It's fair to say that in a normal year, Saas Fee is far from a cheap place to do your skiing. The scenic mountain village is in Switzerland, already one of the most expensive countries on the planet, and is something of a luxury ski destination. But this year things look a little bit different for the rest of us, a crowd buy season pass is being offered for just 222chf ($230) pending sale of 99,999 passes. And if it falls through, you pay nothing and you're in with a chance of winning a free lifetime pass or one of 65 other prizes ranging from 15 year to winter season passes.
Sure, it might not be the biggest resort network on the planet but with 1800 meters (just under 6000ft) of lift accessed vertical and plenty of easy access freeride ranging from mellow to life threatening, that's a bargain in anyone's books. And given that the full top to bottom run will be open in the next few days with perfect conditions guaranteed through to mid-April, that might just make it the best season pass offer on the planet this winter. If you're in Switzerland, you'd be mad not to pick one up, even if you're only going to chase a few storms or ride the last few weeks of the season after the lower central resorts have said goodbye to all but some white ribbons of death. By way of comparison, 4 out of the last 5 seasons Saas Fee had powder on offer on closing weekend.
If you aren't a local but fancy a trip to the Alps, $230 is less than a week pass pretty much anywhere. So for ski bums anywhere this may well be worth a look. I'll most likely be in town for a good chunk of the winter so it's a prime destination for a European Newschoolers Gathering this coming winter.
If you want a flavour of what's on offer in Saas, check out this epic edit from local legend Freddi Kalbermatten (snowboard warning). Hopefully, I'll see you there!