A little to the east of Verbier and on the north side of the Rhone valley; Crans-Montana is one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts, with a south-facing location at 1,500m which gives it one of the best sunshine records in the country. With break-taking views Crans Montana is a great choice with super skiing, a gourmet dining scene and some great luxury accommodation options.
Sun-drenched and spectacularly located, Crans-Montana is among the crème de la crème of Alpine ski resorts. Essentially a twin town – Crans and Montana coming together to become one of Valais’ best-loved ski holiday destinations.
An overall expansive natural landscape, panoramic views of the Valais Alps, a wide range of accommodation and extensive Alpine shopping combine to provide all of the comforts and beauty of a modern ski resort.
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Resort Altitude: 1,500m
Resort Skiing: 3,000m
Total Ski Area: 140km
Blue Runs: 55km
Red Runs: 70km
Black Runs: 15km
Cross Country: 40km
The Crans Montana ski area has 140km of pistes served by 40 lifts, from which skiers and boarders can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views stretching from Mont Blanc in the west to the Matterhorn in the east. Crans-Montana's skiing goes up to a height of 3,000m on the Plaine Morte glacier and the 11km run down from Plaine Morte is a long, steep red that is one of the most dramatic in the Alps.
Most of the descents in Crans-Montana sit comfortably in the blue and red divisions, so it’s a welcoming spot for beginners and intermediates. Crans Montana skiing offers plenty of cruising opportunities for advanced intermediates, whilst there is some good off-piste to be had below La Tza or Chetzeron. Crans Montana is home to the best snow park in French-speaking Switzerland, which spans over 100,000m and will thrill everyone from beginners to professionals.
Plenty of long red runs make the perfect cruising territory for boarders looking to work on their technique, whilst more advanced boarders will feel at home in the resort’s fantastic snowpark and the Plaine Morte Glacier off-piste area. Those who are completely new to the sport should be aware of the flat paths around resort and drag lifts which connect up some of the easier blue runs, as this may prove more complicated without experience.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
We’ve partnered with SkiBro, New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.
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Crans Montana’s ‘snow garden’ is situated on a great flat area of land which is used in summer as a golf course. Children from the age of 3 upwards are welcomed to master the basics with the help of the area’s specialist instructors. For the youngest children, a programme of 50% skiing and 50% playtime is recommended, and then as their ages increase they will move towards more time spent skiing.
Crans Montana offers the choice of over 90 restaurants across a variety of mountain huts, cafes, tea rooms and snack-bars. Sample local Swiss fayre, sublime Japanese cuisine or more family-friendly Italian or French dining. The region produces a number of good-quality local wines. Notable establishments include Le Mayen which does an excellent fondue and raclette and L’Auberge de la Diligence which serves both Swiss and Lebanese food.
Families and couples will enjoy Crans Montana’s laid-back après ski scene, hosting three main nightclubs, a casino and over 25 bars to choose between. Visitors will enjoy the friendly atmosphere in this picturesque town, as you finish your evening meal with a visit to a piano bar, cabaret or cocktail lounge. Famous bars include the thriving Amadeus bar and New Pub for its pinball and large TV screens.
Crans Montana is very well equipped with a wide range of activities to keep non-skiers entertained. Alongside the traditional selection of ice skating, og sledding and tobogganing, there is a cinema and bowling alley in resort too, making it the ideal choice for families with young children. Shopping is also one of Crans Montana’s main attractions, with over 150 shops offering everything from designer boutiques to cheese, wine and Swiss watches.