Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 2010

In January 2010 we visited Saas-Fee once again after many years.

Saas-Fee is a picture-postcard pretty village, nestled at 1800 in an alpine valley surrounded by 4000m + high mountains in the Valais, the southwestern part of Switzerland,

It is a paradise for intermediate to good skiers, especially if you like long runs. Where else can you ski from 3600m right down to 1800m on demanding but well-prepared runs?

January is the time to come to Saas Fee. It can be cold (we struck -18°) but you have the best chance of powdersnow. Also, it is still off-season and there are vitually no lift queues.

Switzerland is a great country for train buffs. If you like fast modern electric trains you'd like the trip to Saas-Fee. You'd certainly like the S-Bahn, Zurich's suburban rail system, which is everything Sydney's Cityrail isn't.

An Intercity train takes you at 200km/hour speeds from Zurich to Visp, diagonally across Switzerland. Not only does this train have a bistro, it even has a specially equipped play area for small children.

The 34km Loetschberg Base Tunnel (design speed 250km/h) was opened in 2007 and has cut an hour off the train trip.

In Visp you board a yellow Postal Services yellow bus for the 40 minute ride to Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is completely car-free. This gives it such a cosy village atmosphere.

Our hotel, "Waldesruh", was located right at the end of the piste opposite the ski-school meeting place. Really ski-in ski-out!

From our balcony we had a magnificent view of the high peaks

To get up to the main skislopes you can take either the Alpine Express or the slightly older Felskinn Bahn.
Either will take you up to Felskinn Station at 3000m.

The "Metro-Alpin", a ski tube train tunnelled through the mountain, takes you the rest of the way from Felskinn right up to the top station at 3580m.

From the top station you have access to the whole skiing area
It's all downhill from here!

More photographs here