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Through their summer camps, Saas-Fee Guides are providing something different for the next generation.
School holidays are a highlight of almost every childhood. Sun, sea, sand and, above all, no homework. But why travel abroad when it’s so good at home? Holiday season means high season for Saas-Fee’s hotel and restaurant industry, making it particularly hard to get away for many parents working in the tourist sector.
For families like these and many more, the Saas-Fee Guides are now running summer camps through the weeks of 24th to 27th July and 31st July to 3rd August. Far from your normal camp offering, though, they boast four different activity programmes (for more information, consult the detailed programme). In addition to climbing courses, a trip to the Adventure Forest, and mountain biking in Saas-Grund, those aged 10 to 18 have the chance to visit Geissenalp, an alpine farm on the mountainside of Hannig. There, the young explorers will get an insight into the daily life of an alpine farmer, their herd of eighty goats, and, of course, cheese-making! After visiting Geissenalp, the group get to spend the night camping under the stars.
“We also see the summer camps as a chance to nurture young talent.” Reto Sporrer, managing director of Saas Fee Guides.
Holiday fun and nurturing young talent
Holiday-goers and young locals alike are all more than welcome. During the daytime, children are under the constant supervision and care of staff members, and all activities take place under the expert guidance of the Saas-Fee Guides. "The summer camps offer kids an active holiday in the valley," says Saas-Fee Guides managing director, Reto Sporrer, fifty-six. "We also see the camps as a chance to nurture young talent." The number of newly certified mountain guides and ski instructors is declining across Switzerland. "We want to inspire the youngest locals, as well as holidaymakers and their children, to enjoy the mountains and mountains sports, and to make them a part of their future. In doing so, we hope that we can do our part to slow the exodus of young people from the Saas Valley," explains Reto.
|Detailed program and prices|
|The Saas-Fee Guides summer camps will take place from 24th to 27th July and from 31st July to 3rd August. On request, our activity programmes can also be offered on additional dates, with a minimum group size of four participants. In the case of bad weather, the Saas-Fee guides guarantee that an alternative programme will be offered.|
A) In the footsteps of squirrels
|Dates: 24th July and 2nd August|
|Programme: Climb through the Adventure Forest rope park, which features the highest zipline in Europe, relish a barbecue at Stafelwald, a mini golf tournament, and summer tobogganing.|
|Price: CHF 135.- (all inclusive)|
B) Alpine life and camping
|Dates: 25th and 31st July|
|Programme: Hike from Hannig cable car station to Geissenalp, spend the day with an alpine farmer on Hannig, head to camp on Melchboden, enjoy a well-earned barbecue with friends, and spend the night under the stars.|
|Preis: CHF 165.- (all inclusive)|
C) Deep in the ravine
|Dates: 26th July and 1st August|
|Programme: Practise climbing, abseil down from the thirty-two-metre-high roof of the village’s car park, and explore the Gorge Alpine via ferrata, all with professional mountaineers from Saas-Fee Guides by your side.|
|Price: CHF 185.- (all inclusive)|
D) Mountainbiking at Hohsaas
|Dates: 27th July and 3rd August|
|Programme: Mountain bike down the forest path from Saas-Fee to Saas-Almagell and on to Saas-Grund, practice your skills on the pump track with a professional bike guide from the Saas-Fee Guides, take a gondola ride up to Hohsaas, and follow the trails back down again accompanied by your bike guide.|
|Price: CHF 195.- (including meals and cable car tickets)
Equipment: Bike rental CHF 25.-, safety equipment (helmet, knee and elbow pads) CHF 10.-