From old to new

From the sky onto your back - Old, used paragliders don’t have to be thrown away anymore. In Saas-Fee, two outdoor enthusiasts are turning them into high-quality touring backpacks – while creating sought-after off-season jobs in a place that is dominated by tourism. www.berghilfe.ch Why aren’t there enough sustainable outdoor brands already?This is the question posed on Schwarzberg’s homepage. The answer? Did you know that the textile industry is practically the most ...

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Weissmies – An Indiana Jones path of the alps

Weissmies used to be billed as an easy 4,000 m peak, suitable for someone’s second big summit, after climbing Allalin. You could gondola up to Hohsaas, and in a matter of 3.5 hours be at the summit. In 2005 at the 150 year Anniversary of the first ascent of Weissmies, there were 300 people in one day arriving at the summit. But in the last few years, it’s become a ...

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Hunting Seracs

There was a time when a well known slogan for Saas-Fee was „The Glacier Village". If you look at photos from 100 years ago, the glacier reaches nearly all the way down to the tree line at Felskinn Gondola. Growing up, I can remember being able to see Seracs, blocks or columns of glacial ice as big as a house or hotel, everywhere. 25 years ago, I can remember walking out of the Spielboden ...

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Mattmark-Stausee

The Power of Nature

The history of the Mattmark A person who has never visited the Mattmark and perhaps hasn’t even heard of it might well ask themselves what makes this place so special? That’s what I thought too when I heard about this place for the first time. For many people in the Saas Valley, the Mattmark is a true powerhouse, a place where you can think about something else, switch off and ...

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Preparation is the key to success. The path to Olympic gold.

How time flies. The Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing are already history. For more than two weeks, sometimes even in the early hours of the morning, we have been cheering on our favourite athletes in front of the TV. It’s exactly these athletes who have been concentrating on the Olympic Games significantly longer than their fans. Since last summer, to be precise. Perfect preparation is essential for a good and ...

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“You need nerves of steel”

The last descent belongs to them. They trigger avalanches, position piste markers, and rescue injured skiers. Head of mountain rescue Albert Hegner on danger and his team’s role in ensuring guests can ski safely. “He needs to turn off the engine.” Bärti, as Albert Hegner is better known, needs to focus. Right now, nothing else matters, not even the helicopter waiting to fly him to his next port of call. An ...

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The summer before the Winter Olympics

At last! 2021 - we’re off again! While many may still be reminiscing about the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, over 100 top athletes from all over the world are preparing in Saas-Fee for the Winter Olympics. This year, the outstanding preparation conditions on the glacier in the summer and autumn have attracted no fewer than 41 Olympic medal winners to Saas-Fee. If we have learnt anything from 2020, then it ...

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Grubenalp-Rothorn-Gletscherseewini: A Hidden Gem in the Saas Valley

Located above Saas-Balen, the Äusser Rothorn is a place to take in the wonder that is the entire Mischabel Group. The panoramic view from the summit stretches from Allalin to the giants Alphubel, Täschhorn, Dom and Lenzspitze, on to Nadelhorn, Stecknadelhorn and Hohberghorn, and down to Dürrenhorn.  Getting Up ThereFrom the Gruben Alp to the 3’147 meter summit it’s a 2-hour hike which isn’t too strenuous. To get to the Alp ...

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“When we arrived at the top, we chilled for a bit to take in everything around us.”

My father was a mountain guide here in Saas-Fee, and so was my grandfather. They guided adventure seekers up the towering mountains of the Saas Valley – eighteen of which reach heights of over 4,000 meters with thirteen surrounding the town itself. I think these mountains must have called to them, as they do to me, to venture up, to see life from a different angle, and to experience the ...

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Our Majestic Kings

The Saas Valley and its mountains. They are gigantic, humbling us all and often rendering us speechless. There are eighteen four-thousand-metre peaks in the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley tourist region. Here are some tales of this impressive mountainous world. The four-thousanders. They are a symbol of the magic of the Saas Valley. And they are our figureheads. People were already drawn to the landscape of the Saas Valley as early as the end of ...

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