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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100 years and 6 generations

100 years and 6 generations of affection for Saas-Fee and the Saas Valley Interview with Luca Pazielli, whose family has visited Saas-Fee every year for the past 100 years and across 6 generations. Where did this bond with Saas-Fee come from and how has it developed? After my great grandparents had visited St. Moritz, Zermatt and Wengen, they decided in 1921 to spend time in Saas-Fee, where they arrived on a mule. From this ...

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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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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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Stress and hectic stay in the valley

Maria Anthamatten wouldn't change her job for the world. No wonder: as the warden of the Mischabel Hut, wonderful sunrises are part of the daily routine for the woman from Saas-Almagell. There are probably not many sinks in the world with such a view. When Maria Anthamatten's team washes the dishes in the evening, the evening sun bathes the surrounding four-thousand-metre peaks in a red light. Then the 38-year-old from Saas-Almagell ...

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