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 in which to ski, explore and admire the view.
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. And the excellent Morenia snowpark provides ample entertainment in the form of jumps and rails.
Saas-Fee caters for all ages. Families will appreciate the friendly atmosphere as well as the fantastic, large beginners’ area in the village centre. There is 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. And après ski in the form of live music and lively bars, ranges from the sophisticated to the downright fun. It is a spectacular location for your winter holiday.
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 exercise 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.
8.30 to 16.30
Possible in neighbouring Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell and Saas-Balen. Transport covered by whole area lift pass.
Saas Fee is traffic-free. 'Elektro-bus' Free
Free ski hosting with your Inghams rep
All meals included in our prices - buffet breakfast, daily packed lunch afternoon pastry buffet and 6 course evening meals
Recently voted as one of Tripadvisor's Traveller's Choice Top 25 hotels in Switzerland and family-run for 4 generations, the Allalin is a very attractive hotel, offering modern accommodation as well as an excellent standard of cuisine and service.
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.
For a more sophisticated après experience you should head to the stylish Burgener Skihutte. The fabulous décor in this classy wine bar attracts and older crowd looking for a more refined après experience.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
New Kids Club ‘Knights Kingdom’
Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition
ESKIMOS is our ski school supplier in Saas Fee. Their moto is to maintain a constant level of top quality by continuously developing their services and training their employees so they grow in experience from season to season. They combine typical Swiss quality
Ski & Snowboard 2018/19
|Child 9-15*yrs||Child 0-5yrs|
Whole Area Pass
*Children aged 6-8yrs please book locally through our rep for a reduced price
*Adult lift pass valid all season and covers Saas Fee, Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grund, Saas-Balen and has unlimted use across the entire winter 2018/19 season. Bus transport to lower villages incl. Non-refundable deposit of approx. Sf5 per person payable locally.
|Adult||Skis/ Snowboard||-||£114/£114||£156/ n/a|
|Ski/ Snowboard boots||-||£66/£66||-|
|Junior (6-12yrs)||Skis/ Snowboard||-||£57/£79||-|
|Ski/ Snowboard boots||-||£33/£46||-|
|Child (3-5yrs)||Ski & boots||£57||-||-|
Equipment Hire (6 days) - for category descriptions visit inghams.co.uk/ski-hire
|TUITION||Days||Hours||Adult 15yrs+||Child 4-14yrs|
|Ski||3* / 5||2 1/2hrs per day||£156 / £209||n/a/ / £209|
|Snowboard||5||2 1/2hrs per day||£209||£209|
|Kid's Ski Package||5||8 1/2hrs per day||-||£375|
*3 days technical lessons on 16-18 Dec only. Child snowboard from 7yrs. Kid's ski package from 4-6yrs and includes Ski group lesson from 9:30am – 12:00pm, lunch, snacks and drinks, and afternoon care from 12:00pm until latest 6:00pm. Beginner lessons start on Sundays, all other levels start Mondays. Group size is minimum 4 guests / maximum 6 guests per group
Resort Code: CHSA
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturdays and Sundays
Isle of Man
Transfer 3hrs by coach
Transfer 3½ hrs by rail/postbus
Supplements may apply on some flights
*Transfers by Swiss rail, supplement applies.
Rail from the UK and Self drive available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info:
Saas Fee is traffic-free. 'Elektro-bus' Free