Whether you’re a beginner or a hardcore skier, the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana is the perfect antidote to our winter of discontent.
Spread out over a broad, sunny, south-facing plateau above the Rhone Valley in the Valais canton of Switzerland, Crans-Montana wins first prize for mountain scenery. It’s the perfect place to breath in clean air and recharge your batteries.
Come and challenge yourself on the Olympic half pipe, explore the wilderness of the Aminona area - a paradise for wildlife, with breath-taking views over the Valais Alps - or go for a dog sled ride on the Plaine-Morte glacier.
The mountain is yours, with a ski area extending from pretty wooded slopes above its northern suburbs, all the way up to the Plaine-Morte glacier - an area covering ten square kilometres and offering 360-degree panoramas, taking in a chain of major Alpine peaks, including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
There are beginners’ slopes above Montana and Aminona, but the best option for absolute beginners and for children is the separate ‘Snow Island’ zone on the gentle fairways of the prestigious Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre, equipped with ski-tows and conveyor-belt surface lifts during the winter months.
Crans-Montana’s excellent snowpark includes a halfpipe, SBX course, slope-style zone, jumps, wall ride, and various boxes and rails.
The 15 marked ski touring routes, known as the Rando Parc, provide a safe and controlled environment for all levels of ski tourers. With 40km of tracks marked blue, red or black, they are ideal for first time ski tourers or the more advanced
And when you fancy a break, try cheese raclette at the Cabane des Taules, the gourmet menu of la Cabane des Violettes, or a unique experience on Cry d’Er’s panoramic terrace followed by a wild evening in the altitude club. With more than 20 restaurants and mountain huts to choose from, you will not go hungry or thirsty.
Crans-Montana is not your typical small village on the mountain. Set at an altitude of 1,500m, it’s got a smart, cosmopolitan feel with chic boutiques, jewellers, and art galleries, plus 32 hotels to suit all tastes and budgets and more than 90 restaurants and bars to suit every appetite and thirst! Valais is particularly famous for its excellent wines like Petite Arvine white wine and the red Cornalin.
The resort has also been awarded the ‘Family Destination’ label by the Swiss Tourism Federation, making it a reliable choice for families. So choose Crans for your next mountain holiday.
Crans-Montana by Numbers
300 days of sunshine a year
18 of the most beautiful
4,000m peaks of the Alps
140km ski area
65km of winter hiking trails
40km of ski touring trails
25km of cross-country trails
Booking tip for maximum flexibility
Crans-Montana’s HotelPass is the answer to the need for flexibility in these uncertain times. The different partner hotels in resort have been working together in order to make buying lift passes as flexible as possible. Pay by the day with no need to book in advance and ski when you want, for however long you want!
Masks are obligatory from 12 years and up, on public transport, including ski lifts, and in shops, indoor businesses and tourist offices.
In the event that the ski area is totally closed due to government guidance, a refund will be offered by Crans-Montana to compensate clients who have already purchased their day pass online. Also, if the borders between Switzerland and all its neighbouring countries are closed, a refund will be offered to clients who live in a country affected by these restrictions. Finally, in the event of compulsory isolation on return to a client’s home region or country of residence, a credit note will be offered, to be used within 2 years of the last day of validity of the day pass.
Check regulations on entering Switzerland before travelling to ensure you meet the current entry requirements.
For more information and to book your trip go to crans-montana.ch
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