Nestled neatly in the lofty Swiss Alps the dreamy resort village of Saas-Fee is a gateway to miles of glorious pistes for skiing and snowboarding. It also provided the location for Wham!’s hit single ‘Last Christmas.’ However, it has so much more to offer than just this, with beautiful restaurants, outdoor activities and truly idyllic scenery.
Saas-Fee is located at the foot of ‘four-thousanders,’ or mountains 4,000 meters above sea level. As such, there is always plenty of snow; on the highest peaks, snow exists even in summer. Due to its 150 kilometers of pistes, it attracts skiers and snowboarders of all levels. If you are looking for a little more direction, ski schools and private lessons are available throughout the winter season.
On the peak of Mittelallalin, overlooking Saas-Fee, you can find the world’s biggest ice grotto, accessible by cable car all year-round. It contains an array of information on life on the mountain and the history of the glacier itself. Once you have visited the grotto, why not relax and grab a drink or a bite to eat in in the world’s highest revolving restaurant, three!xty, offering truly stunning panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding ice world.
Saas-Fees’ scenery has an ethereal quality to it. In winter, freezing temperatures facilitate the formation of icicles and a thick blanket of snow over the village, which sparkles throughout the night. However, in warmer months, this is swapped for rolling green hills and spring colors. A number of guided tours are on offer including sessions of abseiling over gauges, mountain climbing and biking, a hike into neighboring Italy and even assisted glacier hiking — not for the fainthearted!
Located at the base of the mountains is an ice rink, providing the opportunity to ice skate amid beautiful surroundings while also being an ideal location for curling. If you have never played this game before, fear not, as you will pick it up quickly. It is also the perfect activity for groups of friends to follow with warm mulled wine.