Described by many as ‘the pearl of the Alps’, Saas Fee is an attractive family-friendly resort which lies on a high plateau in the Saas Valley.
With a prime alpine location high up in the Swiss Alps, Saas Fee is one of Switzerland’s most stunning ski resorts. Surrounded by a grand total of thirteen 4000 metre peaks, the setting is certainly dramatic. Nestled amongst towering mountains and wild glacial terrain, the village sits at an altitude of 1800 metres, yet the highest lift station stands at an impressive 3,500 metres, making for breathtaking views over the snow-capped peaks.
Previously a traditional farming village, Saas Fee is now marketed as a family-friendly year-round holiday destination. Its high-altitude allows for reliable snow and the presence of the Allalin glacier means it is possible to ski in both the summer and winter months. Likened to Zermatt, albeit without the crowds, the quaint car-free village is captivating with its narrow streets lined with ancient wooden chalets, old barns, cowsheds and storehouses. Whilst its rural origins are still evident, the construction of several luxury chalets in Saas Fee suggests it has moved with the times.
Although the skiing is not as extensive as in some resorts, the combination of traditional alpine charm and snow-sure slopes means the resort is an ideal destination for short-breaks. Adding to this, lively apres-ski and an abundance of activities away from the slopes makes Saas Fee well worth a visit.
“The restaurant scene in Saas Fee has been transformed in recent years and there is now an excellent choice of delicious dining spots.”
For novelty value head to Three S!xty, which at an elevation of 3,500 metres above sea level is the world’s highest revolving restaurant. One complete rotation takes an hour and the 360 degree panoramic views are spectacular. The menu consists of typical Swiss fare but it is the location that really makes it worth visiting.
www.threesixty-saasfee.com / +41 27 957 17 71
This delightful mountain restaurant has a picturesque setting with a unique panoramic view of the Mischabel mountain range. The cosy interior resembles a traditional mountain hut, whilst the large sun-soaked terrace offers magnificent views of snow-capped peaks and enchanting forests. A glass panel in the restaurant offers a direct view into the barn which houses small farm animals. The menu consists of a variety of Swiss specialities including a range of fondues and delicious slow cooked lamb.
www.zur-schaeferstube.ch / +41 27 957 25 37
For haute-cuisine seek out Fletschhorn, an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant located in 5* Waldhotel Fletschhorn. Head chef Markus Neff uses local produce such as reindeer and Swiss cheeses to create a menu consisting of traditional regional cuisine. Changing with the seasons, the menu is enhanced by a choice of local Swiss wine from the hotel’s vast wine cellar.
www.fletschhorn.ch/dine/fletschhorn-restaurant / +41 27 957 21 31
It is worth making the walk through the woods to find this gem of a restaurant which is set in a traditional Swiss chalet, surrounded by animals. The varied menu is full of interesting and tempting dishes such as ‘ragout of stag’ and rosti served with a choice of sauces including ‘forest-mushroom’ and ‘port-wine’. There is also an option to cook your own meat on a hot stone at the table.
www.waldhues-bodmen.ch / +41 27 957 20 75
“Apres-ski is certainly taken seriously in Saas Fee with an eclectic mix of pubs, bars and nightclubs, but it is the terraces in the main street which are the main focus of the apres-action.”
Black Bull Snowbar
One of the liveliest apres-ski bars, Black Bull is just off the slopes on the main street and is the place to go for good natured fun and loud Europop music. Warm up with a Glühwein or a Jägertea and join the dancing revellers on its buzzing terrace.
www.hotel-burgener.ch/blackbull.html / +41 79 301 09 00
Nesti’s Ski Bar
Located beneath Hotel Christiana, Nesti’s has an old ski-bar vibe and is one of the most popular places for apres-ski. This busy bar opens at 3.30pm but stays open until 2am so expect pumping music and dancing in ski boots.
+41 27 957 42 11
Located in the Hotel Dom, Popcorn is where the party’s at. A popular snowboarders shop and snack bar by day, after hours it transforms into a buzzing cocktail bar and nightclub with live music and DJs.
www.popcorn.ch / +33 4 94 97 01 50
Dance until dawn in popular late-night haunt Poison. Open from 10.30pm until 3.30am, drinks are themed around various categories of poison and there are also special party nights which in the past have ranged from ‘Neon’ and ‘White Night’ to ‘Casino Royale’.
“For extensive piste skiing in a magnificent setting, Saas Fee is an attractive prospect.”
For first class snow conditions and a breathtaking backdrop, Saas Fee is hard to beat. Flat, sunny slopes provide plenty of opportunities for beginners to progress and intermediate skiers are well catered for with fabulous descents from the top of Allalin and around the Plattjen area. More experienced skiers can tackle the powdery slopes of Langfluh but due to the nature of the glacial terrain, off-piste skiing is limited.
Nevertheless, the resort is excellent for ski touring with the Saas Fee lift pass covering Saas Grund, Saas Almagell and Saas Balen. It is also possible to ski to Zermatt although this can be time-consuming. Freestylers will enjoy the imaginatively designed Morenia terrain park whilst cross country skiers can navigate 26 km of trails down in the Saas valley.
Eskimo Ski School
Eskimo Ski School offers skiing and snowboarding tuition, both privately or in small groups of 4 to 6 people. Eskimo’s team of fully qualified instructors are patient yet motivational achieving quick and efficient progress.
www.eskimos.ch / +41 27 957 49 04
British run ski school Optimum Snowsports has a team of English speaking instructors offering both group and private lessons. Optimum are very flexible in terms of hours, ages and abilities. Catering for children and adults alike, they also offer a range of 3 hour technical taster sessions which focus on piste performance, bumps and freestyle.
www.optimumsnowsports.com / +41 27 957 20 39
“From adrenaline-fuelled pursuits to more leisurely activities, there is no shortage of entertainment on offer in Saas Fee.”
Go on an adrenaline-fuelled alpine adventure, taking a tour of the Fee gorge through frozen waterfalls and across rope slides. With a mountain guide on hand to help, navigate obstacles such as steel ropes, suspension bridges, ladders and cable pulleys as well as a Tyrolean zip-line along the way. Saas Fee also hosts the World Indoor Ice Climbing Championships which take place in January. Ice climbing courses can be arranged through the Saas Fees Guides.
www.saasfeeguides.com / +41 27 957 44 64
There are plenty of places to relax and unwind in Saas Fee, in particular the luxury Paradia spa at the Ferienart Resort is first-class, with state-of-the-art facilities. Indulge in an exotic and aromatic massage or try one of the many beauty treatments on offer. The Aqua Allalin Spa is also popular with its range of saunas and baths, ‘feature showers’ and treatment rooms.
www.ferienart.ch/en/spa-and-wellness-in-saas-fee / +41 27 958 19 00
With a whole mountain dedicated to tobogganing, there is no shortage of sledging opportunities in Saas Fee. A 5 km toboggan run from the top of Hannig is served by a gondola and twice a week there is a fondue evening followed by a torchlit descent. There is also an exciting 900 metre toboggan-bobsleigh hybrid run known as the Feeblitz, which reaches speeds of 40 km/h.
www.feeblitz.ch / +41 27 957 31 11
Discover the world’s biggest ice grotto, standing at 3,500 metres above sea level with an area of 5500m³. Take the Metro Alpin, (the world’s highest underground station) to Mittelallalin where a 71 metre long tunnel leads to the vast grotto. With an emphasis on the science of glaciers, the grotto also has various ice sculptures and an underground ice playground.
www.saas-fee.ch/en/wandern/indoor / +41 27 958 11 00