Infobox Swiss town
subject_name = Saas-Fee
municipality_name = Saas-Fee
municipality_type = municipality
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languages = French
canton = Valais
iso-code-region = CH-VS
district = Visp
postal_code = 3906
municipality_code = 6290
area = 40.57
elevation = 1800|elevation_description=
population = 1607|populationof=2002
website = www.saas-fee.ch
mayor = Zurbriggen Felix|mayor_asof=|mayor_party=
mayor_title = |list_of_mayors =
Saas Almagell, Saas Balen, Saas Grund, Sankt Niklaus, Täsch
twintowns = Steamboat Springs (USA),
Rocca di Cambio(Italy)|
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal or the Saas Valley and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of
Valaisin Switzerland. The villages in its neighborhood are Saas-Almagell, Saas-Grundand Saas-Balen.
Its location close to the glaciers of the Dom and the
Allalinhornprovides winter sport opportunities throughout the year, and neighbouring peaks such as the Weissmies, the Nadelhornand the Lenzspitzeare popular climbs in the summer season. The community is considered to be a very attractive winter sport destination in the Swiss Alps. Typical activities include skiing, carving, snowshoetrekking, canyon climbing and ice climbing.
Saas-Fee offers 22 lifts, including 3 cable cars, 1 funicular railway(
Metro Alpin), 5 gondolas (1 dedicated to walkers), 2 chairlifts, the remainder being surface lifts (draglifts). The ski run has a vertical drop of 1,800 m (5,906 ft), a top elevation of 3,550 m (11,647 ft) and covers 100 km (30 km beginner, 45 km intermediate, 25 km advanced). Other activities include snowboarding(halfpipe and park), paragliding, hang gliding, and tobogganing.
Saas-Fee can be reached by car or bus—postal buses run during much of the day half-hourly from Brig and
Visp, though none provides a service beyond the bus terminal through the length of the town during the winter. No cars are allowed to enter the city (they have to be parked in special car parks outside); only small electric vehicles operate on the streets (and some petrol-driven garbage trucks). The reason for this is the rapid decrease in the size of the glacier.
The resort offers many culture, sports and off-slope activities, including classical music, a sports and leisure complex, restaurants, and nightclubs. The resort features the highest underground
funicular railwayin the world up to the skiing area and the highest revolving restaurantin the world at 3,500 m (11,500 feet). The touristic slogan of Saas-Fee is "Die Perle der Alpen" ("The pearl of the Alps"). The campus of the European Graduate School, is located in Saas-Fee.
Saas-Fee was one location where the video for Wham!'s hit single "Last Christmas" was filmed. The cable car that they get into to go up the mountain is labelled with the name "Saas-Fee" in the typical Saas-Fee font.
Houses are required to be forty percent wood, which is why the village often seems to blend in nicely with its surroundings.
* [http://www.saas-fee.ch www.saas-fee.ch]
* [http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iU5sDxtrFVU Saas Fee Summer Video]
* [http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_02GTGYKhw Saas Fee Winter Video]
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