Saas Fee summer '09

On the 18th of july the Saas Fee Ride 2009 would have taken place for

the 7th time. That was the main reason for us, to travel to the far

Switserland. Unfortunately the competition was canceled due to bad

weather. On friday the forecast predicted much rain and wind, saterday

would be a transition day and only later on sunday the forecast

predicted good weather. Due to these circumstances the crew didn't had

enough time to prepare everything for the contest (shaping, DJ set-up,

...), cancelling the contest was the logical result. It's a little bit

ironic though, knowing that on sunday it was one of the best summer

gletcher days of the year.

Pearl of the Alps

Nevertheless we travelled to the “pearl” of the Alps, because this is

what Saas Fee really is. A cosy gletcher village that is situated on

the highest point of the Saas-Vally, at an altitude off 1800m and

surrounded by over more than ten mountains reaching the 4000m peak.

With the highest mountain of Switserland as the pride & glory who

listens to the name “Dom”. Besides all that, the village is completely

free of traffic, so the calm en cosy atmosphere takes the upperhand

easily.

The ski resort

Saas Fee is during the winter season with her 35 slopes -together 100km

long- no small or negligible ski resort. Also, both in winter and

summer there is a extended snowpark with a halfpipe, rails en boxes, a

boardercross, a kids funpark and some kicker lines, in other words, the

park is perfectly accessible for either pro skier or freestyle beginner.

In the summer there are about 20km of slopes available, but yet again

the freestyle ski & snowboard community is not forgotten. We judged

the summer park with our own eyes en found it more then ok. The

halfpipe was looking fine, the kicker lines were tight en could without

any doubt please many twin-tip skier.

Conclusion: Saas Fee is highly recommended for freestyle skiing in Europe during the summer!

It is noon, the gletcher is closing .. what now?

As for most of the gletchers everything closes around 12.pm. Many of us

would start to look for alternative activities and rest asure, there is

plenty to do in Saas Fee.

Sport accomodations

There is a skatepark where we and our Belgian friends Bram Cooreman,

Timo De Bondt, Katrien Aerts, Robbe Nelissen, Laurens Van Lint and

Wouter Lemmens -who initially would be competing in the Saas Fee Ride-

spend many hours.

Adjacent to the skatepark there is a large terrain where everybody can

go to play some tennis, soccer, miniature golf, jogging and a lot more.

There is also a swimming pool with sauna, whirlpool, sunbed, steam bath

for people who just want to relax after half a day of skiing.

Other points of interest

The adventurers among us can go for it in the park with death rides,

high ladders, climbing webs and lots of other stuff hanging high above

the ground. Ending the day with a ride in the bobsleigh will only

enforce the good feeling you get from your stay in Saas Fee.

Some usefull statistics

The gletcher village counts 1.677 residents.

There is place for 6.900 tourists, whereof 2.500 in hotel beds and 4.400 in appartements.

Saas Fee is mostly visited by Dutchmen (around 10%), Germans (around 23%) and people from Switserland.

Saas Fee has 15 pubs and 3 nightclubs.


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