• Summit at Saas Fee.
  • Village of Saas Fee at night.
  • Base of slopes at Saas Fee.

Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail

Beginner: 25%
Intermediate: 50%
Expert: 25%


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
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  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Saas Fee

Surprisingly, Saas Fee is centuries old – surprising, because until the mid-20th century, you could only reach it by donkey. Because of those burro-riding travelers, Saas Fee celebrated 125 years of tourism in 2006. Encircled by mountains, this Christmas-card village metaphorically sits at the bottom of a box canyon. At nearly 6,000 feet Nature’s strength is omnipresent with surrounding, snow covered peaks and massive glaciers. All reasons the first road from the valley only opened in the 1950’s. The encroaching Fee Glacier is so overwhelming one can almost reach out to touch it from the hotel’s balcony. The village still peers over the edge to the Saaser Valley, Sunday mornings Saas Fee’s women still attend church in native dress and their men still tend sheep in centuries-old stilted barns.

Saas Fee with no cars is perfect for families. By European standards, its surrounding natural bowl forms a more compact ski area than other European resorts. For this past season, they put in the new Spielboden and Felskinn cable cars, both with wifi. Saas Fee, with three freestyle parks is reputed to have Switzerland’s best snowboarding. A dozen mountain restaurants will surely please anyone’s culinary palette. Like Zermatt, children under nine years, ski for free. Ski passes include the whole Saastal region with 36 lifts and 95 miles of marked runs. Even though Saas Fee may be smaller than many other European resorts, this winter it’ll be part of Switzerland’s Magic Pass which includes 30 relatively nearby resorts and more than 720 miles of trails. Go to magicpass.ch for more information.

Hotels in Saas Fee

  • Exterior of Hotel Allalin at Saas Fee.
  • Restaurant in Hotel Allalin at Saas Fee.
  • Room in Hotel Allalin at Saas Fee.


The Zurbriggen brothers redid their 30 room Allalin between 2007 and 2011. Then a few years ago the Zurbriggen’s fourth generation of hoteliers, daughters Eva and Sabrina, took over. Centrally located, this contemporary hotel’s reception and lounge are complimented by artisan Valaisian cabinetry carved by the girls’ great-grandfather. The large balconied bedroom have a colorful style with leather sofas in the sitting areas so one can look out to that overwhelming Fee Glacier. Then they’ve a heated ski storage hutte at the lifts, something unique to Saas Fee.

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