Saas Fee Ski Holidays
Switzerland

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Description

Saas Fee ‘the pearl of the alps,’ is one of the highest ski areas in the Alps with skiing all the way from 1800m, the village, to 3600m, the glacier. This has helped to make it a popular destination for skiing in both the summer and the winter months. The north facing slopes are at a minimum height of 2500m making it a reliable destination for light powder snow. In addition to the snow is the ease and quick access around the resort with a powerful and efficient network of lifts whisking visitors all over the mountain.

The village of Saas-Fee is very attractive with traditional wooden buildings lining the compact village. It is a relatively small area with just 100km of pistes with the majority of runs suiting beginner to intermediate skiers. The altitude also makes it an ideal choice for families and groups who are limited by school holidays as there will be excellent snow at the beginning and the end of the season. More experienced skiers will quickly run out of slopes and will probably want to head to another resort after a few days. However this is easily done with three other resorts along the Saas Valley easily accessible via the resort shuttle bus and there is even a lift pass which covers all of this.

The village itself has an abundance of charm and history, with the traditional cattle sheds still in use. The narrow streets are lined with low rise chalets and traditional farm houses making a very attractive village to walk around. But perhaps the most attractive part of the resort is the ring of 4000m tall peaks which encircle the area. This can be enjoyed at the rotating panoramic restaurant just at the top of the glacier, so the views of the surrounding area is stunning.


Getting There

Unless you have booked a package holiday where the travel is all sorted for you, you may want to think about how you are going to get to and from the resort. Despite being tucked away in the Alps, there are various options for getting to Saas-Fee.

Fly

The most common way to get to resort is to fly. There are three local airports to Saas Fee:

Sion- 75km- 75mins
Geneva- 225km- 2hrs45mins
Zurich- 249km- 3hrs18mins
Basel- 226km- 3hrs8mins

All year round there are a substantial amount of flights in and out of these airports. Sion and Basel are slightly smaller and offer less choice of UK departure airport. Zurich is fairly large and offers a wide range of choice throughout the day. Geneva is the largest of these airports offering almost free choice of departure airport and arrival times. They are also the most used to coping with guests with ski luggage as this airport services the majority of the French Alpine resorts too.

Transfers from the Airport

Swiss resorts offer two choices for transfers, the standard shared or private car transfers but also the efficient train network. It is important to consider how much luggage you have when deciding which is the most suitable for you as the train journey does not take you directly into the resort.

Train Transfers

Regardless of which airport you fly into you will need to take the train to Visp. All of the airports mentioned above do have regularly trains to and from this location. From Visp there is a regular bus called the Postbus which many people will take directly up to Saas-Fee. These buses run every 30 minutes up until 9pm. The journey is approximately 30 minutes as well. Alternatively you could book a taxi from Visp to the resort.

For some airports such as Basel it is advisable to take the train as there are very few transfer companies that will take visitors from the airport all the way to Saas-Fee.

Private and Shared Transfers

Geneva Transfers provide specialist ski transfers from Geneva airport only. They have a large selection of vehicles so can cater for large groups as well as just a few people.

Alp Line offer private transfers from Zurich airport.

Ski Lifts provide private and shared transfers from both Geneva and Sion airport.

Train

The nearest train station is Visp which is approximately 30 minutes away by road from Saas-fee. The Eurostar does not run directly to this station but it is a relatively straight forward journey. You will collect the Eurostar at St Pancras International in London or at Ashford in Kent, on arrival in at Paris Gare du Nord you will need to change to the Gare du Lyons which is only a few minutes’ walk away. From there head to Geneva and finally swap on the local services to Visp.

Drive

Many people opt to drive out to the Alps. If you are coming from the UK, you can either travel via the channel tunnel or take the ferry. The euro price tunnel departs approximately every 15 minutes from Folkestone and takes 35 minutes. Prices starts from £90 each way. You can book your crossing online at https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/.

When heading to Switzerland it is easy to take the ferry from Dover to Calais. This runs the most frequently, up to 23 times a day and takes approximately 90minutes.

On arrival in France remember to drive on the right hand side of the road. It is important to note that there are several tolls on route down to the Alps, the prices depend on which section of road you use but the total cost will be approximately €75 in total. On arrival in Calais the drive will be around 9 hours.

