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JibbaTheHutt-there was talk of potentially an ns meet up, not sure if and when that'll happen. i think Twig is probably the person to talk to about saas think he has done a couple of seasons there.
jbmyoHi, I've benn to both last summer.
I was Saas Fee at the end of july and the park was pretty fun.
The jumps are better than l2a, but there are less rails, and there aren't as easy and simple as les 2 alpes.
You can ski about as much as l2a, not too late, and the ride up, which is less than an hour, requires the same pass as the glacier skiing but is much more expensive than l2a.
And for the park I think it depends on the year but its not too bad i think.
TwigYeah I've spent a lot of time there, it's always been my home resort.
- If you get lucky with your timings, you can get to the top in something like 35 minutes, but you usually have to wait for the train so it takes longer. You can usually do it in 45 minutes though.
- The glacier is timetabled to close at 12 until the end of august, but in reality, the last lift tends to be more like 12:30. I think a daily lift pass is 70chf.
- The park is pretty much always on point in the summer, they have a decent sized crew of shapers (I worked shape crew last summer) and there is tons of snow. There are a good range of jump sizes but pretty much none of the rail features last summer were what I would call mellow.
If the weather is shitty, they still usually open, in high wind they'll close the jumps. But closures can happen when you get warm weather and cloudy nights because the snow bridges don't refreeze.
- It is expensive in terms of nightlife, a pint will run you around 8chf depending on where you go, but most places have happy hours where it's cheaper. Pre-drinking is super cheap though, because you can get a beer in the super market (Co-op Prix Garantie) i think 24 x 0.5cl cans is like 10 francs.
In terms of an NS meetup, I'll most likely be there mid july-mid august I'd think, perhaps until the end of august. Will take a little while before that gets organized though I'd imagine.
JibbaTheHuttMaybe you could give some clarification as to what exactly a saaspass is? it seems to knock a fair amount off liftpass costs but it doesn't say how you get one..
Hughesdoes anyone know the opening dates?
McLSThanks for the info Twig! What i really need for info is if saas fee would have a better chance of good snow conditions for august compared to l2a. Thats really the only factor im cobsidering now to choose between the 2. Anybody has any knowledge regarding this??
HughesIn my experience the snow can be a little better in saas, but there are more down days. It really is very similar though i won't base your decision on it...