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Treat yourself to some time away and experience summer in the unique mountain and glacier landscape of the Valais Alps.
The picturesque mountain scenery offers suitable activities for all tastes. Recharge your batteries on hiking paths, bike trails and via ferratas and engage in active recuperation. Numerous experiences await with a view of 18 imposing four-thousand-metre peaks and a fascinating glacial landscape.
Perfectly prepared ski pistes descend from 3,600 to 1,500 metres above sea level. The destination is one of the areas in the Alps where snow is most guaranteed. A multitude of mountain railways carry all winter sports enthusiasts onto the mountain in comfort. But the region also appeals with alternative winter sport offerings: tobogganing, ice climbing, snowshoe trails, winter hiking, ice stock sport, cross-country skiing and much more.
Saastal is easy to reach by car, and there are plenty of parking spaces available.
Car-free Saas-Fee (1,800 m above sea level) lies at the foot of the highest mountain in Switzerland, the Dom (4,545 m above sea level). The latter can be admired particularly well from the highest rotating restaurant in the world. In the winter months, Saas-Fee is a paradise for all winter (sports) fans with its outstanding snow conditions and perfectly prepared pistes.
The unspoilt village of Saas-Grund (1,559 m above sea level) enchants with its historical core and is the starting point for numerous hikes. Saas-Grund offers guaranteed snow and sunshine in winter. As well as optimally prepared pistes, an 11 km toboggan run adds to the unique holiday experience.
Saas-Almagell (1672 m above sea level), nestled in picturesque side valleys, is the southernmost village in the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley vacation region. This idyllic place inspires with broad pistes and beautiful cross-country ski runs. An ice rink, cool toboggan runs and fantastic winter hiking trails provide additional fun in the snow.
The small mountain village of Saas-Balen (1,483 m above sea level) with the imposing Fellbach waterfall boasts enchantingly beautiful hiking paths and Europe’s highest alpine pasture. The church with its round form, dating from 1812, is unique in Switzerland. A 26 km cross-country ski run through snowy larch forests starts right by it.
Skiing & snowboarding
150 kilometres of pistes
The ski areas in the holiday region of Saas-Fee/Saastal lie at an altitude of 3,600 to 1,500 metres above sea level and offer guaranteed snow. 150 kilometres of blue, red, black and yellow runs promise an incomparable skiing experience. One single descent can cover up to 1,800 metres of altitude.
The longest descent (9 km)
One of the most popular routes in the Saas-Fee ski area is the 9-kilometre descent from Allalin to Saas-Fee. Even getting there is spectacular: the Alpin-Express and the Felskinnbahn cable car take you from Saas-Fee up to the tongue of the glacier. From there, the Metro Alpin, the highest underground funicular in the world, transports you to Mittelallalin with its impressive scenery.
For a magnificent panoramic view in the warmth, it is worth stopping off at the highest revolving restaurant in the world. From the highest point in the ski area, piste 10a descends to Längfluh past impressive ice sculptures. It is worth stopping there and taking some photos.
Offer for families and children
The children’s snow parks in Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund and Saas-Almagell are genuine winter playgrounds for children of all ages. Here they can let off steam in the snow and gain their first experience of snow sports. Through activities such as snow tubing, snow carousels and other attractions, they can learn to ski in a fun way. Gentle slopes, magic carpet lifts and children’s ski lifts provide the necessary safety.
In Kian’s Adventureland at Furggstalden, the focus is on the smallest guests. 40 nice comic figures accompany kids around the course, which is around 200 m long. Adventureland also offers plenty of other great activities such as children’s snowmobile rides, snow tubing, a treasure hunt, a children’s slalom, a children’s ski park, a children’s carousel, an igloo with a cinema and a tipi.
Swiss Snow Ski Village
The large children’s ski park at the Spielboden valley station in Saas-Fee, by the ski school assembly point, is ideal for all young beginners. Conveyor belts and a carousel guarantee fun and adventure for children from 3 to 10 years of age.
Kreuzboden Snowland in Saas-Grund
Young fans of skiing and all beginners are welcome at Kreuzboden above Saas-Grund. With a conveyor belt, see-saws, obstacles and a fun slope, snow sport adventures can start in a safe environment. A mysterious totem pole and tipis turn the children’s land into a place where stories are written and memories are created. Tired little Native Americans can relax while playing in the children’s hut.
Find out about the current snow conditions using the digital piste plan. In the web shop you can buy your ski pass in comfort in advance, thereby avoiding possible queues at the ticket desk.
Guided adventure tours
Alongside an expert mountain guide, you can discover the fascinating glacier world on a guided adventure tour across the glacier or during Alpine canyoning in the cool Fee Gorge.
Glacier adventure tour
Glacier adventure tour Fee Glacier
This impressive tour across the Fee Glacier is a unique experience. You will set out from the Längfluh mountain station, equipped with snowshoes, ski poles and a climbing harness, and will climb the Fee Glacier secured by the mountain guide’s rope. Passing by mighty ice towers and crevasses, you will reach the highest point of the glacier plateau, Panoramaplatz.
Roped-up through the Fee gorge
With a helmet, carabiners and a climbing harness, cross bridges and follow narrow paths in the snow-covered and, in some places, iced-up Fee Gorge. Accompanied by a mountain guide, you will climb through the wild fissures of the Fee Gorge, which leads down from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund. The spectacular tour leads past frozen waterfalls and across suspension bridges, ladders and steel rope-ways. Highlights of the descent include a fast zip wire and a rope bridge. A good head for heights and a little courage are beneficial on this tour.
Cross-country skiing in Saastal
Fantastic toboggan descents
The great thing about tobogganing is that anyone can do it. Toboggans can be hired directly at the valley stations. Mountain railways take you to the start in comfort and off you go. On bendy runs offering good safety, you will travel rapidly through the splendid winter landscape for kilometres on end. An unforgettable experience that you can also enjoy at night. Simply borrow a headtorch along with the toboggan.
Schlittelweg Kreuzboden, Saas-Grund
The toboggan run from Kreuzboden to Saas-Grund is a full eleven kilometres long and covers almost 1,000 metres in altitude: practically never-ending fun. The longest toboggan run in Saastal is also varied and offers wonderful views. The first few metres follow the ski piste. The route then leads out of the ski area into a light forest and reaches the middle station of the Trift cable car. This can serve as the starting point for your tobogganing adventures, and you can travel straight back up to Kreuzboden where the fun can begin again.
Alternatively, if you choose to descend to Saas-Grund, you can continue on an idyllic, bendy route. This leads through small hamlets, past Alpine huts and through a larch forest – down to the valley station.
Hannig toboggan run, Saas-Fee
From Hannig with its spectacular panorama, you can look forward to a five-kilometre-long descent to Saas-Fee. The toboggan run starts on the panoramic summit of the Hannig at an altitude of 2,350 metres. Enjoy the breathtaking view before you test your runners on the five-kilometre-long, lightning-fast descent into the valley. Sun worshippers will appreciate the terrace of the Hannig mountain restaurant in particular with its unique panoramic view. An unforgettable moment for the entire family.
The Hannig cableway is currently being renovated. Please consult the timetable.
Furggstalden toboggan run, Saas-Almagell
The Saas-Almagell toboggan run stretches for three kilometres from the Furggstalden station down into the village.
How to get there
Saastal is easy to reach by car. From the north, the shortest route is via Kandersteg with the BLS Lötschberg car transport service directly to Valais.
Incidentally, at the tourist information centre desk in Saastal you can get discounted tickets for the Lötschberg car transport service.