|Ski Area:||Saas Fee|
Saas Fee is one of our favourite Swiss mountain resorts, a truly magical place. It's one of the most picturesque ski resorts, not just in Switzerland, but the whole of the Alps and Europe, with the Fee glacier which gives the village its name sitting high at the end of the valley, dominating over the resort below.
As well as the glacier, the village is surrounded by a sweeping mass of enormous mountains, including Switzerland's 2nd highest peak, at 4545m, the Dom (also the 3rd highest mountain in Western Europe), and this incredible horseshoe of a backdrop gives it a similar look and feel to its illustrious near-neighbour, Zermatt (ok, so there's no pyramid-shaped mountain to rival the Matterhorn, but that's a one off anyway, nowhere else in the world can match that particular view!).
Whilst Zermatt's skiing is much more suited to advanced level skiers, Saas Fee has carved out a great reputation as one of Euope's most family-friendly resorts, with a great array of snow-sure slopes suited to beginners and intermediates. It's also managed to position itself nicely with the snowboarding community thanks to the creation of one of Europe's best terrain parks, and this has helped it create a surprisingly lively party-scene as well as becoming a bit of a Mecca for summer visits to the snow sports on the glacier.
So whilst Saas Fee is often thought of as the not-so-famous neighbour of much vaunted Zermatt, it's an extremely unjustified tag seeing as though Saas Fee is a truly great resort in its own right.
The village of Saas Fee is rather like its surroundings - simply beautiful.
With lots of tiny traffic-free streets meandering around the resort, all lined with traditional-styled alpine buildings, Saas Fee is pretty much picture perfect in both summer and, of course, in winter, when its high altitude results in an almost guaranteed blanket of snow for the main winter months.
There is a large car park area at the eastern edge of Saas Fee, where cars and buses arrive having made there way up via a couple of hairpin bends from Saas-Grund in the valley below. You'll find the tourist information centre in this area and a walkway into the village centre.
The resort stretches quite a distance along the valley floor, so if you're planning to stay in Saas Fee as part of a ski or snowboard holiday then it's worth being aware of where your accommodation is in relation to the resorts main ski lifts. Saas Fee's two main ski-lift stations are both on the southern edge of the village. The Felskinn cable-car station is set on its own away from anything else at the far end of the valley, whilst the Alpin Express gondola station is situated on the very fringe of the village down near the outdoor football pitch and sports area. The Fee Vispa river makes its way down from the mountains and through the village near this area, appearing at the other end of Saas Fee and heading down into Saas Grund, and there's a nice walk in summer down into this area.
There is plenty on offer throughout Saas Fee's resort centre, with a good choice of hotels, cafés, bars, restaurants and a vast amount of ski shops. The Bielen Leisure Centre (Freizeitzentrum Bielen) is also set on the southern edge of the town and is a good option if you want to go swimming or do some indoor sports.
The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Saas Fee.
Note: Saas Fee has no train station, so the final leg of the journey must be done by bus or taxi from Visp.
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