Arrival and packing
Saas-Fee is car-free, the first reason why you can quickly leave everyday life behind here. If you arrive as a family with a packed car, as we did, you can park in the multi-storey car park at the entrance to the village and reach the youth hostel in just a few minutes. We packed everything onto prams and sleds but you also have the option of being chauffeured in an electric car.
Good to know at this point is that WellnessHostel4000 has pretty much everything you need as a family with a small child. This makes it easier to pack and you can also travel by public transport. Before you arrive, you can contact the youth hostel and discuss what you need for you and your family. What’s especially pleasant is how uncomplicated and helpful the staff are on site and how you quickly come into contact with other families.
But now I’m sure you all want to hear about our tips for the promised adventure and wellness holidays in Saas-Fee, so here they are:
Sledging on the Hannig
The ski area has lots to offer for winter sports fans (in summer, too, by the way). Among other things, of course, the toboggan run. This is the perfect activity in the snow, especially with small children. We recommend starting from Hannig. Coming in at about 6 kilometres, this trail is guaranteed fun, and not too steep for the younger racers on the slopes. The Hannig cable car takes you and your toboggan up from the village centre. If you don’t have your own toboggan with you, you can rent one at the valley station. With the half-fare card, a single ticket costs CHF 12.50 (day pass CHF 22), while hiring a toboggan costs CHF 6.
Feast and enjoy to-go
Let’s not fool ourselves – stopping off at a good restaurant or café is simply part of a ski holiday and there are plenty of them in Saas-Fee. Since the pubs are unfortunately temporarily closed due to the current situation, we have left this part out. But that doesn’t stop us from drinking our hot chocolate or a mulled wine, right? Several cafés and restaurants offer take-away options, so you can still get some treats to-go. If you’re a guest at the youth hostel, you’re lucky enough to have the in-house bistro and restaurant at your disposal, where you can enjoy a meal at any time.
Is there anything better than the crunching sound fresh snow makes when you walk on it? A stroll through the glacier village of Saas Fee is the perfect way to slow down. The beautiful chalets in the village are simply picture-perfect. Take an evening walk in the snow and feel at ease.
Wellness oasis and swimming fun
Mummy or daddy need some rest too. True to the motto “happy parents – happy baby.” The youth hostel’s Wellness4000 is a big hit with spa fans. Who can’t relax with this view from the sauna? For the wellness area and fitness room, you can simply choose the additional option Wellness4000Plus when booking and entrance will be included.
When the weather is bad, you have to be a bit more creative with children, which is why the indoor swimming pool, also located in the hostel, comes in handy with a children’s pool and feature shower. For the grown-ups, there is also a 25-metre pool and a whirlpool to relax in.
Mission relaxation accomplished.
Sure, the possibilities to do something were somewhat limited by the current situation, but the stay was still worthwhile right? Absolutely! We were incredibly happy that the youth hostel in Saas-Fee alone offers so many entertainment options for its guests. In wintry weather conditions, we never felt bored, even with a toddler. Spending lots of time outside in the snow and the relaxed atmosphere in the village definitely helped us unwind.