Learn to ski in Saas-Fee
The environmentally-friendly ski resort of Saas-Fee is situated in the southern canton of Wallis, 2hrs drive from Bern and 3hrs from Geneva. Saas-Fee was the first ski resort in Switzerland to use only natural power.
Saas-Fee is the largest of four villages that make up the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee ski alliance, the other resorts being SaasGrund, Saas-Balen & Saas-Almagell. The Saas valley resorts are ringed by many mountains, including 13 peaks that range above 4,000m. A free, electric shuttle bus service interconnects the 4 villages.
Saas Fee lies at the foot of the Dom, a mountain reaching a height of 4545m above sea level, and situated directly below the Fee glacier. The Fee glacier ski area enjoys excellent snow conditions all year round and has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.
The resort offers 100km of slopes, the majority of pistes being on the Mittelallalin at altitudes around 3500m. 20% of the slopes in Saas-Fee are ideal for beginners, these being wide and gentle, and being mainly located lower in the valley or up on the glacier. Many of the red runs on the glacier are also very gentle, and would be classed blue in other resorts.
Ski lessons for beginners in Saas-Fee
Ski schools in Saas-Fee offer ski lessons from age 4yrs. Depending on the ski school, lessons last between 2-3hrs and have between 4-8 participants.The meeting point for beginner lessons is usually either at the Kalbermatten beginners lift, or at a pre-arranged position.
The ski schools in Saas-Fee firstly teach their novices the basic moves of the glide and snowplough, these techniques being taught on the flattest slopes within the resort. Once the beginners can glide quite securely, lessons progress to slopes with a slight incline. Here, the snowplough turn is gradually introduced.
Beginners who have had some previous skiing experience are taken by the ski schools in Saas-Fee directly to easy blue runs. The lessons focus on improving technique and optimising the body position. Parallel skiing is firstly introduced when the glide and snowplough techniques have been well established.
For their intermediate skiers, the ski schools in Saas-Fee recommend the red runs around the Morenia lift as ideal for practising after lessons.
Kids’ ski lessons in Saas-Fee
Ski schools in Saas-Fee offer children’s ski lessons in various lengths, between 2hrs-5hrs daily. Some ski schools in Saas-Fee also offer lesson packages with a lunch option. Groups have between 4-8 participants and are arranged according to the skiing ability.
Some ski schools in Saas-Fee have secure, specially-designed and themed children’s learning areas for younger kids, such as the Kinderland and Snowlipark. Here, mascots playfully help the little skiers grasp the basic moves whilst they get used to their equipment. Slightly older beginners are taken to the beginner areas within the resort, which have the flattest slopes and are ideal for the first skiing moves.
Beginners with previous experience are taken by the ski schools in Saas-Fee directly to slopes that suit their ability: Whether blue, red or black, the young skiers will face the right amount of challenge as the instructors help them perfect their technique.
Ski lesson prices in Saas-Fee
Ski schools in Saas-Fee offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. Some ski schools in Saas-Fee also offer private freestyle, freeride, telemark and ski racing lessons. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson throughout the season. Prices do not include equipment hire or lunch options.
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Saas-Fee ski pass
The Saas-Fee ski pass covers all of the slopes and lifts within the resort, plus the Saas-Almagell slopes. Single day tickets are available, as are discounts for children (6-15yrs) and teenagers (16-19yrs).
Also available is the Destination Pass, which covers all of the 4 Saastal resorts. The ski schools in Saas-Fee will be happy to give further information about the passes.
Saas Fee summer skiing
From mid July, two lifts - the Alpin Express and the Metro Alpin - plus around 20 km of slopes open on the Saas-Fee glacier for summer skiing. However, many professional ski teams head to the glacier for summer training, so the slopes can become quite busy.
The best ski schools in Saas-Fee
ESKIMOS Ski and Snowboard School Saas Fee
The Eskimos team offers group and private ski & snowboard courses. Additionally, the school offers trial courses for ski novices. Lessons are given in English and German.
By the Kalbermatten beginner lifts in the village.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
beginner friendly, patient, reliable
Swiss ski school Saas Fee
Founded in 1951, this traditional ski school offers group ski and snowboard lessons for all ages. Lessons are given in English, French and German.
At the school meeting point near the Chalbermatten cable car.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
child-friendly, experienced, beginner friendly
Ski school Ski Zenit
The international team offers private ski, ski racing and freeride courses, plus special activities such as telemark or freestyle training for all ages.
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experienced, beginner friendly, patient
What makes ski lessons in Saas-Fee special
Saas-Fee hosts several international winter sports events, such as the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, where the world’s best ice climbers compete against one another for the title Ice Climbing World Champion. March sees the Glacier Bike Downhill and the Mentelity Games; a 4-day ski and snowboard event for disabled people.
Visitors to the 5,500 m³ Ice Pavillion, which is situated at an altitude of 3,500m and open all year, will be astounded by amazing sculptures and art that have been hewn from ice.
For those who prefer to keep the action going, Saas-Fee has 3 snow parks: The beginners park at the Stafelwald, Winter Park Morenia, which has rails, kickers and obstacles and Freestyle Park Allalin, which has a superpipe, obstacles and a chill out area.