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ANNOUNCEMENT

FACTS & FIGURES

SAAS-FEE | SAAS-GRUND | SAAS-ALMAGELL | SAAS-BALEN


WELCOME TO SAAS-FEE / SAASTAL

A short portrait

The Saas Valley is surrounded by eighteen 4,000-metre peaks, which make for a unique landscape

of mountains and glaciers. A total of 150 kilometres of slope reaches from 3,600 metres

above sea level (ASL) down to the villages. But you can do more than ski or snowboard here. We

offer a variety of alternative winter sports activities, such as sledging, ice climbing and cross-country

skiing. In summer, 350 km of hiking trails await our guests—you can find everything from easy

walks for strolling to demanding alpine trails for experienced hikers. Saas-Fee also has a summer

ski region. From July through to fall, 20 km of slope on the glacier is open to the public. Saas-Fee

is one of the few destinations which offer wintersports in summer. This is why ski and snowboard

professionals from all over the world come to train here from July to September.

Sustainabilty is important to us

Saas-Fee is car-free and always has been. The road connecting us to the valley was built in 1951.

However, Saas-Fee decided to remain car-free. This is why the resort is entirely pedestrian and

serviced by electric cars only. Additionally, Saas-Fee took action against unhealthy soot and has

equipped the community's 250 wood-fired furnaces with particle filters. All electricity—including

that used for cable cars and lifts—is sourced from 100% renewable Valaisian hydroelectric power.

No other Swiss residential and tourist area uses natural energy as consistently. All these efforts are

the reason why Saas-Fee was awarded the prestigious ’Energy Town‘ title by Energie Schweiz in

June 2002. It acknowledges the introduction of clear quality standards in energy and traffic policy,

and is awarded for outstanding efforts in the field of sustainability. As a result, our guests enjoy their

time here free from fumes, hectic traffic and excessive noise. Instead, they breathe fresh, clean

mountain air and relax in peace.


THIS IS US….

Traditional village character

The Saas Valley consists of four authentic mountain villages: Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund,

Saas-Almagell and Saas-Balen. Although it is the biggest and most touristy of the four, even Saas-

Fee has managed to maintain its rustic character. Here you stroll cobblestoned alleys, bordered

by centuries-old Valaisian wooden houses and grain barns. The original village character of all four

communities exude a special charm.

Skiing, snowboarding and hiking in the sun

With slopes at 3,600 m, snow is guaranteed in the Saas Valley. Slopes that are not on the glacier

are secured by 90 snow cannons. This guarantees valley runs in the destination until the end of the

winter season, which is at the end of April. In summer, there are 20 kilometres of glacier slopes on

Mittelallalin where it stays around zero degrees Celsius all summer long. In both seasons the sun is

a frequent guest; it is said that there are 300 sunny days per year in the Saas Valley.

Summer panorama

Pistenplan

4,000er peaks

Saas-Fee lies at foot of the Mischabel Chain—which is the third highest mountain range in Switzerland.

Its main peak, the Dom, at 4,545 metres, is the highest mountain entirely on Swiss ground. The

Mischabel massif includes the following mountains (from south to north) Täschhorn, 4,491 m,

Dom, 4,545 m, Lenzspitze, 4,294 m, Nadelhorn, 4,328 m, Stecknadelhorn, 4,241 m, Hohberghorn,

4,219 m Dürrenhorn, 4,034 m. The Allalin group also belongs to the Michabel Chain: Alphubel,

4,206 m, Allalinhorn, 4,027 m, Rimpfischhorn, 4,198 m, Strahlhorn, 4,190 m. The unique

views from Mittelallalin extend as far as the Bernese and Grisons Alps, and in good visibility it is

even possible to see the lights of the Italian city of Milan. In the Saas Valley you can also see Lagginhorn,

Weissmies, Signalkuppe, Zumsteinspitze, Dufourspitze, Nordend and Fletschhorn. Altogether

we count 18 peaks to our 4000er peak family.

Family destination & home of the friendliest Marmots

We welcome families and offer a wide range of activities catering to their needs. That is why the

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley region was awarded the quality label "family destiantion" by Switzerland

Tourism. For instance, there are reduced prices for young skiers and easy runs especially for

them. Further attractions are the free-of-charge Kids Days, Swiss Glacier World on Mittelallalin,

Hohsiland on Kreuzboden and Kian's Adventure World in Saas-Almagell. Feeding marmots

in summer and fall is something the whole family can enjoy and what Saas-Fee is famous for.

Nowhere else can you find such tame and trusting marmots.


LET’S GET IT IN NUMBERS....

