Saas-Fee Ski Resort

If you’re looking for reliable snow, high altitude skiing and a charming Swiss village then look no further than Saas-Fee.

You’ll spend most of your time skiing here at between 2500m and 3500m – something that is pretty much unrivalled in Europe. What this means is that great snow is pretty much guaranteed, especially as the resort possesses one of the largest glacier ski areas in the Alps. The two nearby areas – included on the wider area lift pass – of Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell add good variety to what is a relatively compact ski area.

The traditional Swiss mountain village is more picturesque and quieter than its near neighbour Zermatt, but there is still a great selection of accommodation, bars and restaurants to choose from. Off slope activities are extremely popular in Saas-Fee – in fact the whole Hannig Mountain and its gondola is set aside for tobogganers, winter walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

There’s no better way to explore Saas-Fee than on a Freshtracks holiday – this winter we have a great trip aimed at single skiers heading out on January 12th. If you can’t make this, then the Ski Club Rep Service is on hand to provide you with the best tips for your holiday, both on and off the slopes. A Rep will be in town between the December and April.

For the latest Ski Club news from Saas-Fee, be sure to join the almost 100-strong community of enthusiastic members and non-members on the Ski Club’s Saas-Fee Facebook Page.

Our Saas-Fee Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Pros

One of the Alps' most snowsure ski resorts

Good skiing for intermediates and great nursery slopes

Great village with lots of off slope activities

Stunning scenery with the imposing glacier above

Cons

Slightly limited local slopes, but trips available to Saas-Grund & Saas-Almagell

Need to wait until later in the season for the best off piste

You may need to catch a bus to the lifts (but they have a great, free bus system)

It can be shady and cold in the village, but spring is fantastic

Saas-Fee Skiing and Snowboarding

Whilst the slopes may not be as extensive as elsewhere, the snow conditions are usually fantastic and lots of vertical is on offer. The other local areas of Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell are each more than worthy of day trips, especially if the exposed upper slopes are closed by wind or heavy snowfall.

  • Total Pistes: 100 km (150km including Saas-Grund & Saas-Almagell)
  • Blue: 20%
  • Red: 60%
  • Black: 20%
  • Itineraries: 5km
  • Lifts: 22 (35 including Saas-Grund & Saas-Almagell)
  • Altitude: 1800m – 3573m (Saas-Grund drops to 1559m)

For Beginners

There's a fantastic and large nursery area at the edge of the village – covered by a cheap pass. It is in the sunnier part of town but snow reliability is not an issue as it is fully equipped with snow machines. From there good progression is possible on the slopes between Felskinn and Morenia and also on the slopes of Kreuzboden above Saas-Grund.

For Intermediates

The reds high on the glacier hold on to consistently great snow and are great for practicing your technique, but ideally on a sunny day. Further down the mountain, the long descents from Längfluh are popular and the Plattjen area should not be ignored for its underused runs. If you’re looking for mile after mile of piste the local slopes may seem slightly limited, but adding day trips to the outlying ski areas or even to Zermatt should keep most more than happy.

For Advanced/Expert & Off Piste

This is not an ideal resort for experts, particularly those wishing to stick within the resort boundaries. Few blacks are marked on the piste map and although there are now 5km of itinerary routes, the rocky and glacial terrain limits the off piste options. That being said, if you’re a competent ski tourer then Saas-Fee makes for a fantastic base from which to explore the spectacular peaks towering over the valley.

Saas-Fee Piste Map

The piste map, which also covers the Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell ski areas can be downloaded here.

Saas-Fee Ski Pass Prices

Two options are available – see their website for details. The first is a pass covering Saas-Fee and Saas-Almagell and the second is the Destinationspass, which covers all the local ski areas and is the best option if you’re staying for more than a few days – it also gives you options in bad weather. Children under 6 ski for free and a 5 CHF deposit is required for the keycard. Please note that these prices may change, so check with the resort for the latest or give the Ski Club’s expert info & advice team a call on 020 8410 2009.

Saas-Fee pioneered the WinterCARD, a crowd-funding season pass costing a bargain 222 CHF, but only if 66,666 were bought by 4th November 2018. It was a successful campaign, so look out for next season’s edition to claim what is a remarkably cheap season pass.

Category

Day Ticket

3 Days

6 Days

Saas-Fee Pass (Saas-Fee & Saas-Almagell)

Adult (20+)

75 CHF

194 CHF

365 CHF

Youth (16-20)

64 CHF

164 CHF

311 CHF

Child (6-16)

37 CHF

97 CHF

183 CHF

Destinationspass Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell, Saas-Balen Pass

Adult (20+)

n/a CHF

209 CHF

379 CHF

Youth (16-20)

n/a CHF

179 CHF

322 CHF

Child (6-16)

n/a CHF

105 CHF

190 CHF

Saas-Fee Season Dates

  • Saas-Fee: 13th July 2019 – 19th April 2020
  • Saas-Grund: 14th December 2019 – 13th April 2020
  • Saas-Almagell: 21st December 2019 – 29th March 2020

For full details see resort's website and note that these dates are subject to change. The Ski Club’s expert info & advice team are also on hand to help – call 020 8410 2009.

Saas-Fee Resort

Although it has grown from its humble beginnings, Saas-Fee retains a lot of character and old cow sheds are still dotted around in and amongst the more modern hotels and chalets. It is slightly spread out, but this makes it a great place to wander around after a day of skiing – be sure to stop off in one of cosy bars for a glühwein. The only major issue is a lack of sun in midwinter – it is definitely at its best towards spring time.

For Families

The village of Saas-Fee is ideal for families, especially as the nursery slopes are so good. There’s lots to do away from the slopes and a day spent tobogganing is highly recommended – there are excellent trails at Hannig, above Saas-Grund and down into Saas-Almagell.

For Après

Although it is a great family resort, there is a decent après scene, especially on the terraces along the main street of the town. Yes it isn’t cheap, but the likes of the Black Bull are popular haunts for a post-skiing beer.

How to get to Saas-Fee

Getting to Saas-Fee is an easy combination of catching a train to Visp, before changing to the bus departing up the valley to the resort itself. It takes around 3 hours from Zürich and 3.5 hours from Geneva and Basel, check out the timetable on the Swiss Railway System’s website. Driving is an option but double check that your accommodation has free parking and note you'll need to park outside the car-free village.

  • Zürich airport: 3 hours
  • Geneva airport: 3.5 hours
  • Basel airport: 3.5 hours
  • Milan airport: 3.5 hours
  • Calais: approximately 11 hours driving (568 miles)

Saas-Fee Contact Details

Holiday Discounts

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Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Off The Slopes
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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