Stretching from the Rhone valley (altitude: 500m) to the Plaine Morte Glacier (altitude: 3,000m), Crans-Montana is a sunny region with a breathtaking view over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from the Dufourspitze to Mont Blanc via the Weisshorn and the Matterhorn.
With its lakes, forests, glacier and vineyards, the region has something to offer every nature lover. Sports fans, too, will be delighted to discover a large array of amenities dedicated to sporting activities, whilst cultural devotees will enjoy the wide range of museums, events and festivals.
In fact, Crans-Montana combines all the benefits of the urban lifestyle within a mountain setting, with a wide selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre, a variety of entertainment and a vibrant nightlife.
People visiting Crans-Montana are unanimous about the four major attractions of the destination which, together, fully satisfy their expectations, their curiosity and their desires, enabling them to enjoy THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE. Nature lovers like to “get away from it all” and enjoy the scenery in all its beauty and diversity.
The wide range of sports available across the region no matter what the season encourages sporty types to “get into the swing of things ” and express their emotions through their passion. The pleasant combination of tradition and modernity arouses curiosity about a unique culture where “hidden treasures await”. A genuine haven of peace conducive to rest and relaxation, the area’s healthy attitude to life encourages people to take “time to relax ” with a real sense of carpe diem.
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Ski, Snowboard, Parks and Nature
Located near Sierre in the heart of the swiss Alps, Crans-Montana ski area offers exceptional views over the Alps and the Rhone Valley. The ski resort welcomes you to enjoy over 140km of pistes and many sunny days. For over 15 years, the Crans-Montana Snowpark has welcomed the best Swiss and international riders on its 100,000 m2 snowpark which, spread over 2 sites, also offers modules for beginners.
It has been judged the best of its kind in western Switzerland as well as the finest in the Alps. The main snowpark is aimed at confirmed and expert freestylers and consists of rails and boxes, jumps, an airbag and, above all, the single olympic half-pipe in French Switzerland with 7m-high walls. The only one of its kind in Valais, the half-pipe is frequented by countless serious riders as they prepare for various competitions. The second zone, the Easy Snowpark, situated close to Chetzeron, is dedicated to novice freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
Winter & Summer Golf
Four courses, one prestigious club, an indoor centre open year round and host to the OMEGA European Masters, this is what’s on offer to golfers from all over the world on the Crans-Montana plateau overlooking the Rhône Valley. Over a century of tradition has established the worldwide reputation of the destination, with its famous courses: the Severiano Ballesteros (18 hole) and the Jack Nicklaus (9 holes).
In winter, the golf course is covered by a beautiful white coat of snow and offers lots of activities for all tastes. Snow Island, Bibi’s home quarters, invites families to take part in different activities, games and entertainment. This is also where beginners can try skiing thanks to the very gentle slope and magic carpet which will take them back to the top of the run, or you can hurtle down the snowtubing piste at top speed.
Enduro, Downhill, Bikers Paradise
With a network of 200 kilometres of road cycling routes, 177 marked mountain bike, cross-country and enduro tracks, a total vertical height difference of 2,350 metres, two downhill tracks which end at one Northshore zone, Crans-Montana offers a variety of possibilities for all cyclists. Several «Swiss Bike Hotel» certified establishments welcome visitors in search of a cycling holiday in a sunny region surrounded by rich natural surroundings.
Crans-Montana has always had close links with cycling over the years. In 1984, it welcomed a stage of the Tour de France and since then, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie have come here regularly. With several Swiss Bike Hotels and key events such as UNICEF’s Cycling for Children, the region could not be better suited to cycling enthusiasts. Steve Morabito himself, the professional cyclist is responsible for the design of several routes around Crans-Montana. Furthermore, the awesome Bikepark opened in 2001 and has quality descents for all levels.
Carpe Diem, Chill & food
Crans-Montana is a place where you can forget your daily stress and live fully in the moment. Designated a “family destination”, the area caters to families with its numerous activities and entertainments. Wellness and shopping enthusiasts are invited to relax in one of the beautiful spas and treat themselves in the rue du Prado, the street that brings together the finest luxury brands.
As for gourmets, they can savour a varied and international cuisine, from the mountain huts offering traditional dishes to award-winning restaurants. A casino, a bowling alley, a 3D cinema and many bars and clubs make Crans-Montana a popular spot for visitors looking for a dynamic and vibrant destination. With its exceptionally high sunshine hours and air purity, Crans-Montana is an ideal place to look after yourself.
With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, both fresh and saltwater, massages, hammams and jacuzzis, visitors to Crans-Montana in search of wellbeing will find a wide range of spas with different facilities and attentive service. Beauty salons, yoga lessons and natural therapy centres will complete your fitness break.
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