Saas-Fee The Pearl of the Alps

Girl Powder Skiing with blue skies - Saas Fee The Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee Valley is also known as the Pearl of the Alps for a whole host of reasons. The car-free, family-friendly village famed for reliable snow and endless sunshine lies at 1,800m at the foot of Switzerland’s hig­hest mountain. Saas-Grund is the slightly lower sister resort of Saas-Fee and is based about 3km away from the entrance to Saas-Fee

saas-fee-logo They offer their holiday citizens an excellent programme of events and activities, 365 days a year. In the winter, the Free Republic of Holidays is a haven for winter sports fans everywhere.

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Saas-Fee is a car free resort, meaning all fuel vehicles are parked at the entrance to the village and then leaving you relaxed and free to wander across the whole resort. It also means the air is very clean and the atmosphere is very quiet. The village is very picturesque and still holds a lot of the charm you would expect from a Swiss hamlet. The main street runs through the centre of the village and is still decorated with the classic cobblestones. All your amenities are based around this centre and strolling outside of this centre takes you into the outskirts of the town, where there are traditional building with gardens and a lot of space, somewhat of a rarity in many of the ski resorts.

The Village

Saas-Grund is the little village just before Saas-Fee. It has a lot quieter feel to Saas-Fee and is often used as a base for winter walkers. The new 1,200m high wellness and activity trail on Kreuzboden offers visitors a great chance to hone their senses and take some time out for quiet reflection. Adults and kids alike will enjoy wading through icy-cold streams, drinking crystal-clear glacier water, crossing rope bridges, rafting across the mountain lake and listening to bubbling mountain springs.

Eating Out

Your taste buds are in for a treat here in the Saas Valley, with over 100 restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisine ranging from hearty Swiss and Valais specialities served in very quaint cafés offering good honest food to fine gourmet cuisine from Europe and around the world. For those after a quick bite between the bars there are the Alpine standard, of pizzerias, offering cheap, quick but very good pizzas.

pictureesque wooden stadels in saas-fee

Après Ski

Saas-Fee has a fairly lively après ski scene. There are plenty of bars based around the bottom of the slopes to help you ease into the evening. Once that has happened, the little streets become alive and around 20 bars will take the evening into night. There are quiet little bars and restaurants to relax in or heavy and lively nightclubs for the more energetic.

Lots of fun in the Saas Valley! 100% Snow Guaranteed

saas-fee piste mapLive: Saas-Fee Open Lifts

All skiers and snowboarders of all levels will find something in the Saas Valley to suit their needs. With a massive number of pistes ranging up to 3,600m you can always be sure of snow. Most of the lower slopes down from the snow sure glacier are serviced by around 100 snow cannons, ensuring that the descent down into the valley is covered in snow right up until the end of the season in late April.

Saas-Fee is recognised as one of Switzerland's more family friendly ski resorts with lots of flat sunny slopes for beginners and plenty of supervised activities for children. There are endless off-piste opportunities in the Saas valley and for the adventurous ones, a short hike can lead to some amazing descents.

Facilities

saas-fee piste mapLive: Saas-Grund Open Lifts

Saas-Fee offers 22 lifts, including 3 cable cars, 1 funicular railway, 5 gondolas, 2 chairlifts and the remainder being draglifts, mainly on the glacier. The ski pistes are split up into 30% beginner runs, 45% intermediate runs and 25% advanced. So it really is split up very nicely to suit everyone.

There is a very good standard half pipe and park, there is a lot of freestyle camps ran throughout the winter and also the national ski teams use the glacier in the summer to practice for the upcoming winter.

Included in your holiday is the whole Saas-Tal area, this includes the glacier.

Ski Rental Equipment

Over the years we have managed to negotiate some superb equipment at excellent rates and have passed the benefits of this directly to you.

We use one of the top Sports Shops in Saas-Fee, Cesar and Alpin Sports, and you can leave your skis / snowboard & boots here overnight in heated storage – very civilised!

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.

Travelling to Saas-Fee
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 3hr 30min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 2hr 30min
Train Transfer Time from *Geneva: 3hr 35min
Train Transfer Time from *Zürich : 3hr 20min
Driving Distance from Calais: 580 miles

* Swiss Fly-Luggage available

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 5 star, apartments and hotels

Chalets and Apartments (Self-catered and Catered):

We have 2-person studio apartments and every size, right up to 14-person apartments. They are spacious and convenient to amenities, the ski lifts and free village ski bus.

In this resort we can also offer Catered Options which includes…

• Comprehensive breakfasts every morning

• 5 filling 3-course evening meals with good Swiss wine in the accommodation

• 1 Fondue night meal out in a top quality restaurant

All our chalets and apartments are fully ABTA protected.

Hotels:

Again, we offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection. In some resorts we can even 5 star hotels.


Booking

Because of the wide variety of accommodation we have available, please enter the numbers travelling and standard required on the Personal Quote Page and we will e-mail you with details and pictures of the best accommodation matching your requirements.

If you have any specific requests such as swimming pools, childcare etc, please also mention this on the Personal Quote Page and we will do our utmost to quote you the ideal place to suit your needs.

OTP Holidays – Saas-Fee & Saas-Grund Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple, LOW & HIGH season. We have Youth prices for up to 19yrs old, discounts for children up to the age of 16yrs and even bigger savings for Children under the age of 9yrs!

Because of the tremendous range of accommodation we offer, we have listed the prices below based on good quality apartments. These rates are a guide and may fluctuate based on the accommodation actually chosen / available and are based on full occupancy. Please ring or e-mail for available accommodation.

You can specify the standard and size of apartment or standard of hotel required on the Personal Quote Page. We respond personally to each request with availability, description, pictures and exact prices.

Saas-Fee

Holiday Price incl. Saas-Tal Ski Pass – includes the glacier
Winter 2015 – 2016 Child – 9yrs Child – 16yrs Youth – 19yrs Adult
LOW SEASON from £269 £369 £499 £529
HIGH SEASON from £309 £409 £539 £569

Saas-Grund

Holiday Price incl. Saas-Tal Ski Pass – includes the glacier
Winter 2014 – 2015 Child – 9yrs Child – 16yrs Youth – 19yrs Adult
LOW SEASON from £209 £309 £439 £469
HIGH SEASON from £259 £359 £489 £519

LOW & HIGH season vary for each accommodation/re­sort – we do not add any of our own surcharges onto the cost of your stay. NEW YEAR and HALF-TERM are standard HIGH Season. If you have any queries about which dates are LOW or HIGH for the accommodation level you desire, please mention this on your Personal Quote Page or contact us directly.


Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • 6 day ski pass
  • Up to 20% discount on ski rental equipment (if required)
  • Massive choice of high standard and spacious apartment or hotel accommodation
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on Swiss Rail
  • Services of our very own 24hr on-call experienced representatives
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges

Also, in this resort… (Saas-Fee Only)

  • In Resort representative and ski guide.
  • A typically Swiss, Fondue night meal
  • The option of a Catered week.

(Comprehensive breakfasts every morning, plus 5 filling 3-course evening meals with good Swiss wine in the accommodation, 1 Fondue night meal out in a top quality restaurant)

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