Saas-Fee's skiing is all about altitude. It is not extensive, or greatly varied, or hugely difficult, or even well served by lifts - though a new gondola has apparently helped. The glaciers offer little or no off-piste scope. But it is high, with one of the biggest ski areas in the Alps that can claim to be completely snow-sure. Nearly all the skiing takes place between 3,500m and 2,500m, though there are lower runs back to the village at 1,800m. There is hardly any tree skiing, and even that involves taking high lifts; so when the weather closes in, skiing simply stops.
Other attractions include an exceptionally civilised (though not cheap) sports centre, and an an attractive away-from-it-all hotel lost in the woods overlooking Saas-Grund, the Waldhotel Fletschhorn.
CHRIS GILL'S VERDICT: Saas- Fee is what I wish Zermatt still was - a village rather than a town, with the signs of international success not too obtrusive. Go for a week, not a fortnight - and hope that they really have fixed the queues.
(Photograph omitted)Reuse content