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Saas-Fee - Ski Resort in Saastal, Swiss Alps - 100km of Piste (1800m to 3500m)
One of the world's top resorts, picturesque, car free, excellent facilities. Year round glacier skiing accessed by underground funicular and other modern, efficient lifts, including the 3-S-Bahn, a 30-person gondola. Sister resort is Steamboat Springs/Colorado.
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The Swiss ski resort of Saas-Fee is part of the Saastal ski area with access to 56 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Saas-Fee itself (100km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Saastal ski resorts of Saas Almagell and Saas Grund.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Saas-Fee is able to augment natural snow, on 24km of ski runs, with 62 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 23 Ski Lifts of Saas-Fee are able to uplift 22,690 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Saas-Fee are perfectly feasible. Sion Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Saas-Fee
Saas-Fee has some of the world's best skiing, guaranteed winter and summer because of its glacier. The ski area is one of Europe's highest and the full vertical of 1760m (5,774 feet) is skiable throughout the winter season given normal snow fall and temperatures, because of the high altitude of the resort and the bottom of the lifts. Some of the other European resorts which claim bigger verticals can only offer them for short periods as they are based at perhaps half the height of Saas-Fee so that the lower slopes get snow later and thaw sooner.
The area's skiing is particularly well suited to intermediate and advanced level skiers with 75% of the terrain and 60km ( 37 miles ) of the trails suited to good or better skiers. However beginners do have a large plateau right next to the village on which to learn or improve technique, and because of Saas-Fee's high altitude snow-cover on these slopes is far more likely throughout the season than at village level nursery slopes at many other resorts in the Alps, where the snow may only last for a month or two mid-Winter.
There are three main ski areas, the Felskinn, the Plattjen and the Längfluh. The Felskinn is served by the Alpine Express, Saas-Fee's most recent hi-tec lift, a gondola with cabins each capable of holding up to 30 passengers. The regional SAAS lift ticket covers the smaller and lower neighbouring ski areas of Saas-Almagell, Saas-Balen and Saas-Grund which you pass by en route up to Saas-Fee. It also covers use of the normal post bus service between the villages although there is no special ski bus.
Saas-Almagell and Saas-Balen have little to interest skiers much above beginner standard (although you may wish to visit the former just to pay homage to the mightly Zurbriggens) but Saas-Grund's ski area is quite large and possibly worth taking a day down the mountain for. Its seven lifts include a gondola going up to 3100 metres (10,170 feet) from the village base at 1560 metres (5118 feet) giving a vertical of 1540 metres ( 5052 feet ) which is after all only beaten by Whistler on the entire North American continent so shouldn't be sniffed at! The 25km(16 miles) of trails are almost entirely of 'intermediate' standard.
Cross country skiers will find 8km( 5 miles ) of trails around Saas-Fee, with a further 26km of trails in the Saas valley below.
Snowboarding in Saas-Fee
Snowboarders will find plenty to entertain at Saas-Fee both summer and winter. In winter there is the huge Freestyle Park at Morenia (www.saas-fee.ch/freestyle),and a beginner park at the Stafelwald.In summer there is the big Allalin Freestyle Park at the Satefelwald. Purchasers of the SAAS regional lift ticket also have access to the Freestyle Park at Saas Grund, the neighbouring resort down the valley. The Eskimo Snowboard school, a member of the Swiss snowboard association offers tuition and organises snowboarding camps in the Summer.
All of the rental shops have boards to hire, with Popcorn a specialist snowboard rental and sales outlet, complete with bar.
Saas-Fee Aprés Ski
Saas-Fee's nightlife is generally surprisingly lively for such an apparently peaceful resort. In addition to the numerous restaurants, the village has ten bars and four night clubs which remain open until dawn. One is beneath the Feriehart, where there are sometimes live bands and where there is also a piano bar. Another, the Metropol Crazy Night Life, incorporates a pub and VIP bar.
Interesting choices include the Happy Bar, with its impressive carvings and the Metro, which resembles a century old mine shaft! Straight after the lifts close there are a number of small bars near the base of the runs which are usually busy through until dinner.
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