehand, you pay it directly on the trail when (and if) you happen to cross path with the person responsible for collecting the fee. Day pass: Fr. 10.
  • Ice skating There is a natural ice rink in Saas-Fee. You can hire skates out from one of the hire shops in the village. Both Saas-Balen and Saas-Almagell have natural ice rinks as well. The only artificial ice rink in the valley is at Saas-Grund.

Hiking

There are many walks you can do, more of course in the summer months than in the winter months. There are many other walking routes including the Monte Rosa Path. Ask at the Tourist Office, also the location to buy hiking maps. Most hiking paths have yellow signs indicating the directions and duration.

  • Chapel Trail (1.3 km, 45min, easy) (Walk to the camping ground 'am Kapellenweg' along the Vispa river from Saas-Grund, from there follow the signs (Kappellenweg).). This trail goes from Saas-Grund up to Saas-Fee passing by 15 chapels and shrines each depicting different biblical scenes. 
  • Waldweg Bodmen (3.2 km, 45min, easy) (Walk over the bridge in Saas-Fee and follow the signs towards Saas-Almagell.). This trail goes from Saas-Fee down to Saas-Almagell. It is a very broad path through the forest, which is also accessible in winter. Halfway down there is the restaurant Bodmen, a good spot for a pit stop.
  • Mattmark Reservoir Circular Trail (7.8 km, 2h, easy) (Take the bus to Mattmark from either Saas-Grund or Saas-Almagell). This leisurely walk takes you around the Mattmark lake, a hydraulic water plant. There is a restaurant at the bus stop with an exhibition on the construction and running for the hydraulic plant. The lake is also a good starting point for many longer hikes. Note that the access road is only open during the summer months and the whole area is off limits during winter due to avalanche risk.
  • Topic path Alpine Flower Trail (10.6 km, 3h, medium difficulty) (Take the cable car from Saas-Grund up to Kreuzboden). A downhill path from Kreuzboden to Saas-Grund. It's a well marked out path which is not too hard, but it's all downhill. On the way there are signboards showing off the local flora which you can see on the side of the trail (depending on the time of the year). The trail also leads through an old shepherd village and there is a small restaurant (Café Triftalp) on the way.

Mountaineering

There are plenty of possible mountain tours and climbs available in the Saas valley at different levels of difficulties. The two official mountain guide associations are where you should ask if you are looking for a local guide:


Other activities

  • Feeblitz (Over the big bridge, right next to the Alpin Express cable car), +41 27 957 31 11, e-mail: Hours vary by season, best to ask at your hotelAn alpine slide (a sort of mechanical toboggan). It is great fun, but expensive. At least do it twice, maybe even three times. Prices about Fr. 6 per ride, but can buy multi ride tickets and save money
  • Rope park (Abenteuerwald) (Over the big bridge, next to the Feeplitz luge and the Alpin Express cable car), +41 27 958 18 58A rope park through the forest. There is two courses: one small one just for children and a big one for adults. The highlight certainly is the zip wire run over the canyon and back again. Adults: Fr. 31, Children Fr. 21
  • Swimming Pool (Aqua Allalin), Panoramastrasse 1 (Right below the bus terminal), +41 27 958 50 60, e-mail: 10:00-21:00This indoor pool is not the most glamorous, but it's something to entertain the most stubborn kids! Fr. 12.50 for adults and Fr. 7.50 for children.

Sights & Landmarks

The main attraction is the great mountain panorama in the Saas valley. There are however also other things to see:

  • Mittelallalin (Take the Alpin Express cable car to Felskinn and change to the Metro Alpin train there). Opening hours depend on the season, check beforehandVisit the top of the ski resort at 3456 metres altitude, using the gondolas and the Metro-Alpin train, considered the highest subway in the world. Great views of the Alps on a good day. In winter it can get very cold at the top, so wrap up warm. You can also have a meal in the revolving restaurant at the top (but it's pricey). Fr. 75 for pedestrians 
  • Saaser Museum+41 27 957 14 75, e-mail: Tu-Su 10:00-11:30 and 13:30-17:30 but closed during low seasonThis museum is housed in the old clergy house, which was built in 1732. It has exhibits on the traditions of the Saas valley as well as the history of the local tourism. Adults Fr. 5, children Fr. 2.50
  • Rundkirche Saas-BalenSaas-BalenQuite surprisingly for a town with barely 300 inhabitants, Saas-Balen has two churches. The smaller of the two churches is not in use anymore. This is the third church built in the same spot after the previous two have been destroyed by falling rocks. The current building was erected in 1812 and is known for its architecture, notably its circular shape.

Restaurants & Nightlife

At the last count Saas-Fee had 10 bars, 4 discos and around 50 restaurants in the village – not bad for a place of this size – and there are also plenty of tea rooms and bakeries for a more calorific après-ski experience.


Saas-Fee Apres Ski

The street leading from the slopes into Saas-Fee must have been built with apres-ski in mind, and it's enjoyable rather than. Lined with restaurants and bars that catch the last of the sun, this is where you'll find the late afternoon action.

Hotel Waldesruh, Hotel Derby and Restaurant Belmont have terraces and an umbrella bar right next to the base area nursery slopes and at the bottom of the runs down from the main ski area which ensures their popularity at lunch times and after skiing and for families especially.

