Luxury holidays in Saas-Fee

Alpine ski spot Saas-Fee, within pasta-throwing distance of the Italian border, is known as the ‘Pearl of the Alps’; it’s framed by 13 four-thousanders and could be mistaken for an icing-sugar-dusted gingerbread village from afar. It’s the base for more than 100 kilometres of skiing and snowboarding pistes (sledding and toboggan runs, too). Winter wanderers can strap on crampons and hike into the Mittelallalin Ice Pavilion – a frozen grotto carved into the glittering Fee Glacier. In summer, Saas-Fee is prime territory for avid rock climbers and hikers and, would you believe it, summer skiing on the glacier. However you spend your day, toast it with a spot of fortifying après-ski (hot chocolate or something stronger) and a round of raclette before a cosy night’s sleep.

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When to go

A Mediterranean climate means Saas-Fee is smiled on with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, and a starting altitude of 1,800m above sea level (plus a sprawling glacier) means it’s blessed with a year-long ski season (although December and January can be numbingly cold).

Getting there

  • Planes

    Direct flights from across Europe land at Geneva Airport (just under three hours away by car) and at Zurich Airport (four hours away by car).
  • Trains

    Visp train station is 40 minutes away by car.
  • Automobiles

    You can pick up a hire car up at the airport for an easy transfer to Saas-Fee, but you’ll likely park it at the end of the village for your stay – the village is traffic free, with car parks at the entrance and buses, taxis and hotel vehicles on hand to whisk you off to the base of the slopes.