I’m not a winter person and have never been one, even though my roots lay in the mountains and 90% of my family still lives in the Alps at Bormio. This resulted in me going to the snowy mountains year after year during the winter time, I just didn’t like the cold and snow (not only because my brother always stuffed my jacket with snow). I have to admit one thing, seeing the mountains covered in snow does look breathtaking! So basically since I became “older” I always try to visit my family in summer. Until now that is!! Why you might ask? Well, a recent event made me feel like going back and try a winter holidays with my family in the Alps again. It was the wedding of dear friends of mine… Initially I wasn’t really looking forward being in the snow, but at the end I should actually be thanking them for making me like winter again! Jefanie (that’s a combo of both their names) chose to do their wedding in the mountains or better in Saas-fee as they have a special connection with this spot as this is where their love story started 🙂 (How romantic). Anyhow please allow me to tell you more about Saas-fee and what made me like winter and the mountains again. And who knows, maybe you’ll like it too?!
Saas-fee is a little town in Swiss Alps not far from the Italian border. The fun coming here already starts before getting to Saas-Fee as you have to take a train on which you put your car that brings you to the other side of the mountain (via tunnel), this way you don’t have to take the “Pass” over the mountain. It might feel freaky because for 10-15min you are in complete darkness 🙂 We took the train at Kandersteg, check the following website for more info
What you should also know when you would think of visiting Saas-fee is that it is a car free city/town/village. Just before arriving you have to park your car in a very big car park, from which you can call your hotel or a “taxi” for free to come and pick you up. Then these adorable little electric shuttle a bit bigger than a golf cart (see pick below) will bring you to your hotel or apartment. They might look small, but you would really be surprised how much fits in it!!
If I have to believe the receptionist of the hotel we were staying in Saas-fee is one sunny place as she said the sun shines over 200days a year. We (or better the bride and groom) were very lucky that the weekend we were here was one of those sunny ones.
As Saas-fee is in the mountains and a skiing area, there are of course some very nice slopes…In case you would want more details on the slopes please check the following website. In case you don’t skiing to much like me and 2 friends, there is one very good alternative to enjoy the snow. Sledging with an old school wooden sledge :-)Yes indeed!! From Hannig (2350m high) all the way down on a specially designed path for sledging. The first time going down will take you between 30-45minutes after that you might do it in less :-). I know some of you might think “how boring”, but believe me those sledges go faster than you think (definitely not granny style) and you do have to watch out that you go off course or you’ll experience the snow more than you want 🙂 (nope, not speaking out of experience 😉 ) FYI, this was already the first step toward liking snow and winter again!
Something would definitely be wrong if I didn’t start talking about food 🙂 Before leaving home this was indeed the thing I was looking forward the most (besides being with my friends)! Already for the fact that the groom and his dad are huge foodies and enjoy food as much as me or maybe even more… so I just knew it would be great! And boy was it good 🙂
But I’ll keep that for tomorrow’s post 🙂
To be continued…..