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Saas Fee, Mecca of Skiing

Article By: Virginia Parker
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Saas Fee is a place in permanent winter. Even in the height of summer, the 3.5 kilometre altitude is enough to keep snow constantly deep. Of course, it probably has nothing to do with the hundreds of snow cannons littering the resort, keeping snow levels topped up by spewing it out on a constant rotation.


Submitted:Jul 18, 2012    Reads: 15    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


Saas Fee is a place in permanent winter. Even in the height of summer, the 3.5 kilometre altitude is enough to keep snow constantly deep. Of course, it probably has nothing to do with the hundreds of snow cannons littering the resort, keeping snow levels topped up by spewing it out on a constant rotation.

This is probably why Saas Fee is considered to be THE place to go for summer skiing; guaranteed snow and some of the best tracks in the world. It's also no real coincidence that the best skier in the world, Pirmin Zurbriggen, grew up there and still lives there today. There could be no better possible place for a skiing enthusiast to live; it's so incredibly rare that one place can offer snow all through the year so consistently. Although the Saas Fee chalet and hotel standards are of a high quality, be sure to book early as there can be a waiting list in the tourist seasons.

Also for these reasons, the Saas Fee municipality and valley are popularly used as base camps for skiers and snowboarders training for competitions, such as the winter Olympics. A hundred thousand metres of pistes form the bulk of the winter sports attractions, but indoor options are also available for the less experienced or adventurous. Don't be intimidated by the place's reputation for hosting and nurturing the world's best winter sportsmen and women; the Saas Fee municipality and slopes offer a range of activities with a very wide spectrum of difficulty. In fact, children under the age of 9 can ski for free and nearly all of the facilities and entertainment near the Chalets Saas Fee are child-friendly.

Saas Fee isn't just named the 'Pearl of the Alps' just because of its aesthetic qualities; the surrounding mountain range forms a semicircular shape, pinching Saas Fee in the middle of a shell-like grip. You can visit visit the spectacular Saas Fee from many nearby locations but it's probably just a lot easier to stay in a Saas Fee chalet, completely avoiding the stress and disappointment of having to go home so soon.





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