Skiing, glacier and gourmet pleasures – a weekend of skiing in Saas-Fee.
When was the last time you actually discovered something new? For us, it was fairly recently. Because a few weeks ago we set out and explored Saas-Fee over a weekend. A ski area that you often hear people talking about, but was still new territory for us. Oh, and by “we”, I mean my boyfriend Christoph and me, Melanie. Both around 30 years young and at home in central Switzerland. It’s February and the best time of the year for skiing. Do you fancy exploring a snowy winter village? We’d love to share you our personal highlights in Saas-Fee with you.
The Pearl of the Alps
This is one of the names given to Saas-Fee. The idyllic village is nestled in the heart of 13 four-thousand-metre peaks. There's stupendous natural scenery, everywhere we look. Before entering the village, we park our car in the multi-storey car park, as Saas-Fee is car-free. We begin with a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets between the traditional Valais chalets. Despite a wide range of accommodation options and countless restaurants, the village is not too big, so that everything is within easy walking distance. The many lovingly decorated shop windows are a real feast for the eyes.
The hotel name says it all
At Hotel Les Amis, we’re greeted like old friends. It is small, down-to-earth and very personal. We feel at ease straight away, enjoy the beautiful view from the balcony and treat ourselves to a glass of house mulled wine from the hotel’s own burger restaurant to get us in the mood for the weekend.
Dinner at the Fee Chäller
Rustic and with a delightful attention of detail – that’s how we’d describe the décor in La Ferme restaurant. An address to remember. Surrounded by wooden beams and antique farm tools, the traditional Valais delicacies taste even better than usual. With fine wines from the region, the wine list is extremely varied. Our tip: Treat yourself to the Fendant cheese soup as a starter. It’s divine.
Skiing on the glacier
The Saas-Fee ski area has around 100 kilometres of slopes. Two gondolas and a funicular take us up to 3500 metres above sea level. Thanks to the huge Fee glacier, the skiing conditions up there are perfect and that until late in the afternoon. The two glacier tongues of the gigantic ice flow are impressive, forming deep crevasses and formations to the left and right of the slopes. We order lunch on the sun terrace of the Längfluh mountain restaurant, before enjoying the seemingly endless descent from Mittelallalin down to the village. The roughly 1700-metre descent takes us past crevasses, the odd piste restaurant, through pine and larch forests directly into the après-ski bar strip of Saas-Fee. No better way to end a successful day of skiing.
The candlelight fondue gondola
After a warm welcome and brief instructions, our table is ready for dinner: the candlelight gondola with heart-shaped string lights, cuddly sheepskins and warm red blankets. Moving off at a gentle pace into the darkness of the night, we find the atmospheric lighting of Saas-Fee pleasantly relaxing. At the middle station, the friendly staff serve us a delicious Valais cheese fondue. We enjoy a romantic time together and drink a toast to this delightful experience with a fine glass of white wine.
A day of superlatives
It’s Sunday and another gorgeous day for skiing. Early in the morning, we’re already whizzing down the slopes. Before breaking for lunch, we want to take a look at the world’s biggest ice grotto. We follow a 70-metre tunnel into the interior of the glacier and are struck by the fascination of ice. So many impressions make you hungry, so we head straight to the world’s highest revolving restaurant for lunch. The constantly changing view is something you don’t want to miss. Plus, because we like the ski area so much, we spend all afternoon making our turns in the snow until the last cable car leaves.
To sum it all up
A ski area previously unknown to us has engraved itself on our hearts. What particularly impressed us about Saas-Fee was the very wide ski slopes and spectacular glacier landscape. As guests, we were made to feel very welcome and the service was always warm and friendly. Saas-Fee is the kind of place that leaves you wanting more. We could well be back there again in the summer.
Text and photos : Melanie Meister @allmountain.hike