Saas Fee2.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
  • Recommend
    50%
  • Would Revisit
    50%

Saas Fee ski resort village below the Fee glacier.
Saas Fee ski resort village below the Fee glacier.
Saas Fee ski area.
Saas Fee ski area.
Ski in accommodation at Saas Fee.
Ski in accommodation at Saas Fee.
Ski lifts on the glacier at Saas Fee resort.
Ski lifts on the glacier at Saas Fee resort.
Saas Fee skiing.
Saas Fee skiing.
Modern gondolas at Saas Fee ski resort.
Modern gondolas at Saas Fee ski resort.
Saas Fee has nearly1800m skiable vertical from glacier to village.
Saas Fee has nearly1800m skiable vertical from glacier to village.
Saas Fee slopeside restaurants are high class.
Saas Fee slopeside restaurants are high class.
Saas Fee apres ski.
Saas Fee apres ski.
Ski Saas Fee.
Ski Saas Fee.
Saas Fee ski resort beginner area near the village.
Saas Fee ski resort beginner area near the village.
Saas Fee ski resort.
Saas Fee ski resort.
Summer skiing at Saas Fee.
Summer skiing at Saas Fee.
Saas Fee ski resort.
Saas Fee ski resort.
Saas Fee Accommodation.
Saas Fee Accommodation.
Saas Fee chalet lodging interior.
Saas Fee chalet lodging interior.
Saas Fee route 511 bus from Brig train station.
Saas Fee route 511 bus from Brig train station.
Saas Fee village is 'combustion engine car free' - all vehicles are electric.
Saas Fee village is 'combustion engine car free' - all vehicles are electric.
Sass Fee village.
Sass Fee village.
Saas fee ski resort.
Saas fee ski resort.

Saas Fee

Saas Fee Ski Resort Switzerland

Saas-Fee is an all year round ski resort in the Valais, Switzerland. The traditional village of Saas Fee is beautifully situated in a deep valley amongst numerous 4000m+ peaks and at the base of the Fee Glacier. The glacier provides the opportunity for both winter and summer skiing at Saas Fee.

Saas Fee village is 'car free', but unlike neighbouring Zermatt, doesn't have the convenience of train line access, but is still easy to get to via car and bus.

Saas Fee markets itself as the 'Free Republic of Holidays', which gives one a hint that the ski resort takes having fun and making people happy very seriously indeed!

Saas Fee Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Saas Fee skiing is broken up into 3 main areas - Saas Fee, Saas Grund and Saas Almagell. The areas are not lift or piste interlinked.

Saas Fee has a large sheltered beginner area on the edge of town. Intermediate skiers and boarders will enjoy the long red pistes on the top half of the glacier, which make up approximately 60% of the ski terrain. Advanced and expert skiers will enjoy the many ski routes and also find some steep sections around Eggenerjoch. A featuree of Saas Fee are the wonderful ski touring opportunities to some of the peaks like the 4190m Strahlhorn.

One highlight of Saas Fee is travelling Europe’s first funicular railway up through the inside of the mountain to 3,500 metres, before skiing all the way down to the Saas Fee village at 1,800 metres. The skiing being the highlight, not the funicular ride! 

The Fee Glacier provides skiing and snowboarding for around 10 months of the year from mid July through to Mid April. Lift opening and closing times gradullay increase as the winter season approaches.

The regional Saastal (Saas Valley) Destination Pass lift ticket includes all Saas-Fee ski areas including Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grund and the single lift at Saas Balen. It also covers use of the normal Post Bus service between the villages.

Saas Grund is a small sunny resort with modern lifts, just a short bus ride from Saas Fee. Saas Grund has a huge nealry 1700m skiable vertical from the Hohsaas (3,200 m).

Saas Almagell is also a small, pretty ski area that is protected in amongst the trees, so it’s a good choice on inclement weather days. With 12km of beginner and intermediate runs serviced by 8 lifts (2 chairs) and around 600m of skialble vertical, it is a favorite with families. 

Summer Skiing at Saas Fee

For anyone put off skiing because of the cold, Saas Fee has the perfect tonic. Lift on the glacier start spinning every year from mid july for summer skiing and then roll on all the way through winter. Summer skiing costs more than winter if you don't have a 'citizen's pass' (what a nonsense!) and provides around 20km of mainly lower intermediate piste trails. A snow park is also functional in Summer, so terrain park junkies can get their fix in the off-season too!

Where is Saas Fee, Switzerland?

Saas Fee is in the Valais canton of Switzerland in the Saas Valley (Saastal) near the border with Italy. It is about 220km from both Bern and Geneva and 35km from the world renowned Zermatt ski resort.

