Saas-Fee is a beautiful resort snuggled into some of the highest mountains in Switzerland. The resort sits at the heart of the Saas-Valley, with thirteen four-thousand-metre mountain peaks encircling it like a shell - hence its nickname "The Pearl of the Alps". The beauty and jaw-dropping scenery has caused many to fall in love with the resort, despite constant comparisons with nearby Zermatt. The idyllic valley is home to four different villages, each with their own attractions.
Saas-Fee is a traditional alpine village at the foot of the glistening glaciers, Saas-Grand is home to many off-mountain activities, Saas-Almagell is a charmingly friendly, family-orientated village and Saas-Balen is a true retreat for rest and relaxation, with the beautiful Fellbach stream roaring through the village. A medium-sized resort, Saas-Fee offers excellent snow due to high altitude and the glaciers, as well as glacier skiing in the summer. There's fantastic skiing for beginners and intermediates, along with a few choice black pistes - but advanced skiers and intermediates who love to clock up the miles may be better off at the larger Zermatt.
Catch the underground railway to the shimmering Feegletscher glacier, visit the revolving restaurant at 3500 m and eat while looking out at the panorama of the surrounding mountain giants or pop in to the ice pavilion for a drink and to learn about how glaciers form. The après-ski scene is vibrant and bubbly, with a good number of bars, restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes in a resort that has maintained its authentic mountain charm.
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Saas Fee for Different Ski Abilities
This is a great place for beginners to learn. The first nursery slopes are perfectly situated in Saas Fee village, so children can ski and parents can sit in the bar watching. Once they find their feet they can move up the mountain to easy blues and greens.
Intermediates have a mass of runs all over the mountain, ranging from easy blues to testing reds. You'll find plenty of cruising runs, the longest being from Mittelallalin back into Saas-Fee, a drop of over 1700m.
There are a number of good steep descents for advanced skiers and Saas-Fee is the end of extended Haute Route from Chamonix so you can try ski touring, but you'll need a guide. Some expert skiers may run out of challenging tracks. If you think this might be you, you might be better off at nearby Zermatt.
Saas Fee Ski Schools
ESKIMOS Ski & Snowboard School
ESKIMOS is no ordinary ski and snowboard school, but a universe full of creative opportunities, providing holiday guests an unforgettable stay in Saas Fee. To maintain a constant level of top quality, ESKIMOS continuously develop their services and train their employees so they grow in experience from season to season. Each group consists of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 participants, the advantage of having small groups is a higher rate in learning success and more personal interaction.
Swiss Ski School Saas-Fee
The Swiss Ski School is a locally-run snow-sport school in the village of Saas-Fee since 1951. Their team of professional instructors is looking forward to taking you out on the breathtaking glacier ski area of Saas-Fee with its varied pistes. The Swiss Ski School provides group and private lessons in various languages for all levels of skier and snowboarder. Their youngest guests will enjoy skiing with Snowli in the children's park.