Ski holidays in Saas Fee

Picturesque, high altitude village full of traditional Swiss charm

Deservedly known as the 'Pearl of the Alps’ Saas-Fee is a beautiful, high Alpine village with an excellent snow record and glacier skiing. It’s sometimes said that the quaint resort of Saas-Fee resembles a historic Zermatt – equally charming but with a slower pace of life and a more traditional ambience. The enchanting, traffic-free village is surrounded by a magnificent backdrop of dazzling blue glaciers and towering peaks, including the Dom - the highest mountain located entirely within Switzerland. The glacial ski terrain is both picturesque and wild. It is a truly stunning resort to ski in, explore, and admire the view.

Families will appreciate the friendly atmosphere as well as the fantastic, large beginners’ area in the village centre. There is also plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied off the slopes, from the state of the art Aqua Allalin pool and spa complex to the Feeblitz bobsleigh/rollercoaster. 

Skiing and snowboarding in Saas-Fee

The challenging ski areas of Saas-Grund and Saas-Allmagell, further down the valley, are included in the excellent Saas-Fee ski network. In and around Saas-Fee itself the delightful blue and red runs are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. The excellent Morenia snowpark provides ample entertainment in the form of jumps and rails.

Bars and restaurants in Saas Fee

There are plenty of restaurants in Saas Fee serving regional cuisine and international favourites such as pizza and pasta. Up on the mountainside you can find several mountains where delicious food is served with incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

Après ski can be found in many of the bars strung out through the resort, ranging from quiet sophisticated spots to lively party bars. 

Where to stay in Saas Fee

We have a choice of hotels in Saas Fee. Choose from a variety of accommodation styles including hotels with pools and spa facilities, traditional alpine style rooms and friendly, family run establishments.

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Saas Fee

When you book with Inghams you'll have flight, transfers and accommodation on a half board or self catering basis included - so all you need to think about is which part of the mountain you'll explore first. You can also book your lift passes, equipment and tuition with us as optional add ons, so that they're booked and ready for your arrival. Check out the Ski Extras tab below for more details.

Added value

Save £100pp on your 2024/25 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (Book by 3 June 2024)

Free child helmet when booking skis and boots

Ski hotels in Saas Fee

  • from£1245pp
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  • 30 rooms
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The Allalin is a charming hotel near the centre of Saas Fee, offering comfortable rooms, as well as an excellent standard of cuisine and service on a half board basis.

  • from£745pp
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Allalin Apartments Saas Fee One Bedroom Apartment (6)

These attractive self catering apartments, managed by the Hotel Allalin, offer comfortable accommodation and are excellent value for money.

  • from£1029pp
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  • 16 rooms
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This charming award-winning family-run hotel enjoys a quiet yet central location and is only a short walk to the Alpin Express lift. The Hotel Park is an excellent good-value base with comfortable rooms, good food on a half board basis and a friendly atmosphere.

  • from£1195pp
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  • 19 rooms
Hotel Bristol Exterior

The Hotel Bristol is a popular, small and friendly hotel with a prime ski-in/ski-out location and enjoys wonderful views of the ski slopes and the mountains. The hotel is located adjacent to the ski slopes and ski school meeting point. Offered on a half board basis.

  • from£2055pp
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  • 74 rooms
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Recently and luxuriously furnished in a modern alpine style throughout, the Walliserhof Grand Hotel & Spa offers excellent cuisine, service and facilities. Available on a half board basis.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Saas-Fee

Tucked away at the far end of the village, the nursery slopes are perfect for beginners and youngsters. It’s easy to progress in Saas-Fee, and improving beginners can use their new-found skills on the gentle blue runs around Morenia.

Fortunately, a lack of experience needn’t limit the height that you can explore; and confident beginners may want to try the smooth blue runs from the top of Felskinn. At 3,000m, visiting this part of the mountain will feel like a real achievement.

Even more confident beginners may want to tackle the Allain glacier where several of the red runs have a shallower gradient. The terrain is perfectly suited to beginner snowboarders, with plenty of cruising.

Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Saas-Fee

Intermediates have the run of the slopes, and red runs criss cross the entire resort. On your first day you should head up to the very top of the glacier. Despite the altitude the red runs at the highest point of the glacier are the gentlest and you can ski to gentle blues in Morenia.

Steeper, more challenging reds can be found on the descent down from Plattjen and Spielboden. Of course we’d be crazy to forget the stamina-testing long descent from Mittelallalin. Beginning at 3,500m and mostly following reds all the way back to the village at 1808m.

Saas-Fee is a very boarder friendly resort. The well-groomed pistes are ideal for intermediate snowboarders. Shredding down the glacier is a real joy and an excellent place to hone your carving technique.

Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Saas-Fee

The steepest runs on the mountain are around Felskinn and Spielboden, the latter is also likely to get the most bumped up so you can tackle a few moguls. The black Galen run on the lower section of the Plattjen offers a challenging descent, and is one of our favourite runs in the resort.

