Saas Fee is a beautiful winter resort to stay in Switzerland. Getting here from Zurich airport takes about 3 1/2 hours. Take the train from the airport and alight at Visp train station. From here, take the yellow postal bus. You can check the travel schedule from SBB. Remember to get your rail or swiss pass stamp first before travelling.
There is a supermarket at every major train station. So if you are staying in an apartment and cooking your own food, it is cheaper to buy your groceries at Visp before taking the bus to Saas Fee. If staying in hotels, I suggest booking a family “garni” hotel for that authentic Swiss experience. We stayed at the Garni Alba and had a wonderful time.
Spend a few days in Saas Fee, ideally at least three days. This gives you enough time to visit Zermatt and the surrounding villages around Saas Fee : Saas Grund, Saas Almagell and Saas Balen. Give your body time to adjust to the high altitude. The mountain air is invigorating. Walk around the village and you will see everything is within walking distance. Don’t forget to go up to Mittelallalin. Take the Metro Alpin and see the highest revolving restaurant in the world at 3500 metres above sea-level. Next door, visit the ice pavilion. Use the rail or swiss pass to get discount tickets. While we were up there, it was snow wipeout condition. We watched the skiers and snowboards walking across the slopes and almost disappeared amidst the snow cloud.
This is the ground level snow area your kids can play toboggan or the first timer skiers can practice. Look for the sports school to book ski and snowboarding lessons. For the experienced, have fun at the various ski slopes high above.
Take the time to go on a day trip to Zermatt the next day. Journey is about 1 hour 50 minutes. Take the bus and stop at either Stalden train station or go all the way to Visp train station and take the train to Zermatt. What is so famous here? The Matterhorn! Take the Gornergrat and reach 3,089 metres above sea level for a close eye view of the snowy winter landscape. If you have the money, why not stay at the Kulmhotel Gornergrat.
Take a look at this picture. Do you notice the guy buried in deep snow? We did not know why he was doing that but he was quite a sight with many people snapping pictures. A digital signboard in the area showed that it was minus 10 degree celsius. Brrrrr! Remember to keep warm and wear layers if you are coming in winter.
There is a specialist shop in Zermatt selling chocholate. If you are not in a hurry and wish to save cost, it is better to buy the bigger packets of chocholate at a supermarket near the bigger train stations.
In winter, it gets dark very fast – around 5pm the sun is almost down. Remember the time and keep warm.