George Michael and his ex may have been (ski) poles apart in Wham!’s Last Christmas video, shot in Saas-Fee, but the Swiss resort hopes to make up with retro prices and special events
As a pop-obsessed 1980s teenager, I never fancied winter sports much: all that hairstyle-compromising exertion, ghastly knitwear and sub-zero temperatures. Then came the video for Wham!’s fondue-fragranced festive classic Last Christmas, a soft-focus saga tracing George Michael’s doomed love – his blow-dry the size of a snow-laden chalet roof – for a C&A-clad ice-maiden among the snowflakes of the Swiss ski resort Saas-Fee.
That was 30 years ago this winter. To celebrate, the scenic Valais village has gift-wrapped a range of 1980s-themed events and holiday deals to make this season special (special). From 6-19 December and 10 to 23 January, the resort is offering packages in apartments and hotels at prices they say are rewound to 1984: for example, seven nights B&B in a two-star hotel for £517 including lift-pass.