Located at the end of a high valley in the southern Swiss Alps, the ski resort of Saas Fee is a charming traditional Swiss mountain village nestling among stunning high mountain peaks and glaciers. Less well known than its bigger and brasher neighbour, it reminds us of the way Zermatt used to be 30 years ago.
Saas Fee has achieved the subtle balance between retaining its historic appeal and building modern facilities for its guests.
The village is at an altitude of 1,800 metres, while the top lift station is at a breathtaking 3,500 metres, thus giving a substantial 1,700 metres of vertical. Most importantly, Saas Fee is what is know as a 'snow-trap'; it consistently gets a greater amount of snow than any of the other resorts in the region. When you factor in the extensive glacier skiing, you get a completely snow-sure resort, with a large summer ski area too, and one of the longest seasons in the Alps, going from November to the 1st of May.
Saas Fee is car-free: all cars must be parked at the edge of the village. The resort is entirely pedestrian, but there are electric miniature taxis to help you, as well as an electric bus service, which makes it easy to reach your accommodation. The lack of petrol engines results in crystal pure mountain air and the blissful absence of traffic noise - a wonderful rest for lungs and ears, body and soul.
The quaint village, with narrow lanes, old wooden chalets and a couple of 19th century hotels, is surrounded by thirteen 4,000 metre peaks and spectacular overhanging glaciers whose luminescent ice falls can clearly be seen from the village: this is why it is known as the Pearl of the Alps.
With a resort-level beginner's area, vibrant youth snow-park scene, glacier skiing, huge snowfalls and lively après-ski; Saas Fee is a perfect resort for both families and friends. Now that we are providing luxury accommodation in our two catered chalets, Chloe and Esprit, it is a pearl well worth discovering.