With Saas-Fees reputation for cruising reds, experts may wish to explore beyond Saas-Fee village. Fortunately, the areas around Saas-Grund, which is known for its excellent sun record, and Saas-Allmagell, significantly add to the size of the ski area and are included on your lift pass.

As a glacier resort off-piste skiing is limited. With the risk of crevasses, it’s necessary to hire a guide if you want to attempt off-piste on the Allalin. Naturally, tree skiing is limited too but there are a few trees on yellow (off-piste) runs in the area around Plattjen. These are best explored when there is good snow coverage as the terrain is otherwise quite rocky.

Freestyle and terrain parks in Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee has an excellent and established freestyle scene. They even have a freestyle park during the summer months. Located on the glacier it’s mostly used by pro-riders for training.

During the winter the snow park can be found near Morenia. It has a wealth of kickers, rails and boxes which will keep even the most advanced park rats occupied for hours.

The Morenia park has lines for all abilities but a second, smaller park near the nursery slopes is specifically designed for beginner freestylers. The entry-level jumps and rails are perfect for newbies and an excellent place to get acquainted with freestyle riding.

Cross-country skiing in Saas-Fee

As a high altitude resort with a lot of steep terrain, cross-country skiing is naturally quite limited compared with lower lying resorts. That being said, there is an enjoyable 6km trail near Hannig and down in the valley there are 26km of trails to explore.


Mountain facts
Area 100 km
Resort Altitude 1800m
Ski Alt. From 1800m
Ski Alt. To 3500m
Runs 20 29 7
Lifts Lifts 35
Lift Ski LockersNo
Local Pass Lifts36
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Glaciers1
Snow Cannon Coverage45%
Off-piste OptionsNo
Walking60
Things To Do

Restaurants, food and drink

The cuisine in Saas-Fee ranges from the Michelin starred to friendly pizzerias. On the mountain the world’s highest revolving restaurant, the Drehrestaurant Allalin, is surely a bucket list destination for its location alone. The delicious, traditional Swiss cuisine only makes it even more appealing.

The Schäferstube is a very popular restaurant just by the nursery slope. The traditional, cosy restaurant serves authentic Swiss dishes such as rösti and bratwurst. Simply delicious!

Close to the boarder with the Italian Monte Rosa Alps, it is unsurprising that Saas-Fee has a wealth of decent Italian restaurants. In the village, Del Ponte is an Inghams favourite. Great pizzas and friendly service mark this particular restaurant out. We can heartily recommend the formaggi pizza, excellent after a hard days skiing.

The gourmet Fletschhorn Restaurant has a Michelin star and serves a menu of high quality meals adapted to meet the season. Cheese and wine lovers will appreciate the huge selection of Swiss cheeses and the incredible wine cellar storing around 45,000 bottles.

Après, bars, clubs and nightlife

The après scene in Saas-Fee is fairly chilled, but that doesn’t mean that residents don’t know how to party, and bars and clubs can be become both quirky and lively. By far one of the quirkiest bars in resort is Nesti’s Ski Bar. This popular, lively retreat has mad décor and a surprisingly intimate atmosphere.

Also at the livelier end of the spectrum is Popcorn. By day, it’s a sports shop selling snowboarding apparel; at night it’s a popular clubbing venue with live music and cocktails.

One of our favourite spots in the town is the Larix Bar which is located really conveniently at the bottom of the pistes. The terrace of this après ski bar is an excellent place to unwind after a long day spent skiing.

Shopping

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 and the Walliserhof Grand Hotel & Spa have excellent wellness facilities including pools, saunas and steam baths. 

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 is an adventurer’s paradise and the resort abounds with exciting winter activities. The year-round snow presence on the glacier has given the resort a strong pedigree when it comes to snowbound activities.

The resort offers so much to explore, whether its trekking on the glacier at over 3,000m above sea level or tackling one of the many giant peaks in the area, such as the Dom. There are plenty of mountain guides in resort and its incredibly easy to arrange a touring safari of the local area.

Adrenalin Cup

Fancy a challenge during your ski holiday? Then the Adrenalin Cup might just be for you. This exciting challenge is a fun addition to your lift pass and will encourage you to get the most out of the resort.

Various activities or ‘challenges’ are dotted around the mountainside. Ranging in everything from giant slalom and sledding to speed challenges and winter hikes. As you complete different disciplines you’ll accumulate points and, as the saying goes – points mean prizes.

 

Things to do in Saas-Fee

The highest revolving restaurant 

Drehrestaurant Allalin is one of the worlds highest revolving restaurants, at 3500 meters above sea level, you can enjoy regional dishes with a spectacular view of the Swiss Alps. 

Bobsleigh-rollercoaster

Known as the steepest toboggan lift in the Alps, the Feeblitz Rodelbobbahn combines the thrill and excitement of both bobsleigh and a rollercoaster. Essentially a toboggan on rails, as you descend the mountain you can reach speeds of up-to 40kmph!

