Crans Montana Ski Resort

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 breathtaking views, super skiing, a gourmet dining scene and some great luxury accommodation options, Crans Montana is a great choice.

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.

Call our ski experts today to find out more about Crans Montana ski resort.

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Best For...

  • Matterhorn views
  • Short breaks
  • Stunning scenery

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 1,500m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,000m
  • Total Ski Area 140km
  • Lifts 40
  • Blue Runs 55km
  • Red Runs 70km
  • Black Runs 15km
  • Cross Country 40km

Ski Accommodation in Crans Montana, Switzerland

Our collection of Crans Montana ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

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Ski Areas in Crans Montana

Ski Areas in Crans Montana

The Crans Montana ski area has 140km of pistes served by 40 lifts, from which skiers and boarders can enjoy breath-taking 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.

Skiing in Crans Montana

Skiing in Crans Montana

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.

Crans Montana Ski Weekends
Snowboarding in Crans Montana

Snowboarding in Crans Montana

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.

Ski Schools in Crans Montana

Ski Schools in Crans Montana

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

Crèches in Crans Montana

Crèches in Crans Montana

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.

Restaurants in Crans Montana

Restaurants in Crans Montana

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.

Après Ski in Crans Montana

Après Ski in Crans Montana

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.

Best Après Ski in Crans Montana
Non-Skiers in Crans Montana


Crans Montana is very well equipped with a wide range of activities to keep non-skiers entertained. Alongside the traditional selection of ice skating, or 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.

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