Saas Fee Ski Holiday Resort
From the moment you enter Saas Fee you are struck by it's beauty. Truly one of the world's most picturesque ski resorts it is a delightful Swiss "chocolate box" village. The resort is traffic free with cobbled streets and mazots (windowless huts built on stone legs used for storing grains and cheeses etc).
The ski area is high and snow-sure with one of the longest seasons in the Alps; the main ski area runs from November to May. Having said that, because of the glacier, the resort is open all year round with the exception of late May and early November when the lifts shut for maintenance. Summer skiing is popular in Saas Fee and you can often see international race teams sharpening their skills for the forthcoming season. Hence, Snowfinders clients have been visiting Saas Fee for a number of years for summer skiing as well as winter skiing.
Beginners are superbly catered for with a great selection of nursery slopes and blue runs funneling into the village edge. This makes Saas Fee ideal for young families, and the resort further attracts a high proportion of this demographic with it's family lift pass offer.
Intermediates are blessed with a great selection of red runs, some of which can be quite testing. There are some interesting black runs too. Mile hungry piste skiers may wish to look elsewhere but it's worth remembering that all of the 100km of piste are above 1800m and this means virtual guaranteed skiing. There are a further 50km of piste in the neighbouring villages of Saas Grund and Saas Almagel too, accessed by a short free bus ride if you upgrade to the area lift pass.
True experts may find the area limited but you can explore the off-piste in this region. It is worth noting that because of the highly glaciated area, it would be madness to venture off-piste without a LOCAL qualified guide here.
Saas Fee is a snowboarding mecca with a fantastic half pipe and funpark. The resort has enjoyed a reputation for a number of years now and boarders worldwide flock here for it's combination of great powder, superb piste care, and high altitude snow reliability.
Saas Fee is a non-skiers heaven with a huge variety of options available to keep you entertained for more than a week.
There is an excellent leisure centre in the village with swimming pool and even indoor tennis courts .The Hannig is a mountain reserved specifically for walkers and various other non ski activities including tobogganing. The Feeblitz is a must-do amazing toboggan run on rails which will excite all that try it.
For the more culturally inclined there are both village and mountain guided walks, churches, and a museum plus organised concerts.
Saas Fee specialises in apres ski starting with the various heated umbrella bars at the foot of the slopes. These are in full swing by 4pm with revellers having a great time; Hotel Bristol's being a firm favourite. Nesti's bar on the high street is a small, compact but truly lively venue with a great atmosphere. Here you will find the owner, Nesti, in his fantastic blonde mullet resembling a young David Van day. Nesti is a typical 1980's ex ski racer playboy with photos of his former glory all over the bar walls. He employs only pretty young girls behind the bar, great for rising his takings! For late night venues then the funky Hotel Dom's soundproofed Popcorn Club is THE venue for the trendy, snowboarders, seasonaires, and holiday makers alike. The Popcorn is famous across the apres ski scene and has both guest and resident DJs plus a famous clientele that includes celebrities such as popstar Seal and others. The Popcorn will still be rocking until the very small hours of the morning.
Fantastic, traditional, lively resort, good for families and young groups alike. Snowfinders recommends Saas Fee for a blast both on and off the slopes.
At a glance
- 150km (area)
- Resort height:
- Top station:
- Traditional beautiful resort
- Snow-sure with long season
- Excellent for non skiers
- Great apres ski scene
- Excellent terrain park
- Superb for snowboarders
- Traffic free village