Overview of Crans-Montana
The popular resort of Crans-Montana is the combination of the Valais towns of Crans-sur-Sierre and Montana, who together, form the Crans-Montana ski area and one of Switzerland’s largest and most spectacular ski resorts. The resort sits east of Verbier on a sunny, south-facing plateau, high above the Rhone Valley. It holds the record of being one of the sunniest resorts in the country and also has some of the most stunning, mountain scenery one can wish to behold in the Alps. The combination of the towns has helped create a fantastic, urban community in the mountains that has earned an increasingly high volume of visitors every season. Often referred to as the créme de la créme of Swiss Alpine resorts, this sun-drenched ski resort is indeed one of the country’s most visited resorts. It can also be viewed as one of the area's most complete ski resorts thanks to its brilliant piste conditions and height, fantastic, pedestrian resort centre with awesome shopping experiences, great accommodation and relatively decent airport transfer time. The dynamism of Crans-Montana allows it to appeal to a wide number of ski holidaymakers each year as it has a lot to offer. It has an impressive snowsports pedigree which dates back to 1911 and the first-ever Alpine Ski Cup; it has also received the award of ‘Family Destination’ given to it by the Swiss Tourism Federation thanks to its family-focused offerings and services. The resort also has a large, world-class indoor and outdoor multi-sports action complex designed for skiers and snowboarders offering fantastic training facilities. Skiers to Crans-Montana have access to 140 kilometres of sunny ski slopes that range between 1,500 metres and 3,000 metres altitude. The ski terrain here is a mixture of wooded slopes, wide-open runs and very good off-piste opportunities. It collaborated with Séverine Pont-Combe, an accomplished ski-mountaineering champion to present perhaps, the world's first ski touring park, The Rando Park, which has 15 ski tour routes and up to 40 kilometres of paths. There is so much more to offer at Crans-Montana, but first, check out what we make of the skiing in the resort below. below.
Skiing in Crans Montana
Crans-Montana offers a fantastic skiing experience for all ski ability levels at the resort. Skiers here can enjoy splendid views of the mountain range with views ranging from the towering Matterhorn in the east to Mont Blanc in the west. The ski terrain includes tree-lined slopes, long reds, a few gentle blues and off course, the slopes coming down the 3,000 metre Plaine Morte glacier.
Beginners to the resort will enjoy the quiet slopes coming down Aminona which are accessible via shuttle from Barzettes however, starting off the Cry d’Er, which has the most gentle blues is perhaps the best option for beginners.
Crans-Montana is best suited to intermediate skiers, which majority of the runs here comprised of cruisy reds and mid-range blue runs. Intermediate skiers can also start the day nice and easy on Cry d’Er before tackling the reds on Petit Mont Bonvin. Confident intermediates can also attempt the 11-kilometre Plaine Morte red coming down the glacier.
The resort does not feature several black runs with only a few to be found on Petit Mont Bonvin, Bellalui and a steep drop from the Plaine Morte glacier. Advanced and expert skiers also will love the high altitudes and off-piste opportunities found at La Tza or Chetzeron.
Snowboarding in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana might very well be a Snowboarders dreamland with free riders, carvers and freestylers all very well taken care of. Sun-soaked, snow-sure, long, cruisy runs on perfect gradients to ensure riders are stuck on flats. The best and most fresh powder can be found on the Plaine Morte glacier. Check out other brilliant areas such as Faverges for some steep runs. Free-stylers have a fantastic, world-class snowpark sponsored by Swatch. One of the best in Switzerland, the snowpark has an Olympic size half-pipe with up to 100,000 square metres of terrain. Fantastic for all ski ability levels.
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Apres Ski in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana’s apres ski is a mixed affair of sophistication and youthful exuberance. The resort has a number of elegant places that are more suited to its high-rolling clientele who usually prefer relaxed, exotic drinks at stylish bars to wild partying. A little less animated than its Swiss counterparts such as Verbier and Zermatt, the apres-ski in Crans-Montana still has the capability to pack a punch. In addition to its older and sophisticated crowd, the resort receives a young contingent every season which keeps the partying alive in some of the resort's bars, lounges and nightclubs.
Open every day, Zerodix is one of Crans-Montana's popular apres-ski spots and the ideal place to kick-start your evening at the resort. Located at the Cry d’Er lift station in the resort, it's very hard to miss Zerodix. It has a large, south-facing terrace that receives the sun for most parts of the day. The main partying kicks off at 3 pm when the DJ sets and live music wake the whole area and the slopes come alive with great music, dancing and partying. Indeed, a great place to start your evening.
Leo’s Bar is a trendy looking, cosmopolitan bar, located in the heart of the resort. Ideal place for a cocktail and some fun conversation, it has a typical fashion show after-party vibe with house disco tunes from the resident DJ and neon-lit bar. It is the perfect setting for a chilled-out evening with some cocktails, a bottle of wine or even champagne. The bar staff are friendly and very professional and the overall atmosphere in Leos Bar is chic and less raucous Alpine pub.
Located in the resort centre, Monkis Bar is one of the resort's liveliest bars. It's also a huge favourite among the younger crowd. Open every day until 2 am, Monk’is Bar is party central. If you are after an evening of great music, late-night dancing, great cocktails and other drinks, Monk’is should be top of your list. It also has a large terrace which offers panoramic views of the slopes adding to the brilliant atmospheric vibe of the place, especially when watching the sun go down. Monk’is is also famous for its tasty food menu, featuring delicious party food and pub classics, so if you are feeling a bit peckish, make sure to try out their delicious burgers.
