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Luxury ski holiday spotlight: Saas Fee

31 October 2014

A combination of undeniable charm and high altitude - most runs are between 2,500 m and 3,500 m - make Swiss ski resort Saas Fee a great place to take a luxury ski trip.

Although the variety of the slopes here has sometimes been labelled as limited, the resort’s reliability when it comes to quality snow and close proximity to Saas-Grund and Zermatt make it a great base for a holiday regardless.

This quaint mountain village is car free in centre, adding to the lovely atmosphere and making it perfect for an evening stroll with the kids or for an apres-ski drink or two.

Here are some of the specifics that Saas Fee has to offer luxury skiers this winter.

The skiing

Being at such a high altitude, the views around Saas Fee are simply gorgeous. Add to this the great snow and you’ve got a pretty good little place to ski.

Up at the higher end, the slopes have a steadier gradient, making them a little gentler to navigate. Lower down, you will find steeper runs that do tend to be rocky if the snow level is low.

To get to the top and the main area, you have two options, the Alpin Express Gondola or the Felshin cable car - to get here, you will need to cross the nursery slope but it’s not too taxing.

Due to the fact that a glacier runs through the main slope area, there are only two chairlifts. However, the majority of the lifts are fast, so your time on the slopes is enhanced by this.

Saas Fee is ideal for intermediates and beginners as the slopes are not too complex or difficult. Experts may find themselves looking elsewhere fast and the nearby resorts we mentioned earlier may be your best bet.

Eating and drinking

Fletschhorn boasts a Michelin star and is undoubtedly the place to go for the finest of dining experiences in this resort. Although expensive, the food is of the highest standard and the décor is lavish and luxurious, as you would expect.

There are other options available, with a wide range of cuisines on show in Sass Fee. Head to the Mandarin for some delicious Asian-style food, The Vieux Chalet for traditional Swiss fondue and, if you have a hankering for Italian, Del Ponte is the place for you.

For apres-ski drinking, the resort has a number of great little bars for you to choose from.

Fee-Iglu Bar, Chaplin Bar Aussie Bar and Easy Bar are all relaxed little pubs to get your evening going and trade war wound stories from a day on the slopes. Once you have finished in this lower-key establishments you can head on to a few places that tend to take the party to the wee hours. The Capra and POPCORN! are great fun for dancing and a bit more drinking.

Views

The so called “pearl of the Alps” is known as such because of its high altitude and incredible views. At 1,800 m up, the resort provides you with beautiful panoramas of the surrounding mountains, whereas the runs above go one step further.

On a clear, sunny day expect your breath to be taken away, not by the altitude, but by the awe-inspiring feeling that you might just be stood on top of the world.

Other activities

Saas Fee is known as one of the most family-friendly resorts in the Swiss Alps and, as such, there are plenty of places to keep the little ones occupied on down days off the slopes.

Bowling, swimming or visiting the world’s largest Ice Grotto are just a few of the things you might like to get up to.ADNFCR-1958-ID-801757891-ADNFCR

Book your short ski break to Saas Fee today by calling our sales team on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected].

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