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Alpine Processions / Farmers festivals / Cow fights

June - September 2017

The Saas Valley is rich in tradition, and from June to September you can experience some of our most famous cultural events for yourself.

With traditional Alpine processions, yodelling festivals, cow fights and the coronation of the queen of the herd, our program offers entertainment for the whole family!

Cow fights in the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee
Cow fights in the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee


June 16th, 23rd or 30th, 2018
Alpine procession of the goats to Hannigalp

09.15 a.m. Gathering of the goats, helpers and visitors at the upper parkinglot by the Wildi. Hike up to the Hannigalp, where refreshments are waiting for the helpers. Animal-lovers have the possibility to become a godfather of a goat.

Don't miss the option to learn how to make cheese with a degustation of goat-milk products. Every Tuesday starting on July 3 until the third week of September 2018. Inscription required: tel. +41 (0)79 358 55 57. More information:
Subject to change.

24 June 2017
Alpine procession Furggalp

25 June 2017
Alpine procession and cow fights on Triftalp
09.30 a.m. Arrival of the procession
11.00 a.m. Holy mass
11.45 a.m. Start of the cow fights
During the cow fights you will enjoy musical entertainment. Food and beverages will be served at the tent.
The cablecar Kreuzboden will be in service from 8 a.m. - 6.30 p.m., with the stop at Triftalp.

16 July 2017
Yodelling mass on Kreuzboden

5 August 2017
Goat Festival in Saas-Fee and on the Alpe Hannig

A great occasion to watch goats on close range.

  • 9.30 a.m.: Learn how to make cheese on the Alpe Hannig in Saas-Fee
    (Meetingpoint: 09.30 a.m. at Alpe Hannig) - requires registration, tel. +41 (0)78 678 81 11.
  • from 11.00 a.m.: Start of the festival on the post square in Saas-Fee
  • 2  p.m.: Presentation of different Goat races by national experts

13 August 2017
Yodelling mass and alpine farmers festival at the Hoferalp (Saas-Balen)

The mass with the yodelling club Grubenalp from Saas-Balen starts at 11 a.m. on the Hoferalp. Afterwards, the "Älplerfest" will take place. You can expect a social gathering, singing performances of the yodelling club and domestic alp cheese.

The Hoferalp can be reached in approximately one hour by foot from Kreuzboden.

15 August 2017

Alpine farmers festival on Triftalp
Every year, the locals come together to celebrate the traditions and the cultural life of the valley. It's a beautiful chance for everybody. After a holy mass, in the middle of nature, the best fighting cow will be chosen.

11.00 a.m.: Mass together with "Jodelduett Geschwister Lorenz"
Afterwards: Musical entertainment with "Spitzbüebu", "d'Urchigo Burgini" and "Jodelduett Geschwister Lorenz"
11.45 a.m.: Beginning of cow fights
1.30 p.m.: Stone throwing
3.30 p.m.: Saas Meat Soup
4.00 p.m.: Coronation of Alp Queen and Milk Cow

Canteen service: Saaser Gsottus, Raclette, sausages and und schnitzel
Selling of alp cheese and "Ziger"

Cable car schedule: nonstop from 7.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.

9 September 2017
Alpine procession from Hoferalp to Saas-Balen

Experience how the Alpine herdsmen return to their villlage after a summer up on the Alp. The cows are beautifully decorated.
10 a.m.       Alpine procession from "Hoferälpji"
ca. 12 p.m.  Arrival of the procession in Saas-Balen.
Afterwards: Big cheese sale and festive food & drinks in Saas-Balen.

16 September 2017
Alpine procession from Alpe Hannig to Saas-Fee

Accompany the goats returning from the Alpe Hannig to Saas-Fee. At about 10.30, after a "refreshment" for the goats in the Stafelwald, they will continue their parade through the glacier village Saas-Fee.
09.15 a.m. Meeting point on Alpe Hannig
09.30 a.m. Start of alp-descent

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