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

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 3.25 hours
Via: 1st 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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  • 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 celebrates 140 years of tourism in 2021. Encircled by mountains, this Christmas-card village metaphorically sits at the bottom of a bowl. At nearly 6,000 feet Nature’s strength is omnipresent with surrounding, snow covered peaks and massive glaciers. All reasons the first road up from the valley only opened in the 1950’s. The encroaching Fee Glacier is so overwhelming, seemingly one can almost touch it from a hotel balcony. The village still peers over the edge of the Saaser Valley, Sunday mornings the 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 mountains form a more compact ski area than many other European resorts. Last year they put in the new Spielboden and Felskinn cable cars with wifi. It has three freestyle parks so 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, they’ve a history of creating champions, a recent one was Pirmin Zurbriggen.

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 four Zurbriggen brothers redid their 30 room Allalin in 2011. Then a few years ago, the fourth generation of hoteliers, their daughters Eva and Sabrina, took over. Centrally located, this contemporary hotel’s reception and lounge are complimented by artisan cabinetry carved by the girls’ great-grandfather. The large balconied bedrooms are in a colorful modern style with leather sofas in the sitting areas so one stare at that overwhelming Fee Glacier. They’ve heated ski storage in the hotel and, something unique to Saas Fee, in their hutte at the lifts. End your day with a sauna and dinner in this 5th best of 56 village hotels according to Travel Advisor.

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