The nearest useful airport to Saas Fee is Geneva (3.5hr by train/bus). The airports at Bern and Basel provide an alternative for some European & UK travellers, whilst Zurich and Milan Malpensa cover all flight origins. Trains typically connect all these airports and lead to Brig or Visp where you can connect to the half hourly Route 511 Post Bus service to the towns in the Saastal including Saas Fee. The trains and Post Bus run precisely like a swiss watch, stop for literally just a few minutes, and leave exactly on time, so be ready!

Visitors travelling by car from the north of the Alps can travel via Bern through the Lötschberg tunnel (car-train), but the easiest and least painful route is from the west via Montreux and Martigny to Visp. The Saas Fee village is car-free so you will need to park in one of the public car parks and then continue via local electric taxi or hotel shuttle to your accommodation.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Numerous superb ski resorts are in this area of the Valais. Not the lest of which is Zermatt ski resort. Zermatt is surrounded by many 4,000m+ peaks s so it is well worth a visit even if only to enjoy them. Monte Rosa (or Dufourspitze, Switzerland's highest peak at 4,634 metres above sea level), the Dom (4,545 m), Lyskamm (4,527 m), Weisshorn (4,505 m) and of course the famous Matterhorn (4,478 m). It takes about one hour to get to Zermatt by combination Post Bus and railway from Stalden Saas station. Zermatt also offers year round skiing on their dedicated glacier and long ski runs between 8-13km. 

Between Saas Fee and Zermat is family oriented Graechen ski resort (via St Niklaus railway station), and back down in the Rhone Valley, Crans Montana, Luekerbad, Belap & Aletsch Arena are within an easy day trip.

Saas Fee Hotels and Accommodation

The village of Saas-Fee is the highest of the valley's traditional villages located at the base of the main ski area. Saas-Fee village offers numerous ski in lodging options in romantic and traditional large Swiss chalets & hotels, but they are all reasonably expensive (it IS Switzerland!). Alternatively pick one of the many self catering apartments, especially those within a few minutes easy walk of the lifts. If you stay at the other end of the village from the lifts, you face either a stiff walk to the lifts or a ride on the local elctric bus service.

Other accommodation options in are nearby Saas-Gund (predominantly large chalet hotels), Saas-Almagell and tiny Saas Balen down the valey.

See all Saas Fee Accommodation Listings here >>>

Saas Fee Activities

When you are not skiing or snowboarding, other activities include chilling out in one of the many wellness centres, ice-climbing on the glacier, dog sledding, snow tubing, snow kiting, visiting the famous ice pavilion, or even learning how to brew beer! There are also Nordic skiing tracks around Saas Fee.

With the “no-noise after 10pm” rule, the town is remarkably quiet after hours, even though there is still partying behind sound proofed double glazed windows until dawn!

Why Ski or Snowboard at Saas Fee? Saas-Fee is a snow sure high alpine ski resort with a classic European feel. The village is beautiful and romantic, and the year round glacial skiing experience and underground train offer an unforgettable skiing and snowboarding experience. Saas-Fee also provides a cheaper, less crowded alternative to neighbouring Zermatt.

Tours in or near Saas Fee

No listings were found for Saas Fee.

Saas Fee Ski & Snowboard Holiday Package Quote
Saas Fee Ski lodging & accommodations
Hosted Ski Tours & Multi-Resort Safaris
Saas Fee

View Larger Map

Compare Europe Ski Resorts

Best Europe Ski Resorts
Europe Ski Resort Ratings


    Saas Fee Ski Resorts Map
  • Saas Fee Ski Resorts Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1560m – 3600m (2040m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8-10m
  • Lifts (40)
    All Resorts
    12 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    4 Chairs

    Saas Fee only - 23 lifts
    9 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    2 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Mid July to Mid April
    Summer
    07:00am to 1:00pm
    Autumn / Winter
    8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 152km(Winter)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 60%
    Beginner - 18%
    Summer skiing– 20km
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Summer Skiing
    Adult – CHF73 to 84
    Child – CHF46 to 52
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Winter Skiing Saas Fee (incl. Saas Almagell)
    Adult – CHF75
    Child – CHF37 
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Saas Grund only
    Adult – CHF55
    Child – CHF34
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Saas Almagell only
    Adult – CHF45
    Child – CHF27
    Child u/6yr - Free

    Saas Fee Ski Trail Map
  • Saas Fee Ski Trail Map

    Saas Grund Ski Trail Map
  • Saas Grund Ski Trail Map

    Saas Fee Summer Ski Map
  • Saas Fee Summerr Ski Map