Saas-Fee is very high and it's glaciers enable skiing into the summer, so we were expecting much better snow conditions than we found in Interlaken -- and we found them. As usual I only took my camera with me on one day of skiing, but we saw plenty of scenery on the slopes.



Saas-Fee Village

A view through town toward the Fee Glacier. It is one of several glaciers in the area. This is the general area where we will be skiing.

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Allalin above restaurant

Like the Interlaken area, Saas-Fee has a funicular. It runs within a tunnel up to a revolving restaurant below the Allalin peak.

Above the restaurant there was a rope tow (!) right up to the glacier.

Compressed ice

A cross-section of the Allalin glacier. The layers are clearly visible. The small "comma" on the left is a skier's head, which provides a bit of scale. The glacier is huge!


The view from the top of the rope tow. According to the note on my slide, the peak is Alphubel,(4206 meters (13,800 feet).

The glacial ice is such a lovely blue.

Skiing from Allalin  

Skiing down from Allalin.

Dom peak, Saas-Fee The higher peak in the picture on the right is the Dom. It's the highest mountain (14,911') contained completely within Switzerland and the third highest in the Alps.

Getting a bit closer to the glacier.

Although the marked trails were actually on the glacier, there didn't seem to be any worry about potential crevasses. There was no real temptation to ski off the trail, however, because the conditions looked very threatening.

Jim at Saas-Fee

Break time! It was a long way down from the top. We still have a third of the way to go. The vertical on this trail is 1700m (almost 5600ft).

Those were the days when we could have a beer and still have the energy to ski the rest of the way down!


We're within sight of town.

I'm not sure why we never went back to Switzerland to ski (except that it is more expensive than other places). We really enjoyed this trip and this area.

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