Saas-Fee Ski Resort

Beautiful, car-free, Saas-Fee, “the pearl of the Alps”, is untouched by the worst of the modern world, although it still has powerful ski lifts to whisk you up to some of Europe's highest and most snowsure skiing, in winter or in summer. It's not a big ski area though.

High and snow-sure, Saas-Fee nestles at 1800m in the lee of the Mischabel range, just 15km north-east of Zermatt, but without its crowds. The village is old, quaint, and traffic-free apart from a few service vehicles. But there is nothing cute about the mountains surrounding Saas-Fee: they are in-your-face monsters, towering above the village, their huge glaciers spilling down towards the valley. This is alpine scenery at its magnificent brooding best - more striking than pretty.

Saas-Fee is recognised as one of Switzerland's more family friendly ski resorts with nursery slopes just outside the village and lots of flat sunny slopes for beginners to progress onto, renowned ski schools and plenty of supervised activities for children. Advanced skiers are also well looked after, provided they don't mind skiing off-piste with a guide, and preferably strapping on skins as well. If you have ever dreamed of taking lifts up a mountain to 3500m above sea level, then climbing a further 500m under your own steam, before descending over 2000m through untracked powder, this is the place to do it.

But for keen piste-gobbling intermediate skiers who don't want to explore off-piste, Saas Fee's ski area can seem rather small. The resort claims to have 100km of runs and avid piste-bashers will want more. Fortunately, there is more - it's just a bus ride away. The neighbouring Saas valley resorts of Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell are both covered by the same lift pass and together have enough skiing to be worth one or two day trips. And Zermatt's huge ski area is just about within reach and available at a reduced price, although it's not a journey you would want to do everyday.

More importantly, skiers who come to Saas Fee should hang up their skis for at least one day of their holiday and see what else Saas Fee has to offer, like a whole lift-served mountain called Hannig that's dedicated to sledging and snowshoeing (skiers and boarders are banned), and a winter sportsfield (Kalbermatten) for ice skating and curling. There are specially prepared winter walking paths, a famous revolving mountain restaurant at Allalin, ice caving, cross-country skiing, and special events such as high altitude fondue followed by torch-lit descents. Throw in the genuine charm of the village, it's relaxed but fun apres ski and its breathtaking mountain scenery, and Saas-Fee's becomes a genuine all-round winter wonderland. Unless, of course you come here for its summer skiing.

Ski & Board hire in Saas Fee

Saas Fee is not a cheap resort and this affects equipment rental costs. And don't think you will be able to walk into a shop and negotiate a discount, because all the shops tend to charge suspiciously similar prices. If you want a deal you have to book online in advance. works with several shops in Saas Fee and the other Saas Valley resorts and can secure online discounts of up to 35% - click here to see its latest offers and shop locations.

SKISET also has an outet in the resort and it too will give discounts if you book online here.

Saas-Fee Pros & Cons

+ High, snowsure skiing
+ Magnificent mountain scenery
+ Charming traditional car free village
+ Good place to learn to ski
+ Good off-piste and excellent ski touring
+ Uncrowded pistes

- Piste netweork is small
- Bus trips to other villages take time
- Expensive

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Saas-Fee Rating

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Saas-Fee Statistics

  • CountrySwitzerland
  • StateValais
  • Base1,483 metres
  • Summit3,600 metres
  • Vertical2,117 metres
  • Ski area extent145 km
  • Beginner39 km
  • Intermediate75 km
  • Advanced39 km
  • Longest run15 km
  • Number of ski lifts38 
  • Cable cars
  • Funiculars
  • Gondolas
  • Chairlifts
  • S23 
  • Riders per hour40,500 
  • Day lift passSfr 70
  • 6 day lift passSfr 359

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