Mattmark-Stausee

The Power of Nature

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 enjoy nature or escape from the stress of day-to-day life. ...

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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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The summit chaser

The Mischabel Chain, the Weissmies Group, the Felsnadeln in the Mont-Blanc-Massif, the Dufourspitze: Maggi Voide-Bumann is the first female Alpinist to have summited all 82 of the Alps’ four-thousanders. For her, the most important thing is the feeling of freedom, of pushing the limits, of challenging the mind and body. Maggi Voide-Bumann did not set out to climb all of the Alps’ four-thousanders, yet one day, she had done it. Born ...

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“The meaning of life is love”

Bibian Mentel is dead. Her legacy lives on. On 29 March 2021, the snowboarder died after 22 years of fighting cancer. She inspired countless people with her optimism. She gave many people with disabilities new perspectives and courage. A great personality has passed away at the age of 49. Rarely have I shed so many tears while writing an article as I did with this one. Bibian Mentel moves beyond death. Me too. ...

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The trials and tribulations of an ice master

Saas-Fee boasts one of the most beautiful natural ice rinks in the world. Otto Zengaffinen has managed the rink for decades. But what happens when the weather turns? Even on Christmas day, Otto Zengaffinen can often be spotted at the edge of Saas-Fee’s ice rink watching the tourists and locals skate. A group of teenagers laugh, sliding curling stones over the rink. Another plays ice hockey. The ice is an impressive ...

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