This exciting activity is great fun for all the family and makes an excellent afternoons entertainment, especially if the weather isn’t ideal for skiing. The Feeblitz Rodelbobbahn is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm until the early evening.

The Ice Pavilion and Glacier World

The mysteries of the Allalin are revealed in this fascinating ice grotto cut deep into the glacier. As you wander the corridors of the ‘ice palace’ you’ll stumble upon incredible ice sculptors carved into the walls, including grotesque faces representing traditional masks worn during the Lötschental ‘Tschäggätta’ carnival.

Visitors to the Ice Pavilion can go beyond the ethereal and explore the science of the mountain. An avalanche simulation lets you experience what it would feel like to be in a landslide and exhibits reveal information about the glacier.

Ice climbing

With its extensive glacier providing year-round opportunities to attempt this exciting sport, Saas-Fee is an excellent destination for ice climbing enthusiasts. Beginners can also obtain an excellent introduction to climbing techniques using both indoor and outdoor climbing facilities as well as the excellent ice climbing instructors.

Torch light walk

Every Thursday evening a torch lit walk takes groups through the romantic woodlands of Saas-Fee to the village of Gletscherdorf for a candlelit fondue dinner. Along the way you’ll encounter extraordinary, magical views. To get involved with this atmospheric experience you will need to register before 6pm on the Wednesday. Speak to your rep for more details.

Ice Skating and curling 

Swap your skis for a pair of skates and whizz around the ice on the natural ice skating rink in the centre of the resort. Alternatively have a go at curling, one of the oldest winter sports. 

Tobogganing 

Fly down the 5-kilometre descent into Saas-Fee from the top of the Hannig. Be sure to have your cameras ready as the panoramic view is spectacular. You can also rent a headtorch and go down the run under the moonlight. 

Winter Walking

For the non skiers, there is around 60km of winter hiking trails in Saas Fee. Enjoy walking through the magical snow covered landscape and marvel at your surroundings. 

Kian's adventure land

In the Furggstalden ski area above Saas-Almagell, you will find the childrens adventure land, where there are a variety of family fun activities including snowtubing, kids skidoos(pay locally. Approx 5 CHF), a mini igloo and a slalom track. 

New Kids Club ‘Knights Kingdom'

From 18mths to 6yrs located at the Hotel Du Glacier in the resort centre.

  • 16 Dec - 9 Apr 8am - 6pm (closed Saturdays).
  • Open for all guests.
  • Guests staying at partner Hotel Dom receive 25% discount.
  • Normal price is Sfr80 per child per day including drinks, snack and lunch or 1hr = Sfr15 per child, 4hrs = Sfr40 per child.
  • Limited availability - advance direct booking recommended (pay locally).

 

Ski Extras Offer

Save £100pp on your lift pass & ski hire - Save £100pp on your 2024/2025 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (offer ends 3rd June 2024).

Valid on all departure dates between 1st December 2024 and 30th April 2025. Buy any lift pass (found within the 'Extras' tab on checkout) and add either ski/snowboard hire or ski/snowboard carriage at the same time, for the same person to receive the discount.

Lift Pass
6 days Child
6 - 15 years
Youth
16 - 19 years
Adult
20 + years
Whole Area Lift Pass £179 £298 £352

Lift pass information 

The Whole Area Pass covers Saas-Fee, Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grund & Saas-Balen.

Children 5 and under have a free lift pass issued locally.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Equipment Hire
6 days Category

Child

6 - 11 years

Youth 

12 -15 years

Adult 

16 years +

Skis Red £100 £72 £197
Black - - £273
Skis & boots  Red - - £241

White category skis, boots and helmet available for children aged 3-5: £

6 days Category

Youth 

12 - 15 years

Adult 

16 years +

Snowboard Red £100 £197
Snowboard & boots Red £156 £241

Equipment information 

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Tuition

Ski Tuition 

Child

4 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

5 days AM £234

£234

6 days beginner AM £265

£265

 

Snowboard Tuition 

Child

8 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

5 days AM £234

£234

6 days beginner AM £265

£265

Tuition information

Lessons are 2 hours and 30 minutes between 9:30am - 12pm.

Beginner ski tuition starts Sunday. All other tuition groups start on Monday.

Group size is minimum of 4 guests / maximum 6 guests.

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Season dates

  • Low season: 07th Jan - 10th Feb & 25th Feb - 23rd Mar 2024
  • High season: 17th Dec - 06 Jan, 11th Feb - 24th Feb, 24th Mar - 05th Apr 2024

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Travel Information

Transfer time

  • Geneva Airport: approx. 3 hours 45 mins by coach (Sat only) or Swiss Rail with one change.
  • Zurich Airport: approx. 3 hours 15 mins by Swiss Rail with two changes

Rail from UK and self drive available.

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing
  • Magnificent backdrop of 4,000 metre peaks
  • Friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Transfer by coach or rail from Geneva on Saturday and rail other days
  • Transfer by rail from Zurich 
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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