On the hunt for treasure

New to the Saas Valley this summer, in addition to the animal treasure hunt, we now have a second themed family adventure. We’re proud to be collaborating on the Valais treasure hunt with Valais/Wallis Promotion, youth magazine Spick, and seven Valais holiday destinations. In Saas-Fee, we’re offering an exciting water-themed treasure hunt. In fact, water is the common theme across all participating destinations, providing an opportunity for children and adults alike ...

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Chapel trail

The Kapellenweg leading from Saas-Grund to Saas-Fee is lined with 15 small chapels. German author Carl Zuckmayer took this path on his very first visit to Saas-Fee back in 1938. At the end of that hike, his first sight of the majestic Mischabel Chain left an impression that literally lasted a lifetime. Setting off from Saas-Grund, and heading in the direction of Saas-Almagell, the trail follows the River Saaser Vispa to ...

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Saas-Fee circular hike

The well-known Dorfrundgang village walk in Saas-Fee is a leisurely walk around the glacier village. The hike described here, on the other hand, the Saas-Fee Circular Hike is a different route altogether. Both routes start in the Wildi, the northernmost part of the village. In the surrounding forest, you have a great chance of spotting native wildlife such as chamois, rabbits, roe deer and squirrels. They tend to come out ...

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On-trend: Trail running

Trail running is everywhere nowadays. But what exactly is it? Why is it so fashionable? How and where can you do it? Find your answers here. What is trail running?Trail running is all about ditching the pavement. As soon as you tie up your trainers and stray away from traditional roads and treadmills, you can consider yourself a trail runner. Contrary to popular belief, it's not typically a risky extreme sport. ...

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On trend: mountain biking

Jump on, start pedalling, and off you go. With beautiful scenery flying by, the wind in your hair and a cooling breeze on your skin, the soul can‘t help but relax. Mountain biking is in, and people are pedalling everywhere – us included. Discover the Saas Valley bike experience with us. Bikes are in fashion right now; the e-bike boom continues and demand for the “bike experience” has grown enormously in ...

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Carl Zuckmayer Trail

In 1938, Carl Zuckmayer fell in love with the mountains of Saas-Fee. Twenty years later, he settled in the glacier village, and today you can follow his footsteps on his favourite walk – now known as Carl Zuckmayer Trail. It begins in front of Zuckmayer's house on Obere Wildistrasse, Saas-Fee. From outside Vogelweid house, hikers can admire its charming larch wood exterior, white shutters, and heavy slate tiled roof. “This is ...

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140 kilometres per hour on ice and snow

When the starting pistol sounds for the Glacier Bike Downhill, more than 200 people jump on their bicycles and tackle the ski slopes from Mittelallalin to Saas-Fee. Mountain bike guide Kyle Harris explains. “Before the starting pistol fires, a deathly quiet reigns. Nobody moves. The only sound is the icy wind swirling around us and the thumping of my own heart. The atmosphere is electric as we wait for the moment. ...

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“We have an understanding, the glacier and I”

By the time Thomas Zurbriggen has finished his work, the glacier piste in Saas-Grund looks just like any other ski run. But below the perfect corduroy lies ice. This is the story of how Thomas creates an immaculate piste on top of a glacier. The snow cracks under the snowcat’s caterpillar tracks. The vehicle comes to a sudden, jerky halt, shaking the cabin and the driver inside. Thomas pushes the accelerator ...

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A new chapter in an eventful story

The Walliserhof Grand-Hotel & Spa celebrates its reopening in December 2019. This is a glimpse at the storied history of one of Saas-Fee’s iconic establishments. She frantically tightens her bright, chiffon sarong around her hips and adjusts her beach hat. Then she wipes a bead of sweat from her lip, takes a deep breath, and plunges back into the Walliserhof events hall, a tray full of cocktails in one hand. ...

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When life gives you lemons

Ski cross athlete Fanny Smith on her life, successes, and how she grew to be a fighter. Or: how to deal with life’s obstacles and find the right mindset. A conversation over a cappuccino. Sunlight bathes the Mischabel Chain in gold as we cross the road. For a split second, she looks up, wistfully almost, at the snow-covered Allalin. She wants to be up there, skis on her feet and ...

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