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Old 04.02.2011, 23:09
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Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Hello,
I am going to be visiting CH again. Lived here for two years and I guess we just can't stay away.

We are wanting to go skiing in the early part of March and were looking at the Saas Fee area.

It is turning out to be difficult to find information on the Saas Fee area online that isn't generic.

Does anyone know the area from a ski tourists point of view?

Am I wasting my time with Saas Fee? Should I go somewhere else?
I am also planning to go the the Zermatt slopes as well whilst we are there.

I was trying to find out which hotels are actually on the slopes and which ones are near the "magic carpet" slopes for our daughter. The maps that I and my wife have googled up aren't that useful in this area.

Should I consider a chateau? It will probably end up costing 2K+ chf so that is the ballpark so to speak.

Thanks for any information...
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Saas Fee is very nice. As far as I know there aren't any hotels "on the slopes" - best you can do is have a hotel that is "at the snow front". But even the ones farther down in the resort aren't more than a 10 min walk away. 2k for three people over a week is a very conservative estimate.

Oh and there are no chateaux in Saas Fee by the way.
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Old 05.02.2011, 00:40
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Saas Fee is very nice. As far as I know there aren't any hotels "on the slopes" - best you can do is have a hotel that is "at the snow front". But even the ones farther down in the resort aren't more than a 10 min walk away. 2k for three people over a week is a very conservative estimate.

Oh and there are no chateaux in Saas Fee by the way.
Well, I just want to minimise the walk from our lodging to the piste to make things easier for my wife and daughter. Which will make things easier for me as I am usually the one who carries the skis for the little one.

You think that 2K is too little?

As for the chateaux... I must have seen a listing for a nearby village. Some of the websites are less than precise about where they are located.

Thanks for the information.
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Saas Fee is nice, especially the car-free bit,

Main ski-area beside the village is by Obri Gassu / Stafelwald, lots of apartment/hotels there, interactive map here

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Well, I just want to minimise the walk from our lodging to the piste to make things easier for my wife and daughter. Which will make things easier for me as I am usually the one who carries the skis for the little one.

You think that 2K is too little?

As for the chateaux... I must have seen a listing for a nearby village. Some of the websites are less than precise about where they are located.

Thanks for the information.
Well budgetwise, the skipasses for six days are around 900 chf for two adults + kid. If you fly into Geneva and take the train to Saas (most logical connection) three return tickets are 450 in 2nd class. So you're already pushing towards 1400 CHF and we ain't been talking food and board yet.

A quick search reveals hotels starting at CHF 1750 for a week mid march (and that's'b&b not halfboard) is Saas Fee itself. There are cheaper options down the valley.

There are definitely no chateaux (that you can book a room in...) in the whole of Valais. Some hotel might be called Schloss-something, but don't go off imagining a French Loire Valley medieval castle / hotel
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Well budgetwise, the skipasses for six days are around 900 chf for two adults + kid. If you fly into Geneva and take the train to Saas (most logical connection) three return tickets are 450 in 2nd class. So you're already pushing towards 1400 CHF and we ain't been talking food and board yet.

A quick search reveals hotels starting at CHF 1750 for a week mid march (and that's'b&b not halfboard) is Saas Fee itself. There are cheaper options down the valley.

There are definitely no chateaux (that you can book a room in...) in the whole of Valais. Some hotel might be called Schloss-something, but don't go off imagining a French Loire Valley medieval castle / hotel
Yeah, fortunately we still have valid half price abonnement cards from last year. We are also not paying for the air fare.

Regarding the chateaux. I used the wrong word. I meant chalet. I don't know what the difference between a chalet and a hotel would be but I am at least going to look into it.

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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Resurrecting this thread to say I just booked a week in Saas Fee in February for a 4-person self-catering apartment in the Haus Aristella for 1260.-. This doesn't include ski-passes, but I think it's a pretty good deal and the place has great reviews.
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Saas Fee is awesome, better than its neighbor Zermatt in my opinion, smaller and quieter. Just don't go off piste unless with someone experienced in the area.
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Saas Fee has rather impressive views of the glacier so I recommend going there even for that. You are certainly not wasting your time with that resort! I love it!

I'd stick to the main Saas Fee area rather than the lower villages, it'll be annoying to get the bus up each day.

Saas Fee has a great separate beginners area in town, separately priced too!, where your daughter can progress past the magic carpet stage. Also there is a fabulous wide gentle blue run high up, which is also scenic, so she can enjoy trying out a real slope as a beginner without alarm.

Look near Lehnstrasse & the river between the lifts & beg area for easy access. It is possible to ski back into town round that spot.
I think there might also be lockers near the lifts since I remember people talking about them. The Saas Fee tourist office is really organised & helpful so check with them about lockers & accom. I've stayed in the main town but away from the lifts at a fairly reasonable price....for a lot less than your budget ;-)

If you also go to Zermatt then you need at least 2 days of skiing to cover the area so don't plan only one day.
How long is your trip for?
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Darn it, I didn't realise it was an old thread!
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Interesting article in the paper today, it's the 30th anniversary of Wham!s' "Last Christmas" video which was filmed in Saas Fee.

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/sto...-ist--10423444
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Why go to Saas Fee when you could go to Zermatt just as easy. Zermatt is far better in my opinion
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

You can stay in Saas Grund. There are fantastic slopes (with awasome view on 14 4000m peaks) there and you can rent apartment very cheap. Saas Fee is 15 min by bus.
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Why go to Saas Fee when you could go to Zermatt just as easy. Zermatt is far better in my opinion
Well that's great. In your opinion.

In _my_ opinion there's pros and cons of either place, just as with any other ski resort. For example, one of the best bits of Saas Fee is the number of village-level learning slopes, of which you'll find precisely zero in Zermatt. OTOH Zermatt's links to Cervinia give a much larger ski area with loads of long cruisy runs unlike anything you'll find in Saas Fee.

Horses for courses, really.
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Re: Help with Ski Trip to Saas Fee

Hi, I have spent a lot of summers riding in Saas Fee and its a lovely area but getting to the lifts etc is always a bit of a walk or if your staying in a hotel as none are that close to the lifts. Have a look at this link to see if it helps at all. http://www.saas-fee.ch/en/page.cfm/o...e-ortsplan-eng

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Hello,
I am going to be visiting CH again. Lived here for two years and I guess we just can't stay away.

We are wanting to go skiing in the early part of March and were looking at the Saas Fee area.

It is turning out to be difficult to find information on the Saas Fee area online that isn't generic.

Does anyone know the area from a ski tourists point of view?

Am I wasting my time with Saas Fee? Should I go somewhere else?
I am also planning to go the the Zermatt slopes as well whilst we are there.

I was trying to find out which hotels are actually on the slopes and which ones are near the "magic carpet" slopes for our daughter. The maps that I and my wife have googled up aren't that useful in this area.

Should I consider a chateau? It will probably end up costing 2K+ chf so that is the ballpark so to speak.

Thanks for any information...
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