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.
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....
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
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
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.
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
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
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Hotellerie & Gruppen
Hotellerie & Gruppen
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
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
Technically produced snow 40 % 80 %
Hiking and bike trails summer winter
Hiking trails 350 km 60 km
Nordic walking trails 15 km 15 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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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:
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
Corpus Christi procession
Alpine precession with cow fights
Fairy-Tale week in German
Nostalgic Culinary Mile
June - September
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 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.
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.
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
2010 1,102 inhabitants
2012 1,072 inhabitants
2014 1,044 inhabitants
2015 1,026 inhabitants
2018 999 inhabitants
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
2010 400 inhabitants
2012 370 inhabitants
2016 386 inhabitants
2018 400 inhabitants
2010 417 inhabitants
2012 405 inhabitants
2016 366 inhabitants
2018 360 inhabitants
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.
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.
“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.
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