European travel/vehicle requirements are very strict and on-spot fines can be issued if you don’t have: headlight converters, GB sticker, warning triangle, spare bulbs, high viz vests for each passenger in the car and breathalysers.
In certain weather conditions, the roads may become snowy and icy and although local municipalities are very good and keeping the roads clear, it can be dangerous so it is important to take extra care and attention when driving. It is a legal requirement in France and Switzerland to carry snow chains in your vehicle or police will refuse you access to certain roads. When driving in these conditions, slow down when you encounter any snow, use high gears to avoid wheel spin, and keep moving when driving up an incline on snow.

It can be useful to use a car when travelling to the Alps as there is no limit in quantity or weight of luggage. However you have to consider how useful it will be when you arrive in resort. Saas- Fee is a vehicle free resort so you will need to park the car on the outskirts and use the electric bus or electric taxis around the village. There are several covered and uncovered car parks and a reduced fee for the parking can be claimed by using the Saas-Fee visitor’s card which can be claimed from any hotel. If you do not have a visitor’s card the parking is charged per day with CHF16.50 for the first day and a further CHF12.50 for every day after. The visitor’s card allows a multi stay discount to be applied.

Upon arrival in the resort, no method of transport will be allowed into the village. At all these drop off points there are complimentary phones which can be used to call an e-taxi or your hotel who will come and collect you and your luggage to take you directly to your accommodation. Alternatively you can take the local resort shuttle bus which will get you closer to your accommodation. Also at these drop off points are luggage trolleys which you simply pay a deposit for and it is free for the first day if you return it otherwise there is a daily charge.


When to Go


Where to Stay

Saas-Fee is quite a compact resort with all the accommodation very easily located within walking distance of the slopes and lifts. Although there are no cars in the resort, there is an electric shuttle bus which goes through the village and to the neighbouring villages in the Saas Valley making it very easy to ski these areas too.

The village itself is very pretty with all the buildings built in an aesthetically pleasing manner. There are very few chalets, with the majority of the accommodation being hotels. These do offer some flexibility though with some offering full board, half board or just bed and breakfast. Alternatively there are a few fully catered chalets and chalet hotels,



Getting around


Apres

The Black Bull is a popular après spot, located just down the main street from the slopes. It can’t be missed with its bustling terrace, music blasting and usually a conga line forming. Party goers are not put off by the weather and simply move the party inside if the weather comes in.

Nesti’s Ski Bar is one of the resort’s more quirky venues. Featuring some mad décor this place is lively at après time and has its fans who want a quieter drink in the evenings.

For slope side action then head to the Larix bar. This terraced après ski bar is located right at the bottom of the pistes in an excellent position. This provides a great spot to unwind and enjoy the sun after a long day on the slopes.

For those after a quieter night can head to the Steinbock Bar next to the church. Or the Burgener Skihutte caters for an older audience after a quiet drink in a classy wine bar.

Popcorn started out as a modest après hangout spot. From there it has expanded to include a hotel as well as a bar, club and sports shop. This might an expensive venue but it is the place to head to if you are wanting to dance the night away in style.


Eating out

On the Mountain

Brittaniahutte is located inside a traditional mountain refuge hut offering simple, good value food such as soups, pasta, sausages and röstis.

Drehrestaurant Allalin is the world’s highest revolving restaurant allowing for a complete panoramic view of the surrounding ring of 4000m peaks. Taking approximately an hour to do a full rotation there is plenty of time to feast on one of the restaurants Swiss delicacies.

Gletschergrotte is located just to the left of the piste running from Spielboden into the village. It is a small hut with a small terrace outside. The highlights are the burgers and röstis as well as their selection of homemade cakes and desserts.

Speilboden is located at the tops of the Spielboden gondola. It is run by the Fletschorn hotel in the village. It is the proud owner of the Michelin Bib Gourmand. The restaurant serves delicious soups and bisques as well as more special pasta dishes. They also have a great kids menu.

In the Resort

Pizzeria Boccalino is a simple, good value restaurant serving a selection of pizza and pasta dishes. A great stop for quick efficient service with delicious reasonably priced food.