Surroundings

We count 18 peaks of over 4,000 metres ASL in our peak family, including the 4,545 metres high

Dom—the highest mountain entirely on Swiss ground. Our peak family consists of:

Visitor nationalities Saas-Fee/Saas-Valley

Visitor nationalities 2017/18

Mountain

high (m)

Signalkuppe 4,554

Zumsteinspitze 4,563

Dufourspitze 4,634

Nordend 4,609

Weissmies 4,017

Strahlhorn 4,190

Allalinhorn 4,027

Mountain

high (m)

Täschhorn 4,490

Dom 4,545

Lenzspitze 4,294

Nadelhorn 4,327

Stecknadelhorn 4,241

Hohberghorn 4,219

Dürrenhorn 4,034

Switzerland 56.32 % France 2.46 %

Germany 15.17 % USA 1.76 %

BeNeLux 9.87 % Scandinavia 1.32 %

UK 5.13 % Italy 1.09 %

Average length of stay

Rimpfischhorn 4,199

Alphubel 4,206

Laggin 4,010

Fletschhorn 4,001/3,993

Fun Fact: On old maps Fletschhorn had always been listed as 4,001 metres high. However, in the

early 1990’s surveyors determined that Fletschbhorn was only 3,993 metres high. The Saas Valley

was devastated. The municipal administration tried everything to keep all of its 4,000er peaks and

planned to build a restaurant on the peak to artificially elevate it. The project never went through

but it made the Saas Valley famous. To this day, we hang on to Fletschhorn as one of our 4,000er

peak family members.

Tourism

Saas-Fee offers around 9,000 beds to visitors. It has approximately 70 hotels and over 1'100

apartments. Our main season is in winter, from December throughout February. In summer, July

and August are the busiest months.

Average length of stay

2005/06 5.25 days

2010/11 4.92 days

2015/16 4.30 days

2016/17 4.16 days

2017/18 4.32 days

2018/19 4.39 days

Winter 2018/19

4.46 days

Summer 2019

4.28 days

Year Overnight stays winter Overnight stays summer All year

2015 602‘481 381‘241 983‘722

2016 540‘284 468‘334 1‘008’618

2017 691‘922 495‘530 1‘187‘452

2018 736‘979 516‘386 1‘253‘365

2019 716‘681 510‘656 1‘227‘337


Development of overnight stays in Saas-Fee

Development of overnight stays in Saas-Grund,

Saas-Almagell and Saas-Balen

1'000'000

600'000

900'000

800'000

500'000

700'000

600'000

500'000

400'000

444'799

447'885

432'532

432'786

425'740

419'275

440'322

417'304

385'157

353'744

307'900

302'722

302'286

283'686

347'296

427'801

452'234

452'300

400'000

300'000

189'210

196'085

184'710

200'263

198'664

204'713

238'036

225'748

216'774

199'309

194'400

191'374

178'174

165'559

178'943

213'626

243'172

239'773

300'000

200'000

100'000

401'222

407'736

393'202

393'988

404'012

411'258

425'317

402'994

397'274

376'763

336'259

313'261

310'152

308'346

288'145

330'916

330'406

313'286

200'000

100'000

300'707

319'413

299'477

314'693

297'815

307'746

312'393

320'352

306'422

276'624

242'350

234'868

236'639

226'131

194'234

215'109

227'553

221'978

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Hotellerie & Gruppen

Parahotellerie

Hotellerie & Gruppen

Parahotellerie


Summer Skiing

20 kilometres of ski runs for average and advanced skiers are open in the morning. Our Freestyle

Park in the summer ski area is one of the biggest in Europe. The set-up is constantly adapted to

the weather and the seasonal situation—so there are always new things to try out for visitors. The

international and national ski and snowboard professionals rent their own slopes on the glacier and

train on specially groomed runs.

The destination in numbers

Ski resort Saas-Fee Saas Valley

Blue runs 30 km 19 km

Red runs 45 km 26 km

Black runs 25 km 5 km

Available winter activities

Skiing and telemark skiing, snowboarding, carving, cross country skiing (26 km), sledging (also by

night), winter hiking (60 km of trails), curling, ice-skating, old style curling, ski touring, nordic walking,

ice climbing, snowshoe hiking, Gorge Alpine, snow tubing, Ski-Doo.

Available summer activities

Skiing, snowboarding, hiking (350 km trails), mountaineering, climbing, cycling, football, tennis

courts, volleyball, basketball, unihockey, minigolf, pit-pat, pétanque, skate park, scooter bikes,

canyoning (with the Saas mountaineering school), vita parcours (fitness course), Gorge Alpine,

toboggan run Feeblitz, driving range, rope park, petting zoo, horse riding.

