Saas-Fee offers a spectacular setting amid high peaks and glaciers. The resort has similar characteristics to Zermatt; Swiss charm, traffic free and dramatic setting yet without the bling of its neighbour. From the south end of the village, the restaurant terraces offer stunning views up to the ring of 4000m high peaks. It's narrow car-free streets and old chalet buildings means it retains the feel of a traditional mountain village rather than that of a conspicuous ski resort.
In essence, it is a beautiful and charming with plenty going on in the village with good facilities, shops and bars. The village itself is at a height of 1,800m and the skiing is some of the highest in Europe between 2,500m - 3,500m. The high altitude ensures good snow conditions, perfect for a weekend ski break.
Ski Area Overview
The ski area of Saas-Fee although not as extensive as nearby Zermatt is ample for a weekend skiing. Most of the skiing is on high, north-facing glaciers and as a result, the snow record is excellent. Gradients range from gentle blues to slightly steeper reds but blacks are in short supply so the mileage hungry may struggle here. That said, the impressive 1800m vertical descent from the tops to the village offers an impressive test of stamina.
For the more experienced skier, there are three unpisted runs as well as seven black runs but overall the advanced skiing is a little limited. It’s for intermediates where Saas-Fee really excels with lots of long cruisey-runs and gentle reds. There is an excellent snow park (Morenia) for freestylers and boarders and overall this is a good resort for snowboarders.
For beginners, there is a very large nursery slope at the end of the village and good slopes to progress to. There is also a cheaper beginner pass that does not cover the whole of the mountain but is perfect for first-timers. The resort is generally uncrowded and it is unusual to experience long queues at any time of year.
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