Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is a charming Swiss ski village with picture perfect looks, traditional chalets line the attractive streets.

The views over the Alps with dramatic peaks and glaciers is simply breathtaking and gives a hint at the great skiing to come. As the main resort in the Saas Valley region this high altitude village has access to plenty of snow-sure slopes and with the friendly aprés ski atmosphere turning every night into a party the appeal of this resort is clear to see.

From the beauty of the region to the excellent facilities everything about Saas-Fee tells you that this is a first class resort in a first class region and is worthy of all the recognition that it receives.

Saas-Fee itself has 32 excellent runs of varying ability but is exceptionally close to Saas-Almagell and Saas-Grund widening up the scope of possibilities even further, passes can be bought that cover all three areas giving access to enough skiing to ensure that every day is different; the resort itself sits at 1800m and offers great high altitude skiing.

Saas-Fee is brilliant for first time skiers, the ski school is well known for its ability to quickly move pupils on from the limited nursery slopes and out onto the wide and sunny blue slopes, intermediates are also in paradise at Saas-Fee with some great well groomed slopes at around the 3000m mark; experienced skiers can head higher to the glacier skiing at around 3500m with over 20kms of slopes and for the advanced steep runs the Felskinn is perfect and will appeal to those wanting something really challenging.

Cross Country skiers also have some great opportunities in Saas-Fee as there are plenty of really good trails nearby, the best of these is probably the 26km trail that leads down the valley and takes in plenty of interesting terrain and beautiful scenery.

There are a whole range of options when it comes to eating out in Saas-Fee, not only does it have its own Michelin starred restaurant ‘Fletschhorn’ but it has some great mountain restaurants, notably Vernissage Berghaus Plattjen which as well as serving great food has one of the best views over the glacier that can found in the region.

There is a great culture of health and well being in the Swiss Alps and Saas-Fee is no exception, the resort has many spa facilities throughout, along with gyms and pools, giving a great way to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Other attractions in the village include several museums, bowling alleys, art galleries and the amazing ‘cinema in the pool’ which combines the spa with an evenings entertainment!

There are over fifty hotels throughout Saas-Fee and an extensive range of chalets (both self catering and catered) so there really is no shortage of choice of accommodation; if you book via a tour operator then your choice may be limited but you will receive all the advantages of one shop booking along with excellent prices for your ski hire and passes.

Highly recommended hotels include Ferienart with its five star luxury and central location and the four star Allain with large comfortable rooms and a warm welcome; if you want something a little more remote then the Hohnegg chalet in the forest is perfect, exceptionally comfortable and entirely charming with a homespun rustic feel.

The ski area in Saas-Fee enjoys a long and successful season which runs from early November through to the end of April, there is an element of unpredictability though as the weather has been known to shut the resort during the harsh months and the resort does tend to remain cold and shaded throughout the ski season, which can give an air of gloom to an otherwise beautiful location.

The glacier itself is open for 10 months of the year with only the very height of summer making it unsuitable for sporting activities.

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