Nesti's Ski Bar is frequently packed and probably the most popular of the lot; the Fee-Iglu-Bar is another good indoor venue; the Black Bull pumps out some lively tunes well beyond the confines of the Heineken umbrellas on its sundeck and is busy until the early hours of the morning. Zur Mühle, close to the base area ski slopes, is a popular bar restaurant with a dark, cosy interior and popular outdoor terrace with sheepskin covered seats and heaters when needed.

Beneath the Unique Hotel Dom, Popcorn's is a popular snowboarder haunt, which transforms from being a popular place for boarders to hang out and shop by day into a lively bar and disco after hours. Living Room in the Unique Hotel Dom is open daily from 8pm has a chilled out atmosphere and is one of the more popular late night venues for drinking and dancing. Poison nightclub (underneath the Metro) attracts a younger crowd and is invariably lively and packed from late night until 3 or 4am.


Saas-Fee Restaurants

There's a good range of eating in Saas-Fee with 42 restaurants and cafés ranging from Michelin-starred gourmet dining at one of Switzerland's top restaurants to traditional Swiss fare, speciality dishes, pizza and spaghetti in rustic surroundings, 5 cafés and 11 mountain restaurants. With 15 bars and 3 night clubs there's also plenty of après ski to be enjoyed before and after dinner and for those that wish to until well after midnight.

The illustrated guide book Saas-Fee for Gourmets by Irma DűtsIrma Dütsch - the first Swiss woman to become Cuisiniere de l'annee in 1994, who made her name over 30 years at the Restaurant Waldhotel Fletschhorn - is a mouth watering guide to some of the gourmet dishes available and restaurants where you can savour them.

The best restaurant in the region, with one Michelin star and 18 points in the Gault Milau gourmet guide, is the Fletschhorn, a 30-minute walk from town or a 10-minute taxi ride. Its nouvelle cuisine is considered some of the best in Switzerland. Make reservations early and expect to pay from €100 per head or more if you choose high end fine wines from a cellar of more than 20,000 bottles. It's also a 15 room hotel.

Hotel Hohnegg's award winning restaurant is particularly good for vegetarian food, which in this part of the world usually means cheese, by the kilo. The Hohnegg makes a refreshing, refined change. Recommended by Gault Milau, Guide Michelin, Guide-Bleu and Gôut Mieux, it's also an 8 room hotel and has been listed among the top 10 Alpine hotels in Switzerland and the 100 most liked restaurants in Switzerland.

For more centrally situated gourmet dining, the stylish Vernissage Restaurant at the 5-star Ferienart Resort & Spa with Heinz Julen chairs and impressive chandeliers is worth visiting for dinner or for after dinner drinks in the stylish Vernissage cocktail bar which is one of the more sophisticated places to chill out later in the evening.  Ferienart Resort & Spa's Casar Ritz is another of Saas-Fee's first class restaurants.

La Ferme, a rustic chalet restaurant in the centre of the village, offers a good choice of traditional Swiss fare, mostly meat dishes as well as fish, pasta and vegetarian alternatives. Starters range from CHF 10-30, main courses CHF 25-50 and desserts are CHF 10-15 so expect to pay CHF50-100 per person for a 3-course dinner plus wine. Le Vieux Chalet, with Swiss flags flying from its first floor window boxes, serves Swiss traditional fare in similar surroundings.

Don't forget Saas-Fee is just a few kilometers from Italy and Del Ponte Pizzeria at Ferienart Resort & Spa serves excellent pizza and spaghetti dishes. The trendy CofFee Bar in the main street is worth visiting for relaxed après ski, for a snack or after dinner drinks with "smooth music".


Saas-Fee Mountain Restaurants

Saas-Fee is adequately served by a dozen mountain restaurants, most of which are strategically positioned at the top of the main ski lifts and including the world’s highest revolving restaurant at Mittelallalin.

Starting from the top down, the revolving restaurant at Mittelallalin at 3500m may be the world's highest, but the view - for which you're paying - is not always as good as you might hope for. Only the table service restaurant rotates, at approximately one revolution per hour. Be aware that the floor revolves while the windows stay put, so hang on to your gloves and valuables (or wait an hour for them to return). There are two more restaurants lower down at Felskinn 3000m and Morenia 2550m which are in the centre of the main ski area and easier to get to.

At Längfluh 2869m, the Popcorn Plaza has a sun terrace, bar and DJ or live music. Spielboden 2448m also has a terrace and good food. Gletscher Grotte (Tel: +41 27 957 21 60) is a lovely rustic hut slopeside lower down mountain (watch for the signs on red run 11a) serving a good range of rösti, fondue and meat and cheese boards.

Plattjen has food at the top station but one of the best mountain restaurants in Saas-Fee, also on Plattjen, is the charming Vernissage Berghaus Plattjen (Tel: +41 27 957 12 05) restaurant and sun terrace to the right of red run 1 and next to a landmark radio mast, which is recommended, but quite small so it's best to make a reservation.

Probably the most adventurous eating in Saas-Fee (in terms of getting there, rather than what's on your plate) is at the Britannia Hütte, a hike from Felskinn, where there's also hut accommodation for ski touring.

Down at village level, the base area 1800m next to the ice rinks and the nursery slopes is also well served by hotel restaurants and sun terraces such as the hotels Derby, Belmont and Waldesruh which also has an umbrella bar. From here you can easily walk a short distance to one of the restaurants on the main street leading to the village where there are more restaurants such as Zur Mühle which is good for lunch as well as for après ski.

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