Waldhüs Bodmen is located a 10 minute walk through the surrounding woods from the resort centre. It is a glass walled dining room to immerse guests into the nature of animals owned by the restaurant such as rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas and a camel. The dishes are hearty and include delicacies such as pork chops with bacon and mushrooms.

Fletschorn Hotel is the proud owner of Michelin star. Their extensive wine cellar has a stunning 45000 bottles in stock. They offer four different tasting menus using local produce with interesting titles such as ‘From Lake to Sea.’ There is also a delicious a la carte menu available for those who don’t fancy a tasting menu.


Good for Couples

Fletschhorn

Wildistrasse 64

Saas Fee

+41 27 957 2131

Good for Couples

La Ferme

Untere Dorfstrasse 30

Saas Fee

+41 27 958 15 60

Good for Couples

Spielboden

Postfach 97

Saas Fee

+41 27 957 22 12

Good for Family

Bodmen

Panoramastrasse 40

Saas Fee

+41 27 957 2075

Good for Family

Chuestall Steakhou

Stadelweg 23

Saas Fee

+41 279 575 222

Good for Friends

CofFee

Obere Dorfstrasse 38

Saas Fee

+41 27 957 12 85

Good for Friends

Dom Bar

Dorfplatz 2

Saas Fee

+41 27 958 77 00

Good for Friends

Snow Point

Hotel The Larix

Gletscherstrasse 14

Saas Fee

+41 27 958 64 64


Activities

If you have a non-skier in the group or if you don’t plan on skiing all day then you might want to consider what other activities are available in the resort. Here is a selection of the most unusual ones:

Ice Pavillion built deep into the glacier are a number of ice sculptures. Uncover the mysteries of the Allalin. The sculptures are a mix of things including the grotesque faces depicted in the traditional masks worn during the Lötschental Tschäggätta carnival. You can even learn about the different ways that the ice is formed and take part in an avalanche simulator.

Ice Climbing is a year round sport on the glacier and attracts enthusiasts from far and wide. Beginners can be introduced to the various techniques at either the indoor or outdoor facilities with experienced ice climbing instructors.

Various tour operators offer a torch light walk through the romantic woods of the area and down to the village of Gletscherdorf for a candlelit fondue dinner. There are spectacular views that budding photographers need to get involved in.

For those looking for a bit of extra adrenalin then Saas Fee houses the steepest toboggan run in the Alps. The Feeblitz Rodelbobbahn is a mix of a rollercoaster and a bobsleigh reaching speeds of 40kmph.

If culture is a bit more your thing then head to the Saaser Museum. Housed in a vicarage dating back to 1732 everything even the building is an artefact. It also holds the famous local author Carl Zuckmayer’s works.

To relax head to the Aqua Allalin swimming pool and spa complex. This also features a childs pool and waterslide making it a sure hit with children. For those wanting something a bit more luxury then head to the Hotel Schweizerhof Gourmet and Spa or the Hotel Ferienart Resort and Spa. Both have large indoor pools as well as a selection of wellness features such as a whirlpool and steam bath at the Schweizerhof.

Saas Fee hosts a large outdoor ice rink. It is open daily from 8am- 9pm. As well as ice skating visitors are also able to enjoy a spot of curling on the track. Both of these activities are available throughout the day for a small fee payable at the rink.

For children and big kids you can hurtle down the slopes of the Saas Fee sledging run. It is a very easy place to get to, located near the Hannig gondola. For those non skiers, this gondola is free during the day so there is no need to buy a lift pass just for this. The run itself is 6km long and can be enjoyed either during the day or at night with a head torch. The run is open every day for the day time sledging and every Tuesday for the evening sessions.



Ski School

Swiss Ski School Saas Fee welcome all snow sports fans to join them whether they are young, old, beginner or advanced, skier, snowboarder or telemarker. Since 1951 they have offered a variety of courses for all abilities and disciplines. They offer courses for children as young as 3 years old as well as lunch care. They offer a mix of group and private courses including ones for Freestyle and Telemark skiing.

ESKIMOS Snow Sports School are an innovative team of highly qualified instructors. They are all extremely knowledgeable about the area and the sport itself. They offer both group and private lessons as well as their week long ‘camps’ for all ages and abilities. These allow learning in small groups of up to 8 people for up to 5 days in length.

