On the glacier you’re guaranteed to have the right terrain and due to the refrigerating qualities of the glacier the surrounding mountains embody perfect skiing conditions too. These factors mean that Saas Fee resort is one of the most reliable locations in Europe.
As well as the conditions you can also rely on being catered to no matter your skill set or ability level. Beginners are probably the ones that have the best array of choice; there are nursery slopes in the Saas Fee village where adults can observe their kids learning how to get to grips with skiing. There are also lower slopes and greens and blues up the mountain to develop your new skills.
Intermediate skiers have long runs to do and the more advanced skiers have large pistes, high peaks and steep slopes to challenge themselves. Although visitors and locals alike can access the area via roads the resort itself is cut off from traffic which provides an air of tranquility, peace and escape to the experience there.
Restaurants in the area
Somewhere you absolutely need to eat during your stay at Saas is the Mittelallilin Restaurant. This unique dining experience takes place at the top of the Allalin Mountain which is 3,500 metres tall.
Not only that but the Mittelallilin Restaurant is also revolving which means that diners can take in a 360 degree, panoramic view above the clouds of the mountains and the glacier.
Another restaurant worth visiting is The Gletschergrotte Restaurant which differs from Mittelallilin entirely in that lies at the bottom of a piste and is the perfect place to bask in the last of the day’s sun.
There’s not a vast choice of restaurants on the mountain, though, so it’s worth your while heading to the village to put your hunger to rest.
Another firm favourite with visitors is Cafe Alpenblick for a more homemade lunch time style menu, and apple strudel that is second to none. But to get to the cafe is a bit of a jaunt up from Saas Fee. Drehrestaurant Metro Alpin is a similar eatery with outdoor seating; ideal for relaxing and taking in the stunning snow-topped mountains and clear blue skies.
Bars and clubs in the area
Nightlife is great in Saas Fee but it is generally catered for the younger party goers. For a cheeky day time pint then Plattjen is a great bet as it is one of the few places that is shaded over by the end of play. But for a similar beer-garden feel and lively terraces Black Bull and Zur Muhle are great too. For an equally laid back atmosphere head to the Living Room.
As the night goes on and you want to really let your hair down head to Poison to neck some shots, the popular Why-Not bar and Pic Pic. If, after you’ve indulged in a fun drinking session but feel the night is still young then Night-Life, Popcorn and Nesti’s are open until 1am and are usually buzzing with people, music and energy.
What the area has to offer and other ski apres
If you’re a non-skier or if you’re just longing for a break from it then Saas Fee has a few choices of things to do in and around the location. There’s a specific area for you to go for a walk called Hannig. Hannig also provides the opportunity for you to indulge in some adventure in the form of paragliding and tobogganing too.
You can experience a really unique adventure with Saas Fee’s ice climbing where you’ll be guided through frozen waterfalls, or if you want to witness the beauty without exhausting yourself then head to the worlds largest ice grotto.
Saas Fee is very much built in a traditional custom and, with the non-existence of passing traffic, a wander around the village makes for a nice respite. If you have time to really explore the country then Zurich is roughly a 3.30 hour journey also.
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Best time to visit
Snow conditions are strong and reliable for almost all of the year but the most popular period is between mid December and mid April, but skiing on the glacier is gorgeous all year round.