Saas Fee, also known as the Free Republic of Holidays, has narrow streets, lined with attractive old buildings and newer low-rise chalets, are a charming setting for a stroll. And the surrounding mountains are stunning – known as The Pearl of the Alps, the resort has 13 peaks measuring 4,000m and higher towering above it.
The village is traffic‑free, with car parks at the entrance and electric buses, taxis and hotel vehicles to ferry people around. It gets very little sun in early season, so March and April are good months to visit, when temperatures in the resort and on the mountain are warmer – December and January can be bitterly cold.
Use the access gondola to Felskinn, an underground funicular speeds through the mountain to Mitelllalin at 3,500m. Beware – the air is thin up there, it's a good idea walk slowly when getting out. And to visit the world’s highest revolving restaurant – the floor revolves under diners and drinkers, allowing 360-degree views of the surrounding ring of 4,000m peaks.
Unusually, Saas Fee also has a whole mountain, Hannig, that’s served by a gondola and devoted to activities other than skiing and snowboarding – snowshoeing, tobogganing, parapenting or walking on cleared paths. There’s a leisure centre as well, with a 25m pool, kids’ pool and waterslide, hot tub, a variety of saunas and steam rooms, and a gym, plus a natural ice rink, and the Feeblitz, a fun rollercoaster-style ride on rails. Finish off a full day of skiing, snowboarding, or non-ski activities with some true Swiss apres!