The decathlete of adventurers

He has stood on glacial ice looking down onto lush jungle and run a marathon in the most isolated country in the world. For his latest challenge, Saas-Fee’s Lothar Supersaxo plans to swim across 80 Swiss lakes. Many episodes in the life of Lothar Supersaxo read like something out of a collection of Tintin comics. Before turning 18 years old, he and a friend cycled to Paris. His bicycle journeys continued, ...

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The warrior and her dream

Her countrymen may number 82 million, but as a ski racer, training on the glacier pistes of Saas-Fee, Özlem Carikcioglu is a curiosity. However, she doesn’t let that get in her way. It’s spring in Istanbul, but no ordinary one. The markets are empty and nearly all of the shops are closed. This bustling metropolis of over 15 million people is only just beginning to return to normal. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

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“Now, we are the target”

In 2020, under head coach Tom Stauffer (51), the Swiss Alpine Ski Team achieved a historic victory. For the first time in 30 years, they won the FIS Nations World Cup. Tom Stauffer, 51, is rarely at his home in Unterlangenegg, Bern. His life is lived out of a suitcase. “I'm on the road for about 200 days a year,” says the man with the trademark moustache. Stauffer has been on ...

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Not for the faint-hearted: The Jegihorn via ferrata in Saas-Grund

1,000 metres of steel cable, 400 anchor points, and a stomach-churning suspension bridge: Jegihorn, above Saas-Grund, is one of the most jawdropping Via Ferrata in the Alps. The route to the Jegihorn has more than earned its reputation as the “panoramic Via Ferrata.” Its exposed south-facing climb rewards those who brave it with magnificent views of the Mischabel range and many other 4,000-metre summits. First things first: This Via Ferrata’s starting point ...

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The ever-changing path

The Saas Valley mountains offer a rare opportunity to get close to glaciers. A guided mountain tour on the Fee Glacier is the perfect way to get even closer. Snow crunches under our snowshoes. From a distance, we are but specks on the huge field of white that is the Fee Glacier. Precipitous walls of ice tower overhead, shimmering like giant sapphires. The glaciers have been a big part of life in ...

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High up the ice wall

In January, the world’s best ice climbers compete at the Ice Climbing World Cup in Saas-Fee. But the Saas Valley’s ice walls have plenty to offer for beginners as well as the professionals. For the athletes participating in the UIAA (Union Internationale des Associations d‘Alpinisme) World Cup (run by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation), the Saas-Fee stop is the highlight of the annual event calendar. Nowhere else can the ...

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