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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“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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Coming soon: Bouldering in the Saas Valley

Despite its popularity worldwide, bouldering is still a niche sport in Switzerland. The essence of the sport is reducing climbing to the bare essentials. The only equipment required is some shoes, chalk, and crash mats. Bouldering, in contrast to traditional climbing, dispenses with ropes and climbing harnesses, since you are not climbing big walls, rather rocky outcrops and boulders of between two and twelve meters in height. As ...

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Suonenweg Saas-Almagell – Saas-Grund

The Suonen are ancient watercourses, found all over Valais, which were originally built to irrigate fields and gardens. The Suonen Trail follows these old channels closely so, throughout the walk, you can enjoy the calming sound of the water bubbling along in the background. The route also features some lovely views and unspoilt nature. For the most part, it has only shallow inclines making it easy and pleasant. There are ...

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Höhenweg Grächen – Saas-Fee

This challenging, panoramic high route, known locally as the Grächener Höhenweg (High-altitude Trail Grächen – Saas-Fee) runs from Hannigalp, above Grächen, to Saas-Fee. To reach the start point, jump on the Postbus from Saas-Fee to Grächen (ideally early in the morning) and then take the cable car up to Hannigalp from there. While at Hannigalp, you can take in views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains. When you are ready ...

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Ibex Trail

There are two ways to start the circular Ibex Trail. You can take the Hannig gondola from the village, or you can walk up to Hannig from town. The second option adds at least an hour and a climb of 500 m. If the four-hour hike is enough for you, turn right from the top of the Hannig gondola and head towards Mällig, situated at 2,700 m. From the stony ...

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Saas-Almagell Adventure Trail

The starting point for the Erlebnisweg is the base of the chairlift in Saas-Almagell. From here, it is just a few minutes on the lift to the top station in the hamlet of Furggstalden. The hike takes you north, through the forest and around the Almagellerhorn, crossing some secure cliff paths and two suspension bridges on the way. It is these bridges for which the adventure trail is best-known. Each ...

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