- Elevated between 1,483 m and 3,600 m, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Switzerland. The vertical drop from summit to base is 2,117 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Switzerland is 901 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Saas Fee is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in the Valais.
- Season starts on 15 Jul and ends on 15 Apr (274 days). Average season duration in Switzerland is 120 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (15 Jul to 15 Apr) is 144 cm at summit elevation and 21 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 282 cm at summit elevation and 69 cm at the base. Therefore Saas Fee is among the 3 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Switzerland.
- Saas Fee features 100 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Switzerland is 92 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 3 sunniest in Switzerland.
The Ski Resort
Saas-Fee, the ´Alpine Pearl´ with being located in the middle of the impressive mountain and glacier world, is also surrounded by 18 four-thousand meter peaks. With 100 kilometers (93 miles) of trails and 24 lifts. it invites to have a blast on your skis. It´s elevation and the glacier area guarantees best snow conditions for almost 10 months a year. It´s the rare combination of 300 sunny days and countless inches of snow each year that makes this one to a skier´s dream. If you are looking for varied slopes and incredible long runs, this is your spot. Altogether, this is a holiday spot par excellence for winter enthusiasts of every age and kind.
There are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably at the base station or all runs that are accessible with the Alpine Express and the chairlift Morenia. As soon as you gained more knowledge you should definitely check out the more challenging trails that even feature a drop of 3600 meter (11811 feet). Challenging yourself to ski outside of your comfort level is not only a great way to improve, but it´s also how you discover the treasure chest of the mountain. Intermediate skiers usually love these high-altitude runs as well. Mogul slopes are in the area of Spielboden. Santa-Fee has the world cup mountain Plattjen that will even please the most courageous skier and snowboarder with being extremely steep. It is also worth to hit the popular trail that starts in Allalin and takes you to Saas-Fee. On your way to the base you will overcome 1800 height meters (5905 feet). Even riding up to the starting point can be intimidating: The Alpin Express and the Panorama-Felskinnbahn take you from Saas-Fee up to the glaciers that top out at 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level. From there you can grab Metro Alpin, the world´s highest underground tram, in order to get to Mittelallalin. Take a second and enjoy the breathtaking panorama, on a clear day you can even see Milan. In the summer skiing season you can at least discover 20 kilometers (12,4 miles) of trails that will keep you busy for several days and are perfect for every ability and level.
Freeriders have five off-pistes options. If you don´t feel like doing it on your own, you can book a freeride tour in the mountain guide offices that you´ll find everywhere in the valley. Freestyler will get their money´s worth as well. Saas-Fee even has two terrain parks to offer located throughout the area. Those are stuffed with various features of all ability levels. The terrain park Morenia in Saas-Fee is right above the same-named top station. There are endless events during the winter season. And the last one is especially great for the summer time. With super pipe, three kicker lines, rails and boxes, it has everything a freestyler´s heart can desire.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Look for the Popcorn! in Längfluh at 2870 meters (9416 feet) above sea level. Plaza, a snow bar with sun deck and beach chairs invites for a rest right in the middle of the beautiful glacier world. Further, you should for sure pay a visit to the revolving restaurant threes!xty at Allalin. It´s the world´s highest revolving restaurant and just perfect to enjoy the view.
Advanced skier should speed down the steep trail at the World cup mountain Plattjen. Thanks to the spectacular panorama that you´ll have skiing down the glacier slopes.
Most Difficult Runs
Those who enjoy other winter sport activities are on cloud nine here in Saastal. There are 60 kilometers (37 miles) of winter hiking trails, 54 kilometers (33,5 miles) of snow shoe trails and 32 kilometers (19,8 miles) of cross-country trails to discover. Look for the ice rink where you can actually go ice skating or you could do some curling. A blast for the whole family is to feel the thrill of the speed while speeding down the tobogganing runs in the valley. Of course you can also go ´shop till you drop´ and enjoy the wide gastronomic offer.
Culture enthusiasts could visit the local museum or galleries. If you want to relax your sore muscles after a day of skiing, you can use the wide wellness options or dive into the world of the swimming bath Aqua Allalin. The entertainment program also includes torch light walks, village walks or brewing your own beer. You can also visit the world´s largest ice grotto. Visitors find out all the secrets of glaciers and experience these in a whole other way. The extremely huge ice grottosurely leaves nobody unimpressed!
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Dining and Restaurants
By boasting 17 mid-mountain restaurants the Saastal is a great spot for culinary fans as well. At the world´s highest revolving restaurant at Mittelallalin you have the option to sit back in a fine restaurant enjoying the food you have always searched for and enjoying the fantastic view. One hour restaurant threes!xty needs to rotate 360 degrees around itself and leaves you feeling like you´re right in the middle of the Saasser mountain world. The modern restaurant, situated 3500 meters (11482 feet) above sea level, has dishes from all over the world on the menu. In addition, there are tons of mountain huts beckoning you in for a break where you can recharge and enjoy local food.
Infrastructure & Rental
Ski Rental Shops
Coming from the North, take A6 from Bern to Spiez and pass Lötschberg. From Visp you´ll reach Saastal via Stalden. Quick tip: If you want to use the car train at Lötschberg you´ll get reduced tickets at the Saas-Fee/Saastal tourism information.
Coming from the East get on B19 and Furka pass road. Furka pass is closed in the winter months that´s why you have to use the Furka car transport. From Visp you have to pass Stalden to get to Saas-Fee.
Coming from the South you´ll have to take the Simplon pass road that takes you to Visp. But be aware that this pass is closed in the winter that´s why you have to use the Furka car transport.
Coming from the West/Western Switzerland you´ll come from Lausanne and get on the A9 or E27 to Martigny.
By Public Transportation
Vacationers that want to come by train should get out in Visp. From there you can hop in the Postauto (bus) that drives every half an hour to Saas-Fee. The bus station is right in front of the train station.
Coming by plane you can fly to Zurich, Genf, Milan or Basel. Public Transportation need about 3 hours from there to Saastal.