Saas Fee in Switzerland Resort Guide
Saas Fee has some of the world's best skiing, which is guaranteed year round because of its glacier. The ski area is one of Europe's highest and the full vertical of 1760m (5,774 feet) is skiable throughout the winter season given normal snow fall and temperatures, because of the high altitude of the resort and the bottom of the lifts. Some of the other European resorts which claim bigger verticals can only offer them for short periods as they are based at perhaps half the height of Saas Fee so that the lower slopes get snow later and thaw sooner. The area's skiing is particularly well suited to intermediate and advanced level skiers with 75% of the terrain and 60km ( 37 miles ) of the trails suited to good or better skiers. However beginners do have a large plateau right next to the village on which to learn or improve technique, and because of Saas Fee's high altitude snow-cover on these slopes is far more likely throughout the season than at village level nursery slopes at many other resorts in the Alps, where the snow may only last for a month or two mid-Winter. There are three main ski areas, the Felskinn, the Plattjen and the Langfruh, the latter two now linked by drag lift. The Felskinn is served by the Alpine Express, Saas Fee's most recent hi-tec lift, a gondola with cabins each capable of holding up to 30 passengers. The regional SAAS lift ticket covers the smaller and lower neighbouring ski areas of Saas Almagell, Saas Balen and Saas Grund which you pass by en route up to Saas Fee. It also covers use of the normal post bus service between the villages although there is no special ski bus. Saas Almagell and Saas Balen have little to interest skiers much above beginner standard (although you may wish to visit the former just to pay homage to the mightly Zurbriggens) but Saas Grund's ski area is quite large and possibly worth taking a day down the mountain for. Its seven lifts include a gondola going up to 3100 metres (10,170 feet) from the village base at 1560 metres (5118 feet) giving a vertical of 1540 metres ( 5052 feet ) which is after all only beaten by Whistler on the entire North American continent so shouldn't be sniffed at! The 25km(16 miles) of trails are almost entirely of 'intermediate' standard. Cross country skiers will find 8km( 5 miles ) of trails around Saas Fee, with a further 14km( 9 miles ) of trails in the Saas valley below.
Accomodation & Après Ski
Saas Fee village is traffic free, built in a traditional style and has good nightlife/après ski. The Metro bar is centrally placed and usually lively and friendly place to drink. TFor non skiers, Saas Fee has designated the whole of the Hannig area for walking, tobogganing, paragliding and generally anything which is not skiing or boarding. Accommodation is mainly hotel or self catering apartments
For non skiers, Saas Fee has designated the whole of the Hannig area for walking, tobogganing, paragliding and generally anything which is not skiing or boarding.
Try Blackbull snowbar terrace after skiing, in bad weather things move inside. Popcorn is also worth a visit.Try Capra for luxurious cocktails
Other activities include
|RESORT HEIGHT||1800||VERTICAL DESCENT||1800||OPENS||Dec - April, June - Oct|
|TOP STATION||3600||DRAG LIFTS||22||EXPERT RATING||9|
|BOTTOM STATION||1800||CHAIR LIFTS||4||INTERMEDIATE RATING||10|
|GONDOLAS/CABLE CARS||9||BEGINNER RATING||8|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : 75 CHF
- Adult Six Day Pass : 365 CHF
- Child One Day Pass : 37 CHF
- Child Six Day Pass : 183 CHF