Optimum specialise in private lessons run with flexible instructors who offers truly personalised lesson with the guest calling all the shots! They also run group lessons and a kid’s club style session for those between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. One of the most popular sessions is the Tech Tasters. This is aimed for the strong intermediate to advanced skiers or boarders. They focus on an intense 3 hour on a number of technics such as freestyle, carving and bumps.

Ski Zenit offer private lessons throughout the winter and group lessons for intermediates during peak weeks only. They divide their visitors by age so that they can tailor their instruction to the interests of the group such as teens 13-17 year old, children 3-12 years old and adults at 18+.


Getting around


Family ski

Saas-Fee is one of the 26 Swiss mountain villages who have been awarded the ‘Family Destination’ mark of distinction. This seal of approval is only given to those resorts who meet a list of specific criteria meeting the needs of both children and parents.

The village sits at 1800m with the mountains stretching far above this altitude. The height makes it an ideal destination for early or late season skiing as there is bound to be some lovely snow around. This makes it a perfect option for families who might be limited by school holidays which do fall early in the season or towards the end with Easter.

The slopes of Saas-Fee work well for beginners and intermediates with the majority being blues and reds with only a few blacks. But the surrounding villages offer more challenging terrain for those experienced skiers in the family. There is also a multitude of lift passes available so everyone can get the correct pass for their ability saving yet more money on areas that they might never actually venture to.

For families looking for childcare there is a number of options, mostly based within a few of the hotels. They both offer a children’s club as well as private babysitting for the evenings. It is advisable to book any childcare that you wish as far in advance as possible as it is one of the first things to fill up.

Hotel Dom and Hotel du Glacier are sister hotels both based in Saas-Fee. They have a crèche facility to allow parents to make the most of their time in the area. They take children from 8am 6pm every day. The ages range from 18months to 6 years old. They also offer a service for 6 month olds but only in the mornings during peak periods.

Hotel Ferienhart offer childcare for those over 6 months. They have a dedicated children’s play area within the hotel as well as offering private babysitting throughout the day and evening. Their childcare hours run from 9am-3pm and then 6pm- 9pm.

If you are not staying in any of these properties then the ESKIMO ski school  offer a children’s club run by qualified nannies. They take the children to do several fun activities between 12pm- 4pm. It is important to remember that they are not qualified ski instructors so they cannot run lessons for the children in skiing.


Group Ski


Childcare

Saas-Fee is home to some excellent ski schools, which teach kids as young as 4 in a safe, supportive environment.

There are also kindergartens in the larger hotels that are open to non-residents; they usually take children aged 2-and-a-half-years-old and up.

Alternatively, parents can hire independent nannies to take care of the little ones.


The Piste


Ski School

Swiss Ski School Saas Fee welcome all snow sports fans to join them whether they are young, old, beginner or advanced, skier, snowboarder or telemarker. Since 1951 they have offered a variety of courses for all abilities and disciplines. They offer courses for children as young as 3 years old as well as lunch care. They offer a mix of group and private courses including ones for Freestyle and Telemark skiing.

ESKIMOS Snow Sports School are an innovative team of highly qualified instructors. They are all extremely knowledgeable about the area and the sport itself. They offer both group and private lessons as well as their week long ‘camps’ for all ages and abilities. These allow learning in small groups of up to 8 people for up to 5 days in length.

Optimum specialise in private lessons run with flexible instructors who offers truly personalised lesson with the guest calling all the shots! They also run group lessons and a kid’s club style session for those between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. One of the most popular sessions is the Tech Tasters. This is aimed for the strong intermediate to advanced skiers or boarders. They focus on an intense 3 hour on a number of technics such as freestyle, carving and bumps.

Ski Zenit offer private lessons throughout the winter and group lessons for intermediates during peak weeks only. They divide their visitors by age so that they can tailor their instruction to the interests of the group such as teens 13-17 year old, children 3-12 years old and adults at 18+.


Equipment Hire


Lift Passes


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 8 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 32 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 38 people & over



RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1800m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    9km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3500m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    36

  • TOTAL PISTE

    100km






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Allalin
 

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Park
 

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Park
 
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Sasserhof
 

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Europa
 

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Ferienart Resort and Spa
 

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Ferienart Resort and Spa
 
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Jessica
 

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Jessica
 
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Schweizerhof
 

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Schweizerhof
 
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