In the past, the rather staid Swiss Ski and Snowboard School had the run of the resort of Saas Fee, and was heavily criticised for being old-fashioned and not keeping abreast of modern technique. However, the standard of teaching is said to be much improved and most instructors speak good English. There are alternatives, too. Eskimo Snowboard School has a ski division which gets high praise. There is also a British ski and snowboard school called Optimum Snowsports. “No more worries about finding a native British speaker for lessons,” said a reader.
One thing to note – opinion is sharply divided as to whether or not this is a good place for beginners. “There is little room for advancement from beginner to intermediate, and as a beginner you may find yourself completely confined to the nursery slopes for the duration of your visit,” noted a visitor. We disagree. You can ride the lifts up to two stages of the moutain – the Felskinn area, above the mid-station at Morenia, and the Allalin funicular station at the top of the resort, to cruise gentle pistes. You’ll have to ride the lifts back down again – but still, coupled with the quiet nursery runs, away from the main pistes, this makes for an attractive package for first-timers.
A snowsure choice for families, with lots of extras
We consider Saas Fee to be one of the best resorts for family skiing. The nursery slopes are set aside from the main pistes, so there are no worries about speed freaks hurtling about, endangering the lives of your little ones. Plus there’s plenty to do aside from skiing – such as tobogganing on Hannig, swimming at the Bielen leisure centre, or visiting the ice cave on the glacier.
Meanwhile, Murmeli in Hotel Artemis, offers daycare for children aged 18 months to six years, and there’s a fun-park for children outside, too. Swiss Ski and Snowboard School can provide individual babysitting.