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Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal or the Saas Valley and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valaismarker in Switzerlandmarker. The villages in its neighborhood are Saas-Almagellmarker, Saas-Grundmarker and Saas-Balenmarker.

Its location close to the glaciers of the Dommarker and the Allalinhornmarker provides winter sport opportunities throughout the year, and neighbouring peaks such as the Weissmiesmarker, the Nadelhornmarker and the Lenzspitzemarker are popular climbs in the summer season. The community is considered to be a very attractive winter sport destination in the Swiss Alpsmarker. Typical activities include skiing, carving, snowshoe trekking, canyon climbing and ice climbing.

Saas-Fee offers 22 lifts, including 3 cable cars, 1 funicular railway(Metro Alpinmarker), 5 gondolas (1 dedicated to walkers), 2 chairlifts, the remainder being surface lifts (draglifts). The ski run has a vertical drop of 1,800 m (5,906 ft), a top elevation of 3,550 m (11,647 ft) and covers 100 km (30 km beginner, 45 km intermediate, 25 km advanced). Other activities include snowboarding (halfpipe and park), paragliding, hang gliding, and tobogganing.

Traditional houses
Autumn colors
View of saas-fee during summer
The Dom at its impressive 4545 m AMSL


Saas-Fee can be reached by car or bus—postal buses run during much of the day half-hourly from Brigmarker and Vispmarker, though none provides a service beyond the bus terminal through the length of the town during the winter. No cars are allowed to enter the city (they have to be parked in special car parks outside); only small electric vehicles operate on the streets (and some petrol-driven garbage trucks). The decision to exclude most motor vehicles was made by the village at the time of the construction of the road from Saas Grund (1951) http://www.saas-fee.ch/pdf_doc/winter_e.pdf p5

The resort offers many culture, sports and off-slope activities, including classical music, a sports and leisure complex, restaurants, and nightclubs. The resort features the highest underground funicular railway in the world up to the skiing area and the highest revolving restaurant in the world at 3,500 m (11,500 feet). The touristic slogan of Saas-Fee is "Die Perle der Alpen" (The pearl of the Alps). The campus of the European Graduate Schoolmarker, is located in Saas-Fee.

Saas-Fee was one location where the video for Wham!'s hit single "Last Christmas" was filmed. The cable car that they get into to go up the mountain is labelled with the name "Saas-Fee" in the typical Saas-Fee font.

Houses are required to be forty percent wood, which is why the village often seems to blend in nicely with its surroundings.

feeglacier and parts of the ski resort


Mountains

Peak Elevation First climbed
Ulrichshornmarker 3925 m 1848-08-10
Strahlhornmarker 4190 m 1854-08-15
Fletschhornmarker 3996 m 1854-08-28
Weissmiesmarker 4023 m 1855 - August
Lagginhornmarker 4010 m 1856-08-26
Allalinhornmarker 4027 m 1856-08-28
Latelhornmarker 3198 m 1856-08-28
Dommarker 4545 m 1858-09-11
Nadelhornmarker 4327 m 1858-09-16
Rimpfischhornmarker 4198 m 1859-09-09
Alphubelmarker 4206 m 1860-08-09
Täschhornmarker 4490 m 1862-07-30
Balfrinmarker 3795 m 1863-07-06
Hohberghornmarker 4219 m 1869
Südlenzmarker 4294 m 1870
Portjengratmarker 3653 m 1871-09-07
Sonnighornmarker 3487 m 1879 - August
Dürrenhornmarker 4034 m 1879-09-07
Feechopfmarker 3888 m 1883-07-28
Stecknadelhornmarker 4242 m 1887-08-08


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