Saas-Fee is a resort village in the Swiss Alps near the Italian border, and is known for its proximity to mountains more than 4000m above sea level. It’s ski area is one of the highest in the Alps, popular for summer skiing on the glacier as well as the winter pistes that collectively spread over 100km. The whole area is relatively small, and keen skiers and snowboarders should be able to cover the terrain in a couple of days.
The village is based on an old farming community and retains its charm (and its cowsheds full of over-wintering cattle) despite substantial expansion since the first access road was built in 1951.
It’s narrow streets, lined with attractive old buildings and newer low-rise chalets, are a charming setting for a stroll. The surrounding mountains are stunning – known as The Pearl of the Alps, the resort has 13 peaks measuring 4,000m and higher towering above it.
The village is traffic‑free, with car parks at the entrance and electric buses, taxis and hotel vehicles to ferry people around.
After the access gondola to Felskinn, an underground funicular speeds through the mountain to Mitelllalin at 3,500m. Make sure you visit the world’s highest revolving restaurant – the floor revolves under diners and drinkers, allowing 360-degree views of the surrounding ring of 4,000m peaks.