Le Tirbouchon is a locally-owned, classy, sophisticated wine bar that specialises particularly in local wines. Located in the middle of the resort, Le Tirbouchon offers an extensive menu of local Valais produce, featuring a variety of different offerings of wine, craft beers, fruit juices, brandy and delicious meals. Every week, a new glass of wine is selected from the best grape varieties and winemakers from the local Valais area and guests can get to sample it along with some very tasty local delicacies. The bar is very well presented with a stylish and contemporary interior and guests are treated to a lovely and impressive display of wines which line the length of one of the walls. A place perfect for a cultural and learning experience of the area.
La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison is a lovely lounge bar located in the centre of Crans-Montana and it is the ideal venue for revellers after the late-night club vibe featuring dance music, live bands, and all-night dancing. The owners of the La Petite Maison also run the Pacha and Sky nightclubs. A great place to have on your apres-ski lift; and certainly a place to head over too, when all other bars start to close. Best place to party and end your apres ski evening.
Facilities in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana is a well-established ski resort with fantastic facilities and services which keep the resort ticking all season. It has fantastic accommodation, excellent piste facilities ( lifts and grooming) and a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafés.
Ski Hire in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana has its fair share of ski equipment rental stores and retailers which you can choose from upon arrival at the resort. However, if you are visiting the Swiss resort this season with one of our ski holidays and you intend to rent your equipment over the holidays, you can very easily hire your ski equipment directly from us online as part of your customised ski holiday package. We have partnered with a lot of very well-known ski equipment rental companies across the Alps over the past years in order to make your ski holiday booking process as easy as possible. Book your ski equipment with us and receive top-quality equipment from some of snowsports' most respected brands. The process is easy and straightforward.
Ski Passes in Crans-Montana
If you are visiting the resort this season on one of Erna Lows' holiday packages, you can very easily secure your ski pass online with us as part of your holiday booking. It saves you a lot of time and hassle at the resort and allows you to secure your pass far in advance from when you actually arrive at the resort. The process is also super easy and allows you to complete the booking process with a few clicks of the mouse. Secure your ski pass, kick your feet up and travel in peace knowing you have a lot less on your resort itinerary. It is also a great option if you are travelling with family or a large group of friends as you can secure everyone's pass very easily from home and avoid the complication of having everyone present at the ticket machines.
Spa and Swimming Pools in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana has a fantastic selection of well-being facilities which include spas and swimming pools where guests can relax, unwind and recharge after a great and exciting day on the pistes or even in the morning before heading out. There are several establishments to choose from as the resort is awash with excellent options. Most of the swimming pools and spa facilities are located in hotels at Crans-Montana however, the facilities are not exclusive to guests as non-residing visitors may still make reservations. A perfect place to start will be the luxurious and immaculate Aida Hotel and Spa located in Crans-Montana. It features a fantastic wellness area that is designed to provide optimum relaxation. It is an adult-only space (perfect for couples on a romantic break) that features some world-class amenities and facilities. It has an indoor heated swimming pool surrounded by stone fountains and a spectacular, atmospheric fireplace. It also features a traditional Nordic steam room, spa and hammam as well as professional massage and beauty treatments. Another fantastic option to consider would be the elegant Hotel Art de Vivre, also equipped with a fantastic wellness centre. Well known for its extensive massage and beauty treatments, this establishment also has brilliant spa and swimming facilities and would be a fantastic choice for skiers looking to unwind. Fully equipped with spas and hammams, whirlpools and hot tubs, pilates and fitness classes, it is just another example of the numerous options available for a spa and swimming session in Crans-Montana.
Shopping in Crans-Montana
The resort has up to 120 shops and boutiques which are well enough to satisfy anyone craving a bit of retail therapy. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a bit of self-indulgence in the Rue du Prado, which hosts top luxury brands. Not only a fashion trend-setter, but you can also discover this season's sporting trends from some of Crans-Montanas snow sports retailers. Jewellery shops, gift stores and art galleries are among other variety of shops to enjoy some window ( or actual) shopping. There are also essential shops with everyday groceries, cafes and restaurants dotted around.
Facilities for Children in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana is a certified family destination with superb facilities particularly designed for children. It is an ideal place to spend lovely winter holidays where the whole family can get involved with a lot of activities together both on and off the slopes. Its award as a Family Destination, given to it by the Swiss Tourism Federation was in recognition its excellent facilities and services provided to families at the resort.
Ski Lessons in Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana has a great selection of ski schools and experienced instructors however if you are visiting the resort with the family this season, why not book your children's ski lessons with us directly. Over the years, we have been fortunate to establish some very good relationships with some of the very best ski schools and instructors across the Alps. These partnerships make it easier for holiday-makers to book their ski lessons and other services as part of their holiday booking. It is super easy and saves you a lot of hassle. Your children will be booked in with some of the very best ski schools and will be in for an amazing ski learning experience.
Entertainment for children in Crans-Montana
There is a world of entertainment awaiting children in Crans-Montana whether on or off the slopes. Bibi’s House, owned by the local mascot welcomes all the youngest visitors to Crans-Montana and keeps them entertained with lots of fun games. There is so much fun to get into from treasure hunts with hidden clues, snow sleighs and snow tubing runs, fun times and activities in Funny Land complex, ice skating and much more outdoor fun. There is also a cinema which shows kids' favourites and an indoor climbing wall. The possibilities for children's entertainment at Crans-Montana are almost endless.
Childcare in Crans-Montana
Known as a leading destination for families with children, Crans-Montana has very good and highly rated child care options. One, in particular, is the Crèche Touristique which has been providing child care services for tourists visiting the area. Check the tourist options for additional childcare recommendations in Crans-Montana.
Crans-Montana mountain area is divided into four areas which are Crans, Montana, main sectors, from west to east: Crans, Montana, Barzettes-Violettes, and Aminona; which also includes the Plaine Morte glacier. They can all be accessed via either a gondola lift or a free half-hourly shuttle service.