Total 100 km 50 km

Yellow runs 5 2

Lifts 11 9

Cable Cars 8 2

Chair lifts 2 2

Longest run 9 km 15 km

Snow park 1

Kids fun park 2 2

Funslope 1

Available indoor activities

- Aqua Allalin: public swimming pool with a children’s pool and a waterslide, plus an extensive and

modern wellness area

- Wellness and spa facilities in select hotels: sauna, sanarium, whirlpool, steam bath, fitness room,

massage, table tennis, aqua fitness

- Zumba, body tuning, yoga, micro bowling, indoor climbing and an indoor ski range

Summer skiing

20 km

Technically produced snow 40 % 80 %

Cross-country skiing

26 km

Hiking and bike trails summer winter

Hiking trails 350 km 60 km

Nordic walking trails 15 km 15 km

Snowshoe trails

54 km


PLACES OF INTEREST

The revolving restaurant Allalin on Mittelallalin at 3,500 metres ASL

is the highest revolving restaurant of the world with a 360° panoramic

view of our 4,000er peaks. The Ice pavilion directly below is

also worth a visit. It is 5500 cubic metres in size and shows visitors

the millennia-old ice of the Fee glacier.

In summer and autumn marmots are the stars of the destination.

They are very tame and friendly, they love eating carrots and salad

from the hands of visitors and getting petted.

Revolving restaurant

Ice Pavilion

More information

The Metro Alpin is the world’s highest-altitude underground train. It

carries visitors 476 m in altitude from the Felskinn plateau to Mittelallalin,

located 3,500 metres ASL, in less than 4 minutes.

On Kreuzboden near Saas-Grund, visitors have a unique view of

the Mischabel chain. Further up in Hohsaas, visitors can enjoy the

view of the 18 four-thousand-metre peaks of the Saas Valley on

the 1.4-kilometre circular trail. In nature and as replicas on the information

boards.

More information

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The Mattmark dam is the biggest earth dam in Europe. The circular

path around the lake is picturesque. Especially in late summer

and autumn the area is very popular because of its rich and unique

flora.

“Swiss Glacier World” on Mittelallalin on 3,500 metres ASL is probably

the highest playground of the world. The adventure land

on Mittelallalin offers mini skiidoos, a bouncy castle, a piste bully

course and a zip line.

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In the rope park "Abenteurwald" visitors can hone their climbing

skills. Measuring 280 metres, the longest zip line in Europe is part

of the park as well. The park is also suitable for families - there is a

special course for children.

More information


LOCAL CUISINE

In the Saas Valley the usual Valais specialities are popular. These include air-dried meat and Valais

rye bread. And of course, cheese. It is served melted as fondue or raclette, as part of the Valais

plate. Gratinating the national dish, the "Rösti", with cheese is a very common thing as well. Röstis

are served and loved in all shapes and variations. The big, buttery hash brown must be crispy on

the outside and creamy on the inside —only then it is a real Swiss Rösti. Less known, but just as

delicious, is the “Saas cholera”. The name takes getting used to, but the puff pastry filled with leek,

pear, apple and raclette cheese tastes incredibly good.

We are especially proud of our local specialty—the Randenwurst, also called Saaser Hauswurst.

It is an air-dried sausage invented and produced in the Saas Valley. In the past, there was

often a lack of meat when slaughtering was carried out in autumn. Therefore, bacon was

mixed together with leek, potatoes and beetroot to stretch the meat. After 10 days of air-drying,

all ingredients were preserved in a delicious sausage. Randenwurst is still very popular today

because of its fresh, yet flavorsome taste.


THE MAIN EVENTS

There are many yearly events in the Saas Valley. The biggest ones are:

Event

Month

THE VILLAGES

The Saas Valley belongs to the German-speaking part of the canton Valais called the “Upper Valais”.

The Saas Valley consists of the communities Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell, Saas-Balen and

Saas-Fee. The main village Saas-Fee lies on top of the Saas-Valley at 1,800 metres ASL.

Ice Climbing World Cup

Glacier Bike Downhill

Allalin Race

Corpus Christi procession

Alpine precession with cow fights

Fairy-Tale week in German

National Day

Nostalgic Culinary Mile

Stomping Grounds

Christmas Market

January

March

April

May/June

June - September

July

1. August

September

October

December

Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee is located at the foot of Mount Dom, which is Switzerland’s highest mountain. It is a

car-free village and offers a wealth of attractions. Saas-Fee is one of Switzerland’s most frequented

winter destinations. It is one of the few summer ski areas in Europe and has the world’s highest

revolving restaurant. With its wooden barns and cobblestone alleys it has a special charm and attracts

up to 9,000 guests in high season.

