1,500 M – 3,000 M
Blue 14, Red 38, Black 4
Sion 1 hr
Crans Montana is a great choice for intermediate skiiers, families, corporate groups, ski weekends and non-skiers wanting a mountain escape.
From early December to mid-April, with the Glacier staying open all year round.
Crans Montana is an intermediate’s resort with good beginner terrain. Beginners have three short but easy runs on the Plaine-Morte Glacier, where good snow is guaranteed, plus more nursery slopes down by the golf course.
Crans Montana has been awarded the “Families Welcome” seal of quality. The resort has two children’s snow playgrounds – one at the Cry d’Er middle station and one on the golf course, which is transformed into a children’s paradise in winter.
Crans Montana has one of the most beautiful settings in the Alps. Sitting at 1500m on a large south-facing plateau, this Swiss ski resort is one made up of the linked villages of Crans and Montana and has an animated atmosphere. Steeped in tradition, Crans is home to the oldest ever ski run, making it a truly authentic ski resort for a winter holiday.
Crans Montana is a fascinating ski resort in the heart of the Alps. With its access to glacier ski facilities, stunning mountain views and lots of sunshine this upscale ski resort gets increasingly popular among international travellers. Yet it still remains authentic and is never overcrowded. With a glacier reaching up to the resort’s high point, Pointe de la Plaine Morte, Crans Montana boasts 140km of pistes and is an intermediate’s paradise with red runs making up the majority of the piste map.
Sitting at the foot of the Plaine-Morte glacier, Crans Montana is covered with small lakes and has access to a ski area with 140km of slopes. Known to be an indulgence resort, and cosmopolitan playground in the mountains, Crans Montana has earned the title of “the largest alpine shopping facility in the world”. Fashion, style and class are high on the agenda as famous names such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Hermes have all set up bases here. And when you fire of shopping there is an abundance of gastronomic restaurants and health clubs to enjoy.
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 come together to become one of Valais’ best-loved ski holiday destinations. It is certainly a top choice amongst well-heeled skiers with its luxury chalets and gourmet restaurants, plus it hosts the Caprice music festival in April each year.
Crans Montana is a winter sports mecca. The resort offers 140 km of wide-open pistes for skiers and snowboarders, while the Plaine Morte glacier has year-round snow at 3,000 m. The ski lift system is modern and well designed with virtually no queues. For advanced skiers, the World Cup pistes are challenging and the off-piste skiing extensive. This is an ideal resort for intermediates, with plenty of wide and long, red and blue runs. Whilst you ski you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views stretching from Mont Blanc in the west to the Matterhorn in the east.
The 12km slope that starts with stunning views from the Plaine Morte glacier at 2925m and ends amongst pretty woods at Les Barzettes is a must-do.
With 23 mountain restaurants and huts to sample this is a resort that knows how to mix skiing with total indulgence.
Crans Montana has quiet, uncrowded pistes that are well-groomed. It’s also known to be a fairly sunny resort, all in all making it a good place for learning to ski or snowboard. Wide pistes on the mountain suit beginners who are ready to move on from the nursery slopes in the resort. Beginners have three short but easy runs on the Plaine-Morte Glacier, where good snow is guaranteed.
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.
A certified Family Destination, Crans-Montana is an ideal place to spend great holidays, where young and old will find what they are looking for amongst the many activities on offer year-round.
There is definitely more of a family focus around Crans Montana, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find somewhere for a few apres drinks or a dance after dinner. There are 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.
Cabane des Violettes – This is an authentic Swiss mountain hut, run by the Michelin-starred Chef Frank Reynaud of Pas de l’Ours and Pierrot Bagnoud, a well-known mountain guide. The chef uses selected local products and his impressive knowledge to prepare and perfect his recipes, which are deliciously simple yet never common.
Cry D’er – Located at the top of the Blue gondola, the Cry D’er has a huge terrace and two types of restaurants. There’s a free-flow self-service restaurant where you can see the chefs preparing woks, pasta, burgers, or a daily special, perfect for those on more of a budget.
Chez Erwin – This is a small chalet lying on the Chetseron slope, which boasts a stunning south-facing wooden terrace, where you can sit in the sun overlooking the peaks of the Valais Alps. You are able to access this restaurant by foot from the top of the Plan Mayen area, at the level of Le Crans Hotel. The cuisine mainly focuses on raclette, traditional cold cut plates, a daily special and homemade pastries – simple but charming.
Le Mont Blanc – With one Michelin star to its name, Le Mont Blanc is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Boasting 180-degree views of the surrounding Alps, enjoy the mouth-watering combination of Swiss and classic French ingredients that have been given a modern twist.
Burger Lounge – Located on Rue Centrale in Crans, Burger Lounge is a must for both locals and visitors. Choose from locally-sourced beef, chicken or salmon with a side of fries and green salad. Vegetarians aren’t left out either with both falafel and rösti burgers on offer.
La Muña – Located at Crans Ambassador hotel, La Muña is a wonderful fusion of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine with zingy fresh flavours, combining sweet and sour. Dishes include ceviche, carpaccio, tempura, grilled meats and marinated salmon.
New Generation (skinewgen.com) is a British-run ski and snowboard school, established for 20 years, with a base in the village and mostly British instructors. They offer private and group lessons with morning lessons for kids in peak holiday periods.
Oxygene (oxygene-ski.com) has clocked up more than 25 years in the business offering tuition for adults and children, private or group; skier, boarder or cross country skier and also has staff trained to teach disabled skiers.
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