Saas Fee

If you choose to ski in Saas-Fee this winter, then you'll enjoy this superb Swiss ski resort as countless families do every year. We have created a quick resort guide to Saas Fee to show you that 'The Pearl of the Alps' is an utterly charming Swiss ski resort that has it's own glacier as well as enough skiing and snowboarding to keep most beginners to intermediates busy. But it's not all about the skiing.

Where?

Located about 3 hours total transfer time from Geneva airport, Saas-Fee is nestled in the Saastal Valley in the Valais region of Switzerland. The simplest way to get here, as we discovered for this resort guide, is to jump on the train at Geneva airport direct to Visp, then jump on the waiting bus to Saas-Fee. Just 2 hours and 53 minutes later, we arrived and it's a cheap way to travel thanks to the "Swiss Rail Pass".

At the bottom of the Saas Glacier, ski holidays in Saas-Fee are all but guaranteed snow and many people choose this as their Easter ski break destination. Saas Fee lies beneath the snow covered peaks of Switzerland's highest mountain 'The Dom'. There are 32 pistes covering about 100km, so everyone will find something to enjoy, and access is good from either Sion or Geneva airports.

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RESORT ALTITUDE : 1800 m
TOTAL PISTE : 100 km
LONGEST RUN : 8.0 km
SEASON : December - May

SLOPES

Easy
13
Intermediate
14
Advanced/Expert
5

WE LIKE

  • Spectacular setting amid 13 peaks over 4000m, glaciers and a beautiful car free village. This is certainly a cheap alternative to Zermatt.
  • Most of the runs are at exceptionally high altitude and are snow-sure.
  • Good off-slope facilities - even a mountain for non-skiing activities, great for families.

WE DON'T LIKE

  • Suprisingly small number of expert slopes, with mainly easy to intermediate runs.
  • Queues on Alpin Express in morning are bad betwen 8.45 and 9.30 - after that there's quick access right up to Glacier heights.
  • In midwinter, much of the area is in shadow, making for a cold day unless you wrap up really warm!

SUITABILITY RATINGS 1-5

SKIING
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BOARDING
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BEGINNERS
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INTERMEDIATE
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FAMILIES
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On the Slopes

Ski holidays in Saas-Fee come with almost guaranteed good snow - one of the benefits of the Saas Glacier and the high altitude. Although the runs aren't always steep, intermediates should find plenty to keep them busy for a week, with over 50kms of runs rated intermediate. Boarding is very popular here, with a large terrain park featuring a long half pipe as well as numerous kickers and rails. There's also a great boarder cross run to enjoy. There are also a range of local, national and international competitions held throughout the season, so grab a deckchair, a beer and watch the freestyle shows!

Ski Area

If you ski Saas-Fee you are in the Swiss ski region of Valais and in the Saastal Valley.

Off the Slopes

Saas-Fee has over 7,500 beds available in hotels, chalets and apartments right across this charming Swiss mountain village. Chalets and apartments range from the most basic through to 6* luxury penthouse apartments and chalets. There are also a lot of hotels again across all the price brackets, so the choice really is yours.

With pedestrianised streets (only small specially adapted electric vehicles allowed in resort) you'll find a good range of shops, restaurants and other facilities. There's a lively après ski scene without being rowdy, with bars, pubs and a couple of night clubs in the village. Your choice of restaurants is good with everything from traditional Swiss food through to popular international choices such as pizza.

Finally, you'll also find extensive hiking trails, mountaineering, snowshoeing, a sled run, curling, and outdoor ice-skating. There's also a good 25m swimming pool with accompanying children's pool right in the centre of town that has a "wellness suite" as well as some amazing views of the mountains.

Who's it Best For?

With our resort guide hat on, this is a superb ski resort for families and those wanting to experience Switzerland for the first time. It's also very reasonably priced - something you don't often hear about it's close world-famous neighbour just over the top of the mountains, Zermatt!

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