Saas-Grund

Saas-Grund is enchanting with its rustic houses and narrow, winding lanes. The village is the

starting point for numerous hiking trails, such as the Almagelleralp-trail and Gsponer Höhenweg

on Kreuzboden and the famous “Weg der 18 Viertausender” on Hohsaas which offers the best

views of the Mischabel massif.

Saas-Almagell

Nestled in picturesque side valleys, Saas-Almagell is the southernmost village of the four communities.

It is particularly popular with hiking fans, who can take the Suonen Trail to Saas-Grund, the

Adventure Trail from Furggstalden to the Almagelleralp, or the stone slab trails from Roman times

up to the Monte Moro and Antrona passes.

Saas-Balen

Situated at the entrance of the Saas Valley, Saas-Balen boasts the Fellbach waterfall and lovely

walking trails such as those leading to the hamlets of Matt and Heimischgartu. Architecture

buffs shouldn’t miss the late-baroque, round church built in 1812; it is the only one of its kind in

Switzerland.

Saas-Grund

2010 1,102 inhabitants

2012 1,072 inhabitants

2014 1,044 inhabitants

2015 1,026 inhabitants

2018 999 inhabitants

Saas-Fee

1850 236 inhabitants

1960 739 inhabitants

1970 895 inhabitants

1980 1,050 inhabitants

1990 1,345 inhabitants

2000 1,672 inhabitants

2010 1,704 inhabitants

2016 1,601 inhabitants

2018 1,565 inhabitants

Saas-Almagell Saas-Balen

2010 400 inhabitants

2012 370 inhabitants

2016 386 inhabitants

2018 400 inhabitants

2010 417 inhabitants

2012 405 inhabitants

2016 366 inhabitants

2018 360 inhabitants


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS…

Gorge Alpine / Alpine Canyon

This is a popular activity because it is one of only two dynamic via ferratas in Upper Valais due to

two zip lines and the gravity cableway. The tour goes through the wild and rugged Fee gorge leading

from Saas-Fee down to Saas-Grund, along steep cliffs, and across suspension bridges, ladders

and steel ropes. It is not suitable for people who are afraid of heights, and children under age

12 are not allowed. The tour must be accompanied by a mountain guide.

Sledge rides and scooters

For sledge rides in winter and scooter rides in summer, there is a natural 5-kilometre-long road

from Hannig to Saas-Fee, a 11-kilometre-long road from Kreuzboden down to Saas-Grund, and a

tarred 3.5-kilometre-long street from Furggstalden to Saas-Almagell. The road from Kreuzboden

is one of the longest sledging runs in Europe. Hannig, Kreuzboden and Furgstalden offer night

sledging as well, which is generally a much-appreciated activity.

Active Dreams

Saas-Fee Guides

Sledging

Scooter

Themed trails

The Saas Valley offers a variety of themed trails as they are rather popular. For instance, guests

can walk in the footsteps of the German writer Carl Zuckmayer who was a frequent guest in

Saas-Fee. The Alpine flower promenade is one of our favourite trails, as is the circular trail „Weg

der 18 Viertausender”. It is at 3,300 metres ASL and shows visitors all of our 4,000er peaks. For

children, the Adventure Trail over the Almagellerhorn with its two 60-metre long hanging bridges is

a special experience. The Kneipp facilities are also much-appreciated. They are outdoor wellness

areas with fresh glacier water to recuperate and relax after a trail or just a walk.

Themed trails

Kneipp facilities

Feeblitz

“Feeblitz”, a 900-metre-long winter and summer toboggan run, opened in Saas-Fee in September

2000. Guests can ride down the slope at up to 40 kilometres per hour on toboggans with

comfortable backrests. Steep turns and a 360-degree corkscrew at a height of 9 metres guarantee

a racing pulse, but it is completely safe. Children aged 3-8 are admitted but have to be

accompanied by adults.

More information


Yolanda Josephine Bond

Projektleitung PR | Communications

+41 27 958 18 77

yolanda.bond@saas-fee.ch

www.saas-fee.ch

Samanta Burgener

Key Account Manager | Manager Marketing

+41 27 958 18 56

samanta.burgener@saas-fee.ch

www.saas-fee.ch

Saas-Fee | Saastal Tourismus

SAAS-FEE

T +41 27 958 18 58 | info@saas-fee.ch

SAAS-GRUND

T +41 27 958 18 55 | info@saas-grund.ch

SAAS-ALMAGELL

T +41 27 958 18 88 | info@saas-almagell.ch

SAAS-BALEN

T +41 27 957 21 43 | info@saas-balen.ch

www.saas-fee.ch

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