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. In 05-06, they built an eight-seat chair on the Kreuzboden-Hohsaas and a quad on the Langfluh. Saas Fee with three freestyle parks is reputed to have Switzerland’s best snow boarding. A dozen mountain restaurants will surely please anyone’s culinary palette. Ski passes can include the lower Saas Valley areas so with the added 18 runs the area increases by a third totaling 36 lifts and 90 miles of trails. Even though it is smaller, Saas Fee’s skiing is not for the faint-hearted. These same pistes are where Pirmin Zurbriggen, former World and Olympic champion, learned his trade!

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  • Village of Saas Fee at night.
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Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail

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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
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Hotels in Saas Fee

  • Exterior of Hotel Allalin at Saas Fee.
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HOTEL ALLALIN

The Zurbriggen brothers redid their 30 room Allalin between 2007 and 2011. Since then they since eased management to the family’s fourth generation of hoteliers, daughters Eva and Sabrina. Centrally located, this comfortable hotel has a contemporary style reception and lounge complimented by artisan Valaisian cabinetry carved by the girls’ great-grandfather. The large balconied bedrooms are in a colorful contemporary style with flat screen TVs and leather sofas in the sitting areas so one can look out to that overwhelming Fee Glacier. If needed, there’s a hot tub, sauna and fitness area to help whittle down a six-course dinner waistline. Unique to Saas Fee, they have heated ski storage at the lifts.

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Stay 7, pay 6 all season except December 23/January 6, 2017

 

 

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  • Exterior of Waldhotel Fletschhorn at Saas Fee.
  • Restaurant at Waldhotel Fletschhorn at Saas Fee.
  • Room with mountain views in Waldhotel Fletschhorn at Saas Fee.

WALDHOTEL FLETSCHHORN

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This 1700’s mountain inn has just 13 doubles and suites and is a jewel-like romantic hideaway. A 15-minute walk from town, the Fletschhorn, with its sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath, and art gallery, is perched on a small plateau with breathtaking views of the Saas Valley below. Absorb the peaceful quiet and relax amid antiques, sleigh beds and high-tech baths. Maren Mueller carefully tends to her guests and Charlie, her husband, oversees the dining room and the 30,000-bottle wine cellar. The Fletschhorn serves cuisine one can only aspire to, prepared by Chef Markus Neff, awarded a Michelin star and 18 Gault-Millau points. Share mountain memories, culinary delights and their wines with other guests – memories created by Nature, dinner delights by Markus Neff, ‘Chef of the Year’ in 07!

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